Jasper National Park works with volunteers from a number of non-profit organizations in the surrounding community in addition to providing a few direct volunteer opportunities of our own. Friends of Jasper National Park, the Jasper - Yellowhead Museum and many others in the community of Jasper have a wide range of volunteer opportunities available including special event assistance, behind the scenes help, cultural resource assistance and much more.

There are many ways to engage with Parks Canada volunteer opportunities in Jasper National Park.

Jasper Park Stewards Program

Jasper Park Stewards

The Jasper Park Stewards program includes: Day Hiking Park Stewards and Interpretive Program Assistants. All prospective volunteers must complete a volunteer program application in order to be considered for the program.

Day Hiking Park Stewards

Park Stewards help support Parks Canada (while hiking, mountain biking or riding horseback and enjoying park trails!) by providing information to visitors they meet on trails and by reporting on trail conditions that they encounter.

Interpretive program assistants

Interpretive program assistants play an important role supporting park interpreters at campfire talks, theatre shows, “tail-guiding” guided walks and special events.

Volunteers must be willing to commit to:

  • A minimum of 2-3 shifts at any point during the year.
  • Participating in a 1-day Park Stewards training session prior to undertaking their first volunteer shift. Training is offered in May and early June of each year.
  • To wear Parks Canada volunteer identifiers.
  • Adhere to the Parks Canada code of values and ethics at all times.
  • Volunteers must be self-sufficient, since we are unable to provide housing or travel assistance.

Applicants should be flexible, comfortable with engaging with visitors and have a moderate fitness level to access the park’s official trail network.

Group volunteering with Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanups

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

DYK: In 2019, more than 200 group volunteers (including 40 spontaneous visitors!) took part in 18 different Jasper shoreline cleanups. Make your group a part of caring for Jasper’s lakes and shores in 2020!

The best way to get a group of volunteers involved with Jasper National Park stewardship is to take on a shoreline cleanup!

Parks Canada is a national partner of OceanWise, supporting the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up initiative. By taking the time to formally sign-up using their website, your volunteer contributions are recorded as part of the national movement of clean-ups taking place across Canada. Take a few moments visit shorelinecleanup.ca and register for one of Jasper’s wetlands that needs a helping hand!

If you are hoping to conduct a cleanup in Jasper National Park and are part of a larger group, please email pc.jaspervolunteers.pc@canada.ca to find out more and a suitable clean-up location.

Partners in Jasper Park volunteering

Parks Canada works closely with a number of important partners in Jasper National Park!

The Friends of Jasper National Park and the Jasper Trails Alliance

The Friends of Jasper National Park - The Whistlers restoration project

The Friends of Jasper National Park undertake numerous projects, programs and special events that help support Jasper National Park. They also organize the Jasper Trail Alliance and The Whistlers summit trail restoration project. If you’d like to help out our Friends on a coming project and take your volunteering to new heights email: volunteers@friendsofjasper.com for more information.

Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives

Jasper-Yellowhead Museum

If you’d like to help protect and present Jasper’s cultural and human history, visit the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum website for more details. Volunteers are often needed for programming, events and behind the scenes opportunities. Visit: www.jaspermuseum.org

Additional notes about volunteering in Jasper National Park

  • Volunteers are responsible for all of their own costs when travelling to and from Jasper National Park.
  • Parks Canada is unable to provide volunteer housing or assistance with living costs or communing costs associated with volunteer activities in Jasper National Park.
  • International volunteers are responsible for ensuring they meet the proper requirements for their entry and stay in Canada. For more information, please consult the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.
  • Please note that Jasper National Park does not have a full time service learning or volunteer internship program.

Volunteer in other protected places too!

  • Interested in volunteering elsewhere with Parks Canada? Check out the national volunteer webpage for a complete listing of Parks Canada opportunities across the country.
  • Jasper National Park also shares our Rocky Mountain eco-region with a number of other provincial parks and recreation areas. Be sure to get in touch with one of them for additional opportunities in our region and beyond.

Inquiries? Questions? Ideas? Contact us!