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Climate Change Exhibit Interpretation Coordinator, contract, Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington, ON (06/12/20)

  • 20 Nov 2020 7:28 AM
    Message # 9377353
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Salary Range: $22.58 Hourly

    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.

    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. As part of the Education team, the Interpretation Coordinator will be responsible for researching and drafting a plan for a living Climate Change Garden exhibit including logistics, evaluation, and interpretive planning comprising a range of informal learning opportunities such as interpretive signage, activity programming, workshops, demonstrations, events, publications, and other products. This position is generously funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

    This is an 8–9 month contract position commencing February 1, 2021.


    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.

    RBG strives to provide legendary experiences to all visitors. Every employee contributes to this culture of excellence across all positions in the organization.


    • Coordinate developing an exhibit plan for a living Climate Change Garden including budget, marketing plan, interpretive plan, required resources, and timelines
    • Work closely with other RBG staff and departments including Horticulture, Science, Customer Programs, Events, Visitor Experience, Communications, Facilities, and Development
    • Research local food plants to use, how to design greenhouses to mimic climate change effects
    • Research, write, edit, source photos for, and produce interpretive materials, such as signage, programs, scripts, and web content
    • Identify and meet with potential partner organizations and artists to determine collaborative opportunities within exhibit
    • Research best metrics and methods to evaluate exhibit impact and draft appropriate evaluation tools
    • Evening and weekend time may be required with compensatory time off in lieu
    • Other duties as assigned


    • Education or relevant experience in science communication, environmental sciences, education, museum studies, horticulture, or another field related to this project
    • Appropriate content knowledge of climate change science, natural history, horticulture, and RBG
    • Experience or education in developing and implementing interpretive plans for programs and/or exhibits
    • Experience with research and writing signage and/or exhibit content
    • Exceptional English writing skills and ability to adapt for a variety of audiences
    • Experience or education in program and/or exhibit evaluation
    • High level of organization and administration skills with a very strong attention to detail
    • Self-starter who can work well independently with minimal supervision
    • Ability to contribute to a collaborative team environment
    • Ability to work in a fast paced, dynamic work environment while balancing multiple priorities
    • Ability to work effectively in a MS Office environment including using Outlook, Word, Teams, and Excel
    • Ability to occasionally work from home with personal internet access
    • Ability to work evenings and weekends as required with compensatory time off in lieu


    • Formal certification and/or training in interpretation
    • Familiarity with social marketing strategies for encouraging behaviour change
    • Personal transportation
    • Graphic design skills and experience with Adobe Illustrator

    Candidates are invited to apply online at www.rbg.ca/careers by December 6, 2020. Please submit your cover letter and resume as one pdf file saved using the naming convention of your full name and position title (Wren Marsh Interpretation Coordinator.pdf).

    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 candidates for their application but only those selected for an interview will be contacted..

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