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:
- Apply to become a Park Steward
- Special Place Group Stewardship Projects
- Participate in a BioBlitz
- Special notes and considerations
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, 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.
There are 3 ways to engage in volunteer opportunities in Jasper National Park.
Park Steward program
This program has reached capacity for 2018. Thank you to all who applied to be Park Stewards! Please scroll down further to see additional volunteer opportunities for groups and with our partners here in Jasper National Park. If you have questions, please email the Volunteer Programs Coordinator email@example.com
Park Stewards are a small group of engaging, well supported volunteers who help visitors come to appreciate the visitor offer and the importance of protecting the ecological integrity of the park that we all enjoy. Park Stewards help support Parks Canada (while hiking and enjoying park trails!) by providing information to visitors they meet and completing a trail conditions report at the end of each shift.
Volunteers must commit to:
- A minimum of 4-5 shifts from May until the end of October
- Participating in a 1 day Park Stewards training session prior to undertaking their first volunteer shift.
Applicants should be flexible, comfortable with engaging with visitors and have a moderate fitness level. Park Stewards should also have a good awareness of key visitor locations and day-hikes, as identified in the Jasper National Park Visitor Guide Summer 2018 (PDF, 9.4 mb) and the Jasper National Park Day-hiking guide (PDF, 3.6 mb).
Applications for this volunteer program will be accepted from January to May 1. Please contact the Jasper National Park volunteer coordinator if you have any questions.
Once training is complete, Park Stewards can opt to specialize as trail hosts, interpretive program assistants and Caribou Ambassadors, but are not limited to just one of these options. The application form can be found here (PDF, 413 kb). For a detailed volunteer activity description and list of volunteer benefits, please inquire.
Special Place Stewards
Bring a group of friends, colleagues, professionals and other like-minded people to Jasper and volunteer, together! For a list of self-guided project ideas or to discuss your own volunteer project idea, email the Volunteer Coordinator for more information!
Groups of volunteers can participate in hands-on Jasper Park stewardship in a number of important ways. Opportunities available in Jasper National Park include litter pick-ups, invasive species removal and the organization of Shoreline Cleanups.
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 shorelinecleanup.ca to register for one of Jasper’s wetlands that needs a helping hand!
Jasper's park interpreters are holding a spring flower count on May 25th and 26th!
For more information on how to participate in this program, please follow this link (suitable for all audiences!).
Partners in Jasper Park volunteering
Parks Canada works closely with a number of important partners in Jasper National Park! If you want to volunteer, but don’t find the right match for you here, you may find others that match your goals and interests here!
The Friends of Jasper National Park
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 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.
- Please note that Jasper National Park does not have a full time service learning or volunteer internship program in 2018. If you are seeking a placement of this nature, please continue your volunteer engagement search.
Volunteer in other protected places too!
- 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.
Questions? Ideas? Contact us!
Call: 780-883-0486 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org