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Volunteering with World Fisheries Trust

Volunteers are a vital part of World Fisheries Trust, and we strive to ensure all volunteers find the right fit within our organization. If you are interested in volunteering with us, please follow the steps outlined below

    1. Fill out our Volunteer Information Package and send it to us by mail or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    2. Schedule a Volunteer Orientation with the WFT Volunteer Coordinator

    3. Start Volunteering!

Volunteers should note that data gathered through your time volunteering could be used for a directed study, thesis, or research proposal! 

 

Current Volunteer Positions

 

Position: Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is seeking enthusiastic and hands-on new board members with one or more of the following skills: education 

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or biology background, legal expertise, fundraising experience, understanding of non-profit organizations, financial or accounting background, and experience with international development projects. Interested individuals should contact Joachim Carolsfeld, Executive Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Position: GWNH Interpreter 

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We are searching for dedicated volunteers to run the weekend public hours of the Gorge Waterway Nature House. This position involves:

  • Enhancing the overall visitor experience by providing assistance and information about the local area and numerous displays and activities within the Nature House;
  • Developing educational programs and activities within the park;
  • Leading nature walks, touch tank demonstrations, and interactive activities;
  •  Operating a small concession and sales table;
  •  No experience required, although interpersonal skills and familiarity with the area are assets
  • Criminal record check required

 

Commitment: 6-12hours/monthEmail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. toapply! 

 

Position: Seaquaria/GWNH Program Educator

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We are searching for outgoing, knowledgeable volunteer educators to assist with school programs. This position involves:

  • Providing hands-on and inquiry based learning from students of all ages;
  • Assist with educational programs the Gorge Waterway Nature House, in schools, and at beaches;
  • Educating youth on the vast biodiversity along our coast and the role theses animals (and the students themselves!) have in ocean ecosystems;
  • Educating youth on the concept of a watershed and interconnectivity;
  • No experience necessary, although prior knowledge of marine organism diversity, ecosystem functions, and experience with children are an asset! 
  • Criminal record check required

 Commitment: 1-3 hours per program, with programs on average occuring 2-10 times per month. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to apply!

 

 Position: Seaquaria In Schools Tank Monitor 

We are looking for self-motivated individuals to volunteer as "Seaquaria Guardians" in any of our 30+ school in British Columbia. This position involves:

  • Providing biweekly check ups to an individual school's Seaquaria tank;
  • Monitoring water quality, overall system function, and animal activity and health;
  • Communicating with contact teachers and occasionally providing support to teachers;
  • Restock algae and maintain overall appearance of tank;
  • No experience is required, though knowledge of basic marine biodiversity and experience with salt water tanks is an asset!

 Commitment: 2 hours/month, on your own schedule. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to apply!

 

Position: Intertidal Oyster Research Assistant

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We are looking for volunteers with experience in biological data analysis to assist with our oyster research project. The position involves:

  • Monitoring various parameters for Olympic Oysters in the Gorge, including larvae settlement, growth and distribution;
  • Correlating biological parameters with water quality measurements and other abiotic factors;
  • Some training will be provided, though the majority of work will be done independently

 Commitment: 4 hours/weekEmail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to apply!

 

Position: Grant & Fundraising Assistant

    This position can be carried out virtually anywhere in the world! You will assist the

Executive Director and Project Manager to help World Fisheries Trust achieve our long-term goals. This Grant & Fundraising Assistant will:

  • Write, compile and submit grant proposals to foundations, government agencies and corporations;
  • Develop and write grant reports, produce written reports for renewal and cultivation of potential and existing donors;
  • Research new grant opportunities;
  • Organizing fundraising campaigns to support local initiatives including citizen science research and the Gorge Waterway Nature House;
  • Must have strong writing and interpersonal skills;
  • Will ideally have experience working in finance, business or the NGO sector.

Commitment: 10-12 hours/month. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to apply!

 

Position: Assistant Project Cordinator – Eco Learning Hive

This position is perfect for a volunteer who wants to work remotely. We are looking for a tech-savvy volunteer to help us manage and promote our Eco Learning Hive initiative – a web platform designed to connect educators in Greater Victoria to local environmental programs, resources, events and initiatives. This position involves:

  • Maintaining and updating the Eco Learning Hive with upcoming community events, programs, and new organizations;
  • Promoting the Hive in the community to reach new members;
  • Working with the Executive Director and Project Manager to design a comprehensive long term communication plan for the platform;
  • Designing a social media campaign;
  • Researching, writing and submitting grant proposals to support the long-term sustainability of the Hive;
  • Must have strong website site maintenance and writing skills;
  • Will ideally have experience with outreach, fundraising and social media.

Commitment: 10-12 hours/month. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Quesions? Please contact our office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 250-380-7585.

 

THANK YOU to all of our volunteers!

 

Aidan Neill Cindy Wang Katie Lovely Rachel McGuinness
Alanna Worms Colleen Chau Katrina Kushneryk Rachel Ablack
Alex Litzenberger Coralee Schmidt Kelsey Cullen Rachel Walker
Amanda Noel David Norwell Kenneth Cable Rebecca Jones
Andreas Lohstraeter Derek Wemp Kurtis Ross Rebecca Golat
Andrew Brooks Elizabeth Pickering Kyle Nelson Rebecca Hansen
Benjamin Zheng Emily Groves Lauren Methieson Rylan Command
Blake Danis Geoff Kerr Lauren Van Acken Sane du Plessis
Brandon Boudewyn Jennifer Fehr Lily Birke Sarah Schroeder
Brittany Olsen Jessica Cloutier Magena Warrior Shawna Cheyne
Bryce Jones Jessica Steele Marina Low Sheila Brown
Caitlyn Jimmo Jessica Holden Marly Babich Talen Rimmer
Carolina Carolsfeld Josh Mahlman Matthew Smith Tess Tremblay
Caroline Pap Justin Barbati Michaella Yamimo Tom McCormack
Celeste Zimmer Kaia Bryce Owen Newson Valerie Mucciarelli
Celia Lin Kathy Fletcher Paige Whitehead Will Grass
Chris Clarke Katie Archer Peter Thicke Yurie Hosoda
Quinn Lowen Zoe McDougall