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.
Dates: April 29 to September 1, 2019, 35 hours per week
Number of positions: 1
We are searching for enthusiastic and approachable individuals who are passionate about the world of nature and gardens and want to help connect visitors with our collections. Garden Interpreters work in RBG garden areas interpreting RBG’s plants and collections to visitors in a dynamic and scientifically accurate manner, while providing excellent customer service. These positions play an important role in the overall visitor experience at RBG.
Set up, staff, and take down mobile activity carts (Discovery Carts)
Plan and present guided tours, talks, and demonstrations
Create and maintain program props and supplies
Plan, develop, and lead children’s and family activities for special events including the Enchanted Garden weekend
Maintain relevant documentation and assist in evaluating effectiveness of programs and activities
Interact with visitors daily in an enthusiastic and positive manner providing an excellent level of customer service
Participate in training on interpretive techniques, customer service, and content development
Liaise with volunteers
Other duties as assigned
Outdoor work required; will be stationed in RBG garden areas/collections on a day-to-day basis
Includes working all weekends, statutory holidays (all long-weekends), and some evenings (days off will be between Monday and Thursday)
University or college student in natural science/ biology/ botany, environmental science, horticulture, education, or a related field
Good working knowledge of botany, gardening, plant ID, and natural history
Enthusiastic, approachable, and confident individual
Experience working with the public, especially families and children
Excellent oral communication and presentation skills; experience with public speaking
Able to commit to the full duration of the work assignment
Possess valid First Aid certification
A satisfactory Police Records Check will be required of the successful candidates at their expense
Be a Canadian citizen or be legally entitled to work in Canada
Be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment period
Be registered on the Young Canada Works on-line candidate inventory
Currently enrolled as a full-time student at a post-secondary institution and intending to return to full-time studies in the semester following this position
Valid Driver’s License and personal transportation
Experience working in interpretation or informal/non-formal education
Computer skills in MS Office products including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
Fluency in French
Candidates are invited to apply online at http://www.rbg.ca/careers . 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 Garden Interpreter.pdf).
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.
We thank all those applicants however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Apr 15 2019 ID: 52861