Salmon Habitat Restoration Program (SHaRP)
Enhance salmon habitats with Surrey's Salmon Habitat Restoration Program (SHaRP).
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.
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 660 people in active stream restoration works. In 2022, SHaRP is celebrating its 27th season of stewardship!
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 there are even opportunities to continue working part-time in the fall. Job 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
SHaRP Crew Member Positions
Every year we hire Surrey high school students who are passionate about the outdoors and eager to share their environmental interests with the community. We select candidates based on experience and their enthusiasm for Surrey's environment. Surrey students currently in Grades 10, 11 and 12 can apply.
SHaRP Team Leader Positions
Applications for 2022 team leader positions closed on March 30, 2022. Post-secondary students were hired into team leader roles for Riparian Enhancement, Media and Public Relations and Community Education.
“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
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.
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!
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.