If you are interested in all things nature and want to share this interest with others, consider working in Natural Heritage Education (NHE) this summer. Each operating park has an NHE program, and these positions require tons of creativity, lots of interaction with park visitors, and a commitment to learn.
The NHE program is about interpreting the natural and cultural features of a park, so that visitors can understand and appreciate them. “What we try to do is connect our audience with the unique features of the park so that it inspires them to learn more about it,” says Tobi Kiesewalter, Senior Natural Heritage Education Leader at Murphys Point Provincial Park.
NHE Leaders are involved in planning interpretive programs throughout the summer, which can include children’s programs, Spirit walks, guided hikes, and evening programs at the amphitheatre. At Algonquin Provincial Park, the NHE program organizes public wolf howls in August. NHE Leaders at Murphys Point take visitors through the Silver Queen Mine, or perform in period costumes highlighting historical facts about the park. There are so many possibilities of things you could be doing, and new ideas are always encouraged.
The NHE programs that parks deliver are a highlight for a lot of park visitors. “It’s really gratifying and satisfying to see that a lot of our visitors are getting their inspiration, or their early start into their careers as a biologist, as a result of the programs we deliver,” says Tobi, “We get those kind of comments all the time, and it’s really fun to see that. It’s the most rewarding part of the job.”
To apply for an NHE job in Ontario Parks, check out MNR’s Summer Experience Program (SEP) job search tool
Helpful Hint: Send your resume with the SEP Application Form
For a list of parks that offer accommodation for the summer, check out MNR’s youth programs website.
Visit our Park Events page for a list of all special events in Ontario Parks!