Volunteering at Swan Lake
Volunteering is a great way to meet people who share your interests and make new friends. By volunteering at Swan Lake, you will learn, grow as a person, and challenge your curiosity. Swan Lake has been built from the ground up, supported heavily by volunteers. We could not operate to the level we do without the help of our dedicated volunteers.
Click Here to watch a video highlighting our volunteer program, created by Royal Roads University student Jenn Gardiner.
Our Volunteer Opportunities
We have many opportunities for people of all ages to get involved. Explore the Sanctuary while helping to restore it by pulling invasive plants and other site work. Interact with people from all over the globe while working in our office. Everyone likes cookies - help us out by baking some for other volunteers! Volunteer with our Naturalists during their kids' programs and experience the joy and wonder as kids learn about the environment. Each opportunity is rich and rewarding.
How to Get Involved
Follow the link below to begin the application process, and tell us a bit about yourself. Our Coordinator of Volunteer Services will be in touch with you shortly after, and together you can explore options that will fulfill your needs as well as those of the Nature Sanctuary.
For Further Information, Email BLeitch@swanlake.bc.ca
A sampling of some of our volunteer opportunities:
Nature House Reception / Administrative Support (indoors)
Shifts are once per week during the week (usually 3 hours morning or afternoon)
Duties include answering phones, taking program registrations & payments, assisting with the preparation of program materials, general administrative support, and assisting visitors
at the Nature House.
Senior Nature Ambassador Program (SNAP ) (outdoors)
Shifts are daily, year round, between dawn and dusk. Shifts are 2 hours per site (Swan Lake or Christmas Hill)
SNAP volunteers support the well-being of Swan Lake's ecosystems by walking the trails around the lake or up to Christmas Hill, reporting issues. SNAP volunteers love to be outdoors walking and taking in the natural surroundings. As well as spotting issues, SNAP volunteers are trained to greet guests, offer general information, and answer questions about the Sanctuary. Snap volunteers may also assist at the Sanctuary booth present at Swan Lake and other community events.
Site Maintenance (outdoors)
The volunteer site crew primarily pulls invasive plants from the Sanctuary in addition to maintaining the trails and grounds. Currently a group of volunteers meets every Tuesday morning. During summer months a Saturday Restoration team also takes on the tasks of site maintenance. If you have a group that would like to assist with site maintenance please contact us and we can schedule a date for you.
Silver Swans (Martelli House at Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary)
Have fun quilting and making items to sell for Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. It's free -- all materials are supplied. Held at Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary.
For more information call Betty at 250-590-9276
Various opportunities are available for assisting our naturalists in their program delivery. If you enjoy kids and kids-at-heart, and like sharing your knowledge and love of nature let us know. We can always use help with nature crafts, face painting, and our education programs.