Posted 09 Feb

2017 Summer Wildlife Education Programmer

Yukon Wildlife Preserve
Whitehorse Full Time


The Yukon Wildlife Preserve is seeking self-motivated, team-players to develop, deliver, and evaluate interdisciplinary environmental education programs for youth. The programs will focus on Yukon’s unique Boreal and Arctic wildlife, ecology and cultures!

Yukon Wildlife Preserve Education Programmers will develop and deliver curriculum-linked programs to more than 600 Yukon school children, and develop and lead a series of themed week-long summer day camps children aged 6-14. The successful candidates must be independent, enthusiastic and committed to improving their knowledge and delivery of interpretive programs.

This is a full-time summer job (80 hours / 2 weeks) running from May 8th 2017 to August 30th 2017. Work location is the Yukon Wildlife Preserve, KM 8, Takhini Hot Springs Road, 30km from downtown Whitehorse, Yukon. Wage: $15.50/hour.

The Yukon Wildlife Preserve is a zoological institution and a non-profit, charity dedicated to education, conservation and research on Boreal and Arctic Ecology. This position is well suited to candidates studying education, interpretation, community development, social sciences, environmental science, zoology, biology or a related field. The YWP is seeking to build a diverse and energetic staff to achieve our mission!


  • Participate in staff training to develop a working knowledge and tool-kit of strategies for communicating boreal and arctic ecology in an engaging manner;
  • Learn, personalize and deliver outdoor, curriculum-linked programs for students, including interfacing with teachers, volunteers, and educational assistants to support student learning;
  • Develop curriculum and itineraries for week-long day camps;
  • Lead and deliver week-long, summer day camps to Yukon children, ensuring safety and well-being of participants;
  • Learning, personalizing and delivering engaging, interpretive tours to diverse audiences;
  • Manage and maintain equipment and materials for delivering programs (including vehicles, tents, etc.);
  • Participate in regular evaluation exercises of program design and delivery;
  • Contribute to final reports summarizing and evaluating all aspects of program delivery;
  • Maintenance duties including light cleaning as required;
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Qualifications:

  • Proven ability to deliver engaging, knowledge based interpretive programs to diverse audiences;
  • Interest, knowledge or experience in Arctic and Boreal Ecology;
  • Ability to deliver excellent customer service;
  • Ability to work independently and maintain enthusiasm with minimal supervision;
  • Strong leadership and teamwork skills;
  • Technical Requirements:
  • o Standard First Aid Certificate;

    o Ability to pass a criminal record check;

    o Ability to obtain Class 4 Yukon Driver’s License by commencement of Employment (the successful candidates who do not obtain required licensing by start date may be paid minimum wage until a full Class 4 Yukon Driver's License is obtained);

  • Competent with Window based computer systems and programs Microsoft Office and web browsers;
  • Ability to speak French is an asset;
  • Education in a relevant subject is an asset (for example, biology, education, interpretation, natural resources, etc.).
  • Due to funding, one of the positions may be subject to Canada Summer Jobs eligibility criteria. Please indicate “I am eligible for Canada Summer Jobs” on your application if you meet the following criteria:

  • Between 15 and 30 years of age;
  • Have been registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;
  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents or have official refugee protection status under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • *** We are also hiring Education Programmers for programming at the Swan Haven Interpretive Centre. This position runs from March 27th to April 28th 2017 and is located at Swan Haven Interpretive Centre at M’Clintock Bay at Marsh Lake 40km south of Whitehorse. Please indicate in your cover letter if you are interested in both positions. More information about the Swan Haven Education programmer positions can be found here ***

    Additional Application Instructions

    Please submit a resume and cover letter outlining your interest and suitability by 10:00 AM on March 1, 2017 to Please indicate the position you are applying to in the subject and cover letter.

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