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Salmon Habitat Restoration Program (SHaRP)

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Salmon Habitat Restoration Program (SHaRP) crew members can be found in the community every year from April to November educating businesses and community members on salmon stewardship while employing local youth to enhance Surrey's fish habitat.

Learn about upcoming SHaRP events.

SHaRP's goal is to protect and improve Surrey's stream habitats as our city grows and develops. SHaRP is a City of Surrey initiative that began in 1996 and has involved over 600 people in active stream restoration works.

How SHaRP Helps Surrey Communities

SHaRP members are regularly involved in:

  • Watershed enhancement projects involving slope stabilization using bioengineering techniques, debris removal, riparian planting, invasive plant species removal, erosion protection, and other ways to enhance fish habitat.
  • Community education outreach programs at schools, daycares, community events, libraries, and parks. The team is out regularly engaging residents about Surrey's natural heritage and what they can do to preserve fish and fish habitat.
  • Agricultural stewardship projects and partnerships with the farming community to encourage agricultural land management practices that are also fish friendly.
  • Industrial education outreach to help prevent storm drain pollution and to celebrate all the great efforts businesses are making toward protecting sensitive stream habitats.
  • Media and public relations.
  • Hosting various community events and activities.

Employment Opportunities with SHaRP

If you’re a post-secondary or high school student, you can apply to be a SHaRP Team Leader or a SHaRP Crew Member!

Job opportunities are available for post-secondary students from the end of April to the end of August. Job opportunities for Surrey high school students are available for July and August. For both roles, requirements include the ability to conduct physical activities, effectively communicate with others, and work within a team.

Student activities include:

  • Invasive plant removal and riparian planting
  • Instream restoration and enhancement
  • Water quality testing
  • Agricultural stream enhancement
  • Educating businesses and industries on how to protect water quality
  • Elementary and secondary school class presentations and activities
  • Attending community events and hosting activities

2018 SHaRP Crew Members

Every year we hire Surrey high school students who are passionate about the outdoors and are eager to share their environmental interest with the community. Students entering Grades 11 or 12, as well as newly graduated students, are eligible. Candidates are selected based on experience and their enthusiasm about Surrey's environment.

The 2018 crew members have now been selected and you can find them hard at work all summer throughout the City.  Look out for similar work opportunities next year! 2018 SHarP Crew Member positions.

“It feels great when people come to our tent who never knew about Surrey’s salmon habitats but are eager to learn. It feels great to know that you made a difference.” – Crew Member

2018 SHaRP Team Leader Positions

The following Team Leader positions have been filled. Look out for similar work opportunities next year!

“I really enjoy being out in the community and talking to people. Teaching community members about sustainability and environmental stewardship is really rewarding.” – Team Leader

Thank you to the SHaRP Funders

The City of Surrey provides base program funding to ensure SHaRP operates each year, as it is committed to the positive work that SHaRP accomplishes each year. We also get tremendous support for the program through additional funding support received through external organizations. SHaRP couldn't be as successful without this support. To our funders - we thank you!

2018 SHaRP Funders

 

In addition to the funding partners, SHaRP students team up with local community groups on initiatives like riparian plantings, instream debris removal, community education, instream habitat complexing, and invasive plant species removal projects.

The Engineering Department of the City of Surrey manages the contract with an outside consultant retained to oversee the management of the students involved in the program each year. Dillon Consulting has been retained to carry out the SHaRP program since 1996.

For more information about SHaRP, email salmontracks@surrey.ca or call 604-591-4383. You can also find SHaRP on Facebook and YouTube.

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