Peer Mentors


Looking to develop your environmental leadership skills? Curious about environmental education and working with youth?

Peer Mentors work alongside experienced EYA staff to run our land-based education programs for high school-aged youth in Strathcona Community Gardens. You bring your experience and passion and we provide a half-day training, one-on-one mentorship with an EYA educator, and opportunities to practice facilitation and group leadership.

We ask that Peer Mentors commit to supporting one ten-week land-based program (4-hour weekly sessions for a total of 40 hours of volunteer time). Mentors must also attend a group training day. Ideally, we love to see Peer Mentors return for future programs!

Applications are accepted year-round. Applications will be reviewed and selected applicants contacted in February for Spring programs, in June for Summer programs, and in August for Fall programs. Selected applicants will be invited for a short phone interview.

As a Peer Mentor, you will: 

  • Deepen your knowledge of native plants and wildlife 
  • Learn about environmental education & facilitation
  • Gain experience working with children and youth facing barriers
  • Lead activities relevant to program content
  • Mentor & support program participants 
  • Develop leadership & communication skills 
  • Facilitate basic activities (with support from  your Program Coordinator)
  • Help with program set-up & clean-up
  • Take photos for EYA’s social media channels
  • Help maintain wildlife habitat areas – weeding, watering, planting
  • Gain volunteer hours & experience for your resume 
  • Position yourself for potential job opportunities (many EYA peer mentors have gone on to become paid EYA staff) 

This program is open to youth ages 18-25, with exceptions on a case by case basis. At EYA, we lift up diversity in both humans and non-humans alike! We encourage and prioritize applications from individuals who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour), LGBTQ2S+ and those who are facing other societal barriers.

To apply, complete the online application here.

If you have any questions, please email our Program Manager, Erica at or phone 604-689-4446.


COVID-19: EYA has policies in place to keep you and your family safe from COVID-19. Visit for full details. 

  • Categories: Birds, Native Plants, Pollinators, Rewilding, Volunteer, Wildlife

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