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
- Group Volunteering with Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanups
- Partners in Jasper Park volunteering
- Additional notes about volunteering
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, the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and many others in the community of Jasper have a wide range of volunteer opportunities available including special event assistance, behind the scenes help, cultural resource assistance and much more.
There are many ways to engage with Parks Canada volunteer opportunities in Jasper National Park.
Jasper Park Steward Program
Volunteer applications are accepted from January 1 to April 15, 2020. Up to 40 steward opportunities are available.
The Jasper Park Stewards program includes: Day Hiking Park Stewards, Caribou Ambassador and Interpretive Program Assistants. All prospective volunteers must complete a volunteer program application in order to be considered for the program.
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, mountain biking or riding horseback and enjoying park trails!) by providing information to visitors they meet on trails and by reporting on trail conditions that they encounter.
Caribou Ambassadors are unique volunteers that help share information and awareness of caribou conservation in the mountain national parks with visitors to caribou habitat areas. This is most often together with Parks Canada interpretive and outreach education staff. Most volunteering takes place in day-use areas near caribou habitat such as Maligne Lake and Mount Edith Cavell.
Interpretive program assistants play an important role supporting park interpreters at campfire talks, theatre shows, “tail-guiding” guided walks and special events. Volunteers usually assist for a few hours in early evenings and on weekends when programs take place.
Volunteers must be willing to commit to:
- A minimum of 2-3 shifts at any point during the spring, summer and fall of 2020.
- Participating in a 1-day Park Stewards training session prior to undertaking their first volunteer shift. Returning volunteers participate in a Park Stewards refresher (2-3 hours). Training is offered in May and early June.
- Willingness to wear Parks Canada volunteer identifiers.
- Adhere to the Parks Canada code of values and ethics at all times.
- Volunteers must be self-sufficient, since we are unable to provide housing or travel assistance.
Applicants should be flexible, comfortable with engaging with visitors and have a moderate fitness level to access the park’s official trail network.
Park Stewards should also have a good level of awareness of key visitor locations and day-hikes, as identified in these guides:
- Jasper National Park Visitor Guide Summer 2018 (PDF, 9.4 MB)
- Jasper National Park Day-hiking guide (PDF, 3.6 MB)
The application form can be found here (PDF, 413 KB). For a detailed volunteer activity description and list of volunteer benefits, please inquire.
Group volunteering with Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanups
DYK: In 2019, more than 200 group volunteers (including 40 spontaneous visitors!) took part in 18 different Jasper shoreline cleanups. Make your group a part of caring for Jasper’s lakes and shores in 2020!
The best way to get a group of volunteers involved with Jasper National Park stewardship is to take on a shoreline cleanup! 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 year round to be kept clean and litter free. Volunteer groups and organizations can sign up to take care of these locations for individual or group outings. Parks Canada can help with providing gear for volunteers to borrow and help with planning the perfect shoreline cleanup! Email the JNP Volunteer Coordinator for more details.
Parks Canada works with OceanWise to support the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up initiative. By taking the time to formally sign-up using their website, your volunteer contributions are recorded as part of the national movement of clean-ups taking place across Canada. Take a few moments visit shorelinecleanup.ca and register for one of Jasper’s wetlands that needs a helping hand!
Our goal is to have at least one clean-up at each of our park’s listed lakes and wetlands annually. Play your part in reaching this important goal in 2020!
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 and the Jasper Trails Alliance
The Friends of Jasper National Park undertake numerous projects, programs and special events that help support Jasper National Park. They also organize the Jasper Trail Alliance and The Whistlers restoration project. If you’d like to help out our Friends on a coming project and take your volunteering to new heights email: email@example.com for more information.
Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives
If you’d like to help protect and present Jasper’s cultural and human history, visit the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum website for more details. Volunteers are often needed for programming, events and behind the scenes opportunities. Visit: www.jaspermuseum.org
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.
- In 2020, camping availability in Jasper National Park will be significantly reduced due to the renewal project at Whistlers Campground. Volunteers are responsible for their own camping reservations and accommodation needs. For more details on this project, please visit: Whistlers Campground - Closed for reconstruction until 2021.
- 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 2020. 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!