Website Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo

Opportunity Type:

Globally recognized wildlife conservation organization seeks an experienced collaborator with expertise in engaging and stewarding relationships with Indigenous communities in Alberta. Bring your expertise to the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo as our Indigenous Community Engagement Advisor!  This part-time limited term role will support both the Brand & Engagement and Fund Development branches in building connection and partnerships with Indigenous communities in Canada.  The successful candidate will advise on interpretive planning and narrative development and support projects related to Indigenous community engagement, consultation, and Indigenous knowledge and Ways of Knowing.  In this position, you will play a key role in ensuring that Indigenous perspectives are deeply integrated into projects at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo and that relationships are built in the spirit of reconciliation, learning, and respect.  The role will report to the Director, Brand & Engagement and work directly with the Interpretive Planning & Experience Strategist.


Start Date: As soon as possible
End Date: October 14, 2022
Approximately 16 hours/week
Must be available to work 2 business days per week during regular business hours
What you will do:

Develop and steward relationships with Indigenous communities, leaders, and organizations that will promote reconciliation and strategic partnerships between communities and the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo
Identify opportunities for Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo leadership to broaden and deepen relationships and networks with Indigenous leaders, organizations, and communities to enhance relationships, programs, and services
Connect the Brand and Engagement team and Development team with elders, knowledge keepers, artists and storytellers to support integration of Indigenous ways of Knowing and Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo’s commitment to reconciliation
Provide guidance to the organization on observing appropriate customs, ceremonies, and cultural practices
Advise on Interpretive Plan to amplify Indigenous Ways of Knowing within the Canadian Wilds redevelopment project
What you will bring:

Minimum of 5 years experience working with or in Indigenous communities in Alberta
Bachelor’s Degree in Indigenous Studies or a related discipline is an asset
Knowledge of Indigenous cultural, historical, and political context in Canada, with an emphasis on Alberta and northern Canada
Established relationships with Indigenous communities in Alberta, northern Canada is an asset
A thorough understanding and experience working with Indigenous cultures, traditions, ceremonies and practices
Experience in supporting exhibit development, interpretive planning or art installations is an asset
Well developed network of Indigenous knowledge keepers, artists and Elders is an asset
Demonstrated experience in strategic planning and development
Proven ability to build productive relationships and rapport with internal and external partners, community leaders, and businesses
Working Conditions:

Indoor desk work, collaborative in-person and virtual meetings
Must be available 2 business days per week during regular business hours
The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo is an outdoor facility and all staff working at the zoo must be comfortable working in a large variety of outdoor conditions. The zoo follows the advice of Environment Canada when responding to temperature and air quality issues.

What We Offer:

Discounts on food, beverage, and merchandise
Participation in the Staff Pass Benefit Program
A fun, rewarding work environment and the opportunity to work in a park full of wild animals
Are you ready to be wilder by joining one of Canada’s leaders in wildlife conservation?

If this position suits your skills, experience, and personal attributes, we want to talk to you!

Apply by doing the following:

Watch this video to learn more about the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo – the kind of conservation organization the world needs now.
Submit your resume with a cover letter via our online application system.
Applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

If this position is a fit for you, we encourage you to apply with a resume and cover letter no later than May 6, 2022 @ 4:00 p.m. MST.

The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo strives to cultivate a workplace in which everyone feels welcome and empowered to bring their authentic selves to work. As a conservation organization, we respect and value the diversity of all life and come together as individuals and teammates to achieve the Zoo’s mission and vision. We recognize the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and work to advance our culture to ensure diverse viewpoints are heard and everyone has an equitable chance to succeed and thrive.

All applicants are thanked for their applications in advance and advised that only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

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