The goal of this thesis is to explore the perceptions and experiences of both staff and volunteers in the Kananaskis region. Conservation volunteerism is a practice that is important to society and often an Essential component to environmental organizations, inclusive of government parks departments. An empirical study was conducted using applied thematic
analysis to examine quantitative and qualitative survey data collected from staff and volunteers in the Kananaskis region of Alberta. An emphasis was placed on comparing responses of staff and volunteers in terms of their motivations and values. The study found that although volunteers and staff both believe Alberta Parks has volunteers predominantly because of resource shortages,
volunteers seem to appreciate the personal relationships they develop with local staff more than Alberta Parks may recognize. Patterns that emerge in this study have the potential to influence the future of volunteer practices in conservation volunteerism.