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BC Parks Volunteer Community

Ecological Reserve Wardens

Ecological Reserve (ER) Wardens are a team of dedicated volunteers across the province who make significant contributions to the parks and protected areas system. In partnership with BC Parks staff, ER wardens provide a variety of services that include: manual invasive plant control, inventory of flora and fauna, and trespass monitoring. ER wardens are the eyes and ears for BC Parks in the ecological reserves. These dedicated volunteers care deeply for the protected areas they work in and serve an invaluable role in the long-term protection of the ecological reserves.

For more information on ecological reserves across the province, check out the Friends of Ecological Reserves.

Sharing Stories of Partnership – Ecological Reserve Warden

Karen Willies has been the ER Warden at the Skihist Ecological Reserve, near Lytton, since 1986.

Her stewardship of the area is evident in her thorough inventories of plants and animals found in the reserve, her comprehensive annual reports, and her ability to identify issues which may negatively impact the protected area.

After twenty-five years, Karen has decided the time has come to move on to newer challenges. Her dedication to the positive management of this reserve is greatly appreciated by the Fraser Area and she will be missed. However BC parks will continue to receive the benefit of her knowledge and commitment as Karen has agreed to be a BC Parks Eco Warden for a reserve closer to where she lives.

Thank you Karen, from the Fraser Area staff, past and present.

How to become an ER Warden

Contact

Provincial Community Engagement Specialist
BC Parks & Protected Areas
Ministry of Environment
BCParks.Volunteers@gov.bc.ca

Visit the Friends of Ecological Reserves and the BC Parks ER web pages to familiarize yourself with ERs that either need a warden or might be of interest. (Even in areas that have wardens, additional wardens help to increase attention to these ecologically special places).

Next, download, print out and fill in the ER Warden application form. [PDF 76KB]

The Ecological Reserve Warden Handbook [PDF 410KB] provides a description of duties and responsibilities of volunteer wardens and their status and functions in managing the reserves.

Then, send it in to BC Parks staff with your name, contact information and application.

Mail to:

Ecological Reserve Warden Program
BC Parks and Protected Areas Division
PO Box 9398 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC  V8W 9M9

Fax to:

250-387-5757

Scan in completed form and e-mail to:

BCParks.Volunteers@gov.bc.ca

Please allow approximately four weeks for BC Parks staff to process your application.

If you are passionate about the environment and want to contribute your knowledge and enthusiasm to the continued success of B.C.'s protected areas system, becoming an Ecological Reserve Warden is a highly satisfying way to make a difference.