International Ornithological Congress Booth Volunteers

Number of volunteers required: 30


The International Ornithological Congress (IOC) is coming to Vancouver for 2018, running concurrent with the Vancouver International Bird Festival. From silk walkers in bird costumes to bird murals, talks, lectures and guided tours, the IOC and the International Bird Festival will offer a massive variety of bird events and information. Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES) is a proud partner of both events and we will be hosting a variety of tours and workshops that will tap into the ecology of Vancouver and British Columbia through our feathered friends.

The IOC will see the debut of our new Mobile Nature House at the Vancouver Convention Centre, which will bring a little bit of Stanley Park wherever it goes. The Mobile Nature House will allow visitors to explore some of Stanley Park’s favourite creatures up close, bring visitors up to date on current happenings, and reveal the best birding sites in Stanley Park.

We are looking for engaging and passionate volunteers to support our booths and Mobile Nature House at the International Ornithological Congress, with a variety of shifts available from August 20th to August 25th. This is great opportunity to be involved with the oldest and most prestigious ornithological congress in the world and share your passion for birds and ecology! You will be volunteering alongside a bird expert who will be on hand to answer more specific and technical questions. We will also provide training prior to the event, giving you a perfect chance to learn more about the wonderful world of birds!

We will also be running an overnight camp, ‘Night Owls and Dawn Chorus’, on Thursday, August 23rd that will give participants an opportunity to hear and see a range of local birds, including barred owls, great horned owls, pine siskins, Pacific wrens and Swainson’s thrushes. We are looking for volunteers to assist us with the camp, in exchange for taking part in this exciting overnight experience themselves. The deep woods of Stanley Park are normally off limits to overnight visitors, so this is an exceptional opportunity.


Time commitment

Multiple shifts available from August 21st to August 25th; including 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m to 8:00 p.m. 

Volunteer shift also available during our 'Night Owls and Dawn Chorus' on Thursday August 23rd, from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 a.m. 




  • Welcoming visitors to the event and providing information
  • Interacting with members of the public
  • Engaging congress and festival visitors about SPES programs and events
  • Registering visitors for tours
  • Directing and guiding participants



Training will be provided before the event, and each volunteer will be supported by SPES staff as well as a bird expert.



  • Be part of the longest running and most prestigious ornithological congress in the world!
  • Contribute to an initiative that connects people with nature and spreads awareness about the importance of biodiversity
  • Learn more about ecology-focused organizations and get experience volunteering for an environmental non-profit
  • Make new friends!



  • Able to cover at least two shift during August 20th- August 25th
  • Passionate about birds and ecology, with a desire to learn more!
  • Comfortable interacting with new people
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Reliable team player
  • 16 years or older


Application Procedure

Location: Vancouver Convention Centre - West Building, Vancouver BC
Dates:   August 20th – August 25th

Please contact Ingrid (Events Programmer) if you are interested in this opportunity.

Address: Stanley Park Ecology Society, PO Box 5167, Vancouver, BC V6B 4B2

For email applications, put job title - "IOC Volunteer” - and your name in the subject heading.

Send one single Word or PDF file as an attachment containing both your cover letter and resume - the file must be named using your first and last name only (e.g. SandySmith.doc).