Coastal Naturalist, seasonal, BC Ferries & Parks Canada, various locations, BC (1/2/18)

  • 11 Jan 2018 2:37 PM
    Message # 5677158
    Jennifer Dick (Administrator)

    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


    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


    • Assess audiences and respond to changing audience needs

    and interests.

    • Work independently and fulfill job requirements in a nonsupervised


    • 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.

    Evaluation Criteria

    • 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 his¬tory of the BC coast. This will be an ‘audition’

    style screen¬ing. 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



    If you have any questions, please visit

    or email

    (Please include your last name in the file name of all documents


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