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Volunteer Interpreter for Parks

Volunteer with Parks | Other volunteer opportunities

Position description:

Interpreters use stories, artifacts and short demonstrations to spark curiosity, deliver important management messages, and create a memorable visitor experience. Interpreters answer questions about resident plants and animals, as well as the cultural history of the area, and can direct visitors to other park resources and information.

Responsibilities include:

  • Deliver brief, informative, and interactive interpretive activities to visitors.
  • Answer visitor questions.
  • Direct visitors to further resources.
  • Promote upcoming Parks programming.
  • Complete shift reports.
  • Schedule and report volunteer hours.

Work location:

Required skills:

Strong communication skills
  • Comfortable speaking with the public
  • Ability to focus communication around key messages
  • Ability to interact with a wide age range and modify information and presentation style to suit visitor needs

Interest in natural and cultural history, desire to increase knowledge

  • Specific knowledge of local plants and animals, ecological and biological concepts, geography, and local cultural history are not required, but would be beneficial
  • Ability to review training resources and background information
  • Ability to meet the physical demands of the position.
  • Walking on uneven trails
  • Carrying program backpack or pulling program cart
  • Staying outside for 3+ hours

Must be 18 years of age or older

Training:

  • Attend a two hour Parks Volunteer intake and orientation session
  • Attend a three hour Volunteer Interpreter session
  • Complete at least three of six Interpretive Topic training modules
  • May be offered in-person or self-directed
  • Opportunities for additional training may be offered thought the year

Time commitment: 12 hours per month, June to October

Benefits:

  • Interpretation and education training.
  • Natural history.
  • Cultural history.
  • Meet other volunteers with similar interests.
  • Represent the City while interacting and sharing the park with visitors.
  • Foster environmental stewardship, attitudes and behaviours in others.

How to apply:

Call 311 or apply online.