Scout Island Front Entrance is Approved

Thank-you to All Who Made it Possible

This new entrance was made possible with grants from:

City of Williams Lake

Rona Williams Lake

BC Rehab Foundation

Rick Hansen Foundation-BC Accessibility Grant

Smith Timber Works produced the beautiful porch and took the extra care to adapt to the Nature Centre needs

There were also generous donations of time, equipment and volunteer hours from local businesses:

Don Gessinger-design drawings

Randy Gilkinson-planning

Broadway Rentals -security fencing

Central Interior Concrete Services –equipment operation

United Concrete-material discounts

Rona Williams Lake-material discounts and shipping

Neil Gerrior –electrical work

E.B. Horseman-light fixtures

Finally– 800 hours of volunteer time valued at just over $30 000 from the Williams lake Field Naturalists. 

This was a true community effort

Join the Team at Scout Island Nature Centre

Position available: Education Coordinator

Applications due by March 29, 2021

Position Overview

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

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Duties and Responsibilities of the Education Coordinator

  1. 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
  1. Research and develop nature education and resource materials
  2. Assist in mentoring summer staff (university students)
  3. Carry out administrative and coordination of program-related tasks as required.
  4. 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

  1. Experience with education program development and delivery ages 4-adult, large and small groups)
  2. Knowledge of and passion for natural history
  3. Experience working independently and collaboratively as part of a team including other staff, volunteers, and directors of WL Field Naturalists
  4. Proficient with social media and word processing
  5. Ability and motivation to research topics you aren’t familiar with
  6. Strong ecology ethic
  7. Salmon natural history knowledge would be a benefit
  8. University degree in the Natural Sciences or equivalent experience
  9. Experience supervising a staff of 1-4 – ability to give clear directions, provide constructive criticism and feedback when necessary

Skills and Abilities:

  1. Comfortable working, teaching and leading groups outdoors in a variety of settings
  2. Recognize and respect for cultural diversity and knowledge of local First Nations and interest in learning more
  3. Strong verbal and written communication skills
  4. Valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle
  5. Comfortable handling and caring for live specimens
  1. Organized and resourceful with a demonstrated ability to appropriately prioritize projects.
  2. 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  If you have any question, email or call Sue at 250-398-8532

Applications Due by March 29 2021

Time to Join the People who Care for Scout Island Nature Centre

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 home page for more info and the link to joining or call 250 398 8532

Scout Island Nature Centre is Looking for a New Executive Director

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Position: Scout Island Nature Centre Executive Director in Training
Start date: To be discussed
Half time Salary Position Specific Hours are Flexible
Hourly rate: 28/hour to begin

Creative, exciting work coordinating, designing, supporting nature education and the Nature Centre with a team of educators and Williams Lake Field Naturalists volunteers.

You would also carry out administrative functions ((i.e. applying for grants, funding reports, manage budgets for various grants and fee-for-services)

Degree in a related field (Natural Resource Management, Biology, Education, Nonprofit Management), or equivalent in work experience, in a related field.
Confident verbal and written reporting/presentation skills
Adequate computer skills (word processing, xcell, power points, web site) & understanding of financial management
Excellent organizational, interpersonal skills & professional etiquette; able to work well independently, as well as within a group                                                                                             Skill in supervising and advising students (high school and university) that work as summer staff.

Keep Reading 

Do want to be Scout Island Nature Centre’s next Executive Director (ED)?  First consider this:

Tuesday March 7, 2017 at Scout Island Nature Centre—A Typical Day–  Reflections from Sue the present Executive Director

7am–ED checked out all the trails and ice safety and found a deer leg—perfect for “placing”.  She dragged it to a spot the Nature K can find it tomorrow when they go to Hare Island

8am– Kacie Young arrived to get ready for the Nature Kindergarten day.

