Scout Island Nature Centre will be hiring summer staff as teacher naturalists this year. As a teacher naturalist, you will plan and teach nature programs to children, learn the various flora and fauna of the Cariboo-Chilcotin Region, care for the nature house live and static displays, and guide visitors to the nature centre. The job will be 40 hours/week for 14 weeks between May 1 and Aug. 25 at $18.50/hour. You need to have at least one year of university completed. Visit http://www.scoutisland.ca to learn more about the Nature Centre to see if this is where you want to be this summer. Interest in biology/natural history and experience working with children is important. Those with traditional ecological knowledge are encouraged to apply.
Resumes Due by February 25
Send to Sue Hemphill, Executive Director, a resume’ including references and a cover letter as to why you would like to work at Scout Island shemphill at xplornet.com or call 250 398 8532 for more information.
The Williams Lake Field Naturalists are updating the management plan for Scout Island Nature Centre and are looking for your input! Please take a few minutes to complete this online survey and help guide the future of the Nature Centre. Thank you!
We are looking for someone with a passion for nature and passionate about sharing nature with others. You will need natural history knowledge and experience teaching in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings. The Education Coordinator is responsible for developing, coordinating and delivering Scout Island nature education programs through out the year as well as sharing supervision of the summer staff and high school volunteers.
About Scout Island Nature Centre
The Nature Centre is a sanctuary for wild life and people seeking a connection with nature in the town of Williams Lake.
We offer nature education and interpretation to all ages
We conserve the Nature Centre’s wildlife habitat, vegetation and other natural values
We provide a natural place for viewing wildlife and plants, facilitated by a system of walking trails
Go to scoutisland.ca for more detailed information
Duties and Responsibilities of the Education Coordinator
Manage, coordinate and deliver our nature education programs including:
Stream To Sea Program (supported by Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
Family programs and Nature Kids club activities and fieldtrips
Elementary programs – in class or field trips
Summer programs – Nature Fun
Grade 7 Earth Challenge
Community programs and public events
High school programs – Grade 11-12 Independent Studies course
Research and develop nature education and resource materials
Assist in mentoring summer staff (university students)
Carry out administrative and coordination of program-related tasks as required.
Continually seek opportunities to develop, improve and grow our programs.
This position works in conjunction with the Executive Director of Scout Island under the direction of the Williams Lake Field Naturalists (WLFN), the non profit organization that manages the Nature Centre for the City of Williams Lake.
Experience and Knowledge
Experience with education program development and delivery ages 4-adult, large and small groups)
Knowledge of and passion for natural history
Experience working independently and collaboratively as part of a team including other staff, volunteers, and directors of WL Field Naturalists
Proficient with social media and word processing
Ability and motivation to research topics you aren’t familiar with
Strong ecology ethic
Salmon natural history knowledge would be a benefit
University degree in the Natural Sciences or equivalent experience
Experience supervising a staff of 1-4 – ability to give clear directions, provide constructive criticism and feedback when necessary
Skills and Abilities:
Comfortable working, teaching and leading groups outdoors in a variety of settings
Recognize and respect for cultural diversity and knowledge of local First Nations and interest in learning more
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle
Comfortable handling and caring for live specimens
Organized and resourceful with a demonstrated ability to appropriately prioritize projects.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills working with people of diverse backgrounds and all ages (both verbal and written).
Salary and Details
Part time permanent Position
Anticipated hours: 100-120/month The schedule is developed in conjunction with the Executive Director and provides for a flexible monthly schedule dependent on the seasonal demand for nature programs.
Salary range: $25-30 per hour dependent on experience
Starting Date: Any time Between May 1 and August 1 2021
How to Apply
Please email your resume and cover letter to the Executive Director, Sue Hemphill, at shemphill at xplornet.com. If you have any question, email or call Sue at 250-398-8532
Love being out in Nature? Appreciate the oasis of nature at Scout Island Nature Centre? Why not join the Williams Lake Field Naturalists?
Since 1978, the club has managed and cared for the Nature Centre. Some of the original members are still part of the team caring for the nature centre. They may be a director on the board, or digging weeds, doing a painting for us, training our summer staff, or building a new roof. I encourage you to join the team and help take Scout Island into the future. There are many ways to take part-muscle work, idea sharing, artwork, presentations (do you have a nature specialty), etc. If you join, you can also take part in great field trips (or maybe lead one), presentations, and workshops about our local ecosystems. You will also become part BC Nature and become connected to nature throughout the province. Go to scoutisland.ca home page for more info and the link to joining or call 250 398 8532