The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority is always looking for volunteers that can help us to deliver more programs, grow our events, and make an impact on the environment. If you are willing to dedicate some time and energy to our organization, we would love to hear from you!
Why Volunteer with the NPCA?
- learn a new skill and meet new people
- support local conservation projects
- get outdoors and enjoy some physical activity
- share your knowledge and skills with others
- earn community service hours for your high school diploma
- gain job experience and training
Who can volunteer with the NPCA?
- Co-op students
- Community groups
- School groups
- Corporate groups
Some upcoming opportunities:
Marsh Monitoring at NPCA Conservation Areas:
(1)Surveying Amphibians: March-June (3 surveys, time/date chosen by volunteer)
Identify frogs/toads in one of our Conservation Areas. Volunteers will need to commit to surveying three times during the spring and early summer. Surveys should be conducted at least 15 days apart. We will give you all the instructions you need. This information is collected as part of the Bird Studies Canada Marsh Monitoring Program. The surveys are completed by the volunteer, an NPCA staff person will not be doing the surveys with you.
(2) Bird Surveys: Mid-May-early July (2 occasions chosen by volunteer)
Identify marsh birds in one of our Conservation Areas. Volunteers will need to commit to surveying two times during the spring and early summer. Surveys should be conducted at least 10 days apart. We will give you all the instructions you need. This information is collected as part of the Bird Studies Canada Marsh Monitoring Program. The surveys are completed by the volunteer, an NPCA staff person will not be doing the surveys with you.
Educations Programs - Ball's Falls Conservation Area (weekdays April-June - depending on bookings)
Assist in the delivery of various educational programs at Ball's Falls, including Sping Awakening, Amazing Amphibians, Orienteering Courses, Hiking, Water Quality program, etc. Volunteers will assist staff by leading small groups of students in high school or elementary school. Must be comfortable speaking to groups of students. Materials provided to volunteers ahead of program day to get familiar with content.
March Break - Ball's Falls Conservation Area (March 12-16 2018)
Assist in the delivery of the March Break Camp program at Ball's Falls. Work with staff to guide hikes, lead games and activities and do crafts with our campers. Campers are between the ages of 6-11 years old. We will accept 2 "Junior Camp Assistants" per day, all other volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.
PD Day Camps - NEW! Ball's Falls Conservation Area (Feb. 16, May 18, June 8)
Assist in the deilvery of a PD camp for campers between the ages of 6-11 years old. Work with staff to guide hikes, lead games and activities and do crafts with our campers
Give Turtles a Helping Hand (Summer)
A shocking number of turtles are seen on the roads in the summer and call for our help to save these species at risk. Sign up today if you are interested in helping with turtle monitoring and road crossing.
On-going - attend community events on behalf of the NPCA to increase awareness about our programs, strategic plan, projects and conservation areas.
Angler Diary Program
On-going - if you fish in the Welland River or Twelve Mile Creek, we would love to hear your fish tales! Angler diaries are distributed every year to interested anglers. Anglers record what they are catching and whether it is kept or released. When the diary is returned to the NPCA at the end of the fishing season your name gets entered into a draw to win a $100 gift card to Bass Pro Shop.
Niagara Children's Water Festival - Tuesday May 8th - Friday May 11th, 9am-2pm, Ball's Falls Conservation Area
Be an activity presenter and help educate children in grade 3-4 about water! We will teach you everything you need to know and provide you with the necessary materials, scripts and resources.
Yellow Fish Road(TM) Program
Paint yellow fish next to storm drains to help educate your community about protecting our valuable water resources. This program is weather dependant and can be done as an individual, school or community group. This is part of a national program headed by Trout Unlimited.
If you are interested in volunteering with the NPCA, please complete the application form below. If you have already completed the form and would like to volunteer for one of the above opportunities, please send an email to our volunteer coordinator, Kerry Royer firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905-788-3135 x234.