8:30– am Martin Kruus arrived to get ready for his group of Home Schoolers.  ED helped find materials he needed and advised on ice safety

9am– Bus with Nature K children arrived and children took off for an outdoor adventure until about 10:30.   Then they moved inside until lunch doing math and literacy centres

At lunch time they went outside to slide and dig in the snow, but they had a hard time hearing each other because of the red winged blackbirds singing so loud

After lunch they were inside for cozy owl time and more centres then back outside for adventures at the mud kitchen then off to Hare Island and the “finding” of the deer leg.

9am– Teacher On Call for the older home schoolers arrived to get ready and by 9:30 the older and younger home schoolers are were all over the upstairs of the nature house and outside having adventures.  This went on until 3pm including a visit from Jenny Howell to teach them about being “Water Wise.”   They spread out all over to have lunch and had to share the microwave with the Nature K teacher and EA and their own teachers

9am –ED met with Brandon who is  helping  her organize some new web pages

11:30-ED got her lunch in before all the children and teachers arrived to use the microwave—also did a quick clean up of the bathrooms and got out the compost bucket for home schoolers to use.  Fred (WLFN president and major volunteer) checked in to pick up mail and update ED on planned repairs needed.  A brief discussion on possible funding needed for the repairs.

12 noon –Jane, Jacinta and ED met to organize Air Aware education ideas

2pm Anne, Mary and ED met to brainstorm ideas for the Spring Break “Writing in Nature” program—Did you know that Anne is writing a novel about Scout Island?  She is the perfect person to lead young writers.

2pm Jim also arrived to see if he can fix our wifi—It gets really crowded in the office!

Phone calls interrupted all day to sign children up for spring break program, ask natural history questions, …

3:30: Lakeshia (high school student doing an independent study)  and Kris (her mentor) arrived to check out birds for an hour.  This is part of Lakeshia’s citizen science for her Independent Study course.  Kris and Paula are her mentors.  Frances is her teacher.  ED got everyone together to do this

5pm:  Momentary quiet inside

Outside all day there were birds singing; people walking; dogs sniffing; hares hopping; Ring-necked Duck at the outlet (3 days ahead of the average return date);  a Killdeer on the clear ice in the channel (perhaps reflecting on the wisdom of this biological urge to be first back on territory); otters playing off of Otter Point; and the crows busy locating all of the suet and fruit that some one decided to hang along the trails today.

5:30–  The quiet didn’t last long.  The Sparks and leaders arrived for their bimonthly gathering.  It was pretty noisy so ED went out for a crepuscular (dusk) walk.  She was just in time to see the beavers emerge for a breath of fresh air.  They had been trapped in their lodges for the last few days as the ice covered over again.  The crows that had just settled for the night in the tall aspens along the willow trail made a noisy protest at the immature eagle that flew over

7:30—Finally, it was quiet at the nature house—time to catch up with emails and notes about all that happened during the day.  Tomorrow it will start all over.  Not every day is this busy, but 2-3 days a week are.

People to the Nature House total today:

62 children

40 adults (including parents dropping home schoolers and some nature k and volunteers into check on things)

Does this sound confusing or chaotic?  I see it more like a symphony and ED as the conductor.  First of all, all of the members of the orchestra (that includes, teachers, program participants, educators, volunteers and even the birds) love Scout Island and each brings a unique tone that makes up the symphony.  The conductor (executive director) has to bring energy, commitment, an idea of what the music could sound like, and creativity to bring it all together.  He/she has to have expertise in lots of things (or a commitment to developing that expertise) just like a conductor.  The conductor doesn’t play all of the instruments but understands the instruments abilities and how it contributes to the whole melody.

A love and fascination of nature is essential.  A biology background is really useful (from degrees or self study).  Organizational skills and the ability to have several balls in the air at once is also essential.  And–lots of energy.

This is the best job I have ever had and I intend to be around for a while to mentor the next lucky conductor of this symphony.

If this sounds like the job for you,   send a resume and a cover letter that explains how you could be the conductor by October 31 to shemphill at