[MARMAM] Whale Interpretive Centre Hiring a Marine Interpreter / Educator

David Hunter dfhunter at gmail.com
Tue Jan 20 19:29:40 PST 2015


*Marine Interpreter/Educator Job*



*The Whale Interpretive Centre*

*www.killerwhalecentre.org* <http://www.killerwhalecentre.org>





*Project Description*
The Whale Interpretive Centre (WIC) is an initiative of the Johnstone
Strait Killer Whale Interpretive Centre Society (JSKWICS), a non-profit
society.

 The Whale Interpretive Centre (WIC) was established in Telegraph Cove, BC
in 2002 and is committed to marine mammal education and conservation. It
aspires to be a 'world class' interpretive centre that inspires and
involves the local community as well as many international visitors.



The Whale Interpretive Centre is housed in a historical building on the
boardwalk of Telegraph Cove and contains displays that feature the marine
biodiversity of the local area, the importance of the Michael Bigg
Ecological Reserve at Robson Bight, and marine conservation issues. The
highlight of the museum is the articulated skeletons of marine and
terrestrial mammals (killer whale, minke whale, Pacific white-sided
dolphin, harbour seal, pygmy sperm whale, sea otter, river otter and
Steller sea lion etc), including a 20m fin whale that is suspended from the
ceiling of the building.



The museum is open from May through October each year.  Staff deliver a
variety of educational programs and provide interpretation to the visitors.
Structured school programs that focus on marine interconnectedness,
adaptations, and marine mammal biology are offered during May, June and
September. Specialty tours, evening lectures and special events are also
offered throughout the season. The WIC is perfectly situated to reach a
large audience, as Telegraph Cove is the main launching point for kayak
expeditions, whale watching tours, and is a popular day trip for many north
island locals.



*Interpreter Job Description*

Interpreters are front-line staff at the WIC, providing engaging education
to visitors about marine mammals and marine conservation.  Their duties
include:


   -      Meet and greet local and international visitors
   -         Deliver one-on-one interpretation of displays to visitors
   -         Provide structured presentations and tours to highly diverse
   audiences from around the world (groups of 30+)
   -         Maintain museum, displays and salt water aquarium
   -         Deliver programs to school groups (K-Grade 12)
   -         Clean and articulate skeletons (as needed)
   -         Facilitate evening events, lectures etc (as needed)
   -         Update websites and social media (Facebook, Twitter) for up to
   2 hours a week
   -        Special projects and duties as required



*Successful Candidates:*


   - Are easily approachable, welcoming, and have excellent interpersonal
   skills
   - Are comfortable speaking to large groups
   - Are driven to deliver environmental education
   - Are practical, resourceful and self-motivated workers
   - Work well in a goal-oriented team environment
   - Possess knowledge of marine mammal biology and a strong conservation
   ethic
   - Are willing and able to participate in menial labour when required
   - Can tolerate cold, damp working conditions



A second language is an asset, as is formal training in interpretation or
environmental education.



*** Candidates must be available from May 1 to September 30, 2015 ***



*Realities*


   -         Nearest town with accommodation is in the community of Port
   McNeill – *own vehicle is a necessity*.
   -         The WIC is an un-insulated building above the water and is
   often drafty and cold.
   -         Physical and, at times, dirty work in addition to the academic.
   -         Need for great independence and initiative.
   -         Repetitive nature of interpretive tours.
   -         Invaluable "hands-on" learning potential and the opportunity
   to contribute to marine education.
   -         Spectacular location and opportunities to experience beautiful
   northern Vancouver Island.

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a research position



*Salary:*

Starting Salary: $15/hour, dependent on qualifications and experience.



*Application Procedure*
Please submit your cover letter, resume and 3 references (2 of which must
be work references) to Mary Borrowman by *Friday,* *February 20th, 2015*.
Please be sure to indicate period of availability*.*  Preferred that
candidates apply via email.

*We thank all those who apply but only successful applicants will be
contacted for an interview.*

 *Contact Information:*
Mary Borrowman
JSKWICS - Whale Interpretive Centre
P.O. Box 2-3
Telegraph Cove, B.C.
V0N 3J0
society at killerwhalecentre.org
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