Assiniboine Park & Zoo Ambassador & Interpreter

Organization Details
Organization Name: Assiniboine Park and Zoo
Address: 54 Zoo Drive
Winnipeg MB  R3P 2N6
Website: http://www.assiniboinepark.ca/volunteer
Organizational Description: Assiniboine Park Conservancy (Assiniboine Park and Zoo) is a team of dedicated staff and volunteers who employ visionary leadership and best practices that protect, nurture and enhance Assiniboine Park and Assinibone Park Zoo to provide extraordinary visitor experiences for present and future generations.
Volunteer Opportunity Details
Description of Duties: Volunteer Ambassadors enrich the visitor experience by providing a welcoming environment. Volunteers are deployed in many locations in the Park - Gardens, Zoo, Children/Adult programs and workshops and Special Events. Ambassadors are friendly Park resources; providing basic information and interesting news of the day to visitors, giving directions, and sharing details on upcoming events and attractions.

Volunteer Interpreters use interpretive techniques and tools, to interact with adults and children throughout the Zoo, sharing information about our animals and inspiring a connection to the environment and conservation. Through conversation and storytelling, interpreters enhance the visitor experience by:
- promoting an appreciation of our animals and their environments
- inspiring a connection to the environment and conservation
Additional training is provided.
Skills Required: Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older to qualify for this position.
Fluency in spoken and written English is essential. Ability to speak a second language is an asset.
Friendly and outgoing with the ability to start conversations.
Excellent interpersonal skills to build and maintain a positive working relationship with diverse groups.
Sound judgment and tact in solving problems and dealing with the general public.
The ability to stand or walk for extended periods of time (accommodations can be made upon request) or use mobility aids on the Zoo and Park paths.
Criminal record and child abuse registry checks for volunteers 18 years of age or older.
The primary method of communication with volunteers is email. Access to email is essential.
Skills Gained/Related Careers: Customer Service Skills
Public Speaking Skills
Problem Solving Skills
Age: 17 and under, 18-30, 31-54, 55+
Time Commitment: Daytime, Evening, Weekend
The Ambassador and Interpreter programs are year-round with a 3 hour shift per week commitment required during spring and summer months. A commitment of a minimum of 60 hours of volunteer service per year is required.
Location of volunteer opportunity: Winnipeg
Does opportunity require a criminal record check? Yes
Will cost be reimbursed? Yes
Does opportunity require a child abuse registry check? Yes
Will cost be reimbursed? Yes
Opportunity is available to candidates that: Are fulfilling volunteer hours for credit
Speaks French
Uses a wheelchair
Speaks another language: Any
Organization will provide: A letter of reference
Certificate of recognition
Evaluation
Supervision
Training/Orientation
Volunteer Rewards & Recognition Program
How to Apply: Online: www.assiniboinepark.ca/volunteer
Closing Date: May 31, 2019