Location: Creston, BC
Do you have a love of nature and science? Are you passionate about inspiring people about the natural world? As a Wetland Naturalist, you will motivate, inspire, and connect children and adults to the wonderful world of wetlands by providing quality environmental education programs and front country excursions at the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area.
About the Location and Organization
Located south of Kootenay Lake in the Kootenay Rockies Region of southern British Columbia, the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area (CVWMA) is a magnificent 17,000-acre internationally designated Ramsar wetland. The Kootenay Columbia Discovery Centre Society (KCDCS) operates an Interpretation Centre located within the wetland. To support the visitor experience and help create positive long-lasting memories and interest in wetland conservation, the Centreoffers educational exhibits, engaging curriculum-based school programs, stewardship programs, canoe and walking tours, nature trail programming and educational displays.
Each season we offer post-secondary students and those interested in environmental education the opportunity to train as Naturalists and join us in showcasing this special wetland to visitors. To find out more about the CVWMA visit www.crestonwildlife.ca. To find out more about KCDCS, visit www.discovery-centre.ca.
Facilitate and lead school and youth environmental education programs
Interpret natural history and conduct guided canoe and walking tours
Develop and deliver interpretive programming for day camps and special events
Effectively explain the purpose and management techniques of the CVWMA as well as wetland ecology and wildlife to visitors and program participants
Interact with the general public in a professional and courteous manner
Prepare daily wildlife sighting reports
Perform key holder and maintenance duties around the Interpretation Centre and trails
A bonus if you are enrolled in and returning to a post-secondary training program in a related field, including natural and environmental sciences, biology, education, resource management, tourism and recreation
Enthusiasm for learning and teaching about the natural world and experience in outdoor recreation activities including bird-watching, canoeing and hiking
Creative, flexible, motivated and outgoing with strong verbal communication skills
Ability to work as part of a team and individually
Experience working and interacting with the public, children and youth in an engaging and enthusiastic way
Experience with program development and delivery related to the environment
Valid Standard First Aid certificate
Valid Criminal Record Check under the Criminal Records Review Act for working with Children & Vulnerable Adults
During the first week of employment, Wetland Naturalists receive mandatory training covering: CVWMA’s history and conservation; wetland biodiversity and bird ecology; marsh management; and interpretive strategies and educational values. Training and learning opportunities continue throughout the season as new programs are added and the wetland landscape and wildlife viewing opportunities change. Job shadowing, team teaching, supported delivery, and observed and evaluated practices are utilized to provide feedback and create a well-rounded experience to the Naturalists.
The Wetland Naturalist position is seasonal from May 6th to August 31st, 2024 (40 hour work week/schedules overlap weekends).
The wage is $20.00 per hour (temporary, full-time position).
Closing date: February 23rd, 2024
Please apply with a resume and cover letter specifying how your skills and experience would make you an ideal candidate for a Wetland Naturalist position.
Submit your documents to: Carla Ahern, Senior Manager at KCDCS
Post: Box 763, Creston, BC V0B 1G0.
Note: Only those applicants chosen for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please.
Interpretation Canada c/o Kerry Wood Nature Centre 6300 45th Ave Red Deer, AB, Canada T4N 3M4
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