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Position: Interpretation Intern
Organization: Royal Botanical Gardens
Location: Burlington, Halton Region / GTA, Ontario
Eligibility: age 30 & under; recent post-secondary graduate (within 24 months of start date); see below

Royal Botanical Gardens is the largest botanical garden in Canada and one of the largest in the world. With over 2,700 acres of cultivated gardens and nature preserves, it is also one of the biggest urban nature sanctuaries and marshland restoration sites in North America. With its extraordinary land holdings, breathtaking landscapes, biodiversity, collections, facilities, educational and conservation programs, RBG is a top-rated regional tourist attraction and a global leader in its sector.

35 hours/week

Contract Duration: September 16, 2019 to March 31, 2020

Position Description:

We are searching for an enthusiastic and dynamic communicator who is passionate about sharing nature, horticulture, and environmental sustainability content with others through the use of engaging interpretive educational programming. This Intern will work with our Interpretation Officer, Head of Education, and RBG colleagues to support the development and delivery of interpretive programs for special events, projects and exhibits including: Nature Tales, The Great Pumpkin Trail, Holiday Traditions, Heritage and Heroes project, and Wildlife Rescue exhibit.


  • Use knowledge of natural history, sustainable environmental practices, biological diversity, local history, and horticulture to assist with development of engaging interpretive programs for a wide range of audiences
  • Assist with developing program plans, sourcing materials, props, and costumes
  • Assist with developing and delivering training for staff and volunteers
  • Assist with development of small exhibits/displays
  • Interpretive program delivery
  • Draft event and exhibit programming reports
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Recent university or college graduate in natural science/biology/botany, environmental science, education, museum studies, horticulture, or related field
  • A passion for the natural world and an enthusiasm for connecting people with nature
  • Good working knowledge of botany and/or local plants and wildlife
  • Exceptional English oral and written communication skills and ability to apply them to developing engaging interpretive programs for general audiences
  • Interpretation/public speaking/presentation/programming experience
  • Commitment to service excellence; experience in an environment dedicated to customer service
  • Highly organized self-starter with strong attention to detail who can work well independently and in a team environment
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment while balancing multiple priorities
  • Ability to work effectively in a MS Office Environment
  • Possess valid First Aid certification and valid driver’s license
  • Ability to work outdoors in gardens and on trails of varying terrain in all seasons
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as required with compensatory time off in lieu
  • A satisfactory Police Check will be required of the successful candidates, at their expense

Candidates must meet Young Canada Works grant requirements including:

  • Be registered in the YCW online candidate inventory
  • Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment period
  • Be a recent post-secondary graduate (within 24 months of start date)
  • Not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed through the internship
  • Be an unemployed or underemployed college or university graduate, i.e. not employed full-time
  • Not have previously participated in or been paid under the CMA Internship program, or any other Career Focus program funded under the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy


  • Experience in interpretive and/or educational program development
  • Formal certification and/or training in interpretation
  • Personal transportation
  • Fluency in French

Candidates are invited to apply online at by August 20, 2019. Please submit your cover letter and resume as one pdf file saved using the naming convention of your first then last name and position title (Jane Smith Interpretation Intern.pdf). Interviews will take place between August 21 and 27.

RBG is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to fair and accessible employment practices. Upon request, suitable accommodations are available under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date publiée : Jul 17 2019    Numéro : 54219