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 2020, SHaRP is celebrating its 25th season of stewardship!
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 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
2020 SHaRP Team Leader Positions
Applications for our 2020 Team Leader positions is now closed. The closing deadline was February 5, 2020 at 11:59pm PST. Successful candidates have been selected for the 2020 season.
“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
2020 SHaRP Crew Members
Every year we hire Surrey high school students who are passionate about the outdoors and eager to share their environmental interest with the community. Surrey students currently in Grades 11 and 12 are eligible to apply. Candidates are selected based on experience and their enthusiasm about Surrey's environment. The employment period is July 2 to August 26, 2020 working 7 hours per day, 5 days a week. The hourly wage is $15.75.
Applications for Crew Member positions is now closed. The closing deadline was May 21, 2020 at 11:59PM PST. Successful candidates were notified by June 15, 2020.
“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
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!
2020 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.