~ Secondary and Post-Secondary Co-op Opportunities (School Program)
Conservation is one of 36 conservation authorities across
delivering a variety of programs to local communities to promote the conservation, restoration, development and management of natural resources in Durham Region. We are a partnership organization and depend on many volunteers to assist us with the implementation of a variety of projects.
We also have a Watershed Corporate Heroes Program for companies looking for opportunities for their staff.
We offer a range of volunteer experiences to families, high school students, retired professionals and people looking to create a healthier planet. Volunteer opportunities include conservation area management, photography, creek cleanups, trail construction and repair, tree planting and habitat creation, monitoring wildlife and water quality, community outreach at public events like Purple Woods Maple Syrup Festival and assistance with education programs like our Durham Children's Groundwater Festival.
If you like people and the environment, enjoy working out doors and either know a little or a lot about nature, we need you. Each year we host a number of community planting and habitat creation events throughout Durham Region. What are you waiting for. Get involved and be part of the conservation community!
If you don’t see anything in our listings that is of interest to you, please contact our volunteer coordinator,
at 905-579-0411 ext 144 or fill out our online volunteer application form and we will keep your information on file for other volunteer opportunities more suitable to your needs and skill set.
CLOCA Expectations for Volunteers
Volunteers must provide their own transportation to and from the activity, be prepared to wear the appropriate clothing for the activity, provide their own lunch unless otherwise indicated and wear a volunteer identification badge. Volunteers must be high school age or older, unless accompanied during the activity by a parent or care-giver. Volunteers can volunteer for as many events and dates as they like. If volunteers need to cancel, it is recommended that you provide 48 hours notice and reschedule for another day(s). Volunteers are required to follow Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority Health and Safety Policy.
Looking for an activity for your next corporate community volunteer day? We can help. We have a number of projects on our books at different conservation areas across Durham Region. We can customize a half day or full day event to meet your needs and accommodate your employees. We have worked with Telus, Deloitte Touche, St. Mary’s Cement and many other local and regional businesses, planting native trees and shrubs, improving trails, removing invasive plant species, constructing bridges, boardwalks and installing signage. Contact us to find out more about this program, costs and seasonal availability. Please note financial costs for refreshments, lunches and materials for planting, bridge and boardwalk construction are charged to the volunteering corporation on a cost recovery basis.
Online General Volunteer Application Form or
Download General Volunteer Application Form (PDF)
Online Student Community Service Volunteer Application Form or
Download Student Community Service Volunteer Application Form (PDF)
For more information please contact:
Central Lake Ontario Conservation
(905) 579-0411, ext. 144
Co-op Education Opportunities (Nonpaid Positions)
Go to Application Forms
Secondary Education Co-op Program (Nonpaid Positions Below)
Are you a high-school student or high school graduate, looking for some in-field or in-office experience to enhance your resume or determine your post secondary education opportunities? The following positions are available to qualified individuals who meet the criteria. Applications must be received by June 15th for the first semester (September to January) and December 15th for the second semester (February to June)
Conservation Areas Field Staff Support – an ideal placement for high school students interested in careers in horticulture, landscaping and environmental studies. Students will assist with preparations for community events and educational festivals, invasive species management, waste management and building maintenance, trail construction and maintenance, forest management, conservation area improvements, hazard tree removal and tree thinning.
Monday to Friday – 7:30 to 4:30
2 positions available each semester, students must be able to get themselves to and from the Enniskillen Conservation Area Operations Centre, 7274 Holt Road, Clarington.
Accounting/Administration and Data Entry – an ideal placement for high school students interested in accounting and administrative careers. Work involves entering a variety of accounting and environmental data, processing paper work for accounts payable and receivable and filing correspondence.
Monday to Friday - either 8:30 to 12:00pm or 1:00pm to 4:30pm
1 position available each semester, students must be able to get themselves to and from the CLOCA Headquarters offices, located at 100 Whiting Avenue, Oshawa.
Post-Secondary Co-op and Internship Program (Nonpaid Positions Below)
Natural Heritage Intern -
An ideal placement for college and university students looking to gain work experience for a career in natural heritage resources such as wetland biology, fish and wildlife, terrestrial ecology, and watershed planning. Focus will be on office work and research including activities such as literature reviews and data entry. Good written communication skills are necessary. GIS and mapping skills considered an asset. Species Identification skills also an asset. Opportunity for field work may be limited. Availability and extent of opportunities is subject to a yearly review of natural heritage support needs.
Monday to Friday – 8:30am – 4:30pm (full day or 1/2 day) minimum 40 hour commitment- preferably consecutive days.
Students must be able to get themselves to and from the CLOCA Headquarters located at 100 Whiting Avenue, Oshawa.
Spawning Surveys – an ideal placement for college and university students looking to gain some aquatic field experience. Students will work in pairs to walk priority creek sections in the CLOCA jurisdiction.
How To Apply
Please complete the below application form and return via email, fax or mail to Ms. Patricia Lowe, Director: Stewardship, Education & Communication.
Contact information is in the application form.
Work Experience Placement Program Application Form - PDF (126kb)
Work Experience Placement Program Application Form - Word doc. (865kb)
Volunteers at the 2013 Earth Day Event