Ways to Get Involved
Volunteer With Us
A community of volunteers have been the driving force behind the Bruce Trail for over 60 years. Today, more than 1,500 volunteers donate their time and talents to the Bruce Trail Conservancy and its nine Bruce Trail Clubs. Without this remarkable year-round support, the Bruce Trail Conservancy and the Bruce Trail would not be what it is today. They strive to keep it going today, and they’re looking for you to join them as the next generation of volunteers.
Why Become a Volunteer with the Bruce Trail Conservancy and its Bruce Trail Clubs?
Volunteering with the Bruce Trail Conservancy and its Bruce Trail Clubs is a way to get involved with and give back to the community helping to conserve and care for the Niagara Escarpment – home of the Bruce Trail. You’ll help secure the Bruce Trail, share and learn skills, be a part of a team, and develop lasting friendships.
There are roles for people outdoors and inside, for people who love manual labor and those who are excellent organizers. Whether you’ve had years of experience or you’re brand new to volunteering, we look forward to helping you have the experience of a lifetime on the Trail of a lifetime.
“When I retired, I wanted to volunteer with an organization that was beneficial to people and the environment. The Bruce Trail Conservancy was an obvious choice. That was over 13 years ago. I still very much like the staff and volunteers I meet, and the work I do, both at the BTC office and on the Trail. I am proud to be part of the rich volunteer history of the Bruce Trail Conservancy and its work to protect, conserve, and restore a significant corridor of the Niagara Escarpment.”
– BTC Office & Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club volunteer
“I started volunteering for the BTC in the office and on trail maintenance right after I retired in 2019. It has been the perfect counterbalance to the high stress job I left behind, and reminded me that an office can and should be a happy place to work and still achieve the objectives of the organisation. The staff are always welcoming, always express their thanks for the help of volunteers, and being in the head office I get to learn something from time to time about the BTC that I wouldn’t otherwise know! When I set out to volunteer, both on the trail and in the office, I never anticipated that I would get so much back in return, in terms of satisfaction, fulfilment and friendship.”
– BTC Office & Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club volunteer
“I enjoy being able to hike or work with like-minded people. I get to connect with people from different cultures and backgrounds, learn new skills and knowledge, and share my experiences. I moved to Canada in 2009 and more than half of my friend circle and some best friends were made through volunteering! I also feel a sense of accomplishment seeing my volunteering efforts make a difference.”
– Toronto Bruce Trail Club volunteer
Bruce Trail Clubs
Volunteer Roles and Descriptions
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Bruce Trail, and there are many opportunities to get involved.
Thank you for your interest in giving back to the Bruce Trail Conservancy and the Bruce Trail through volunteering.
If you are interested in any of these positions
Volunteers are the soul of the Bruce Trail, and we appreciate all of their efforts! Extraordinary people put in thousands of hours of volunteer work every year to manage and promote the Bruce Trail in an effort to keep it open and in good repair.
To nominate a volunteer, follow the button to complete the form. We appreciate all submissions, but we cannot guarantee that all volunteers will be profiled.
Whether you’re experienced or new to volunteering with the Bruce Trail Conservancy, these resources can be helpful in your role.
A Note for Trail Maintenance and Land Steward Volunteers on Reports
The Trail Status Report Form and the Annual Monitoring Form are not currently available on BTC website.
Please connect with your Trail Director or Land Stewardship Director for instructions and links to this year’s form.
Bruce Trail Conservancy Youth Council
Join a network of conservation-minded youth and be the voice of the next generation for the Bruce Trail Conservancy!
We are seeking passionate individuals, ages 18-25, who are interested in trails and conservation, to join the Bruce Trail Conservancy Youth Council and share their skills and voice in support of preserving a ribbon of wilderness.
Why Join the Bruce Trail Conservancy Youth Council?
– Connect with other youth to discuss relevant environmental issues
– Provide advice to the Bruce Trail Conservancy on ways to further engage youth in meaningful ways
– Participate in online and in-person events centered around environmental education, hiking, and professional development
– Learn about and help develop opportunities for youth volunteering along the Bruce Trail
– Get relevant, timely volunteer experience in an environmental, non-profit setting
– Support the Bruce Trail Conservancy’s mission to preserve a ribbon of wilderness, for everyone, forever
– Receive a BTC Youth Council Member badge
Ways to be Involved
Join as a General Member at any point to be involved in meetings, attend virtual and in-person events, and share your voice.
Applications for the 2023-24 Executive Committee have closed.
If you are under 18 years of age, please review our Minors Volunteering Policy with your parent or guardian.
For more information about the volunteer program
iNaturalist Bruce Trail Conservancy Volunteer Project
Collect important biodiversity data as you hike the Bruce Trail
We’re looking for volunteer citizen scientists to help us better understand the biodiversity along the Bruce Trail. Whether you are a trained botanist, mycologist or ornithologist, or just interested in learning more about the different species calling the Bruce Trail home, the Bruce Trail Conservancy can use your help. Using the free powerful online tool iNaturalist, you can collect much needed data while you are out hiking the Bruce Trail.
Is your company looking for a unique volunteer opportunity? Look no further than the Bruce Trail.
Corporate volunteering provides an opportunity to support your local community, do some team building, and boost morale amongst your staff. Come join us for some fresh air, hiking and some hard work giving back to the Bruce Trail Conservancy!
A typical corporate volunteering event includes:
- A staff guide from the Bruce Trail Conservancy to lead the day and the activity
- An interpretive hike along the local section of Bruce Trail
- An opportunity to give back through a rehabilitation activity that may include a trail clean-up, invasive species removal, planting, or another activity as per the needs of the land
For more information and find out about available dates, start by completing the form here.
For more information or to get started planning your corporate event with the Bruce Trail Conservancy, please get in touch.