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
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/
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
Successful candidates will demonstrate their ability to:
research to support program themes.
program content and customer Q&As.
management, BC Ferries and Parks Canada staff.
on personal successes and challenges, strengths and
weaknesses and customer response to program.
engaging interpretive program.
wildlife and marine life, cultural history of southern
Vancouver Island, coastal Lower Mainland and Gulf Islands
and marine history).
Rate of Pay
Contracted daily rate of $155/day, during training
and $166/day during onboard work term for first year
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
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
Applications should be submitted here
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
Interpretation Canada c/o Kerry Wood Nature Centre 6300 45th Ave Red Deer, AB, Canada T4N 3M4