Garden Interpreter, seasonal, Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington, ON (26/03/20)

  • 5 Mar 2020 8:43 AM
    Message # 8798923
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Located at the head of Lake Ontario and within the municipalities of Burlington and Hamilton, Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) is the largest botanical garden in Canada and one of the nation’s earliest nature sanctuaries. Comprising over 2700 acres of protected wetlands, botanical collections, parkland and display gardens, and within easy access of millions of nature-starved urban citizens, RBG dedicates its expertise in horticulture, conservation, science and education to connect people, plants and place for the purpose of nurturing and preserving healthy growing life on our planet. RBG directs its efforts, and seeks the support of individuals and organizations, to realize its vision of a world in which everyone is awake to the beauty, diversity and necessity of plants, and from that consciousness more actively works together to protect and preserve plant species and habitats and, by extension, our planet.

    Position Description:

    We are searching for three enthusiastic and approachable individuals who are passionate about the world of nature and gardens and want to help connect visitors with our collections. Garden Interpreters work in RBG garden areas interpreting RBG’s plants and collections to visitors in a dynamic and scientifically accurate manner, while providing excellent guest service. These positions run from April 30 to September 6. Garden Interpreters play an important role in the overall visitor experience at RBG.


    • Set up, staff, and take down mobile activity carts (Discovery Carts)
    • Plan and present guided tours, talks, and demonstrations
    • Create and maintain program props and supplies
    • Plan, develop, and lead children’s and family activities for special events including the Enchanted Garden weekend
    • Maintain relevant documentation and assist in evaluating effectiveness of programs and activities
    • Interact with visitors daily in an enthusiastic and positive manner providing legendary visitor experiences
    • Participate in training on interpretive techniques, customer service, and content development
    • Liaise with volunteers
    • Other duties as assigned
    • Outdoor work required; will be stationed in RBG garden areas/collections on a day-to-day basis
    • Includes working all weekends, statutory holidays (all long-weekends), and some evenings (days off will be between Monday and Thursday)


    • RBG strives to provide legendary experiences to all internal and external visitors. Every employee contributes to this culture of excellence across all positions in the organization.
    • RBG is 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 student in natural science/biology/botany, environmental science, horticulture, education, or a related field
    • Good working knowledge of botany, gardening, plant ID, and natural history
    • Enthusiastic, approachable, and confident individual
    • Experience working with the public, especially families and children
    • Excellent oral communication and presentation skills; experience with public speaking
    • Able to commit to the full duration of the work assignment
    • Possess valid First Aid certification
    • A satisfactory Police Records Check will be required of the successful candidates at their expense
    • Be a Canadian citizen or be legally entitled to work in Canada
    • Be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment period
    • Be registered on the Young Canada Works on-line candidate inventory
    • Currently enrolled as a full-time student at a post-secondary institution and intending to return to full-time studies in the semester following this position


    • Valid Driver’s License and personal transportation
    • Experience working in interpretation or informal/non-formal education
    • Computer skills in MS Office products including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
    • Fluency in French

    Candidates are invited to apply online at by March 26, 2020. Please submit your cover letter and resume as one pdf file saved using the naming convention of your first then last name and position title (Jane Smith Garden Interpreter.pdf). Interviews will take place between April 1 and 3.

    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 all applicants however, 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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