On behalf of BC Ferries and Parks Canada, Calliope Consulting Inc. is seeking highly motivated individuals with exceptional communication skills to deliver the summer 2018 onboard Coastal Naturalist program. Coastal Naturalists inform, educate and inspire customers about the wonders of BC’s coast, while travelling on board BC Ferries vessels between Vancouver (Tsawwassen) and Victoria (Swartz Bay), and Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) and Nanaimo (Departure Bay).
Up to nine Coastal Naturalist positions are available, including full time (four days per week) and part time (two to three days per week), based in Victoria, Vancouver, and/ or Nanaimo.
Training will consist of a one-week paid interpretive skills workshop starting May 14th followed by three weeks of paid interpretation skills development, program content development workshops, on-site visits to significant areas, and presentation rehearsals on board starting June 11th. The onboard season will begin June 27th and run until September 3rd, 2018. During this time, the daily schedule is based on an eight to nine hour work day consisting of four sailings. Naturalists will engage customers informally through roving and conversations, and deliver a 20-minute outdoor presentation during each voyage. Presentation content is focused on BC’s wildlife, marine life, culture, history, geography and BC’s coastal national parks. Coastal Naturalists receive rigorous interpretive training from Parks Canada staff and work with experienced Coastal Naturalists from previous summer seasons.
Successful applicants must commit to the entire program term including full training period and all scheduled presentation days.
Eligibility Requirements: Successful candidates will demonstrate their ability to:
• Communicate information in an interesting, engaging and inspiring manner.
• Initiate conversations, interact and engage with customers informally.
• Assess audiences and respond to changing audience needs and interests.
• Work independently and fulfill job requirements in a nonsupervised environment.
• Adapt and personalize presentations through self-directed research to support program themes.
• Research and verify accuracy of information to be used in program content and customer Q&As.
• Identify and recommend program improvements.
• Follow direction and take guidance from program management, BC Ferries and Parks Canada staff.
• Self-evaluate and report to the Program Manager on personal successes and challenges, strengths and weaknesses and customer response to program.
• Adhere to Contract and Code of Conduct agreement.
• Ability to present an informative, entertaining and engaging interpretive program.
• Knowledge of program content (i.e. natural geography, wildlife and marine life, cultural history of southern Vancouver Island, coastal Lower Mainland and Gulf Islands and marine history).
• Proven decision-making skills and adaptability.
• Proven public interaction and presentation abilities.
• Reliability and accountability.
• Responsibility to maintain contact with program management.
Rate of Pay: Contracted daily rate of $155/day, during training and $166/day during onboard work term for first year Coastal Naturalists.
Hiring Process: Interested candidates are invited to apply online and upload a resume and cover letter. Please include your last name in the file name of all documents submitted. Your application should clearly outline related experience, relevant knowledge, and any experience giving presentations to large groups, as a naturalist or in another capacity. Candidates who pass the initial screening process will be invited to make a five- minute interpretive presentation on a topic of their choice related to the natural and/or cultural history of the BC coast. This will be an ‘audition’ style screening. A short list of successful audition candidates will then be invited to an in-depth interview on the following day.
Timing and Deadlines
Application DEADLINE: Thursday, February 1st, 2018. Interviews will ONLY be held in Victoria on February 19th (with second-round call-backs on February 20th), and in Vancouver on February 22nd (call-backs February 23rd). Please ensure your availability and indicate your preferred interview location.
Applications should be submitted here (http://calliope-coastalnaturalists.formstack.com/forms/2018_cn_program_job_application)
If you have any questions, please visit calliope.ca or email Coastal_Naturalist_Program@calliope.ca.
(Please include your last name in the file name of all documents submitted)