Volunteer with Parks | Other volunteer opportunities
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.
- 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.
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
- 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
- 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.
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