Stewards make major contributions to conservation efforts in
Alberta's parks system. More than 280 individual stewards and
nearly 60 steward organizations participate in this very successful
program. Stewards are actively involved in more than 130 sites.
Stewards come from all walks of life, bringing diverse
backgrounds and a shared interest in protecting Alberta's natural
Types & Duties of Stewards
Stewards help monitor conditions at select parks. Many of these
parks are remote or undeveloped. Stewards do not represent the
government legally and do not have enforcement responsibilities.
Their observations alert us to the unique management needs of the
sites they care for. Information from site inspection reports is
used to update our site database.
- are assigned to one or more sites;
- must visit their site(s) at least twice per year to:
- observe, record and report on natural conditions and human
activities, including any site destruction or alteration, and
unauthorized activities; and
- install and maintain signs along the site boundary, as
- complete and submit an inspection report form for each site
- are not assigned to a specific site;
- can move from site to site and take on special projects, either
short or long in duration;
- undertake duties ranging from monitoring sites, taking
photographs and installing signs; and
- assist other stewards or staff with special projects such
as trail development, scientific and market research, and public
Both individuals and organizations can be stewards.
Eligible individuals must:
- be at least 18 years old or have the written permission of a
parent or guardian if younger than 18;
- make a 2 year commitment;
- be capable of performing stewardship duties;
- have a cell phone available for their use;
- be comfortable in an outdoor setting;
- have access to transportation as required; and
- share a stewardship philosophy that is compatible with
the mission and goals of Alberta's park system.
Eligible non-profit groups must be:
- a registered society under the Societies Act and
- able to obtain liability insurance coverage if required.
Municipalities, corporations and other groups are also eligible
to become stewards.
At some locations, stewards have formed non-profit societies
legally registered under the Societies Act. This is an
excellent way to bring together people who share an interest in
local protected areas. Some of the advantages are:
- direct involvement in protecting an important part of Alberta's
- eligiblity to apply for grants and undertake other fundraising
- ability, as a registered charity, to offer tax benefits to
donors in some cases.
Many stewards extend their duties to include special projects.
These projects vary, depending on the volunteer's interests and
expertise and on the site's requirements. Without stewards' talent
and motivation, many of these projects would not be possible.
Before undertaking a special project, a steward must obtain
approval from the field coordinator for the site. Once the project
is completed, a "special project report form" must be
Types of Special Projects
- Conducting breeding bird surveys
- Installing bird houses
- Mapping special features and rare species
- Participating in biophysical inventories and other
- Organizing site clean-ups and work-bees
- Planning and developing site improvements (parking areas,
- Making minor fence repairs
- Providing input into site management plans
- Carrying out reclamation projects
Interpretation and Environmental Education:
- Planning and leading educational programs
- Developing interpretive brochures
Support for Stewards
To support the valuable contributions stewards make
- match stewards with appropriate sites;
- equip stewards with identification, the Steward Handbook, site
information kits (maps, air photos, site information, legislation,
inspection forms, brochures);
- provide technical advice;
- support site monitoring;
- host an annual volunteer conference; and
- provide the Partners in
Stewards can be assigned any site in Alberta's parks system.
Depending on the specific site, the local field coordinator could
work for either Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation - Parks
Division or Alberta Environment & Sustainable Resource
Development - Public Lands.
Field coordinators deal with day-to-day site management
We are not currently filling additional steward
For more information, contact
Alberta Tourism, Parks & Recreation
Parks Division, Volunteer Services
2nd Floor, Oxbridge Place
9820 - 106 Street
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T5K 2J6
Phone 780-427-3582 or 1-866-427-3582