Work with us at the Conservation Area at Maplewood Flats

Come work and be a part of a forward-thinking conservation organisation committed to reconciliation and habitat restoration in Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet. With a renewed mandate, new partnerships, a Nature House, and a growing and diversifying membership, our mission is to provide wild birds with sanctuary through ecological protection and restoration, and support communities with education, culture, and reconciliation programs.

Be a leader in the emerging field of conservation and reconciliation

The Maplewood area has been occupied by Tsleil-Waututh and Coast Salish People since time immemorial. Prior to settler contact and industrialization, the region featured contiguous mudflats across Burrard Inlet. Since 1993, on these lands and flats, the WBT has been managing the North Shore’s only Conservation Area and wild bird sanctuary with 5km of trails, nursery, and nature house.

The Indigenous knowledge of wild birds and Coast Salish culture in this public space signals a collaborative path forward where the local ways of knowing are honoured and shared in culturally appropriate ways. In this way, Maplewood Flats’ programs connect Coast Salish culture with the greater Vancouver public and promotes reconciliation and redress.

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Part-time (20hrs/wk), 14 weeks, June 7 to September 5, 2021

Are you a digital media wizard with a keen interest in decolonization? The Digital Production Coordinator will manage all aspects of producing and archiving with Zoom with  simulcast to Facebook, Youtube and Instagram, including WordPress website integration. With approximately 80 educational activities annually based at the Maplewood Flats Nature House, the Digital Production Coordinator will facilitate the delivery of a juried online roster of programs and events. Working closely with the senior staff team, programs staff and Programs Committee to plan and schedule programs and presentations, the Digital Production Coordinator will deliver a robust online experience to the general public.

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The Wild Bird Trust of BC (WBT) is seeking a volunteer Records and Archives Intern who is responsible for reviewing, researching, evaluating, cataloging, and (where necessary) digitizing the paper archives of Wild Bird Trust of BC.

As an organization with a 28+year history, we have a substantial archive in need of an inquisitive and capable archivist who has successfully completed the Core Courses in the Master of Archival Studies program. If you have a particular interest in conservation, wild birds, habitat restoration, and/or local Indigenous sovereignty, reconciliation, and redress efforts, this will add to the experience (see related historical info, below).

The Archives Intern will assist with updating our draft Records Management policy and procedures, and develop and implement an archival strategy for WBT’s current operational and historical records that is sustainable for the organization to maintain and accessible for staff, board, researchers, and the public. 

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WORK EXPERIENCE OPPORTUNITIES at Maplewood Flats for people with disabilities

12 weeks; part-time; $300 weekly top-up stipend to regular benefits plus we will provide skills development and supports.

WBT is pleased to offer FIVE 12 week positions through the Work Experience Opportunities grant. Participants will work 16 hours/week from April 19—June 11, 2021 or May 17—August 8, 2021. We will accept and review applications on a rolling basis until positions are filled.

We invite applications from people interested in getting involved in work experience at Maplewood Flats nature house (welcoming the public, exhibition interpretation) and social enterprise nursery (on-site retail plant sales, propagation, and wholesale operations). Participants will be selected to support these two distinct programs. 

April 19 – June 11, 2021:

  1. Nursery Sales Clerk: Conduct customer service, with some retail experience required, and be interested in public engagement. Completing and preparing plant orders, manually process sales using a sales tablet and may assist with tracking plant inventory. 
  2. Nursery Operations Assistant: Help with nursery plant stock and operations by organizing plants, signage, shade structures, watering, building planter boxes to sell as packaged items. Pending available time may work with other crew to assist with native plant propagation and habitat restoration.

May 17 to August 8, 2021: 

  1. Nature House Host: welcome public and provide intro to the Chief Dan George ‘Homecoming’ Exhibition, represent the Wild Bird Trust, distribute Wingspan Magazine, opening/closing building, 

We will pay you $300/week ($3600 over 12 wks) top-up to your existing govt cheque, (so you keep your regular and this is a top-up stipend) plus we will provide skills development and support.




If you are interested and believe you are eligible, the first action is to email your basic resume and/or a basic letter of interest to ed@wildbirdtrust.org

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Past Positions

Part-time (20hrs/wk), 14 weeks, June 7 to September 5, 2021

The Habitat Restoration Assistant will provide support to the Restoration & Site Manager in the implementation of the Habitat & Cultural Use Plan for Maplewood Flats Conservation Area (MFCA). This position is suitable for individuals who are very flexible and enjoy working and learning from a wide variety of projects. Key tasks will include producing and reviewing technical documents, entering and analysing ecological and spatial data, planning and conducting field work, working collaboratively with volunteers to remove invasive species and replacing them with native plants, providing support to the Coast Salish Nursery. Secondarily, the Habitat Restoration Assistant will provide support to groundskeeping and maintenance operations around the Pacific Environmental Sciences Compound (PESC) Environment Canada, when required.

It is expected that the Habitat Restoration Assistant is comfortable working in the field and performing physical duties as well as competent with computer skills and ability to complete technical office work. This position provides an opportunity to learn from and collaborate with others in a progressive, non-profit, science-based working environment.

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Part-time (20hrs/wk), 14 weeks, June 7 to September 5, 2021

Are you passionate about conservation and communications that make an impact? Are you enthusiastic about engaging with diverse audiences? Do you love to play with words and images? If so, consider applying for the role of Conservation Communications Coordinator at Wild Bird Trust of BC.

The Conservation Communications Coordinator will implement and monitor communication systems in support of the Wild Bird Trust of BC’s communication strategy. The role involves several diverse communication skill-sets including publicity, writing, social media, materials production and distribution, and other media publishing and broadcast as required. This is an ideal role for a youth with personal experience in a fast-paced digital environment; have moderate organizational skills, with strong attention to detail.

This position provides an opportunity to learn from and collaborate with others in a small team environment. The Conservation Communications Coordinator will bring exceptional copywriting and editing skills; experience creating social media content and writing for different audiences; can juggle multiple projects and deadlines; is comfortable managing media requests; enjoys working independently; is results-oriented.

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The Coast Salish Programs Assistant will assist with the design and delivery of Coast Salish education and cultural programs for Maplewood Flats. Working closely with our Programs Committee, and other Maplewood Flats summer staff, you will assist with the delivery of online and carefully managed special events and community engagement opportunities for events such as Chief Dan George: Homecoming exhibit, Osprey Festival and education workshops, talks and plant walks. 

Eligibility: Funded through Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society (ACCESS), participants in these programs are those who: 

  • Were registered as full-time students during the preceding academic year; 
  • Intend to return to school on a full-time basis during the next academic year; 
  • Are 30 years or under at the time of intake/selection; 
  • Are not attending full-time classes while carrying out the job; 
  • Are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident and are off-reserve Aboriginals (ie. status or non-status Indian, Inuit, or Metis); and
  • Are legally entitled to work according to BC provincial legislation and regulations.


Application process: Email resume (PDF or Word) and cover letter to jobs@wildbirdtrust.org with subject header: “Coast Salish Programs Assistant”.

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Are you someone who enjoys supervising a team of people to gain new skills, coordinate day-to-day retail and wholesale operations of a business? Consider applying for this contract role to support the stable operations of a burgeoning Coast Salish Plant Nursery at the Conservation Area at Maplewood Flats.

Your role is to help manage the nursery operations by supporting five team members with work experience, and ensure effective plant inventory and excellent customer service.

The contract is for approxiately 24 weeks (April to September). Flexible work hours averaging 30 hours/week; must be 30 years old or under.

HOW TO APPLY: email jobs@wildbirdtrust.org with a cover letter and resume (PDF or Word) with subject header: “Nursery Coordinator”. We welcome applications from Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish and Coast Salish People. At least 75% of hours to be worked on-site, upto 25% remote.  Reviewing resumes until position filled.

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Join a dynamic and progressive organization, and take a leadership role in ecological conservation advancing reconciliation with First Nations people.

OVERVIEW: The Restoration and Site Manager performs a central role in managing the restoration of the Maplewood Flats Conservation Area and the operations and public engagement systems for this popular nature reserve in Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet.

Balancing a mix of key priorities, the Manager is an outdoors enthusiast happy to spend a half day in the rain working side-by-side directing volunteers, while spending the other half-day in the Nature House office planning restoration projects and corresponding with partners. Equally comfortable using power equipment, planting in marsh lands, or typing reports on a laptop, the Manager inspires and motivates members and the public to be active participants in this work.

