Kootenay National Park

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Volunteering

Campground Host Program  |  Wildlife Program

Campground Host Program

Do you enjoy the great outdoors? Are you a friendly, outgoing person? You would be a great campground host!

People from around the world visit Kootenay National Park to relax, experience the great outdoors and learn about Canada's natural heritage. You can join them by volunteering as a host at one of our campgrounds.

Campground hosts greet visitors and provide them with information. They volunteer for four hours a day, five days a week (including weekends). In return, hosts have free entry to the park for a year, a free campsite while they volunteer, a site tour and many other benefits.

Volunteers are encouraged to stay for a minimum of two weeks and to provide their own self-contained camping unit (RV, truck camper or tent trailer).

For more information e-mail ll.info@pc.gc.ca or telephone 403-522-1203.

Wildlife Program

The Lake Louise, Yoho and Kootenay field unit periodically has opportunities for adult Canadians wishing to participate in research, monitoring, and communication activities of the wildlife program. These opportunities do not duplicate the regular work duties of park staff, but extend the wildlife program through volunteer citizen monitoring, assistance to park researchers, and public outreach communications. Volunteer assignments are usually based either at Radium Hot Springs in Kootenay National Park, or near the community of Field in Yoho National Park. Bunkhouse accommodation is sometimes available, however volunteers are responsible for their own transportation costs to the park, and for meals and other personal expenses. A wider range of opportunities may be available to volunteers with their own vehicles.

Volunteer assignments may take place in Yoho or Kootenay National Parks, or in the Lake Louise district of adjacent Banff National Park. Volunteers will be able to work with park staff, experience the spectacular outdoor setting of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, and develop a unique appreciation for the wildlife of these world-renowned national parks. Assignments are dependent on the availability of staff members to monitor and administer the volunteer program. Volunteer assignments usually last one to several months and entail a full-time commitment, however, part-time assignments are sometimes available for local volunteers with their own transportation and housing.

Qualifications for volunteers vary with different projects, but typically include the following: 

  • formal training in the biological sciences or a closely related discipline, or a strong background as an amateur naturalist 
  • ability to travel in the outdoors (ie, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, depending on season) 
  • map reading, navigation, and GPS skills 
  • ability to be a careful and meticulous recorder of field data 
  • willingness and ability to compile field data into computer database

Please send your expression of interest, complete with names, addresses and phone numbers of at least two employment or academic references, to:

Volunteer Coordinator
Lake Louise, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks
Box 220, Radium Hot Springs, BC V0A 1M0
Phone: 250-347-9615
E-mail: kootenay.info@pc.gc.ca or yoho.info@pc.gc.ca