Summer Volunteer Opportunity!

Cetus is looking for enthusiastic and hard working individuals to fill the following volunteer position:

 Warden Program Summer Volunteer


Volunteer positions will be based out of Alert Bay (Boat Bay) British Columbia, Canada. Positions will be offered between June 28th and September 2nd. We require a minimum 3 week commitment. Preference will be given to those who are able to stay for the full 9 weeks.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to be involved with a variety of possible tasks ranging from community outreach and education to marine mammal response and data collection. Our programs focus on protecting British Columbia’s marine mammal populations and encouraging others to do the same. Volunteers may also have the opportunity to spend time on our monitoring vessels in which case they will participate in data collection, data entry and on-the-water boater education.


Responsibilities include:

  • Educating boaters, kayakers, park visitors, and members of the public about the marine mammal viewing guidelines, marine species at risk, the conservation issues they face and the boundaries of the Robson Bight (Michael Bigg) Ecological Reserve.
  • Collecting and entering data on marine mammals and vessel activity.
  • Public interpretation in the form of dock talks and participation in community events.
  • Potentially helping to respond to injured, sick or dead marine mammals in support of the BC Marine Mammal Response Network.
  • Observing and recording cetaceans in support of the BC Cetacean Sightings Network.
  • Assisting with general administrative duties.


What skills and experience will interns gain?:

  • Experience educating the public on important conservation issues.
  • Experience with data collection.
  • Interpretive skills and techniques
  • Potential for experience in marine mammal response.
  • Experience with fundraising and community outreach.
  • Experience working with Microsoft Access.


Essential Requirements:

  • Fluent spoken English
  • Interest in marine wildlife and conservation.
  • Flexibility
  • Ability to work long hours outdoors.

Additional Information: These positions are unpaid and carry a cost to the interns of $125/ week to cover accommodations, extra fuel and dinners (Volunteers will be responsible for their own breakfasts and lunches). Warden Volunteers will need to bring their own tent and sleeping bag. Tent pads and tarps will be provided as will camp cooking equipment etc.

How to apply: Please forward your cover letter, resume and two references via email by May 2, 2014.  Please indicate your availability. Only successful applicants will be contacted.

Contact: Leah Thorpe

Cetus Research & Conservation Society


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