Nest Box Monitor

Application closing date: April 18, 2018


SPES Conservation department is seeking volunteers who can commit to help on a regular basis with monitoring of swallow and wood duck nest boxes. 

Training will be given by the Conservation Technician on the first shift. The time commitment includes 30 minutes of data entry per shift.


Time commitment

2.5 hours per week during May to August (4 months). Day and time are flexible around volunteers availability. 



  • Monitoring nesting activity of tree swallows and violet-green swallows at nest boxes installed in Lost Lagoon
  • Monitoring nesting activity of wood ducks at nest boxes in Beaver Lake
  • Comfortable using binoculars for species identification
  • Comfortable and effective at working independently 



  • Gain field experience in wildlife monitoring projects
  • Build your knowledge of local ecology
  • Contribute to the long-term stewardship of Stanley Park’s ecosystems
  • Learn about best managements practices for species of significance
  • Work with a dynamic and inspired group of people dedicated to helping our environment
  • Expand on data entry experience
  • Gain experience using field equipment
  • Become more familiar with wildlife behavior relating to habitat use and reproduction
  • Gain experience working with a Non Profit organization
  • After 30 hours of volunteer service, a letter of reference is provided upon request (or other forms of personal reference as the volunteer chooses)
  • Opportunity to attend our volunteer appreciation events



  • Enjoying being outdoors and observing wildlife for extended periods in all weather conditions
  • Background in ecology, biology, and/or conservation is an asset
  • Good English communication skills
  • Mature, reliable, good communicator, enthusiastic, and enjoy interacting with people
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability and willingness to work independently
  • Experience compiling data using Excel spreadsheets
  • Being safety aware while working outdoors and follow Health and Safety Protocols
  • Working knowledge and appreciation of environmental issues as well as the values and mission of the Stanley Park Ecology Society


Application Procedure

Please contact Tobias Jones (Volunteer Coordinator) to let us know you are interested in this opportunity.

Phone: 604-681-7099
Address: Stanley Park Ecology Society, PO Box 5167, Vancouver, BC V6B 4B2

In the subject heading of your email, please put: Nest Box Monitor – Your name

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