Volunteer Park Host Opportunity – Strathcona Provincial Park

Croteau Lake, with the groupsite and yurt just visible in the trees Croteau Lake, with the groupsite and yurt just visible in the trees

More information about Strathcona Park

The Volunteer Park Host Program is a hospitality service to park visitors. The role of the host is to enhance visitor services and to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for park visitors. By greeting park visitors and providing them with information about things to do in the park and surrounding area, volunteer park hosts offer an important service.

The Park Host is stationed at the Croteau Lake backcountry group campsite, which consists of a large host tent shelter, 12 visitor tent pads, a yurt with external deck, a bear-proof food cache, a small dock, and a urine diversion composting toilet. There is no power on site. The Host season runs from mid June to mid September. Hosts are required to commit to at least one week on site, but can volunteer for longer if desired. Below is a list of qualifications and duties expected of the Park Host as well as some general park information. This is an excellent opportunity to spend time living in a hikers’ paradise in the beauty of Vancouver Island’s subalpine.

The Park Host is responsible for the following:

  • Greet visitors to the Croteau Lake group campsite and provide information to park users
  • Ensure the camp remains clean, and that park visitors clean-up after themselves
  • Record and report any strange occurrences, conflicts with wildlife, contraventions of the Park Act and Regulations, and any accidents or near misses that occur
  • Maintain a park host journal (a record of weather, duties) and a visitor records journal
  • Minor cleaning and maintenance as required

In exchange for the duties listed above, BC Parks will:

  • Provide a fully equipped 14x22 foot custom tent shelter, camp furniture, cooking supplies, and other camp basics free of charge at Croteau Lake
  • Provide logistical support
  • Facilitate work projects that mutually benefit the park and the Park Host
  • Provide orientation for the selected hosts before they go into the park, instructing them on the use and maintenance of the water system, propane stove, use of the communication device, system for checking in/out, and all other duties or equipment expected to be used

Qualifications:

  • Available to commit to at least one week of time (Thursday to Thursday) in June, July, August or September
  • Must be in good health and in good physical condition in order to perform the duties required, to hike in to the site, and to live in an isolated location without access to immediate medical aid./li>
  • First aid training and current certification at OFA Level 1, and CPR (or equivalent) or higher.
  • Experience in backcountry travel
  • For safety reasons there must be more than one person in the host party
  • Hosts must sign a volunteer agreement and abide by all BC Park policies and regulations
  • A vulnerable sector Criminal Record Check is mandatory for all hosts
  • Pets are not allowed for park hosts
Host tent set up at Croteau Lake host site Host tent set up at Croteau Lake host site

Supplies:

Park Hosts must supply the following items for their stay:

  • Food
  • Bug spray
  • Clothing (suitable to all weather conditions, snow to heat)
  • Sleeping bag, sleep foam
  • Fishing gear, cameras and other leisure time equipment
  • Bear spray and knowledge of how to use it
  • Enthusiasm for the outdoors!

BC Parks supplies the following items during your stay:

  • Shelter - Large 2 room tent (14'x22')
  • Propane stove with 2 burners
  • Kitchen basics
  • Small propane powered space heater
  • Battery operated hand held lantern
  • InReach device for safety and navigation
  • Two folding camp cots to sleep on

If you wish to apply to this opportunity please check send an email to james.godfrey@gov.bc.ca. Please indicate your available dates when you apply. Applications can be submitted anytime, but dates are finalized for each summer beginning in mid-late April.

Thank you for your interest!