Join an outstanding team that is committed to both wildlife conservation and delivering exceptional educational experiences to all who visit the Calgary Zoo.
The Calgary Zoo is home to nearly 1,000 creatures across 119 species and is one of the city’s favourite family destinations. One third of Calgarians visit every year, and more than 97,000 have annual memberships. Operated by the Calgary Zoological Society, a not-for-profit society founded in 1929, the Calgary Zoo is one of just five zoos in Canada accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Through the generous support of Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage grant, the Calgary Zoo is ready to welcome an Outreach Education Interpreter Intern to the zoo for a limited-term, funded position. As this position is funded by a grant, the successful candidate must meet grant eligibility as set out by Young Canada Works.
Start Date: November 2, 2020
End Date: March 26, 2020
Hours: 35 hours/week
What You Will Do:
Deliver high quality, formal and informal programs at all age levels in an entertaining and engaging manner.
Provide excellent, positive classroom management and group engagement for a variety of client types.
Research and write programs and activities as assigned.
Evaluate peers and programs and provide constructive feedback.
Maintain and upgrade resource materials.
Demonstrate initiative to improve programs and procedures, actively participate in department planning.
Incorporate conservation education messaging and activities into programming.
Work with multiple program coordinators on a range of program types.
Provide exceptional customer service to a variety of internal and external clients.
Provide program specific training to Zoo volunteers and seasonal education staff.
Maintain a safe, clean working environment for animals, visitors, and staff.
Perform all duties in a professional manner according to zoo policies and guidelines.
Complete all other duties as required, including interpretive programming with other Education department activities.
Other related duties as required.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Ability to present scientific information to audiences of all ages and education levels in an engaging manner.
Willingness to work collaboratively and the ability to maintain a positive attitude in a dynamic work environment are essential.
Knowledge related to the Calgary Zoo and its collection is an asset.
Ability to meet project goals and deadlines.
Demonstrated excellence in classroom management and student engagement.
Familiarity with the Alberta Curriculum of Studies is an asset.
Demonstrated excellence with interpretive techniques such as: art, audio/visual, demonstrations, drama, graphics, guided tours, music, prop talks, puppetry, role-playing, storytelling.
Basic competency in Microsoft Suite software.
Grant Qualifications – Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage
Are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada
Are legally entitled to work in Canada
Are between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment
Are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment
Will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with the program
Are unemployed or underemployed
Are a college or university graduate
Are not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with the program
Have not previously participated in or been paid under this or any other Career Focus Internship program funded under the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy.
More information about this grant can be found here.
The Calgary Zoo is an outdoor facility. Zoo employees must be comfortable working in a large variety of outdoor conditions including winter conditions
Prolonged sitting, working at a desk and looking at a screen
Manually transporting materials to locations across the Zoo and light lifting up to 30 lbs
Employees must wear a face mask at all times while working at the Zoo
What’s in it for You
Making meaningful connections with visitors and sharing our conservation work
Creating Zoo memories that will put smiles on visitor’s faces
Discounts on food, beverages, and Zoo merchandise
FREE Zoo passes for you and your immediate family members
The opportunity to work with a great team and in a beautiful park full of wild animals
Are you ready to join one of Canada's leaders in wildlife conservation? If this position suits your skills, experience, and personal attributes, we want to talk to you! To start your career journey with the Zoo:
Spend 1 minute watching this video about the conservation work being done at the zoo. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WM54qrQMilY)
Submit your resume with a cover letter via our online application system.
Online applications will be accepted until October 23, 2020 @ 4:00pm MST.
The Calgary Zoo is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including those with disabilities. We will accommodate applicants’ needs, upon request, throughout all stages of the recruitment process. Please inform us of the accommodation(s) that you may require. Information received relating to accommodation will be kept confidential.
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