Wildlife and Water Quality Volunteers, vol., Stanley Park Ecology Society, Vancouver BC
Date posted to RCEN & PlanetVolunteer: Mar 15 2017

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Position: Wildlife and Water Quality Monitor
Organization: Stanley Park Ecology Society
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia

SPES is seeking a volunteer who can help with various wildlife surveys and monitoring , as well as basic water quality sampling.

The ideal candidate must commit to a minimum of 5 month period (April-August 2017), and can apply to conduct one or more of the daytime surveys and/or one or both of the evening surveys. Monitoring frequency and time commitment are detailed below. Volunteers are needed every four weeks from April to August (inclusive). The specific days of volunteering is flexible and may be discussed and scheduled between the volunteer and one of the on-staff conservation technicians. Here are the weeks (Monday-Friday) that volunteers are needed for conducting the surveys:

  • April 3-7
  • May 1-5
  • May 29 – June 2
  • June 26-30
  • July 24-28
  • August 21-25



  • Assisting the on-staff conservation technician with field data collection and data entry for the following surveys:

Evening Surveys:

  • Swallow and Wood Duck nest box monitoring

    • Where: Beaver Lake and Lost Lagoon

    • When: Late afternoon or evening before dusk

    • Survey frequency: Twice weekly

    • Time commitment: 5 hrs weekly (2 hrs/survey; 1 hr data entry), total 30 hrs

  • Bat colony emergence counts

    • Where: Stanley Park Pavilion and Rowing Club

    • When: Dusk

    • Survey frequency: Minimum twice weekly

    • Time commitment: 4 hrs weekly (1.5 hrs/survey; 1 hr data entry), total 24 hrs

Daytime Surveys:

  • Nesting Bald Eagle monitoring

    • Where: 4 locations dispersed throughout the Park

    • When: During daylight hours

    • Survey frequency: Twice weekly

    • Time commitment: 5 hrs* with bicycle weekly (2hrs/survey; 1 hr data entry) *add 1 hr to each survey if conducted on foot, total 30 or 36 hrs

  • Water quality monitoring (using a YSI meter)

    • Where: Beaver lake and Lost Lagoon

    • When: During daylight hours

    • Survey frequency: Once weekly

    • Time commitment: 3 hrs weekly (2 hrs/survey; 1 hr data entry), total 18 hrs

    • Heron Colony Disturbance Threshold Survey

      • Where: Stanley Park Heron Colony (Park Lane near Beach Ave.)

      • When: During daylight hours

      • Survey frequency: Minimum twice weekly

      • Time commitment: 3 hrs weekly (1 hr/survey; ½ hr to verify data/survey), total 18 hrs

Please note: Allow ½ hour before each survey for picking up any required equipment and data collection forms.


  • Data entry into Excel and Microsoft Access database


The selected candidate(s) must be available in the last week of March for training. Approximately 2 hrs of training will be required for each survey. If the applicant is interested in conducting more than one survey, he/she will have to be trained for each of them. The training dates are flexible and may be scheduled between the volunteer and one of the on-staff conservation technicians.


  • Gain volunteer experience in the field of environmental conservation while working in a beautiful outdoor setting.

  • Make an important contribution to the conservation and restoration of habitats in Stanley Park.

  • Twice yearly volunteer appreciation events

  • Letter of reference available after a minimum 30 hours of service


  • Enjoy being outdoors and observing wildlife for extended periods in all weather conditions and at various times of the day and evening

  • Experience compiling, managing, and analyzing data in a research or other formal setting

  • Working knowledge and appreciation of environmental issues and the values and mission of Stanley Park Ecology Society

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Ability and willingness to work independently

Application Procedure

To apply, please email Alicia Fontaine, Volunteer Coordinator at:
vols mask stanleyparkecology.ca*

Your email should include:

  • A subject heading as follows: Wildlife and Water Quality Monitor – your FirstName LastName

Eg. Wildlife and Water Quality Monitor – Sandy Smith

  • Your preferred survey(s) that you are available to complete during April to August

  • 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.

When applying, please indicate that you saw this posting at RCEN.ca.

*Note: e-mail addresses above (if any) have been masked to reduce spam.
To form the correct address, rejoin the two portions, separated with @.




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