DIRT (Dedicated Invasive Removal Team)

DIRT volunteers removing the invasive plant Yellow Flag Iris at Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park
DIRT volunteers removing the invasive plant Yellow Flag Iris at Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park (Photo: Greg Hart)

Role Description

Join this dedicated group of volunteers and help manage invasive plant species in Stanley Park. SPES has special permission from the Vancouver Park Board to do this work, and submit annual work plans. 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.


Working alongside committed members of DIRT, volunteers will:

  • Remove targeted invasive plant species from selected areas in Stanley Park;
  • Interact with the general public about ecology and invasive plant 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 will be provided on:

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


  • 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.


  • 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 25 hours of volunteer service.

Application Procedure

If DIRT sounds like the program for you then please register as a SPES volunteer by creating a Better Impact profile. Once approved, a member of the SPES team will be in touch with the next steps.

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