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Juvenile spotted owl on a branch in the corner of an aviary, with a chain link fence and wooden wall in the background.

Volunteer With Us

Want to help save Canada's most endangered bird?


The Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program is always looking for volunteers to support our conservation efforts. Lend a hand at our facility in Fort Langley or join us at events across the Greater Vancouver area. There are lots of ways you can make a difference.

Volunteers MUST be at least 16 years old and be able to drive themselves to the site. We are not accessible by public transit and cannot accommodate pick ups and drop offs. Please do not apply if you do not fulfill this requirement. Please note that the NSOBP is a non-smoking work environment and the facility is not wheelchair accessible.

Full descriptions and requirements for each role are on VolunteerConnector. No experience is needed as we fully train and provide equipment for volunteers.

RODENT CARE & CLEANING

Help maintain our rat and mouse prey colonies to keep our owls fed with fresh, nutritious food. You will clean and disinfect empty rodent enclosures and owl food dishes, refill water bottles, feed mice, and help with general cleaning. 

Time Commitment: Minimum four consecutive hours every two weeks for at least three months.

Staff member in front of the mouse racks in the rodent building.
Close-up of an adult mouse.

SITE MAINTENANCE

Join us in maintaining our 25-acre forested property. This is important for our buildings, roads, aviaries, and ultimately keeping the owls safe. You will help with invasive species removal, grass cutting, raking, snow removal, and owl aviary maintenance.

Time Commitment: Minimum four consecutive hours every two weeks for at least three months.

Staff member holding a weedwhacker in a grassy field.
Staff member pruning brambles and a yellow wheelbarrow full of brambles behind them.

Represent the NSOBP at various public education events throughout the Greater Vancouver area. You will engage with members of the public and assist staff with Small Eyes, our glove-trained spotted owl. Help educate others on our conservation efforts and actively contribute to our fundraising.

Time Commitment: Minimum three events per year.

OUTREACH & EDUCATION

Two staff members behind a table with various merch items from the Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program on it and a banner about the program to the right.
Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program table and tablecloth.

ERRAND DRIVER

Pick up and drop off items in Langley, Abbotsford, and Surrey that are needed at our facility.

Time Commitment: Minimum one day per month for at least three months.

Shelves with paper and plastic bags of grain.
A woman unloading a bag from the back of her car.

BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING

  • Be associated with the British Columbia Conservation Foundation, one of the longest-standing conservation initiatives in the province.

  • Join the team working to restore one of the most endangered and iconic species in Canada.

  • Learn and develop new skills.

  • Attend social events with other NSOBP volunteers and exclusive tours of our facility.

  • Receive a reference letter by request once you meet your time commitment.

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