Volunteer with BC Parks

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. This page outlines our volunteer programs:

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 click on links below to learn about volunteer partners in your region.

West Coast:

South Coast:

Kootenay-Okanagan:

Thompson-Cariboo:

The North:

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.

Backcountry hosts

The Backcountry Host Program offers volunteers a one-of-a-kind, immersive volunteering experience in British Columbia's backcountry. Backcountry hosts volunteer to stay in a remote backcountry cabin or yurt, at a popular hiking location. They typically stay for one-to-four weeks at a time during the summer.

Every backcountry host plays an important role in enhancing the visitor experience. Backcountry hosts greet park visitors and provide them with location-specific information. Other backcountry host responsibilities vary depending on the location.

Backcountry host opportunities are only available at the locations listed below. If you are interested in one of these positions, please review the relevant information sheet and complete the application form. Each application form includes the contact email address you should submit your application to.

Kakwa Park

Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Park (Cold Fish Lake Campground)

Strathcona Park (Croteau Lake)

  • Visit the Strathcona Park webpage
  • The 2024 Croteau Lake Volunteer Host program is full for the 2024 season
  • Check back January 1, 2025, when the 2025 season application will be posted

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 stewardship handbook [PDF]. This 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 our ecological reserves webpage to familiarize yourself with B.C.’s ecological reserves. Then, if you are ready to get involved, complete the ER warden application form [PDF] and email it to BCParks.Volunteers@gov.bc.ca.

Volunteer awards

Every year, hundreds of people and organizations donate their time and energy to care for B.C.’s parks and protected areas. To acknowledge the work of volunteers who go above and beyond, we created the BC Parks Volunteer Awards.

To see this year’s award recipients, visit the Volunteer Awards page.