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Positions: Nature Centre Host
Organization: City of Surrey - Urban Forestry
Location: Surrey, Greater Vancouver BC

Applications open until January 31, 2019

The Surrey Nature Centre is a unique facility – the only one of its kind in the City of Surrey – and we are seeking volunteers to help care for and share this special place. If you are interested in spending time outdoors and sharing the joy of nature with others, this position could be a great fit for you.

Ongoing training is provided and the role offers flexible scheduling and responsibilities. Help maintain our bird watching area, share books during storytime, get park visitors involved in citizen science projects, and more.


  • Share knowledge and appreciation for Surrey’s urban forest
  • Engage with visitors at the centre
  • Facilitate nature activities for the public and assist with nature walks
  • Support participants and other volunteers at Nature Centre programs and events
  • Assist staff with set-up and take down of programs and events
  • Collect data for citizen science projects, individually and/or with park visitors
  • Help maintain indoor and outdoor spaces, such as the bird feeders


  • Receive training in plant and animal identification, nature interpretation, site operations, and group instruction and supervision
  • Create meaningful memories with park visitors
  • Develop confidence in public speaking and leadership skills
  • Gain networking opportunities and experience working in nature with all ages
  • Earn volunteer hours and a personalized letter of reference upon request


  • Comfortable working in all weather conditions
  • Able to communicate in English, spoken and written
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Able to travel to Surrey Nature Centre at Green Timbers Park


  • Knowledge of local plants and animals
  • Previous experience working with children and/or the public
  • Able to communicate in additional languages

Time Commitment

  • Attend three training sessions in February and March
  • Sign up for and attend shifts throughout the year, at least once per season

Application Process

  • Fill out an online application (
  • Provide 2 references (reference form provided)
  • Successfully complete an interview with Surrey Nature Centre staff
  • Successfully complete a Police Information Check (free for volunteers)

A limited number of volunteers will be accepted for this opportunity.

For more information about this volunteer position, please contact the Surrey Nature Centre at or call 604-502-6065

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Dec 7 2018    ID: 49599