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Applications to join the Volunteer Wildlife Ambassadors will be accepted until 9am Friday, February 21st, 2020. 

The Wildlife Ambassador program is an award-winning community-driven education initiative that promotes responsible land use and wildlife safety ethics in Kananaskis Country and surrounding communities. Our goal is to develop a coordinated approach to education/outreach programs and help aid in increased public safety and enjoyment. This initiative has been running for over a decade and is a partnership between WildSmart Community Program and Alberta Parks.

Duties and Responsibilities

Volunteers present roving or stationary wildlife talks on trails, at trail-heads, at community events and in campgrounds throughout the Bow and Kananaskis Valleys in teams of two or more. With animal artifacts and educational resources, Ambassadors engage people in conversations on smart trail use and increased awareness of wildlife safety and habitat needs. Volunteer Ambassadors do not act in an enforcement capacity but complement WildSmart and Alberta Parks messaging.

Qualifications

  • No experience is necessary as extensive training will be provided
  • Interests or hobbies related to environmental education, interpretation, ecology, parks, and natural history are an asset.
  • We are committed to diversity among the Volunteer Wildlife Ambassadors and encourage applicants of all backgrounds and ability levels to apply.

Requirements

  • Consistent access to a vehicle
  • Standard First Aid CPR/AED Level C certification

Time Commitment

Interviews for new applicants will take place March 2 through 6 in Canmore, AB. There is a question in the application form asking you to specify the time of day you would be available for an interview.

Volunteers MUST attend all three mandatory training sessions that take place in Canmore, AB. Session#1: Saturday March 28 (9am-1pm), Session#2 Bear Day: Saturday April 18 (9am-12 or 12-3pm), Session#3: Saturday April 25 (9am-3pm).

Note: Please only submit an application form if you are able to attend all three mandatory training sessions listed above. 

Wildlife Ambassadors are expected to commit to a minimum of one four-hour shift per month, mostly on a Saturday or Sunday, from May to September.

Benefits

Volunteers receive extensive training on living smart with wildlife, communication techniques, and relevant natural history. These training sessions include guest speakers, opportunities to learn and practice interpretation skills, and constructive peer and supervisor feedback.

 

Interested in volunteering with the Wildlife Ambassadors? Fill out the online Wildlife Ambassador Application Form. The black "Fill in an application" link button to the online application form is located in the top part of the right side bar of this page. Applications are due by 9am on Friday February 21st, 2020.

For more information, email Nick de Ruyter at info@wildsmart.ca

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WildSmart Mission Statement

The WildSmart program is a proactive conservation strategy that encourages efforts by communities to reduce negative human - wildlife interactions.

Our goal is to develop a coordinated approach to education/outreach programs and help support direct management activities that will aid in increasing public safety and enjoyment as well as contribute towards sustainable wildlife populations.

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