Department: Natural Resources & Renewables
Type of Employment: Casual
Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG
Closing Date: 11/2/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)
Nova Scotia is rich in natural resources – including biodiversity, forests, provincial parks and the land we manage. The Department of Natural Resources and Renewables is responsible for the development, management, conservation and protection of forest, parks and wildlife resources and the administration of the province's Crown land. Together we are working with Nova Scotians to build a better future through sustainable natural resource management as we all benefit from the natural health and wealth of the province.
The Shubenacadie Wildlife Park is one of Nova Scotia’s top tourist destinations and has attracted millions of visitors over the past 60 years. The 40 hectare park has enchanted Nova Scotians and visitors alike and provides a wide range of outdoor recreational and educational opportunities.
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About Our Opportunity
We are looking for an enthusiastic and knowledgeable Nature Interpreter to join our team. You will have the opportunity to engage and educate our visitors by preparing presentations for environmental education programs. Our programs are for everyone from students, youth, community groups and the general public and the topics are related to wildlife, wetlands, and conservation. In the Winter season programs are updated, Education and Visitation attendance is cataloged and the facility re- organized for the upcoming summer season. You will assist in the development, tracking and organization of a full range of interpretive programs, and their related materials.
In this role, you will need to communicate effectively with people of all ages about the Wildlife Park and Ducks Unlimited programs and mandate. You will be working outdoors in various weather conditions and must be comfortable to lead walks, hikes and wetland exploration programs. You may also assist with:
Care of displays;
Critter care and collection when open;
Retail duties in the gift store;
Collecting fees for events, education groups, and tours; and,
Maintenance/Organization requirements for trails and facility (such as cleaning washrooms, washing windows, vacuuming, weeding, trail guide and other related duties).
This position reports to the Supervisor of Visitor Experience.
If you enjoy interacting with and educating people of all ages and backgrounds and are as passionate about our provincial wildlife as we are, this may be the perfect opportunity for you!
Qualifications and Experience
As the successful candidate you have three (3) years of related experience. Related experience may include providing education programs to groups, working in conservation, wildlife or nature preservation. An equivalent combination of training and experience will be considered. Post-secondary education in environmental / science related fields would be considered an asset.
You are knowledgeable of wildlife, habitat and environmental issues and you must be able to conduct related research. You have demonstrated organizational, communication (written and verbal) and presentation skills and the ability to deliver engaging programs to a diverse audience in a clear and entertaining way. You have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
Additionally, you must have good working knowledge of computers and standard office software such as word processing, spreadsheet and email. You will also have Emergency First Aid/CPR certification. Extensive knowledge of wildlife with emphasis on wetland species and ecology, management techniques, conservation and facilities, along with local tourist attractions and services would be considered an asset.
We will assess the above qualifications using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.
Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.
Extended or irregular hours, evenings and weekends when needed.
Comfortable working alone;
Working outdoors regularly, sometimes in adverse weather and after dark
Noise and crowds;
Increased risk of personal injury due to cash on-site;
Travel (mainly within the province).
Please note this is a part time casual opportunity with an anticipated end date of April 9, 2022.
Pay Grade: CL 13
Salary Range: $20.10 - $21.88 Hourly
Employment Equity Statement:
Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented. If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.
Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to Competitions@novascotia.ca.