• Full Time
  • Seasonal (summer)
  • Anywhere
  • Applications have closed.

Website BC Parks Foundation

Opportunity Type:

Dates: late May to late August, 2022

Schedule: Full-time seasonal, 35 hours/week. Schedule is Wednesday to Sunday, 9am – 4:30 pm. On some Saturdays, the schedule will be 12:30pm – 8pm.

Job location: Working outside at Parks in the region (3-4 days/week). Working at a computer in your home workspace (1-2 days/week)

Base locations: Chilliwack, Squamish, Pemberton, Maple Ridge, Parksville, Cranbrook, Fort St. John, Smithers

Closing date: March 7, 2022 (YMCA boot camp participants may apply after this date)

Rate: starting at $17/hour

Position description

We are seeking energetic, motivated individuals with a deep respect for the natural environment to deliver fun, educational programs in parks across BC this summer! You will join a network of staff and volunteers across the province. You will engage children and adults about responsible recreation and local flora and fauna. You will add value to the experience of park visitors through your engaging programs, and help visitors appreciate the features that make each park a special place. Note that hiring for these positions is dependent on the outcome of pending funding applications.

What does a typical day look like?

Your days will be split between working from home (1-2 days/week) and in Parks (3-4 days/week). When working from home, you’ll have team meetings, reflect on the previous weekend, plan for the coming weekend, create programs, draft posters and brush up on your local knowledge. When working in Parks, you’ll check in with your local Park Operator, set up your information booth, and engage with visitors about local flora and fauna. You might run a nature walk with families, before collecting observations of nature with iNaturalist. You’ll finish the day running fun kids’ activities such as plant scavenger hunts and games about local animals, then pack up for the day. On some Saturdays, your schedule will be shifted so that you can run evening amphitheater programs at your Park/s.


  • Interact with visitors (95% of your time)
  • Educate visitors on how to enjoy parks responsibly
  • Do your own research to become an expert on flora and fauna in your Parks
  • Run activities and games for children and families in Parks
  • Present daytime and evening family-friendly interpretive programs in parks
  • Learn existing Jerry’s Rangers programs and develop new programs
  • Promote iNaturalist to visitors
  • Monitor and report daily interaction statistics
  • Collect iNaturalist observations with a mobile device (5% of your time)
  • Contribute to a safe work environment by following COVID-19 and other guidelines


  • A love of the environment and the outdoors
  • Comfortable making presentations, talking to visitors, and leading tours
  • Enjoy interacting with large crowds and having lots of conversations, sometimes back-to-back, throughout the day. Some BC Parks get very busy, and your team might have 100+ conversations with visitors in a day.
  • Experience working or volunteering with children
  • Ability to work in a remote environment, while staying connected with your team online
  • Driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle for accessing the parks
  • Personal computer with video conferencing capabilities and strong internet connection
  • Personal mobile phone
  • Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Search (will be completed during the hiring process)

Skills and experience considered an asset:

  • Fluency in additional languages is an asset
  • Standard first aid certification or higher is an asset
  • Post-secondary study in environmental sciences or outdoor education is an asset
  • Preference may be given to candidates with experience with Indigenous and/or other diverse cultures (this includes learning and/or applying information and practices of your culture or that of another culture)
  • Those identifying as being part of groups that are underrepresented or have additional barriers to the labor market are encouraged to apply.
  • As a condition of pending Canada Summer Jobs program funding,:
    1. be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of employment
      be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been
    2. conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment
    3. have a valid Social Insurance Number and be legally entitled to work in Canada and BC

To apply: Send the following to careers@bcparksfoundation.ca

A resume

A cover letter stating:

  1. The base location(s) you’re applying to (note that accommodation is not provided, you need to have access to your own accommodation in the base location that you apply to),
  2. How you meet the job requirements, and
  3. If you meet the requirements for Canada Summer Jobs.

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