Are you interested in meeting like-minded islanders while working to protect and enhance our natural environment? The Mayne Island Conservancy, like many island organizations, runs largely on volunteer power. Whether you want to get your hands wet and dirty, or prefer to organize, educate and communicate in person or using a computer, we have the job for you!
With spring on the way, most people start thinking about getting outside and enjoying everything the island has to offer. What better way to spend time outdoors than by volunteering to restore natural habitat with the Conservancy? By activities like planting native trees and removing invasive species, habitat restoration helps native plants and animals thrive. There’s no obligation to make every event—just come out when you feel the need for a good time among friends!
Jointly sponsored by the Conservancy and the Mayne Island Recycling Society, the annual Mayne Island Beach Cleanup gives volunteer teams and “beach captains” a chance to make a visible difference to the cleanliness of our shorelines, while removing foreign debris, particularly plastics, that are detrimental to intertidal and marine life. The 2023 cleanup happens Sunday, April 23rd. Watch for posters around town, and ads on Facebook and in the April Mayneliner magazine, and contact the captain listed for your favourite beach!
Dungeness Crab Citizen Scientist
Do you have a passion for the ocean and the amazing creatures that live in it? Want to help monitor young Dungeness crabs in the Salish Sea? The Mayne Island Conservancy is partnering with the Hakai Institute to collect marine data from a light trap in Miners Bay. We’re looking forward to a second successful year of monitoring in 2023. The light trap gives volunteers the opportunity to see a wide variety of sea creatures close up, and to observe the development of tiny crab larvae over the summer.
Events and Programs
Have you ever visited the Conservancy booth at the Saturday market, or taken part in a Conservancy event? Volunteers are a big part of how we communicate with the community. We’re looking for people with good communication and research skills to help us organize and deliver a variety of events. Help us plan events through the year: workshops, farmers’ markets, fundraisers (including social events and concerts).
Are you looking to be part of a dynamic group of volunteers who are providing leadership for a well-respected organization working with the community to conserve the ecology of Mayne Island and its surrounding waters for future generations? If that’s you, our President of the Board of Directors would really like to hear from you and have a chat about roles, responsibilities, and the rewards of being part of the Conservancy Board. Please contact Malcolm Inglis at email@example.com.