Volunteering is the best way of giving back to your national park. Hands on or behind the scenes--there’s an opportunity waiting for you! Whether it’s just for a few hours or an entire summer season, check out some of these opportunities:
Parks Canada works with volunteers from a number of organizations in the surrounding community in addition to providing opportunities of its own. Friends of Jasper National Park, Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and many others have a wide range of volunteer opportunities available including trail work, clerical help, cultural resource assistance and work bees of many kinds.
For more information, contact the Jasper National Park Volunteer Program Coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW: A Few Good Scat Seekers Are Needed!
Volunteers prepare to sample bear scat from Jasper National Park trail. © Parks Canada / K. Gedling
This is a new pilot project that will be in place this summer in Jasper National Park! We're looking for a few dedicated hikers who are willing to carry a scat sampling kit and help us learn more about the bears of Jasper.
Sampling is easy: carry a kit, pick a piece of bear scat from any scat found on the trail, place it in a vial and take a picture of it and the QR code on the vial using your iPhone or Android. The image is automatically sent off to bear biologists and the GPS location of your sample site is recorded, along with the bear's DNA details a little later on. Who knew that poo could reveal so much?
Training will be provided in spring 2015 and as needed throughout the summer. To download the app, visit: http://www.grizzlyscatapp.ca/ If you don’t have an iPhone or an Android, GPS units are available for loan by contacting email@example.com.
Become a volunteer trail ambassador or trailhead host in support of caribou conservation!
LEARN about caribou
SHARE the knowledge
PROTECT a Species at Risk
Caribou ambassadors will provide information to visitors on caribou in the mountain national parks and Parks Canada’s caribou conservation actions. The tasks require good communication skills and the ability to work independently. Trail ambassadors will need a reasonable level of fitness, experience in hiking in alpine terrain and be comfortable to speak with visitors on a routine basis.
Become a Park Steward at Your Own Pace
Park Stewards are volunteers who participate in short term volunteer stewardship days and projects that give an immediate return to protecting and improving Jasper National Park. Park Stewards volunteer on their own pace throughout the year in summer and winter when opportunities arise. There is no minimum commitment and you can only say YES to the projects you are available for and interested in. This is a great for people with a flexible schedule and ideal for people interested in getting some short term experience. Some of the areas Park Stewards help with are invasive species removal, litter picks, special events help, trail conditions reporting and much more. Volunteer once a season or as many times as you want.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up and receive our monthly volunteer emails!
Additional Notes about Volunteering in Jasper National Park
- Volunteers are responsible for all of their own costs when travelling to and from Jasper National Park.
- Parks Canada is typically unable to provide volunteer housing or assistance with living costs associated with volunteer activities in Jasper National Park.
- International volunteers are responsible for ensuring they meet the proper requirements for their entry and stay in Canada. For more information, please consult the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website: http://www.cic.gc.ca/iec-eic/
Interested in volunteering elsewhere with Parks Canada? Check out the national volunteer webpage for a complete listing of Parks Canada opportunities across the country.
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