Site Maintenance & Invasive Species Removal Volunteer
Want to help save one of Canada’s most endangered species?
We are actively recruiting motivated individuals to join our volunteer team!
The Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program (NSOBP) is a project managed by the British Columbia Conservation Foundation, a registered non-profit. Our Breeding Centre in Langley, BC is home to 27 northern spotted owls for which we provide care 365 days a year.
Our volunteer team provides much-needed support to staff and is crucial to the success of the Breeding Program. Site Maintenance Volunteers help maintain the 25 acres of forested property at the Breeding Centre. Keeping the ever-growing weeds and invasive species at bay is important for maintaining our buildings, roads, and aviaries, and ultimately keeping the owls safe.
This volunteer role is best suited for those who like to work outside and get their hands dirty! Tools and equipment, as well as a volunteer orientation and specific training, will be provided.
- Attend your volunteer orientation
- Invasive species removal, including Himalayan blackberry and stinging nettle
- Grass-cutting and pruning
- Raking and snow removal
- Owl aviary maintenance and possible construction
- Cleaning dirty containers from our rodent building
Please note all volunteer tasks are outdoors in order to maintain adequate physical distancing. We have implemented additional COVID-19 protocols, which are included in the orientation.
- Must be at least 16 years of age.
- Must be able to drive your own vehicle to our Breeding Centre. We are located just outside of Fort Langley but are not accessible by public transit.
- Be physically fit and able to comfortably lift 20 pounds.
- Be able and willing to work in all weather conditions.
- Wear appropriate clothing (i.e. closed-toed shoes, weather-appropriate clothing)
- Be reliable. Please respect the time it takes us to train you.
- Good listening skills: be able to follow staff instructions and set procedures.
- Give us as much advance notice as possible if you are unable to come in for a shift.
- Communicate any additional volunteer interests. You don’t have to be limited to these duties. Let us know if you would like to help out in other ways!
- Understand that access to the owls is limited.
- Be associated with the British Columbia Conservation Foundation, one of the longest standing conservation initiatives in the province.
- Be part of a team working to restore the population of one of the most endangered and iconic species in Canada.
- We provide various perks for our committed volunteers such as networking opportunities, social events with other NSOBP volunteers, and exclusive tours of our facility.
- Reference provided by request once your time commitment has been met.