Saanich seeking ambassadors for Mount Douglas Park pilot project
May 3, 2018
For immediate release
Saanich, BC – Do you like talking to people and have a passion for the outdoors? Saanich Parks is now actively recruiting volunteers for those seeking to take part in a new Park Ambassador pilot project in Mount Douglas Park for the 2018 summer season. The main goal of the pilot project is to provide a welcoming and educational experience for Mount Douglas Park visitors.
Park Ambassadors will walk the park trails on a regular basis with the purpose of greeting park visitors, offering information and answering questions about the park. They will share how visitors can play a role in protecting the many park values and highlight some of the features of Mount Douglas Park. Volunteers are expected to spend a few hours per week in the park from May to September 2018 and will have the opportunity of a fairly flexible schedule.
Saanich staff will offer training about Mount Douglas and Saanich parks in general, as well as the park’s natural and cultural history. As Saanich’s largest and busiest park, public education is an important aspect in recognizing and protecting the diverse ecosystems and the spectacular biodiversity that is found in Mount Douglas Park.
Saanich Parks has another volunteer initiative, Pulling Together, with 160 registered parks volunteers dedicated to invasive species removal. Pulling Together volunteers logged more than 17,200 hours last year. During National Volunteer Appreciation week, Saanich thanks all volunteers in programs such as Pulling Together and the park ambassador project for being an integral part of the Saanich community.
For the first parks ambassador orientation session on May 9, applications are due by May 2, 2018 with early applications encouraged. Full recruitment information is available at saanich.ca.
Eva Riccius, Senior Manager, Parks