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SUMMER JOB OPPORTUNITIES

We offer three summer job opportunities for young people each year. We hire two Trail Guides and one Trail Guide Coordinator for the summer months.

The jobs are described below and PDF job descriptions can also be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

 

Trail Guide Coordinator Job Description

Hours:             37.5 hrs/week
Pay:                 $17.50/hr
Dates:              May 6 - August 23, 2019

Do you love nature, conservation, and local history? Want to spend some time outdoors this summer while coordinating a successful interpretive program? Apply to be our Trail Guide Coordinator! The Yukon Conservation Society (YCS) is a grassroots environmental non-profit organization, established in 1968. Our mission is to pursue ecosystem well-being throughout the Yukon and beyond, recognizing that human well-being is ultimately dependent upon fully functioning healthy ecosystems. Since 1980, our Trail Guides have introduced thousands of people to the trails around Miles Canyon in Whitehorse, Yukon.

This position is responsible for the effective delivery of high-quality nature and historical interpretive tours to a local historical site, plus special events.  The Trail Guide Coordinator (TGC) helps hire, train and supervise two Trail Guides, and is responsible for promotion, organizing a two-day arts festival and other special events, and assisting with the delivery of interpretive programs to 1000+ visitors each year.

Tasks and Responsibilities:
Program Coordination

  • Develop hikes program schedule and book groups in for group tours
  • Develop and implement a promotional plan including development of program flyers, posters, newspaper ads, events listings, social media, etc.
  • Staff the YCS outreach table weekly at Fireweed Market with volunteer assistance
  • Deliver children’s programing several times per week
  • Coordinate special events, including a two-day arts event (Created at the Canyon)
  • Foster existing partnerships and develop new partnerships with other groups

Supervision

  • Organize a two-week training period for the trail guides
  • Supervise two trail guides, ensuring the safety of the public and staff; lead hikes occasionally
  • Plan weekly ‘check-ins’ with staff to provide input, resolve issues and evaluate program effectiveness; conduct staff evaluations at mid-season and end of season
  • Administer safety protocols for the program and assist with protocol development

Administration

  • Collect and record hiker statistics
  • Ensure all administrative work is done in a timely fashion
  • Maintain program resources in an orderly fashion and collect new resources
  • Prepare final project reports and recommendations for future years

We’re looking for:

  • Experience or interest in natural interpretation and environmental education
  • Secondary Education in the fields of Biology, Environmental Science, Environmental Education, History, Geography, Indigenous Studies, Outdoor Education, or similar experience
  • Interest in conservation and the outdoors
  • Experience working with the public
  • Knowledge of natural history in the Yukon, or willingness to learn
  • Ability to work with children, adults and people of various cultural backgrounds
  • Energetic and motivated
  • Creative, innovative and able to work independently

Requirements:

  • Up to date certification in Basic First aid and CPR level C
  • Ability to lead 2-hour hikes on uneven terrain occasionally
  • Must have own transportation to and from Miles Canyon (8km from office) for frequent visits to Trail Guides
  • The work week for this job is Monday-Friday until June 8, then Tuesday-Saturday
  • We welcome applicants who are from under-represented groups (including Indigenous people and visible minorities)

Due to funding requirements, please specify whether you are:
A youth aged 15-30 on May 6, and a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person with refugee protection

OR

A student who attended full-time at a secondary, post-secondary or vocational school during the current academic year for at least one semester, aged 15 or older, and legally entitled to work in Canada

OR

A youth who has been a Yukon resident since March 1, 2017, aged 15-25

Deadline to apply: April 7, 2019, 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Email your cover letter and resume as one PDF document to outreach@yukonconservation.org or drop off at 302 Hawkins St. Whitehorse. Please email or call 867-668-5678 x 1 if you have any difficulty submitting an application this way.

 

 

Trail Guide Job Description (2 positions)

Hours:              35 hrs/week
Pay:                 $14.50/hr
Dates:              May 27 - August 17, 2019

Do you love nature, conservation, and local history? Spend your summer in a canyon! The Yukon Conservation Society (YCS) is a grassroots environmental non-profit organization, established in 1968. Our mission is to pursue ecosystem well-being throughout the Yukon and beyond, recognizing that human well-being is ultimately dependent upon fully functioning healthy ecosystems. Since 1980, our Trail Guides have introduced thousands of people to the trails around Miles Canyon.

Tasks and Responsibilities
The Trail Guides are responsible for delivering high-quality nature and historical interpretive programming to 1000+ visitors throughout the summer. This programming will be based on the Trail Guides’ own research into local history, geology, flora and fauna during a comprehensive two-week training session. Trail Guides will be based in Miles Canyon in Whitehorse from Tuesday-Saturday each week, engaging visitors and leading twice-daily two-hour interpretive nature hikes to a local historical site. The Trail Guides will also assist the Trail Guide Coordinator with special events including extra feature hikes and a two-day arts event.

We’re looking for:
Experience with environmental education and interpretation AND/OR willingness to learn and have fun
Energetic and enthusiastic with a love of the outdoors
Post-secondary education in the fields of Biology, Environmental Science, Environmental Education, History, Geography, Indigenous Studies, Outdoor Education, or similar field (high school students with a keen interest in these topics may also apply)
Knowledge and interest in the natural history of the Yukon and/or willingness to learn
Ability to work with people of various cultural backgrounds and ages, including children
Ability to work independently and be part of a team
Ability to follow established safety protocols for public hikes and activities
Public speaking and communications skills
Fluency in other languages is an asset
We welcome applicants who are from under-represented groups (including Indigenous people and visible minorities)

Requirements:
Up to date certification in Basic First aid and CPR level C
Ability to lead 2-hour hikes twice daily on uneven terrain
Must have own transport to Miles Canyon which is where the Trail Guides work from
Must be available to attend all days of the two-week training session between May 27-31 and June 4-8
The work week for this job is Tuesday-Saturday except the first week (May 27-31)

 

Please note: Due to funding requirements, these positions are open to:

Youth aged 15-30 on May 6 and a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person with refugee protection

Please note: Due to funding requirements, please specify whether you are:

A youth aged 15-30 on May 6, and a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person with refugee protection

OR

A student who attended full-time at a secondary, post-secondary or vocational school during the current academic year for at least one semester, aged 15 or older, and legally entitled to work in Canada

OR

A youth who has been a Yukon resident since March 1, 2017, aged 15-25

Deadline to apply: May 5, 2019, 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Email your cover letter and resume as one PDF document to outreach@yukonconservation.org or drop off at 302 Hawkins St. Whitehorse. Please email or call 867-668-5678 x 1 if you have any difficulty submitting an application this way.

 

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