7 Ways You Can Volunteer in Banff National Park

Does Banff National Park hold a special place in your heart?

Looking for a way to contribute to your mountain community?

Consider getting your hands dirty by volunteering with the Banff National Park Volunteer Program!

7 Ways You Can Volunteer in Banff National Park

  1. Trail Reports –- let Parks Canada staff know about the conditions of your favourite mountain biking or hiking trail.
  2. Pika Research Project –- assist Parks Canada researchers visiting pika habitats.
  3. Learn to Camp –- help new Canadians interested in learning the skills required to camp outdoors.
  4. Fence Monitoring –- groups of two or three hike along the fence and report issues with the fence to help keep animals safe from the busy Trans Canada Highway.
  5. Park Hosts at the VIP Gold Lounge at the Banff Springs Hotel– – hang out on Friday afternoons at the Banff Springs and chat with guests about your love for Banff National Park.
  6. Winter Wildlife Tracking –- help staff identify tracks of wildlife in the snow.
  7. Harlequin Duck Sightings – help Parks Canada identify where Harlequin Ducks are sighted when you are out paddling our rivers.

A volunteer collects bear DNA. Photo courtesy Tina Barzo.

A Little Bit of Background

The Banff National Park Volunteer Program began just over five years ago when Tina Barzo was hired to develop and grow the program as a way for people to become involved in the park. The program now operates year-round and matches people from the Bow Valley and around the world with a variety of opportunities. Volunteers can help contribute to research by working with staff, interact with other visitors to the park and report on trail conditions.

Tina is the connector for volunteers with Banff National Park staff.  When asked about the program, Tina said:  “I love this volunteer program because it’s giving people the back stage pass to the park. We have mountains of opportunities and we have a diverse volunteer base – there’s something for almost everyone!”

Volunteers receive training from Parks Canada staff and a number of social events are offered throughout the year to connect staff and volunteers.

While the program runs all year, typically intake for new volunteers is in the late winter. Training starts in early spring so boots hit the trails as soon as possible!

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Contact Tina Barzo, Leader of Volunteer Engagement, Banff National Park, for more information at [email protected].

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Sara Eve Alarie

The natural world and working with young children fill Sara with wonderment and awe. She has been fortunate to teach Grade 1 in Canmore since 2005.

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