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Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites

Volunteer Opportunities

Here are two of the volunteer opportunities we offer right now:
Ecosystem Restoration | Campground Hosting

Do You Love Nature? Become a Restoration Volunteer today!

WANTED: Hands-on volunteers who can help restore a sensitive ecosystem at one of the most beautiful places anywhere. Parks Canada is looking for volunteers with a passion for nature who can help restore Garry Oak ecosystems in and around Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites. If you like working as part of a team, are willing to learn, and have a minimum level of fitness, Parks Canada wants YOU!

Help Us Win the Battle Against Alien Species

Restore endangered Garry oak ecosystems by removing invasive plants that threaten them, such as Scotch broom and spurge-laurel.

Restricted to the southern tip of Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and two small areas in the Fraser Valley, Garry oak ecosystems are some of the rarest in Canada. They are home to over 100 rare and endangered species, 11 of which are present in Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site and adjacent properties.

Restoration volunteering is a great way to build your resume, learn about native species and restoration, meet friendly people and enjoy the great outdoors! So come one, come all and volunteer with us throughout the year.

Click here to learn more about battling invasive species in Garry Oak ecosystems.

Upcoming Garry Oak ecosystems volunteer events (Saturdays, 10am -3pm):

  • January 24
  • February 7 & 21
  • March 7 & 21
  • April 18
  • May 2, 16 & 30
  • June 13 & 27
  • July 11 & 25
  • August 8 & 22
  • September 12 & 26
  • October 24

For more information or to arrange a volunteer time, call 250-812-8133 or email us.


Be a Campground Host at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site

Do you like talking to people? Are you interested in living in a peaceful, natural setting with an ocean view? Do you have an RV? Or a boat you can live on? If so, you may be interested in applying for a new opportunity to be a campground host at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site this summer!

We’re offering camping to the public at Fort Rodd Hill this summer, and we need your help.

What you get as a host:

  • A free place to park your RV (or a dock for your boat).
  • Access to electricity.
  • An opportunity to dump your sewage weekly.
  • And this spectacular view from your beachfront campsite:

spectacular view from beachfront campsite 

Time frame: Each host, or host couple, would be expected to be committed to about four weeks stay.

  • May 13 to June 10;
  • June 10 to July 8;
  • July 8 to Aug 5; or
  • Aug 5 to Sep 3

What your day looks like: During your four week stay, you would be on site everyday. Here’s what your schedule would look like:

  • 8am -11am: You are free to leave the site.
  • 11am - 1pm: You sweep out the tents and wipe down the tables.
  • 1pm - 5pm: You are free to leave the site.
  • 6pm - 7pm: You meet and greet campers and check washrooms for cleanliness. Give a quick wipe down to the washroom sinks, floor and toilets if needed.
  • 10pm: You close and lock the main gates.
  • 11pm: If needed you give a friendly reminder that it’s fires out and quiet time.

For the duration of your stay the site will also provide a cell phone to be used for after-hours emergencies or contacting site staff if needed.

Interested? Please email or call 250-478-5849. Give your name, a daytime contact phone number, and the parts of this summer you would be interested in hosting.


Parks Canada Volunteer Spotlight: Garry Oak Ecosystem Restoration Edition

WANTED:  Hands-on volunteers who can help restore a sensitive ecosystem at one of the most beautiful places anywhere 

National Volunteer Week (April 12-18) is a time to recognize, thank, and celebrate our volunteers. Volunteers are part of the ripple effect, and they strengthen our communities and make our country vibrant.

Learn more: http://volunteer.ca/nvw2015

This year over 500 volunteers have donated 2000 hours of their time to help restore rare Garry Oak ecosystems at Fort Rodd Hill. Together they helped Parks Canada remove 110 cubic yards of invasive species from sensitive natural areas. This is like removing a full size, big, yellow school bus full to the brim of invasive species! They also helped Parks Canada plants 55,000 native plants in our Garry Oak Learning Meadow! 55,000!

Parks Canada is proud to “Spotlight” a few of our amazing volunteers in appreciation for all we have accomplished together. We couldn’t have done it without them!

Amanda © Parks Canada

 

 

Amanda Noel volunteered over 20 hours this year!

What is your favorite native plant?
“Chocolate lily. They're coming up right about now and they're just so lovely.”

What motivated you to become a volunteer with Parks Canada?
“I have always enjoyed being outdoors and thought why not? I love nature and I feel that we take so much. We need to give back sometimes.”

What is the best part of being a Garry Oak ecosystem restoration volunteer?
“There is always something new to learn every week.”

What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned while volunteering?
“The most interesting thing I've learned while volunteering is hard to pinpoint. I've learned so much about the history of the Park as well as the nature in it. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here.”



Carol © Parks Canada

 

 

Carol Milo volunteered over 25 hours this year!

What is your favorite native plant?
“Chocolate lily.”

What motivated you to become a volunteer with Parks Canada?
“Parks Canada has long been a leader in conservation and restoration, and I enjoy the feeling of being connected to like-minded people across the country.”

What is the best part of being a Garry Oak ecosystem restoration volunteer?
“Watching native plants return to an area that has been cleared of invasive species.”

What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned while volunteering?
“Not only are the Garry oak meadows and Douglas-fir forests in our area home to unique plants, they host a variety of intriguing animal species such as the blue-grey taildropper slug, and the Propertius duskywing butterfly.”



Vaughn © Parks Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vaughn Scott volunteered nearly 40 hours this year!

What is your favorite native plant?
“My favorite plant would have to be the Western Buttercup, they look amazing and they add more color to the forest.”

What motivated you to become a volunteer with Parks Canada?
“I enjoy working outdoors especially in forests as they are beautiful places to be in.”

 What is the best part of being a Garry Oak ecosystem restoration volunteer?
“The best part is the sense of community. Everyone who comes here is very friendly and is willing to work, making it an amazing environment to work in. It is also great how everyone who comes here seems to want to help the environment which makes it feel like everyone has something in common, adding to the sense of community.”

What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned while volunteering?
“It would have to be what plants are native and what plants are not. There are places where you can see certain plants growing everywhere, and as a kid I thought that they must have been native as there is so much of it. Now I have learned otherwise and I know that these plants are not native and should be removed ASAP!”