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Position: Stewardship Intern
Organization: Stanley Park Ecology Society
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia

The Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES) promotes awareness of and respect for the natural world and plays a leadership role in the stewardship of Stanley Park through collaborative initiatives in education, research and conservation.

Note: The Stanley Park Ecology Society cannot provide any payment, stipend, travel expense reimbursement or other form of compensation. Volunteers are responsible for their own travel and living arrangements. Volunteers are also responsible for acquiring all necessary travel documents if arriving from another country.

Time commitment

SPES is currently looking for a motivated volunteer who can assist with Stewardship projects and programs over a minimum 3 month period, starting in March. The ideal candidate would be available 20 to 30 hours per week during a 3 to 5 day work week. Some weekend work will be required on a regular basis (about twice per month). SPES works with volunteers to build a mutually beneficial schedule. Orientation and training will be provided.



  • Research support
    • Assess data and prepare brief report on regional stewardship programs
    • Prepare invasive species profile information for outreach brochure
    • Assist Stewardship Coordinator and Conservation team in various administrative duties
  • Assistance/support for the Stewardship Coordinator
    • Program registration
    • Event and program data recording
    • Create basic private event bookings trends and management spreadsheet

Field and equipment:

  • Stewardship programs
    • Assist program leader in facilitating volunteers in invasive plant removal projects, and native planting events
    • Prepare and organize equipment for stewardship events
    • Maintain and organize equipment storage rooms
    • Assist with upkeep of SPES’s native nursery
  • Surveys and monitoring
    • Assist staff in doing pre- and post-site assessments


  • Opportunity to incorporate this experience into a co-op or intern placement for an educational program
  • Gain volunteer hours/experience
  • Gain experience working in a not-for-profit setting
  • Gain hands-on experience in ecological enhancement and restoration work
  • Reference letter or other forms of reference as desired by the volunteer are available at end of placement


  • Must be 18 years or older (University level preferred)
  • Education in environmental geography, environmental restoration, or related field
  • Certified in Standard First Aid
  • Passion for developing your plant ID and local ecology knowledge
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions
  • Experience leading large groups an asset
  • Knowledge of MS Excel, MS Access, and ArcGIS an asset
  • Able to work with minimal supervision with a self-starter attitude
  • Outgoing and personable (you will be working with other volunteers and regularly speaking with the public)
  • Excellent leadership and organizational abilities
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Genuine desire to gain experience in a small not-for-profit setting
  • Desire to contribute to the mission of Stanley Park Ecology Society

Application Procedure

Email Alicia Fontaine, Volunteer Coordinator at:
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Your email should include:

  • A subject heading as follows: Stewardship Intern – your FirstName LastName

Eg. Stewardship Intern – Sandy Smith

  • Your preferred volunteer shifts that you are available during April 20 to June 23
  • One attached Word or PDF file named as follows: FirstNameLastName.

Eg. SandySmith.doc or SandySmith.pdf

This file should contain:

  • A short cover letter outlining why you would like to be part of this program
  • Your resume

We thank all applicants but only those receiving an interview will be contacted.

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GoodWork ID: 38789       Date posted to Mar 7 2017