Volunteers in Parks Programs

If you enjoy nature and the outdoors, our Parks VIP program might be for you!

We have many volunteer opportunities for people with a variety of skill, abilities and ages

As a valued member of our VIP team, volunteers will participate in a variety of projects throughout the Regional Parks system that are intended to conserve, protect and enhance our regional landscapes, biodiversity and the syilx/Okanagan culture.

If you’d like to engage your passion for nature and are interested in volunteering in your local Regional Parks, check out the Volunteer Positions and the Steps to Become a Volunteer in Parks below.

Volunteer Positions Available 

Trail Ambassadors

Trail Ambassador Volunteers assist regional parks staff by providing a presence in the park and by reporting on the condition of park trails, bridges, fences and facilities. They also provide information to the public about regional parks.

Nature Assistants

Nature Assistant Volunteers work directly with our Park Interpreters.

They help interpreters deliver programs such as the Tracks Walking group and Wild Walks.

GPS Inventory

Do you like to hike in our parks? Are you techno savvy?

GPS Inventory Volunteers assist in data collection of assets within our parks (i.e. signs, benches and bridges). Data is collected using the GPS on your cell phone and uploaded to our site via WiFi.

Lead Stewards

Lead Stewards assist in identifying, planning and leading Stewardship Team activities. They have specialized knowledge and experience in a variety of fields such as invasive weeds, permaculture, horticulture and natural resource science. 

Stewardship Team

Stewardship Team members participate in park stewardship activities throughout the Regional Parks systems. Activities vary and can include removal of invasive weeds, maintenance of park infrastructure, FireSmart projects and site restoration.

Food Forest Team

A “Food Forest” is a low-maintenance sustainable plant-based food production and agroforestry system based on woodland ecosystems.

Volunteers working in the food forest, help to maintain this area by weeding, pruning, mulching and harvesting using regenerative farming methods. Link to this document for more information.

Food forest activities are body-kind events and all abilities are welcome. We encourage you to enjoy and soak up the healing sounds and smells of the food forest and to go at your own pace.

Weedenders

Turn your weekend into a weed-end. This groups removes invasive weeds along the Mission Creek Greenway Regional Park.

Junior Stewardship

We welcome Junior Stewards to the VIP program. 

Youth 10 to 16 years old must be accompanied by a parent/guardian and 17 to under 19 must have a parent/guardian sign a waiver.

Stewardship Opportunities For Groups

Community groups wishing to do a stewardship activity in Regional Parks can contact the Volunteer Coordinator for ideas or help planning the activity.

This includes activities such as participation in Earth Day, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup or an environmental project identified by the group.

 

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Regional Parks. Following Provincial Health Office guidelines and the BC Restart Plan to Bring Us Back Together, recruitment for some of our volunteer programs has begun to open up again. We are beginning with the Food Forest Team and our Weedenders program. Register for these opportunities with this link.

  • We are in the process of developing a new volunteer portal that will allow us to engage our volunteers and train new recruits in a safe manner. The new portal will include more details about the different volunteer opportunities including an online information session to assist you in determining which programs are right for you. We anticipate this to be functional in the near future.
  • As Covid-19 restrictions are lifted and as part of the BC Restart Plan to Bring Us Back Together, we will have many opportunities for volunteers to engage in Regional Parks and we look forward to having you as part of the VIP team then.

 

Steps To Become A Volunteer In Parks (VIP)

  1. Review the information on this page. Stewardship opportunities such as Food Forest and Weedenders only require registration using this link.
  2. Attend a Volunteer Information Session  (please check back, sessions will be available soon)
  3. Review the various volunteer opportunities to see what fits your interests
  4. Complete the Online application form (please complete all fields)
  5. Participate in an interview with the Volunteer Coordinator
  6. Complete a current RCMP Records Check with a Vulnerable Sector Search (only applies to some programs)
  7. Complete the training

Volunteer Information Sessions

Watch for information about our next session for those interested in becoming a volunteer.  You're always welcome to complete the application form above anytime and become a parks VIP!

Contact:

Volunteer Coordinator
park.volunteers@rdco.com  
250-469-6345

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Regional District of Central Okanagan | 1450 KLO Road | Kelowna, BC V1W 3Z4
Ph: 250-763-4918 | Fax: 250-763-0606 | Email: info@rdco.com
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (Closed Holidays)