Photo of Sea Lions, Clayoquot Sound. Photo: Matthew Maran

Sea Lions, Clayoquot Sound. Photo: Matthew Maran

About the Raincoast Education Society


The Raincoast Education Society (RES) is an independent non-profit society and registered Canadian charity. The RES was established in August 2000 with a mission to help shape an environmentally sustainable future for the Clayoquot and Barkley Sound region through education and community stewardship. Our aim is to enable citizens within and beyond the Clayoquot and Barkley Sound region to participate knowledgeably, effectively and responsibly in the work of shaping this future for our region and for our planet.

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The Raincoast Education Society has had a rich past - from the operation of the Raincoast Interpretive Centre, to our current home in the Tofino Botanical Gardens. We have been in operation since 2000 and throughout this time many extraordinary people have come in and out of our offices. Each of them has been part of the story of this Society and has brought, with them, a variety of experience and expertise.  Thank you to all of our past staff and volunteers who have been so integral to the Raincoast Education Society's history.

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Our board is comprised of six dynamic local residents who reflect a range of educational backgrounds, experiences, and expertise in natural and social sciences, non-profit governance, and education.

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2018 Summer Intern Positions

The Raincoast Education Society has a long history of hiring student interns to assist with our diverse range of outdoor education and research programs that take place in the Clayoquot and Barkley Sound region. We are proud to see past interns pursue careers and opportunities as varied as the Vancouver Aquarium, David Suzuki Foundation, Masters and PhD programs, founders of outdoor adventure and education businesses, Parks Canada, BC Ministry of Environment and more.

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