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Managing Director


You thrive in nature.  Your dream office includes 4 km of nature trails.  Your enthusiasm for your work is infectious.  You inspire those around you with your ability to communicate a vision and make it real.  Your personal network includes anyone who wants to build a better community.


If this is you, we have your perfect job.  At Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary, we are celebrating 40 years of bringing people and nature together.  We have a bold plan to increase our membership, expand our education programs, engage the public and make Swan Lake Christmas Hill the most desirable place for nature lovers to enjoy.  We are looking for a person who has experience in administration, leadership and marketing and is seeking a challenge for personal fulfilment - and at the same time helping our dedicated staff and volunteers realise the dream of making the Sanctuary the best it can be.


The ideal candidate can demonstrate senior leadership skills.  Experience in marketing, community outreach and fund development is required.  An understanding of the fundamentals of environmental stewardship is essential.


Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary offers a competitive salary and benefits, as well as flexible work hours.  This position requires on average at least 42 hours biweekly. 


To apply for this position please send a resume and covering letter, outlining your qualifications and experience to the Vice Chair of Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary Society, care of by January 30, 2015.


Full Job Description available here.



VOLUNTEER Naturalist


Do you love kids? Do you love nature?


Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary is looking for an enthusiastic and nature inspired volunteer to join our team guiding children aged 4-6 in exploring and engaging in their environment.


Our programs focus weekly on a different theme, using creativity, adventure and hands on play to teach the importance and wonder of the ecological community in which we live.


Bring out your inner kid and help us inspire the next generation of biologist, naturalist, or ecologically minded citizens.


Must be available for one of the following session times:


Feb and March - Wednesdays - 9am-Noon

Feb and March - Wednesdays - 12:30pm-3:30pm

Feb and March - Fridays - 9am-Noon

Feb and March - Fridays - 12:30pm-3:30pm

March - Fridays - 9am-Noon


Please apply at or by calling the office at 250.479.0211. Please indicate which session time(s) you are available for.


Student Field Assistant


Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary is pleased to offer a summer job opportunity to a qualified student with a background in natural areas management, horticulture, conservation biology, geography, environmental studies and biology. Successful candidates will support our many programs including: site maintenance, building maintenance, trails maintenance, weed control, ecological restoration projects, and general labour including heavy lifting and carpentry.

Eligible Student Participants

To be eligible to participate in this initiative, individuals must:

  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and,
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations


  • General labour: trail maintenance, carpentry, landscaping, weeding
  • Sciences: Plant identification, propagation, general biology
  • Invasive Plant Management: Plant Identification, mechanical treatments
  • Able to use tools such as lawn mowers, brush cutters, garden tools, shovels etc.
  • Able to use basic carpentry tools
  • Class five drivers’ licence
  • Willing to work outdoors in all kinds of weather
  • Ability to work independently and have demonstrated the ability to work as part of a team
  • Field work that includes operation of a canoe, water safety awareness

Duration and Hours of Work

Employment Duration: Summer 2015; Exact dates to be determined

Remuneration: $15/hour (based on 35 hour work week)

Closing date: February 15th, 2015

TO APPLY (or for further information):


Co-op students should identify their program.

Positions subject to funding.




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