Volunteering Opportunities

Be part of a community that cares for regional parks.

Ecological Stewardship

 

 

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Volunteers lend nature a helping hand in fun and interesting ways – removing invasive plants, monitoring wildlife, planting native trees and shrubs, conducting bird surveys and more.

It's a win-win situation. Volunteers have fun, meet new people and get satisfaction from helping improve wildlife habitat. Regional parks and the ecosystems they support get healthier.

To find out more about some of our past projects, check out the Stewardship Newsletters in the sidebar.  (link to pdfs for past issues)

Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Ecological Restoration Team

The easiest way to get involved is to join the Metro Vancouver Ecological Restoration Team Meetup group. There, you'll find the latest stewardship volunteer opportunities at all regional parks.

If you'd like to volunteer your group, school or company for stewardship activities in a regional park, just get in touch with the Community Development Coordinator for that park.

Belcarra Beachkeepers

Learn new skills and gain hands-on experience in data collection, public education and marine stewardship. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and able to commit a minimum of 30 hours (during weekends) throughout the summer. Contact beachkeepers@metrovancouver.org or call 604-520-6442.

Some park associations also offer additional opportunities for stewardship as well as other volunteer activities.  To find out more, check their websites (listed below).

Park Associations

Another way to get involved is through a park association – a non-profit group that works with regional parks staff on projects and activities ranging from habitat restoration to nature education to special events.

Visitor Centre Hosts

Want to share your passion for nature, local history and/or the park? Being a volunteer visitor centre host is a great way to connect with like-minded folks and interact with park visitors. There are two seasonal opportunities:

  • BC Mills House at Lynn Headwaters Regional Park in North Vancouver
    Open from 11 am to 3 pm every Sunday and holiday Monday from Victoria Day weekend until mid-September. To find out more, contact Jennifer Swanston, Community Development Coordinator by email (Jennifer.swanston@metrovancouver.org) or call 604-224-5739.
  • Campbell Valley Nature House at Campbell Valley Regional Park in Langley
    Open from 1 to 4 pm every Saturday, Sunday and holiday Monday from Victoria Day weekend until Labour Day weekend. To find out more, contact Jeff Rotin, Community Development Coordinator by email (jeff.rotin@metrovancouver.org) or call 604-530-4983.

Special Events

Community events and festivals take place in regional parks year-round; volunteers are needed for a variety of roles.

We're looking for enthusiastic, friendly and outgoing people to help out as recycling ambassadors , arts and crafts workshop assistants or welcome tent hosts. You'll have fun, meet people, get great experience – all in a scenic regional park. For more information, contact volunteer.info@metrovancouver.org or 604-432-6200.

Pacific Parklands Foundation

This non-profit organization, dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of regional parks, is looking for volunteers to help with everything from administration to events. Interested? Contact Joe Hargitt (at joe@pacificparklands.com) or 604-451-6168. For more about PPF, go to www.pacificparklands.com

Have a question about volunteering or partnerships in regional parks? Get in touch with our Community Development Coordinators.

West Area

Boundary Bay, Capilano River, Crippen, Deas Island, Iona Beach, Lynn Headwaters and Pacific Spirit regional parks:

 Jennifer Swanston
604-224-5739

Central Area

Belcarra, Burnaby Lake, Colony Farm, Minnekhada, Surrey Bend and Tynehead regional parks:

 Trina Sakata
604-520-6442

East Area

Aldergrove, Brae Island, Campbell Valley, Derby Reach, Glen Valley, Kanaka Creek and Matsqui Trail regional parks:

 Jeff Rotin
604-530-4983