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
Restore endangered Garry oak ecosystems by removing invasive plants that threaten them
© Parks Canada

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):

  • April 5
  • April 26

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
© Parks Canada

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

National Volunteer Week is a time to recognize, celebrate and thank our volunteers.

This year over 400 volunteers have donated over 2000 hours of their time to help restore rare Garry Oak ecosystems.

Parks Canada is proud to spotlight a few of our volunteers in appreciation for all we have accomplished together. Want to share the “spotlight”? To be featured call 250-812-8133 or email us.

Alison Perry © Parks Canada

 

Name: Alison Perry

What motivated you to become a volunteer with Parks Canada?
I wanted to see what restoration work was all about, and contribute to the conservation of beautiful ecosystems.

What is the best part of being a Garry Oak ecosystem restoration volunteer?
It’s very satisfying seeing a cleared area and knowing it was densely packed with Spurge Laurel or Scotch Broom when you began. I love that in addition to the work there are many opportunities to learn about different invasive and native plant species.



Christina Price © Parks Canada

Name: Christina Price

What motivated you to become a volunteer with Parks Canada?
I wanted to learn more about native species and the work Parks Canada does through restoration of local ecosystems.

What would you say to potential volunteers?
Bring your friends for a fun and educational Saturday afternoon!



Cindy Wang © Parks Canada

Name: Cindy Wang

What motivated you to become a volunteer with Parks Canada?
My major and also my passion for the environment

What is the best part of being a Garry Oak ecosystem restoration volunteer?
Learning about new plants and being satisfied with the completion of removing invasive plants



Jake Burton © Parks Canada

Name: Jake Burton

What motivated you to become a volunteer with Parks Canada?
Interest in ecological restoration and the Garry Oak ecosystems.

Why do you think it is important to volunteer?
To increase the biodiversity of Fort Rodd Hill and to engage in positive connections with the local communities.



Jessica Curry © Parks Canada

Name: Jessica Curry

What is the best part of being a Garry Oak ecosystem restoration volunteer?
Learning about plant species and identification at different growth stages. Being able to see the results of a day’s work.

Why do you think it is important to volunteer?
Pertinent work experience for school. Opportunity to spend time outdoors.


Jian Wang © Parks Canada

Name: Jian Wang

What is the best part of being a Garry Oak ecosystem restoration volunteer?
Work in a natural environment, with mud and plants.

Why do you think it is important to volunteer?
To meet new people and learn from each other.