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:
Wintertime Volunteering in Jasper
Take your love of snowshoeing to a whole new level
Several three valley confluence trails are designated as snowshoe trails in Jasper National Park. Beginner snowshoers like to have well-defined, packed trails that help newcomers to the activity to get out and explore! Several trails in the Pyramid Bench area need volunteers to be the first ones out after a huge snowfall: helping to pack a defined route and reporting on trail conditions along the way. Volunteer activities follow designated snowshoe trails only. Volunteers need to provide their own snowshoes. Email to sign up and volunteer!
Come and help make a great cross-country experience!
If you have a love for cross-country skiing, a gift for chatting and like the idea of helping others stay warm, bring your group to Jasper and help us with cross-country ski hosting this winter! Two main cross-country areas at Decoigne and Whistlers offer the ideal Saturday volunteer outing. Keep the fires going, answer questions about the trails, go out for a ski and report on trail conditions when you're done. Decoigne has a warming hut to help keep you and your friends out of the cold. Skiers should have their own equipment.
This opportunity runs January 2015-March 2015.
Email the Volunteer Coordinator to schedule your group's volunteer day.
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 email@example.com to sign up and receive our monthly volunteer emails!
NEW Volunteer Opportunities are being developed for the winter and spring of 2015! Come back often to get news and information about these opportunities as they arise.
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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