Nature Interpreter

The Opportunity

The Wetland Centre at Shubenacadie Provincial Park delivers a number of wildlife-themed educational programs and special events through an operating partnership between the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources and Ducks Unlimited Canada. Both DNR and DUC also deliver educational and stewardship programs to audiences throughout Nova Scotia, through the Project Webfoot, Wetland Centres of Excellence, HRSB EXCEL, and other programs.

The Nature Interpreter will deliver educational activities and events at Shubenacadie Wildlife Park and assist with programs at other locations. Reporting to the DUC Education Specialist and working closely with DNR Interpretive staff, responsibilities may include:

  • Delivering educational programming at the Wetland Centre
  • Traveling to various wetland sites in Nova Scotia to deliver outdoor field trips
  • Assisting with various wetland education activities and events
  • Sitting on planning or other committee meetings to help plan or review programs as needed
  • Compiling feedback of education programs
  • Assisting with the maintenance of public interpretive trails
  • Assisting with the care of small animals (such as aquatic insects and reptiles)
  • Assisting with Wetland Centre upkeep, gift shop preparation, or other administrative tasks as needed

Details

  • Expected term of employment is 10-16 weeks (pending funding), beginning in early May 2018
  • Salary is $13.00-$14.00/hr based on a 35-hour week
  • Some evening and weekend work may be required.

Qualifications

This interpretive position requires some knowledge of wildlife biology, wetland ecosystems, environmental management, or similar theory, and a strong background in outreach and/or education. Experience or schooling in environmental outreach or education would be considered an asset. Other qualifications include:

  • Eligible for Canada Summer Jobs (Registration as a full-time post-secondary student with intention to return full-time studies in the fall, and between the ages of 15 and 30 at the time of job commencement)
  • Possession of valid First Aid and CPR training
  • Completion of a vulnerable sector check (to be filed before commencing duties)
  • Experience working with youth and/or the public and a good energy and aptitude for busy outdoor work
  • Excellent communication and organization skills
  • Enthusiasm for the outdoors, wildlife, and conservation
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license
  • Knowledge of wildlife/wetland management, DNR, or DUC operations is an asset
  • Bilingualism is a strong asset (English and French, or English and another language)
  • Aboriginal youth (including Metis, Inuit, and Non-Status youth) and youth of visible minorities are encouraged to apply and identify themselves in their application. Experience working with First Nations, knowledge of First Nations histories or contexts, especially in an environmental or education capacity is an asset.

How to Apply

If you are qualified and interested in this opportunity, please submit (email preferred) your cover letter, résumé, and the names of three references for confidential consideration by March 12th, 2018 to the attention of:

Rebecca Parker, Education Specialist
Ducks Unlimited Canada
Shubenacadie, NS
Ph: 902-758-4541
Email: r_parker@ducks.ca

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment. Learn more at ducks.ca.

While DUC would like to thank all applicants, only candidates considered for an interview will be contacted.