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Applications to join the Volunteer Wildlife Ambassadors will be accepted until 9am Monday, February 11th, 2019. 

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 trailheads, at community events and in campgrounds throughout the Bow and Kananaskis Valleys in teams of two or three. 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.



  • 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.


  • Consistent access to a vehicle
  • Standard First Aid certification (Alberta Parks will likely offer some free First Aid Training courses this spring for Ambassadors if yours has expired or will expire)

Time Commitment

Interviews for new applicants will take place February 11 through February 22 in Canmore AB.

Volunteers MUST attend mandatory training sessions that take place in Canmore, AB. Dates TBA (most likely end of March/early April).

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


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 Wildlife Ambassador Volunteer Application Form. Link located in top part of right side bar. Applications are due 9am on February 11, 2019.

For more information, email Tangle McClaron at tangle.caron@gov.ab.ca. OR 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.