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Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites

Volunteer Opportunities

We value the generous contribution of time, effort and skills made by everyday Canadians just like you. We invite you to share in our work, get behind the scenes, learn something new and make a difference. See below for ways you can get involved.

Ecosystem Restoration | Campground Hosting | Other Parks Canada Opportunities | Volunteering Spotlight

Ecosystem Restoration

Parks Canada is restoring endangered Garry oak ecosystems at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site by removing invasive plants and replacing them with the native species that are normally found there. Plants such as Scotch broom and spurge-laurel were introduced from other parts of the world and compete with native plants for important habitat. They often win out unless they are kept in check.

Learn more about battling invasive species in Garry Oak ecosystems.

Who we're looking for

  • You are enthusiastic about nature/gardening and enjoy spending time outside
  • You like working as part of a team and are willing to learn.
  • You have a reasonable degree of fitness.

What you’ll be doing

  • Pulling weeds out of the ground by hand.
  • Using small hand tools such as loppers.
  • Sorting and planting Camus bulbs and seedlings.

How you’ll make a difference

You will contribute to Parks Canada’s important work to restore some of the rarest ecosystems in Canada, which are home to more than 100 rare and endangered plant and animal species.

What’s in it for you?

  • Lean about Garry oak ecosystems and native plant species.
  • Gain valuable field experience and build your resume. 
  • Meet like-minded people.

Time commitment

Work takes place from 10am to 3pm on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month. Here are upcoming dates:  

  • July 11 & 25
  • August 8 & 22
  • September 19 & 26
  • October 24
  • November 7 & 21
  • December 5 & 19

For more information email or call us at 250-812-8133.

Campground Hosting


Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site’s overnight camping experience offers a taste of life similar that of the soldiers and their families who were stationed at the fort. Campground hosts provide a welcoming and safe environment for campers who stay in oTENTiks, a cross between an A-frame cabin and a prospector tent.

Who we’re looking for

  • You are friendly and outgoing and have your own RV.
  • You enjoy camping, history, nature and sharing your knowledge and stories with others.

What you’ll be doing

  • Welcoming campers and providing information about site facilities, services, and what to see and do in the area.
  • Promoting good camping practices.
  • Liaising with staff to help ensure a safe and comfortable environment.

How you’ll make a difference

  • Help to create an unforgettable camping experience by making people feel welcome, safe and connected to Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site.
  • Contribute to new campers’ appreciation and enjoyment of the great outdoors.

What’s in it for you?

  • A unique opportunity to discover Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites and the surrounding area.
  • Complimentary beach-front campsite for your RV (includes electric/ water hook-up and weekly access to sewage pump-out facilities).
  • Meeting new people from across Canada and the world.

Time commitment

  • 5 hours per day
  • 5 days per week
  • Minimum 2 – 4 weeks
  • Between May and September 2016.

For more information and to apply,  email or call 250-478-5849. Leave your name, a daytime contact phone number, and the dates you’re interested in.

Other Parks Canada Opportunities

For information on opportunities at other Parks Canada places on Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and across the country, click on the links below.

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
Gulf Islands National Park Reserve
Fort Langley National Historic Site
Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
National volunteer opportunities