Volunteers
Volunteers removing invasive plant species
Volunteers

BC Parks is proud to work with a diverse team of volunteers across the province. Our volunteers help with a wide range of stewardship initiatives, from trail maintenance to interpretation. They play an essential role in the work we do.

Want to be a part of the BC Parks community, learn more about our work, and meet like-minded people? There are many exciting ways to bring your knowledge and skills to BC Parks.

For information on our volunteer awards program, visit the volunteer awards page.

For questions about volunteering with BC Parks, contact bcparks.volunteers@gov.bc.ca

Volunteer partners

We encourage community involvement in our work, and we partner with local volunteer organizations throughout B.C. You can get involved by forming a partner organization in your community or volunteering with an existing BC Parks partner.

Form a partner organization

To be eligible for the Volunteer Partner Program, your organization must be:

  • A legally incorporated entity (typically under B.C.’s Societies Act)
  • Interested in and capable of helping with our recreation or stewardship work
  • Fully prepared to supervise the activities of volunteers

Volunteer with a partner organization

Interested in learning more about volunteering with a partner organization? Email us at bcparks.volunteers@gov.bc.ca. Or, find a volunteer partner in your community below.

West Coast

Comox Valley Yacht Club 
Friends of John Dean Provincial Park Society 
Living Oceans Society 
Comox District Mountaineering Club 
Surfrider Foundation, Vancouver Island Chapter 
River City Cycle Club 
Salt Spring Island Conservancy 
Canadian Cave Conservancy 
Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce 
South Island Mountain Bike Society 
Salt Spring Trail and Nature Club 
The Galiano Trails Society 
Surfrider Pacific Rim 
Heron Rocks Friendship Centre Society 
Arrowsmith Cycling Club 
Sandspit Community Society 
Pepaken Hautw Foundation 
Lasqueti Island Nature Conservancy 
Gabriola Land and Trails Trust 
Back Country Horsemen Society of BC - North Vancouver Island Chapter 
Yellow Point Ecological Society 
Mitlenatch Island Stewardship Team 
Marmot Recovery Foundation 
British Columbia Speleological Federation 
Maple Bay Yacht Club 
Alberni Clayoquat Regional District 
Coastal Recreation Society 
The Denman Island Residents Association 
Ocean Legacy 
Friends of Ruckle Park Heritage 
Friends of Morden Mine 
Quadra Island Recreation Society 
Vancouver Artillery Association

South Coast

Ridge-Meadows Outdoor Club 
Tetrahedron Outdoor Club 
Backcountry Horsemen Society of British Columbia 
Squamish Access Society 
British Columbia Mountaineering Club 
Powell River Cycling Association 
Sea Kayak Association of BC 
Friends of Garibaldi Park Society 
Fraser Valley Regional District 
Sargent Bay Society 
Tetrahedron Outdoor Club 
Spud Valley Nordics

Kootenay - Okanagan

Christina Lake Stewardship Society 
Fernie Trails Alliance 
Friends of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park Society 
Friends of the South Slopes Society (FOSS) 
Friends of West Kootenay Parks Society 
Backcountry Horsemen Society of BC - East Kootenay Chapter 
Mountain Bikers of the Central Okanagan 
Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration Society 
North Okanagan Cycling Society 
Shuswap Trail Alliance 
Skaha Bluffs Park Watch Society 
Vernon Outdoors Club 
Grand Forks Wildlife Association 
Princeton Ground Search and Rescue Society 
Penticton Area Cycling Association 
Okanagan High Rim Trail Association 
Boundary Invasive Species Society 
Nelson Cycling Club 
Backcountry Horsemen Society Of British Columbia - Yarrow Chapter 
The Elk River Watershed Alliance 
Beaver Valley X Country Ski Club 
North Slocan Trails Society

Thompson-Cariboo

Kamloops Bike Riders Association 
Clinton and District Outdoor Sportsman Association 
Friends of Churn Creek Protected Area Society 
Kamloops Naturalist Club 
Four Wheel Drive Association of British Columbia 
Kamloops Snowmobile Association 
Fraser Headwaters Alliance 
Back Country Horsemen Society of BC 
Kamloops Thompson Trail Alliance
Wells Gray Trail Society

Northern

Prince George Backcountry Recreation Society 
Prince George Snowmobile Club 
Swan City Snowmobile Club 
Wolverine Nordic Mountain Society 
Backcountry Horsemen Robson Valley 
Back Country Horsemen Society of BC 
Northland Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club 
Blizzard Bicycle Club 
Scouts Canada, Cascadia Council
Yellowhead Outdoor Recreation Association 
Kakwa Park Snowmobile Club

Ecological Reserve Wardens

Ecological reserve wardens are the eyes and ears of BC Parks in the province’s ecological reserves. (For more information on ecological reserves across the province, visit the Friends of Ecological Reserves website.)

ER wardens support BC Parks staff with a great variety of tasks, including invasive plant control, inventory of flora and fauna, and trespass monitoring. These dedicated volunteers serve a vital role in the long-term protection of B.C.’s ecological reserves.

How to become an ER warden

To learn more about the work ER wardens do, download the ecological reserve warden handbook. This PDF document describes the roles, duties, and responsibilities of volunteer wardens in helping manage B.C.’s ecological reserves.

Next, visit the Friends of Ecological Reserves website and the BC Parks ER web page to familiarize yourself with B.C.’s ecological reserves. Then, if you are ready to get involved, complete the ER warden application form and email it to BCParks.Volunteers@gov.bc.ca.

Park Hosts

The Park Host Program is an important hospitality service available to visitors in some campgrounds, marine parks, and backcountry areas. Park hosts enhance visitor services, greet visitors and provide information about things to do in the park and surrounding area.

Campground Hosts

Park operators are currently seeking hosts at campgrounds in parks across the province. For more information on opportunities and how to apply, select the park you are interested in from the list below.

All roles and responsibilities as well as insurance requirements are the obligations of the specific park operator. Campground hosts report directly to park operators and are not technically considered BC Parks’ volunteers.

Beatton Provincial Park  
Big Bar Lake Provincial Park  
Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park  
Champion Lakes Provincial Park  
Charlie Lake Provincial Park  
Christina Lake Provincial Park  
Gordon Bay Provincial Park  
Green Lake Provincial Park  
Gwillim Lake Provincial Park
Kokanee Creek Provincial Park
Kootenay Lake Provincial Park  
Lac La Hache Provincial Park  
Lac Le Jeune Provincial Park  
Moberly Lake Provincial Park  
Mount Fernie Provincial Park  
Mount Robson Provincial Park  
Swan Lake Provincial Park  
Syringa Provincial Park  
Ten Mile Lake Provincial Park  
Whiskers Point Provincial Park

Marine hosts

The Park Host Program also operates at some marine parks, including:

Pirate’s Cove

Wallace Island

Backcountry hosts

Backcountry hosting opportunities are available at these locations:

Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Provincial Park

Strathcona Provincial Park