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Volunteer Interpreter for Parks

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.

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.


  • Attend a three-hour Volunteer Interpreter session.
  • Opportunities for additional training may be offered thought the year.

Time commitment

  • Six three-hour shifts per year, from June - 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.

How to apply

Call 311 or apply online.