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Park Interpreter (Full time, temporary)
This position is funded by the Canada Summer Jobs Grant. Hiring for this position is dependent on grant funding. Eligible candidates must be between 15 to 30 years of age.
Positions available in the following areas: Victoria, Parksville, Kamloops, Nelson, Shuswap, Campbell River, Rock Creek, Maple Ridge, North Vancouver/West Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler/Pemberton.
About the role
The value of a Park Interpreter working in BC Parks is widespread. Interpreters strive to educate visitors about the natural and cultural history of the park, and to explain environmental concerns such as climate change, invasive species and the mountain pine beetle. Park Interpreters also act as a promotional asset for park visitors through their engaging programs, which greatly add to the visitor’s experience. Park Interpreters help park visitors appreciate the natural and cultural features that make each park a special place.
Interpreters are encouraged to provide information on how residents and visitors can enjoy the BC Parks system. Guest speakers are invited to expand the repertoire of program delivery and introduce visitors to special features of the park and local area. For those park visitors unfamiliar or uncomfortable with going out on their own, longer guided hikes with an interpreter provide an opportunity to see new areas of the park and enjoy physical exercise. This is particularly important for new immigrants, refugees and other marginalized groups who have limited experience in Canadian parks and want to learn more about British Columbia’s diverse environment.
The general roles and responsibilities for a Park Interpreter are diverse and include; research, program development, program advertising, promotion and the delivery of programs to the public. Interpreters are energetic, motivated individuals with a deep respect for the natural environment and a passion to share this with visitors.
What does a typical day look like? You would start your day online, checking in with the team and seeing if there have been any programming updates to take note of. Then, you might take a walk around the park, introduce yourself to new visitors, and encourage them to check out the amphitheatre program later that evening. After that, you would visit the park message board, and update any schedules for the following day or week and post some new park stewardship posters. After lunch, you could prepare your materials for the evening program, while also fine tuning some of your program outlines for later in the week. That afternoon, you might host a naturalist hike for families with older children. In the evening, you would host a program on nocturnal animals in the park.
Your responsibilities will include:
Interpretive programs (45%)
- Host and present daytime and evening interpretive programs in parks, with an emphasis on family-friendly activities and presentations.
- Work with the park operators and fellow park interpreters to develop general program outlines, and then tailor them specifically to the assigned region or park
- Assist in developing and maintaining physically-distant programming for the safety of visitors
- Maintain and inventory of supplies, and build a toolkit of programs and visual props for future years
- Post weekly program schedules in the park
- Write educational handouts, newsletters, and brochures
- Advertise programs verbally, in-park and online
- Compile daily statistics, and write a final report for the park or region.
- Support and promote the BC Parks iNaturalist project and related citizen science initiatives, including assisting with the development of the WildCAM camera trap network
- Engage current and future citizen science stakeholders to determine future program development decisions
- Write and coordinate development and installation of Story Trails in the region
- Assist with park activities research and building a database of photos
- Become an expert on the flora, fauna and invasive species in the assigned region and parks, and share this information with park visitors.
- Spread awareness of iNaturalist programs in parks for individual participation
- Develop in-park stewardship messaging for guests (posters, conversations, etc)
- Educate visitors on infringements such as picking wildflowers or feeding animals.
**Priority of duties are likely to shift or change as we respond to health and safety measures for COVID-19**
This position is funded by the Canada Summer Jobs Grant: The successful candidate must be youth aged 15 to 30 years at the start of the employment in order to be eligible for funding.
- A love for the environment and the ability to share that passion and knowledge with the public
- Comfortable making presentations, giving lectures and leading tours
- Demonstrated ability to identify and describe flora and fauna, and their role in the local ecosystem
- Driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle for accessing the park or region is preferred
- Post-secondary study in environmental sciences or outdoor education is a plus
- Experience working with children is preferred
- Teaching and/or childcare experience is an asset
- Ability to work in a remote environment, while staying connected with your team online
- Experience with Microsoft office
- Experience with graphic design is an asset, but not required
- Mandatory criminal record check with vulnerable sector search
- Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment*
- Have a Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant British Columbian legislation and regulations
- Those identifying as being part of groups which are underrepresented or have additional barriers to the labour market are encouraged to apply.
*International students are not eligible participants. International students include anyone who is temporarily in Canada for studies and who is not a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada. Youth awaiting a refugee status ruling, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, youth visa or work visa are ineligible.
Hours & Location:
This is a full-time role, working 40 hours per week. Some tasks will be performed remotely and others physically in provincial parks in the region. Days of the week vary by location. Evening and weekend shifts should be expected, in order to align with park visitor programming.
Start date will be in late June or early July 2020, and continue for 8-12 weeks, dependent on the location.
Remuneration: $17 per hour, personal mobile phone allowance
Location: Remote work in any of the following communities: Victoria, Parksville, Kamloops, Nelson, Shuswap, Campbell River, Rock Creek, Maple Ridge, North Vancouver/West Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler/Pemberton.
Please submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Cover letter should identify which region(s) the applicant is applying for. Applicants may apply for more than one region if they have access to their own accommodation in the area. Applications without a cover letter will not be accepted.
Application deadline: Wednesday, June 10, 2020.
In every walk with nature, one receives far more than they seek.”