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Position: Interpretation Intern
Type: minimum 4-month contract beginning April 30 (see below)
Organization: Royal Botanical Gardens
Location: RBG, Burlington / Hamilton area, Ontario

Royal Botanical Gardens is the largest botanical garden in Canada and one of the largest in the world. With over 2,700 acres of cultivated gardens and nature preserves, it is also one of the biggest urban nature sanctuaries and marshland restoration sites in North America. With its extraordinary land holdings, breathtaking landscapes, biodiversity, collections, facilities, educational and conservation programs, RBG is a top-rated regional tourist attraction and a global leader in its sector.

This is a minimum 4-month contract beginning April 30, 2018 and ending August 31, 2018, 35 hours/week. Pending the receipt of external funding, the position would be extended until December 7, 2018.

Position Description:

We are searching for an enthusiastic and dynamic communicator who is passionate about sharing nature, horticulture, environmental sustainability, and local history content with others through the use of engaging interpretive educational programming. This Intern will work with our Interpretation Officer, Interpretation Projects Coordinator, Head of Education, Head of Science, and RBG colleagues to support the development and delivery of interpretive programs for RBG’s new Heritage and Heroes project, garden interpretation, and special events. Position extension is dependent on pending external funding.


  • Use knowledge of local history, natural history, sustainable environmental practices, biological diversity, and horticulture to assist with development of engaging interpretive programs for a wide range of audiences
  • Assist with developing program plans, sourcing materials, props, and costumes
  • Assist with developing and delivering training for staff and volunteers
  • Assist with development of small exhibits/displays
  • Interpretive program delivery
  • Draft event and exhibit programming reports
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Outdoor work required in gardens and on trails of varying terrain in all seasons
  • Evening and weekend time required with compensatory time off in lieu


  • Recent university or college graduate in natural science/biology/botany, environmental science, education, museum studies, history, horticulture, or related field
  • A passion for the natural world and an enthusiasm for connecting people with nature
  • An interest in local history
  • Good working knowledge of botany and/or local plants and wildlife
  • Exceptional English oral and written communication skills and ability to apply them to developing engaging interpretive programs for general audiences
  • Interpretation/public speaking/presentation/programming experience
  • Highly organized self-starter with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work well independently and in a team environment
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment while balancing multiple priorities
  • Ability to work effectively in a MS Office Environment
  • Possess valid First Aid certification and valid driver’s license
  • A satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Screening will be required of the successful candidates, at their expense
  • Be a Canadian citizen or be legally entitled to work in Canada

Preference will be given to candidates who meet the following grant requirements:

  • Be a recent post-secondary graduate (within 24 months of start date)
  • Be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment period
  • Not have previously participated in or been paid under any Career Focus program funded under the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy
  • Be registered in the YCW online candidate inventory.


  • Experience in interpretive and/or educational program development
  • Experience with live theatre productions
  • Formal certification and/or training in interpretation
  • Graphic design skills and experience with Adobe Illustrator
  • Personal transportation
  • Fluency in French

Candidates are invited to apply online at . Please submit your cover letter and resume as one pdf file saved using the naming convention of your first then last name and position title (Jane Smith Interp Intern.pdf) by February 19, 2018.

We thank all applicants however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

RBG is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to fair and accessible employment practices. Upon request, suitable accommodations are available under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

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GoodWork ID: 44146       Date posted to Feb 14 2018