Do you love being outdoors and spending time in nature? Are you already walking regularly in a regional park? Do you enjoy interacting with people and are you passionate about nature and environmental education? The Volunteers In Parks Program may have a position for you! There are seasonal and year-round opportunities– take a look at the positions available below.
To apply to be a parks volunteer, request more information, or ask questions about the program, email email@example.com.
We provide training, support, and a beautiful work environment. You provide your time and enthusiasm.
All volunteer positions that work with the public require a clear Criminal Record Check (cost reimbursement available). All ages over 16 years are welcome to apply.
Volunteer Positions Available
Is there a regional park that you visit regularly? Do you want to experience a deeper connection to the park and feel more involved in the work that Regional Parks is doing?
Trail Ambassadors regularly walk the trails in nearby parks and enhance others’ enjoyment of these green spaces by interacting with other park visitors, reminding dog walkers to have their dogs on leash, alerting parks staff about downed trees, damaged signs, and other maintenance issues.
Annual training is provided and Trail Ambassadors are outfitted with volunteer tags and uniform components to wear when walking the trails as a Regional Parks Trail Ambassador.
EECO Volunteer Host
Do you love interacting with people of all ages? Are you passionate about nature and environmental education? Do you get excited about identifying birds, animal scat, and tracks in the mud? Do you get a thrill at the thought of sharing the story of kokanee salmon, bears, or bald eagles?
As a Volunteer Host at the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan (EECO) you will delve deep into the natural world and learn all about our local Okanagan ecosystems and animals as you share your friendly smile and knowledge with visitors from both our local communities and from far afield.
You don’t need to have a deep knowledge of nature to join us as an EECO Volunteer Host – simply a willingness to learn and an enthusiasm for interacting with park visitors. Training will be provided and EECO Hosts will be outfitted with volunteer tags and uniform components to wear when volunteering.
Gibson House Volunteer at Kopje Regional Park
Do you love history? Are you available for a few hours on Saturdays or Sundays in July and August?
This volunteer position has diverse opportunities… You might enjoy dressing in costume and interacting with visitors in this historic house. Maybe you’d like to talk history with visitors and regale them with stories of the past history of Gibson House and Lake Country? Or offer visitors the opportunity to sit on the deck and complete a work of watercolour art (all materials provided) or send them on a scavenger hunt with a discovery pack?
The possibilities are endless depending on your skills and interests! Please note that this position is primarily for weekend days during high season (July and August). Training will be provided and Gibson House Hosts will be outfitted with volunteer tags and uniform components to wear when volunteering. You don’t have to be available for every single weekend day, but even if you can offer 4 hours every Saturday for 4 weeks, Regional Parks and our park visitors would appreciate your dedication and commitment.
Artists and Skilled Trades / Fabricators / Carpenters
Do you have a talent for art, fabrication, carpentry, or making cool things? Do you also have a desire to give back to your community in the form of artistic projects donated to Regional Parks?
The Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan (EECO) often has opportunities to create exhibit projects and artworks that complement our seasonally changing suite of offerings. There are opportunities for creating nature murals, smaller works of art, carpentry projects, and other design elements. Does this sound like it might be up your alley? Send us a portfolio of your work or some pictures and we’ll be in touch!
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