Volunteering

Waterton Lakes National Park

Make a difference in nature at Waterton Lakes National Park by volunteering.

Volunteer projects

Information about volunteer opportunities that directly contribute to conservation, research and science.

Citizen science

Join Parks Canada scientists and everyday people in biological inventories, monitoring, and scientific research.

Volunteer opportunities

Information to find an ongoing volunteer event or one happening soon.

Go behind the scenes, learn something new and make a difference in protecting and presenting the ecological and cultural integrity of this World Heritage Site.

Volunteer opportunities are open to visitors and residents alike. Park entry is free for the days of your volunteer activities. You are responsible for your own travel and accommodations while volunteering in Waterton Lakes National Park.

Be a citizen scientist
Report what you see through iNaturalist or assist with collecting flowering, wildlife and shoreline litter records for future scientific use and long-term monitoring.

Be a habitat hero
Help control non-native invasive species or maintain the salamander byway system and their habitat.

Be a restoration hero
Plant to restore endangered species or disturbed sites. Help collect native plant seed.

Be a steward
Keeping the Canadian side of the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park World Heritage Site pristine or help at the native plant demonstration garden.

Volunteer opportunities

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iNaturalist - Waterton Lakes National Park

When: Anytime using website or free smartphone app

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Campground Hosts 2024

When: Two or more weeks, May 16 through Sept. 1, 2024
Application deadline: February 21, 2024

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Salamander byway maintenance

When: Friday, April 19, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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Great Canadian shoreline cleanup

When: Saturday, May 4, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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Busy beaver cleanup crew

When: May through September, self-directed after orientation

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Group volunteer projects

When: May through September

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Adopt-a-patch

When: May through September, self-directed after orientation

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Peace Park native plant garden

When: May through September, self-directed after orientation

Trail stewards

When: May through September

Tree transplanting

When: May through September

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Spring flower count

When: Saturday, May 25, 8:30 a.m. to noon

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Spring bird count

When: Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2

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Wildflower and native grass seed collection

Wednesdays in July, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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Butterfly BioBlitz

When: Friday, July 19, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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Parks Day knapweed pull (Townsite)

When: Saturday, July 20, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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Knapweed rodeo

When: Saturday, July 27, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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Wildflower and native grass seed collection

When: Thursdays in August, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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Burdock control

When: Friday, August 23, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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Great Canadian shoreline cleanup

When: Saturday, September 7, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Season wrap-up

When: Saturday, September 7, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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Wildflower and native grass planting

When: September and October

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Christmas bird count

Count day: Saturday, December 14

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