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Interpretation Intern, contract, Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington, ON (30/07/21)

  • 7 Jul 2021 8:54 AM
    Message # 10735078
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Royal Botanical Gardens is the largest botanical garden in Canada and one of the largest in the world. With over 2,700 acres of cultivated gardens and nature preserves, it is also one of the biggest urban nature sanctuaries and marshland restoration sites in North America. With its extraordinary land holdings, breathtaking landscapes, biodiversity, collections, facilities, educational and conservation programs, RBG is a top-rated regional tourist attraction and a global leader in its sector. Each year, RBG attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from diverse demographic profiles who enjoy events, exhibits and education programming within our 2700 acres of gardens and nature sanctuaries.

    Our mission is to "connect people, plants and place for the purpose of nurturing and preserving healthy growing life on our planet". Our Educational Mission is to encourage environmental stewardship by providing meaningful and diverse learning experiences that connect people of all ages with nature and the plant world, and help them to understand the crucial role that plants play in sustaining and enhancing our lives and the environment.

    Hours: 35 hours/week from September 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022.

    Position Description:

    We are searching for an enthusiastic and dynamic communicator who is passionate about sharing nature, horticulture, and environmental sustainability content with others through the use of engaging interpretive educational programming. This Intern will work with our Manager of Interpretation, Head of Education, and RBG colleagues to support the development and delivery of interpretive programs for special events, projects, and exhibits including: Pumpkin Trail, holiday event, and a travelling exhibit in early 2022.


    • Use knowledge of natural history, sustainable environmental practices, biological diversity, local history, and horticulture to assist with development of engaging interpretive programs for a wide range of audiences
    • Assist with developing program plans, sourcing materials, and props
    • Assist with developing and producing digital content such as videos, blog posts, and social media content
    • Assist with development of small exhibits/displays
    • Interpretive program delivery
    • Draft event and exhibit programming reports
    • Other duties as assigned


    RBG has committed to becoming a fully sustainable and environmentally responsible organization. This is an integral part of our culture and we require all our employees to assist us with this goal by committing to make the best ecological decisions possible in the execution of their responsibilities, keeping in mind the possible effects these decisions may have on both the human and natural environments both now, and into the future.


    • University or college graduate in natural science/biology/botany, environmental science, education, museum studies, science communication, horticulture, or related field
    • Interpretation/public speaking/presentation/programming experience
    • A passion for the natural world and an enthusiasm for connecting people with nature
    • Exceptional English oral and written communication skills and ability to apply them to developing engaging interpretive programs for general audiences
    • Highly organized self-starter with strong attention to detail who can work well independently and in a team environment
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment while balancing multiple priorities
    • Commitment to service excellence; experience in an environment dedicated to customer service
    • Good working knowledge of botany and/or local plants and wildlife
    • Ability to work effectively in a MS Office Environment
    • Possess valid First Aid certification and valid driver’s license
    • Ability to work outdoors in gardens and on trails of varying terrain in all seasons
    • Ability to occasionally work from home with personal internet access
    • Ability to work evenings and weekends as required with compensatory time off in lieu
    • A satisfactory Police Records Check will be required of the successful candidates at their expense


    • Experience in interpretive and/or educational program development
    • Formal certification and/or training in interpretation
    • Personal transportation
    • Fluency in French
    • Graphic design and/or video editing experience

    Candidates must also meet Young Canada Works grant requirements including:

    • Be registered in the YCW online candidate inventory
    • Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada
    • Be legally entitled to work in Canada
    • Be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment period
    • Be willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment
    • Not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed through the internship
    • Be an unemployed or underemployed i.e. not employed full-time
    • Be a college or university graduate
    • Not receive Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with the program

    Note: Priority will be given to graduates that have not previously participated in YCW internship programs.

    Candidates are invited to apply online at www.rbg.ca/careers. Please submit your cover letter and resume as one pdf file saved using the naming convention of your full last name and position title (Jane Smith Garden Interpreter.pdf) by July 30, 2021.

    RBG is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to fair and accessible employment practices. Upon request, suitable accommodations are available under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

    We thank you for your application but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Interpretation Canada c/o Kerry Wood Nature Centre 6300 45th Ave Red Deer, AB, Canada  T4N 3M4

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