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INTERPRETIVE TOUR GUIDE

 

HOURS:                      35 hours per week

WAGE:                        $18/hour

TERM:                         seasonal position / May to August with possible extension

REPORTING TO:       Desert Centre Manager

 

DUTIES:

 

Guided Tours

  • Lead guided tours for the general public, private tour groups and school groups

  • Learn and effectively communicate wildlife and habitat information provided in the training manual

  • Learn and demonstrate interpretive techniques covered during training

  • Continue to learn, increase knowledge and refine interpretive skills

 

Customer Service

  • Cover front desk duties (admissions and merchandise sales) when needed

  • Provide tourists with information about the local area

  • Interact with guests following tours

  • Interact with guests in the exhibit area

  • Look up information in field guides, tour books, etc. to assist guests

 

Monitoring and Data Collection

  • Monitor water levels in spadefoot breeding ponds and fill as needed/per schedule

  • Monitor hummingbird feeders and clean/fill as per schedule

  • Monitor bluebird boxes and record bluebird data

  • Record species sightings

  • Update log sheets (water, feeders, etc.)

 

Cleaning and Site Maintenance

  • Clean and re-stock bathroom daily

  • Keep the exhibit space and gift shop clean and tidy (mop floors, dust, etc.)

  • Re-fill the rack display and the self-guided tour booklet holder daily

  • Weed the garden whenever possible

  • Prune bushes in garden and along boardwalk as needed

  • Empty garbage and recycling, pick up litter, sweep walkways, etc.

  • Assist with other special projects as needed

 

General

  • Attend training week

  • Follow all policies, procedures and safety guidelines

  • Demonstrate positive attitude

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

 

  • Interest in local habitat and the environment

  • Experience and/or comfort speaking in front of groups

  • Willingness to learn and improve skills

  • Self-motivated work style and willingness to help out when/where needed

  • Strong problem-solving skills and good judgment

  • Ability to work well with others (staff and volunteers)

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including weekends and statutory holidays

  • Ability to conduct 2-3 tours per day (1.5 km walk), complete physical activities and handle summer heat

 

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Monday May 10, 2021 or until filled

PLEASE NOTE: Position is funded by the Canada Summer Jobs Program. Candidates must be between 15 and 30 years of age.

 

Please send cover letter and resume to:

Leor Oren, Osoyoos Desert Centre Manager

manager@desert.org