Volunteering is an excellent and rewarding way to nurture and further develop your interest in science. Many summer science camps and research programs depend on volunteers, so put your love of science and nature to good use by becoming a volunteer junior summer camp instructor or research assistant.
GEERing Up! UBC Engineering & Science for Kids offers opportunities for students to volunteer as Junior Instructors for summer camps. GEERing Up! has a Junior Instructor Program that provides a unique opportunity for youth to receive leadership training combined with hands-on experience by helping out during engineering, science and technology camps. This program is for students entering Grade 11 and higher in September, including post-secondary students. For more information visit GEERing Up!
Parks Canada has an active volunteer program where volunteers work with scientists in the park to protect species at risk or help with archaeology research projects. You could find yourself counting clam shells on a remote island with a biologist or excavating a historical site with an archaeologist. Visit Parks Canada’s volunteer programs for more information.
Check out Parks Canada's video about cool jobs at Parks Canada.
The Refuge for Endangered Wildlife on Grouse Mountain is a research, education, and conservation centre dedicated to becoming a world leader in preserving at-risk flora and fauna. The Wildlife Refuge research team is exploring ways to conserve and protect species native to B.C. For more information about volunteering visit Grouse Mountain.
The Vancouver Aquarium Volunteer Team!
If you’re looking for fun, you’ve come to the right place! Volunteering with the Vancouver Aquarium means you can help the environment, connect with others and learn about marine life. Every year, over 1000 people donate their time, talents and energy to helping the Aquarium conserve aquatic life. There is a vast variety of opportunities for volunteers to get involved with, such as educating, engaging our visitors, administrative assistance or food preparation. Find out more at www.vanaqua.org/volunteer
UBC Physics and Astronomy Outreach Phenomenal Physics Summer Camp offers opportunities for students completing Grades 10 to 12 or first-year University to volunteer in the summer camp program. A training day is offered. Visit Outreach at UBC for more information.