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 our own. Friends of Jasper National Park
, Jasper-Yellowhead Museum
and many others have a wide range of volunteer opportunities available including special event assistance, behind the scenes help, cultural resource assistance and work bees of many kinds.
Get involved with the Friends of Jasper
The Friends of Jasper, Parks Canada and the Jasper Skytram have begun a new trail restoration project on the Whistlers Summit and will be looking for lots of help in the summer of 2017. This beloved local trail is the park’s fastest way to reach a mountain summit, but is beginning to show its age with tens of thousands of visitors hiking the area annually. Protecting the alpine environment and improving the visitor experience are key parts of this project that volunteers can assist with.
Look for your chance to volunteer when you are on the mountain or email the Friends of Jasper National Park for schedules and volunteer dates and times: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Jasper Trails Alliance is Jasper’s main volunteer organization working on trail-based stewardship. Volunteers can take part in regular volunteer days during the summer and on occasional outings in the shoulder seasons. As a subcommittee of the Friends of Jasper, they can be reached by emailing: email@example.com.
Park Stewards: Group Volunteering
Bring a group of friends, colleagues, professionals and other like-minded people to Jasper and volunteer, together! Options include remote site clean-ups, invasive weed removal bees and trails related projects through our Parks Canada partners. Options abound for visitors for any age and ability: call or email us.
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 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. The available dates for Park Steward volunteering will be set closer to the summer season.
Other Parks Canada opportunities
Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanups
Did you know that Jasper is home to dozens of ponds, wetlands, creeks, rivers, lakes and one Canadian Heritage River? These locations need active stewardship to be kept clean and litter free. Volunteer groups and organizations can adopt these locations for individual or group outings. Visit www.shorelinecleanup.ca to register or check with the Jasper volunteer coordinator for a shoreline that could use your help.
Call: 780-883-0486 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact us to be on the email list for this year’s volunteer event reminders, news and updates.
Additional notes about volunteering in Jasper National Park
- Visitation in 2017 is expected to be at some of the highest levels ever in the Mountain Parks. Demand on park services and popular attractions will be at its highest during the months of May-September especially. Please plan your trip accordingly and ensure all your arrangements are in order before heading out to Jasper.
- 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 or communing 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:
Interested in volunteering elsewhere with Parks Canada? Check out the
national volunteer webpage for a complete listing of Parks Canada opportunities across the country.
Jasper National Park also shares our Rocky Mountain eco-region with a number of other provincial parks and recreation areas, also looking for volunteers. Be sure to get in touch with one of them for additional opportunities in our region and beyond.
Alberta Parks Volunteering
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