Transition Time at Salmon Coast

Dear Salmon Coast Friends,

Life in the Broughton continues to be a fast-paced delight. It feels like yesterday when the first spring researchers arrived, but we’ve already finished field work on sea lice monitoring and other projects are beginning to wrap up. We’re still going strong with education groups, salmon population analysis, and community projects, and we’re about to gear up for fall spawner enumeration and bear monitoring activities, but it’s also a time for reflection.

To that end, Chris and I have some bittersweet news: we have decided to move on from our roles as Station Co-Coordinators at Salmon Coast. It has been a joy to spend time in Echo Bay, support our inspiring research community and contribute to salmon conservation.

We’re committed to supporting Salmon Coast through this transition. We have a dedicated and engaged board and a fantastic crew of researchers, volunteers and summer staff. Chris and I will physically sail away in September, but we’ll still stay very much involved, both professionally and spiritually.

Now, we are asking our community of supporters to help us find our next Station Coordinator. You can check out the posting here.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming the Station Coordinator, please be in touch! It’s an invigorating and dynamic role that can be held by one or more individuals. It’s something new every day, working with a great team in an incomparable location.

We’re also seeking some short-term coverage caretaking the station over the fall and winter. If you are interested in this role, please also be in touch.


Heather & Chris

Remote Volunteers

Duration: Ongoing

Location: anywhere in the world with an internet connection

Description: We’re keen to connect with volunteers who can help Salmon Coast amplify the impact of our groundbreaking conservation research. If you’ve got the skills to help us tell engaging stories and connect with our community, please be in touch!

Assets: Some of the skills we’re looking for include graphic design, SEO, website design, social media strategy, database management, editing, fundraising, photo/video editing, media strategy.

To Apply: Email the Station Coordinators at to set up a one-on-one Skype conversation about how you can get involved.

Station Volunteers

Duration: Seeking general volunteers for March-September, and specialized volunteers year-round. We are no longer seeking general volunteers for the 2018 season.

Location: Salmon Coast Field Station in the Broughton Archipelago, British Columbia

Terms: $150/month stipend, accommodations, and transport between Port McNeill and Salmon Coast provided by Salmon Coast Field Station

Description: Salmon Coast is a vibrant, off-grid place of learning and discovery, made possible through the efforts of volunteers. Volunteers will learn and apply a variety of skills related to sustainable living, conservation science, public education, and community living. Station tasks including grounds and gardens work, cleaning, firewood, data entry, communications and public outreach, and other jobs. Bring your talents and interests and we’ll work together!

While working and during off time, this position offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Broughton Archipelago, as well as chances for boating and hiking excursions into the surrounding waters and forested islands. Come experience the incredible ecosystem we live in and have the satisfaction of knowing that you are contributing to its conservation!

We ask that general volunteers commit to a two week stay, unless you are coming to work on a specific project (i.e. arboriculture or videography).

Requirements: Physical fitness, enthusiasm and willingness to perform a variety of tasks. Comfort living and working in a remote, off-grid environment.

Assets: Maintenance and trades skills, social media/communications, gardening/sustainable living skills, familiarity with small boats, interest in biology and coastal communities.

We’re particularly looking for volunteers with experience in arboriculture, construction, plumbing, off-grid electrical systems, and videography.

To Apply: Please fill out our Volunteer Application Form and email your resume and 2 professional references with a brief explanatory letter to the Station Coordinator:



As an off-grid, boat-in, hillside field station, Salmon Coast is always on the hunt for good gear and equipment. Anyone who visits the station knows that we’re big fans of creative, low-cost solutions! Whether it’s repurposing old water barrels or extending the life of old tools, we do whatever we can to ensure our facility remains accessible, safe, and effective for young researchers and conservationists.

Click to view a spreadsheet of our current Station Equipment and Infrastructure Wishlist.

Station needs are constantly changing, so please be in contact if you have something to offer that’s not on our list.