Nature Ninjas Urban Camp Assistant

Number of volunteers required: 6-12

Application closing date: April 20, 2018


Like working with young people? Like working with nature? Tap into your passion and help connect young people with nature through Stanley Park Ecology Society’s active, hands-on camping program.

The School Programs department of Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES) connects over 6,000 students in grades K-12 to nature each year. One of our most innovative programs is the Nature Ninjas Urban Camping, a two-day, overnight nature immersion for Grades 4 to 7 students in Stanley Park. It’s the only program within the city limits where kids get to camp in tents under the stars.

This program is led by qualified SPES staff, and teaches students about forest, wetland and intertidal ecology, in addition to skills like cooking food, teamwork, and camping outdoors. For more information about the program, please see:

We are looking for six to twelve dynamic volunteers to help with daytime and evening programming for the Urban Camping season. This is an incredible learning opportunity for those wanting to boost their ecology knowledge or those wanting experience working with children. As a Nature Ninjas Camp Assistant, you will directly help connect young people to nature in a meaningful way.


Time commitment

The Nature Ninjas Camp Assistant must commit to working a particular shift each week for the entire season, April 24 through June 27. Priority may be given to applicants who are available for multiple shifts per week.

6 shifts available:

  • Tuesdays:       9:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. (5 hours)
  • Tuesdays:       3:30 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. (3 hours)
  • Wednesdays:  9:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. (5 hours)
  • Thursdays:     9:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. (5 hours)
  • Thursdays:     3:30 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. (3 hours)
  • Fridays:          9:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. (5 hours)



As a Nature Ninjas Camp Assistant, you will:

  • Aid in group management
  • Aid in creating a supportive, and memorable experience for the students
  • Be a positive role model
  • Assist in the co-ordination of meals and snacks
  • Day shift specific:
    • Assist in and possibly lead outdoor education programs focused on forest, wetland and intertidal ecosystems as well as wilderness survival skills
  • Evening shift specific:
    • Help campers set up their tents
    • Assist in the coordination of dinner, including food prep, camp stove set up, and clean up



Training and orientation will occur on Sunday, April 22, 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.



  • Gain excellent leadership experience working with students
  • Learn nature interpretation and teaching skills
  • Learn about natural history and local flora and fauna
  • Meet great people
  • Contribute to the next generation’s understanding and appreciation of nature



  • Personal interest in working with elementary children
  • Personal interest and experience in the outdoors, including camping and cooking outdoors
  • Experience in outdoor education or leading groups outdoors is a strong asset
  • Knowledge of BC’s forest or wetland ecology is an asset
  • Excellent leadership, organizational, and communication skills
  • Willingness to work outdoors rain or shine
  • Emergency First Aid certification an asset
  • Food Safe certification considered a strong asset
  • Ability to pass a criminal record check with vulnerable sector search


Application Procedure

Email Tobias Jones, Volunteer Coordinator at:

Your email should include:

  • A subject heading as follows: NN Camp Assistant – your FirstName LastName

Eg. NN Camp Assistant – Sandy Smith

  • Your preferred volunteer shifts that you are available during April 24 to June 27
  • One attached Word or PDF file named as follows: FirstNameLastName.

Eg. SandySmith.doc or SandySmith.pdf

This file should contain:

  • A short cover letter outlining why you would like to be part of this program
  • Your resume

We thank all applicants but only those receiving an interview will be contacted.