Visiting Fort Langley National Historic Site will be different than previous years. Be prepared, and know what is open and closed before you go.

Bring history to life! Parks Canada is looking for dedicated individuals to create lasting memories and amazing experiences for visitors, alongside Parks Canada employees.

Our volunteer program offers a wide variety of experiences, duties and roles at the national historic site. Fort Langley attracts 100,000 visitors from BC and around the world each year. Help showcase what life was really like as a fur trader in the 1800s and learn more about the history of British Columbia.

  1. Community volunteers
  2. Students
  3. Volunteer activity descriptions
  4. Volunteer intake process
  5. Other Parks Canada opportunities

1. Community volunteers

Do you love Fort Langley? Share your talents and connect with locals, tourists and youth by volunteering in our charming fort - where BC became BC.
What you get:

  • The opportunity to showcase your hobbies and interests
  • A better understanding and appreciation of the rich history and heritage of Fort Langley
  • A chance to depict Fort Langley life in the 1850s wearing a period costume
  • The occasion to meet other like-minded individuals and give back to your community

2. Students: Get work experience

Do you love people, travel, history, and Canadian culture? Gain work experience and fulfill your volunteer hours in a unique, fun environment!
What you get:

  • Volunteer work experience hours needed for graduation
  • Transferrable skills
  • A letter of recommendation from Parks Canada once hours are satisfactorily completed
  • A chance to connect with tourists and share Fort Langley’s story

3. Volunteer activities

Below are the volunteer tasks you can choose from. During volunteer intake, please indicate your preferences and availability and we will do our best to schedule you accordingly. Volunteer positions require a monthly minimum hour commitment which varies based on the position.

Interpretation and Demonstration

Do you enjoy leading tours, engaging with the public and telling people about the history of historic places? We have a wide variety of opportunities for you to work with our team in costume throughout the site:

  • Outdoor Oven Baker or Cook
  • Costuming Assistant
  • Farm animal Assistant
  • Gardener
  • Blacksmith Apprentice
  • Fire pit
  • Attendant
  • Greeter

Collections

On site we have a research library, historic collections from the local community, and exhibits that showcase what life was life in the past. Working with collections focuses on working with a variety of techniques used in historic sites and museums. Opportunities include:

  • Artifact Photograph Assistant
  • Archival Digitization Assistant
  • Library Assistant
  • Research Assistant

Administration/Maintenance

Photograph of our site and events, as well as maintaining our space, are important aspects of our operations. You can help by being a:

  • Grounds Assistant
  • Event photographer

4. Volunteer intake process

To volunteer with Parks Canada, you will follow the steps outlined below during one of our Volunteer Intake Periods.

How to apply

  1. Fill out and submit a volunteer application, available by emailing benevolesftlftlvolunteers@pc.gc.ca or by calling 604.513.4782.
  2. The volunteer coordinator will review applications, meet with candidates for an interview, conduct security screenings, and schedule orientation and training sessions.
  3. The security screening process will take time, but before you start we’ll keep in touch to make sure you get the information you need.
  4. Once you’ve been registered and received training, sign up for our volunteer newsletter to stay up to date with our volunteer activities and opportunities.

Register here to join our volunteer distribution list.


5. Other Parks Canada opportunities

For information on opportunities at other Parks Canada places on Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and across the country, click on the links below.