Now hiring: Snake Safety Outreach Assistant

Friends of the Helen Schuler Nature Centre Society supports Lethbridge's Nature Centre to foster a community of environmentally responsible citizens through interactive nature-based experiences.

We want to further position the Helen Schuler Nature Centre as a world-class facility that connects visitors and residents to the many benefits of the great outdoors. 

Did you know? Four of Alberta's 7 species of snake call Lethbridge home.  These include Alberta's and possibly Canada's longest snake, and the province's only species which may pose a serious health hazard with its venomous bite.  The Bullsnake can reach lengths of over 6 feet and the Prairie rattlesnake is considered the only venomous snake in the province.  Both can be found in Lethbridge! 

Since 2015 the Friends of the Helen Schuler Nature Centre Society have delivered public presentations on snakes - specifically how residents can live safely in snake territory. Presentation venues include: Paradise Canyon Golf Resort Restaurant, University of Lethbridge, Helen Schuler Nature Centre, Writing on Stone Provincial Park, and numerous local schools.

This year we are looking for a Snake Safety Outreach Assistant to help us organize and promote 5 snake presentations in the Lethbridge area. This will include working with a local naturalist specializing in snakes to provide a comfortable opportunity for residents and visitors to ask questions and build their familiarity of local snake species. This will include:

  • arrange venue booking;

  • develop marketing materials (poster, website event, social media event);

  • promote events (posters, event calendars, press releases, email newsletter);

  • assist with setup and take-down of events;

  • liaise with presenter for technical rehearsals;

  • answering questions about snakes;

  • assist with fundraising during events (sell DVDs, cards, memberships, and encourage donations).

Ideal for someone with course work in:

  • Marketing

  • Communication

  • Environmental Assessment and Restoration

  • Environmental Resource Management

  • Applied Science - Conservation Enforcement

  • Adult and Community Education

  • Event Management

Some specialized skills required:

  • Willingness to learn and share knowledge about local snakes

  • Excellent organization

  • Time management

  • Communication skills (written, verbal, interpersonal)

What we will accomplish at the end of the Internship:

  • Help with conservation of an at risk species in Alberta

  • Help plan, promote, and participate in 5 Snake Safety presentations

  • Increase awareness of our organization's mission and values

  • Increase community awareness of local snake population

For more information, or to apply, please visit: