Volunteer in the heart of the Canadian Rocky MountainsJoin us this summer to experience the unique Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks.
Welcome to Lake Louise, the proud jewel of Banff National Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains UNESCO World Heritage Site. We invite you to join us for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get behind the scenes, volunteer and make a difference.
Want to learn more about the program? Email Ron Allen, Program Manager at Ron.Allen@skilouise.com.
Reasons to volunteer
Here are four reasons why you should volunteer in Lake Louise:
- Be inspired by the Canadian Rocky Mountains UNESCO World Heritage Site. Volunteers connect with nature and will visit the world-famous Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, Emerald Lake, Takkakaw Falls, and so much more.
- Live, work, and play like a true local! Volunteers work ‘behind-the-scenes’ in three different Canadian national parks – Banff National Park, Yoho, and Kootenay National Park.
- Challenge yourself to try something different, and gain new knowledge from the experts about conservation, beautification, preservation and what it takes to operate a large ski area in a national park.
- Meet new people and work on projects together with a small team, and make friends from all over the world.
About the Go International Volunteer Program
As a volunteer with us, you will find personal inspiration and connection to nature, learn about and contribute to conservation, improvements to visual aesthetics, community support and experience the ‘backstage’ management of Canada’s favorite ski resort.
- Live, work, and play in the heart of Lake Louise in Banff National Park.
- Volunteer for 5 days a week, over a four-week placement.
- 4 weeks accommodation included in Lake Louise at the Lake Louise Ski Area (LLSA) staff accommodation.
- After completion of orientation & training day, you receive a staff pass. A staff pass gives you access to social functions, outlet discounts, complimentary coffee, tea, fountain pop per employee handbook, free summer gondola pass which allows you to use the gondola whenever you want and friends and family discount coupons as per company policy.
- Each volunteer also receives a $200.00 voucher useable at a variety of food and retail outlets operated by the LLSA.
- Limited placements available each month from June to September.
To learn how to get involved and to apply online please visit Go International's website by clicking the button below.
Projects our volunteers have helped with in previous years:
- Refurbishing and maintaining the visual aesthetics of a variety of infrastructure by sanding, painting and staining.
- Mountain clean up and litter removal at the ski area, Lake Louise Community and various locations within Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks.
- Reclamation using top soil, sod and transplanting of native plants.
- Placement and maintenance of flowers and displays.
- Invasive plant management with LLSA and Parks Canada.
- Public safety improvement work including basic trail maintenance, working with local groups such as the Kicking Horse Ski Club in Yoho Park to help maintain trail systems by hand-pruning vegetation along biking and cross-country ski trails.
- Assistance at special events.
- Surrounded by beautiful lakes and mountains along the way, you will hike to Skoki Lodge, a national historic site owned and operated by LLSA. Skoki Lodge was the first Canadian facility built to cater for ski-tourists on a commercial basis and was birthplace of skiing in Lake Louise.
- Periodic participation in photoshoots to promote Parks Canada guided hikes and various points of interest.
- There may also be occasional day trips to Banff Field Unit for collaborative projects with Parks Canada and the Banff GO International group and vice-versus.
- And more!
Requirements and who we’re looking for:
- The volunteer duties depend on the needs of the program supporters, and every day is a unique experience!
- You don’t need to get a work permit, because, when you sign up through Go International (web link below) they provide you with the one-month work permit as a part of their program fee! This is a four-week volunteer role, so you can participate with a visitor visa.
- Minimum age required: 18 years old.
- Have strong interpersonal, communications, and problem-solving skills, strong ability to work independently and as part of a team, and be an enthusiastic person.
- Have a desire to work to make a difference, a willingness to remain flexible and positive through ever changing project work, locations, and weather conditions.
- Must be physically fit, have proper hiking gear and clothing, and able to hike in mountain areas.
- Note: Applicants with Canadian citizenship can also apply for this program.
- For more information, please email the Lake Louise Program Manager, Ron Allen, at Allen@skilouise.com.