Volunteer at East Limestone Island

Volunteers at East Limestone Island have the unique opportunity to immerse themselves fully in our field research and monitoring work. Depending on the week you choose, you may find yourself capturing and weighing Ancient Murrelet chicks, embarking on a sea survey or monitoring local song bird populations. As a volunteer, you will be trained by our resident biologists on various activities, before participating directly in them. It is an amazing opportunity to work at a remote research station in a pristine wilderness environment! Best of all? You don't need any experience to become one of our "citizen scientists"!


Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us.  The 2020 field season is now online! Apply today!

The Details

  • Duration: Volunteers spend 1 week on East Limestone Island throughout the duration of our field season (May - July annually). We accept a maximum of 3 volunteers at a time, and all travel occurs on Fridays.

  • Cost: We ask volunteers to donate $350 to our organization, in order to help offset the cost of your transportation to ELI and your food while there. If you need help offsetting this cost, e-mail us! We've got loads of ideas about supportive funding.

  • Eligibility Requirements: All we ask is that our "citizen scientists" have an interest in the environment and outdoors. All volunteers will live at our remote field camp for a week in a tent, and will cook communally with our staff and other volunteers. Daily tasks do involve physical activity, and you should be prepared to walk on wilderness trails and get in and out of boats. There is no minimum age, but youth under 18 must have adult permission or adult accompaniment.

  • How to Apply: You can apply online or download our application. Your spot will be confirmed once we receive your payment (cheque, e-transfer or through CanadaGives).

Can't volunteer for 1 week but still interested in helping out?

The field 2019 season is over but we are always looking for volunteers to help with cleaning, data entry, outreach activities, marketing, fundraising, etc.  If you are available and want to help, please contact us!

Looking for more information? Check out these resources.

A Few of Our Favourite Volunteer Memories

It’s wonderful to see how much support and encouragement the Society gets for this project. Bird research is so important, more so now that the environment changes rapidly due to human/society’s impact. We will hopefully will be back again!
— Claire Ebendimer & Yves Parizeau
Thanks for a great and unique experience! My seven days here were filled with great learning experiences, wonderful interactions with nature & the wild, great food and laughter. I truly appreciate all your hard work, patience and perseverance in pulling this all off.
— Paul Rasmussen
The end of another season on ELI. The past 9 years have been full of interesting experiences and hilarious moments - many of them on this lovely island. It has been wonderful to get to know a place so well, to explore the surrounding islands and get familiar with the plants, animals and environment. Volunteers continue to bring new ideas and perspectives and remind us of what a unique experience this place provides... as I’m sure it will be fore years to come.
— Jake Pattison