DIRT (Dedicated Invasive Removal Team)

DIRT volunteers removing Yellow Flag Iris at Lost Lagoon
DIRT volunteers removing Yellow Flag Iris at Lost Lagoon (Photo: Greg Hart)

Role Description

Join this dedicated group of volunteers and help manage invasive plant species in Stanley Park. You will learn about local ecology and conservation issues, take part in hands-on invasive species removal and make an important contribution to habitat conservation and restoration in Stanley Park. Opportunities to develop leadership skills are also available as part of this program.

Time commitment

DIRT sessions run every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10am – 1pm. Volunteers are welcome to join us three days a week or as often as available.

Duties

Working alongside committed members of DIRT, volunteers will:

  • Remove targeted invasive species from selected areas in Stanley Park;
  • Interact with the general public about ecology and invasive species in the Park, as needed;
  • Have the opportunity to help with other relevant Stewardship projects;
  • Contribute to a positive volunteering experience with fellow DIRT members and the Stewardship Coordinator by maintaining a positive attitude and showing dedication whilst accomplishing tasks.

Training

Training will be provided on:

  • Identification of native and invasive plant species;
  • Safe and effective techniques for removing invasive species;
  • General outdoor safety practices.

Requirements

  • Must be 16 years of age or older. *Younger volunteers are able to join with parental/guardian supervision and approval from the Stewardship Coordinator. Contact us for more information;
  • Excellent command of English language and effective communication skills;
  • Willingness to be active outdoors, in all weather conditions;
  • Reliable, punctual and ideally able to commit to participating in the program at least three times per month;
  • Interested in nature, wildlife and environmental conservation;
  • Enthusiastic about contributing to important habitat restoration work in Stanley Park.

Benefits

  • Gain volunteer experience in the field of environmental conservation while working in a beautiful outdoor setting;
  • Make an important contribution to the conservation and restoration of habitats in Stanley Park;
  • Develop team building skills with additional opportunities to develop leadership and project organization skills;
  • Twice yearly volunteer appreciation events;
  • Access the benefits available to all SPES volunteers, including discounted events and membership fees;
  • Reference letter available after completion of a minimum of 30 hours of volunteer service.

Application procedure

Email Sarah More, Volunteer Coordinator, at vols@stanleyparkecology.ca to let us know you are interested in joining DIRT. 

Please include a short description with the following:

  1. Why you are interested in this volunteering position;
  2. Why you believe you are well suited for the role;
  3. Outline any relevant experience you may have.