Position: Heritage Ambassador
Banff Heritage Tourism is seeking two motivated and enthusiastic students in the role of "Heritage Ambassadors" in Banff and Lake Louise this summer. Picture yourself spending the summer in the stunning Canadian Rockies, helping visitors from around the world learn about, and experience, the rich cultural heritage of the area. This is a full time, seasonal position with a commitment from early June until the end of August.
Heritage Ambassadors will run an outdoor visitor experience program called the "Alpine Discovery Hub" in central Banff, along with a series of guided historical walking tours in Lake Louise. Heritage Ambassadors will also assist with coordinating weekly traditional First Nations performances and various other duties.
Key tasks and responsibilities include:
- Facilitation (including setup and take down) of an interactive program that will allow participants to learn about classic alpine activities in Banff National Park
- Assisting participants with trying on costumes and props, posing for photos in front of a backdrop, educating visitors about hiking trails in the surrounding area, and various other parts of the program.
- Must wear a uniform provided by Banff Heritage Tourism
- Educating visitors of relevant activities and sites within the Park
- Develop and provide outdoor historical walking tours in Lake Louise
- Heritage Ambassadors will be required to monitor the programs by keeping attendance figures, completing evaluations and providing feedback on the program
- Outgoing and interactive, comfortable in front of an audience
- Passion for the outdoors, history and heritage
- Experience in performing arts and/or public speaking
- Enjoy working outdoors through the summer
- Must be physically fit and able to stand/walk for long periods of time and set up program equipment on a daily basis
- Excellent communication skills
- Must be able to work well with a team-mate and under minimal supervision
- Second language is an asset but not a prerequisite
- Must be between 15-30 years of age
- Must 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
- Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident or have official refugee protection status under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (foreign students are not eligible)
- Must be legally entitled to work in Canada, according to relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.
- Must pass the Interpretive Guides Association "Apprentice Interpreter" course as part of training (provided by BHT)
- $16.50 per hour.
Accommodation in staff residence is available for $15.10 per person per day in Banff.
June 10 - August 30, 5 days per week, 35 hours per week.
Submit your resume and cover letter clearly explaining your interest and how you meet the qualifications by Friday, March 6th, 2015 to:
Attn: John Bowden, Executive Director, Banff Heritage Tourism