Volunteer

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You can help

strengthen subarctic science

Join a Volunteer Expedition to get a unique travel experience: hands-on experience at an active research station!

Whether you’re collecting samples in the field, maintaining our on-site sustainability efforts, or assisting our kitchen staff, your trip will not only be a source of fascinating experiences, but it will also provide tangible benefits to the CNSC.

We are currently accepting applications for our Aurora season, and other dates will be announced soon. Adult, senior, and student volunteers over the age of 19 are welcome. 

Volunteering at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre has been an incredibly rewarding opportunity. The team is welcoming and the experiences are awe-inspiring. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to explore the subarctic and make a genuine positive impact.

– Jason Walczak, Spring 2022

Headshot of Jason on a Volunteer Expedition at the Centre

What to expect on a volunteer expedition

Your schedule will vary day-to-day based on time of year, current research projects, and CNSC operations.

You can expect to help with data collection, Rocket Greens harvest, meal preparation, dish washing, grounds-keeping, cleaning, guest interactions, community outreach, and night duty.

You will be performing physically and mentally demanding work, sometimes starting your day at dawn and finishing late at night. 

It can take time to adjust to our remote location, as well as to the climate – especially during the colder winter months.

If you’re up for the challenge, we know that the rewards will be worth it. You will be inspired by our work and our community, and you will come to love and respect the north as much as we do.

Plus, you will feel proud knowing that your financial contribution also allows us to provide researchers an affordable, accessible location to continue their valuable work.

UPCOMING volunteer expeditions

AURORA SEASON

February 2 to February 16
February 14 to February 28
February 28 to March 14
March 11 to March 25

Expedition incentives include dog sledding experience, Historic Rocket Range Tour, Green Building Tour, Town and Area Tour, rental vehicle usage, gift store credit, and aurora and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Your contribution: $450/week CDN

Other expedition dates to be announced soon!

Beluga season (summer)
Polar bear season (fall)
Off season (summer and fall)

Your contribution: $350 to $650/week CDN

We accept a limited number of volunteers on each expedition to ensure we can provide the best training and support to those who join us. Submitting this form does not guarantee your participation.

After you click submit, you should receive an email from us. Please check your junk mailbox if you don’t see it in your inbox, and add us to your contacts to ensure you don’t miss any important information!

Volunteer Expedition Application 2023

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Name*
Address*
Which Volunteer Expedition(s) are you interested in?*
Do you have any of the following skills or experience?
I have investigated transportation to and from Churchill and I am aware of the costs associated with northern travel.*
I am 19 years of age or older.*
I understand that for the safety of all CNSC users and staff, if I am selected for a Volunteer Expedition, I must submit a Vulnerable Sector Check.*

Pssst…. if volunteering seems like too much work, check out our immersive, educational trips called Learning Vacations. No dish washing required.