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.
- Community volunteers
- Volunteer activity descriptions
- Volunteer intake process
- Other Parks Canada opportunities
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
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
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.
|Task||Description||Required skills/training||Time requirements|
|Outdoor Oven Baker or Cook||
||Full day shift|
|Volunteer Newsletter Editor||
||Assist once per week or every two weeks for a partial day.|
|Farm animal Assistant||
|Gardener||Weed, water, plant and dig! Our heritage garden requires daily attention throughout the growing season. Learn about Fort Langley’s farm and heritage plants.||You bring:
|Fire pit Attendant||Tend the bonfire during special events to ensure public safety and to chat with visitors.||You bring:
||Commit to a half day or full day approximately six times per year.|
|Children’s Activities Assistant||Interact with children as you assist in leading birthday party activities, Xplorers booklet activities, or old-fashioned games like tug-of-war and potato sack races.||You bring:
|Parking Attendant||Wear a safety vest and work with a partner to direct traffic to safely park in our parking lot or other designated parking areas on Parks Canada property during large special events.||You bring:
||Upon request, approximately 3 days per year.|
|Promotional Outreach Assistant or Village Greeter||
||Once you have completed the training, aim to attend a minimum of 3 outreach events during the year.|
|Living History Animator||
||Three to seven hour shifts. Please commit to a minimum of 6 shifts per year.|
|Event photographer||Do you have an eye for photography? Gain experience taking photos during a special event. Meet with the promotions officer to decide on a shot list, take photos, and get model releases signed.||You bring:
||Three to four events per year.|
|Mascot Wearer||Dress up in Parks Canada’s official mascot costume, Parka the beaver, and connect with families on site.||You bring:
||A commitment of three shifts per year is needed.|
|Grounds Assistant||Enjoy working outdoors and helping keep a Parks Canada place looking beautiful. Work alongside a maintenance team member to gain transferable experience doing a variety of grounds tasks.||You bring:
||A commitment to six two-hour shifts per year is needed.|
To volunteer with Parks Canada, you will follow the steps outlined below during one of our Volunteer Intake Periods.
How to apply
- Fill out and submit a volunteer application, available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 604.513.4782.
- In 2018, volunteer intake periods will take place: January 3-16, May 1-12 and September 1-14. During intake periods, the volunteer coordinator will review applications that have been collected over the past several months, meet with candidates, conduct security screenings, and schedule orientation and training sessions.
- 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.
For information on opportunities at other Parks Canada places on Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and across the country, click on the links below.