Volunteers in Parks Programs

Volunteers in Parks Orientation

Trail Patroller Job Description 

Trail Patroller Application Form 

Trail Patroller Manual 

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If you are looking to get involved in the community and learn more about our natural environment then the Volunteers in Parks program may be right for you.  

The VIP program provides a variety of opportunities to be involved in the Regional Parks system.

Currently, we are recruiting only for the volunteer Trail Patroller position; we will be interviewing and training new volunteer Trail Patrollers each spring.

The purpose of the VIP Program is to encourage community involvement in Regional Parks and to assist Regional Parks in maintaining its facilities and programs.

Volunteer Trail Patrollers will be a presence in the parks.  As a volunteer Trail Patroller you will be patrolling park trails, educating, giving information, reminding people of park regulations, and noting any disturbances in the park.  You will observe, record and report any problems for Regional Parks staff to follow-up on. Trail Patrollers must be 19 years of age and older.

Program Function:

  • Increase visitor awareness and appreciation of natural and cultural features in the park
  • Monitor park facilities and report any problems to Regional Parks staff
  • Provide information to other visitors about the park
  • Provide information to park visitors on the required behaviour while visiting the park
  • Improve security by providing a visible and knowledgeable presence in the park

Responsibilities:

  • Attend an interview and two training sessions (one in the spring and one in the fall)
  • Complete a criminal record check
  • Complete volunteer application form and read RDCO volunteer policy
  • Visit the park, on average, once a week
  • Check the condition of park trails, bridges, fences and facilities
  • Note numbers of park users and types of park use
  • Note any interesting natural or historical features
  • Note any unusual occurrences
  • Answer questions from park visitors
  • Provide information on Regional Parks
  • Provide friendly reminders of park regulations
  • Make regular reports to Regional Parks
  • Wear VIP identification while on duty

Volunteers will receive:

  • A name tag
  • A t-shirt, hat, and toque
  • Water bottle
  • Appropriate training
  • Monthly e-Newsletter
  • Letters of reference upon request
  • Invitation to a wrap-up party at the end of the year

To find out if the Volunteer Trail Patroller position is right for you, please contact Regional Parks Services at 250-469-6232 or email parks@cord.bc.ca

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Regional District of Central Okanagan | 1450 KLO Road | Kelowna, BC V1W 3Z4
Ph: 250-763-4918 | Fax: 250-763-0606 | Email: info@cord.bc.ca
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (Closed Holidays)