This unique position requires an individual who is progressive in their natural resource management approaches and enthusiastic to play a leadership role in one of the most exciting conservation and restoration sites in BC. The WBT is committed to placing Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) at the centre of its operating principles and practices and seeks to collaborate with the Tsleil-Waututh Nation accordingly. They also work in a team environment with the Executive Director, contract staff, and Habitat Committee volunteers to implement the Maplewood Flats Habitat & Cultural-Use Plan (2020).


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Are you passionate about conservation and communications that make an impact? Are you enthusiastic about engaging with diverse audiences? Do you love to play with words and images? If so, consider applying for the role of Digital Communications Coordinator at Wild Bird Trust of BC.

The Digital Communications Coordinator will implement and monitor communication systems in support of the Wild Bird Trust of BC’s annual communication plan. The role involves several diverse communication skill-sets including publicity, writing, social media, materials production and distribution, and other media publishing and broadcast as required. This is an ideal role for a youth with personal experience in a fast-paced digital environment; have moderate organizational skills, with strong attention to detail.

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The Restoration Technologist utilizes ArcGIS and various software to support the implementation of the Maplewood Flats Habitat & Cultural Use Plan for the only conservation area in Vancouver’s harbour. Action plans and research initiatives require technological support for site mapping, processing and analysing field data, and builds interactive digital mapping of the 320 hectare site. The staffer will also provide resourcing to the Habitat Committee and Research Sub-Committee for the design of short-term and long-term restoration management strategies for the Maplewood Flats Conservation Area and other targeted sites. 

The Restoration Technologist will support field research and data collection, and produce working reports for the Restoration and Site Manager. Expectations for the position include being comfortable working in the field and performing physical duties as well as competency with computer skills and ability to complete technical office work. This position provides an opportunity to learn from and collaborate with others in a progressive, non-profit, science-based working environment.

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The Communications Coordinator will implement and monitor communication systems in support of the Wild Bird Trust of BC’s Communications Committee summer 2020 work plan. The role involves several diverse communication skill-sets including publicity, writing, social media, materials production and distribution, and other media publishing and broadcast as available. 

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The Coast Salish Programs Assistant will assist with the design and delivery of Coast Salish education and cultural programs for Maplewood Flats. Working closely with our Programs Committee, members of our Board, and other Maplewood Flats summer staff, you will deliver online and carefully managed special events and community engagement opportunities related to the Chief Dan George: Homecoming exhibit, Osprey Festival and summer group education workshops, talks and plant walks.

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Working with the Executive Director and the Chairs of the Habitat and Programs Committees, the Events Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing successful production and program delivery of the Chief Dan George ‘Homecoming’ Exhibit and the 14th Osprey Festival as well as supporting the development of educational events ( e.g. a speakers series, coffeehouses) for the summer and fall 2020. Adjustments to deliver these events via online platforms will ensure Covid-19 health and safety protocols are observed and in place.

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The Environmental Program Coordinator will manage habitat and climate research, lead and/or program interpretive walks, coordinate a speakers series on climate change to be hosted online, as well as develop public stewardship programming for the field work season at the Maplewood Conservation Area (MCA). They will focus on engaging the public in priority projects proposed in the Maplewood Flats Habitat and Cultural Use Management Plan (the Habitat Plan), which outlines our goals for the conservation area for the next decade.

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The Administrative Assistant is a central operations team coordinator, supporting each role so that they may perform at their optimum, and be able to engage the broader volunteer membership and public in advancing the work of the organization. With experience in non-profits and social enterprise, the Administrative Assistant is resourceful, creative and comfortable multi-tasking in a demanding, fluid work setting. Priority will be on ensuring health and safety of all team members and the public through adjustments to operations systems.

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The Conservation and Restoration Coordinator will work with staff and volunteers to deliver a busy summer season at the Coast Salish Plant Nursery (the Nursery), sharing their passion for local biodiversity and native plant materials. They will schedule, promote and coordinate a program of online educational demos, activities and nature walks as well as design and deliver online training modules in basic knowledge of native plant species.

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