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Wildlife Ambassador Recruitment

Be a Volunteer Wildlife Ambassador!

Applications due February 16, 2018. – SUBMISSIONS CLOSED

The Wildlife Ambassador program is a community-driven education initiative that promotes responsible land use and wildlife safety ethics in Kananaskis Country and surrounding communities. Our goal is to develop a coordinated approach to education/outreach programs and help aid in increased public safety and enjoyment. This initiative has been running for ten years and is a partnership between the WildSmart Community Program and Alberta Parks.


Duties and Responsibilities

Volunteers present roving or stationary wildlife talks on trails, at trailheads, and in campgrounds throughout the Bow and Kananaskis Valleys in teams of two or three. With animal artefacts and educational resources, Ambassadors engage people in conversations on smart trail use and increased awareness of wildlife safety and habitat needs. Volunteer Ambassadors do not act in an enforcement capacity, but complement WildSmart and Alberta Parks messaging.


No experience is necessary as extensive training will be provided.
Interests or hobbies related to environmental education, interpretation, ecology, parks, and natural history are an asset.
We are committed to diversity among the Volunteer Wildlife Ambassadors and encourage applicants of all backgrounds and ability levels to apply.


Consistent access to a vehicle.
Standard First Aid certification.

Time Commitment

Interviews for new applicants will take place March 5 through March 16th in Canmore, AB.

Volunteers must attend mandatory training sessions that take place in Canmore, AB. There will be two evenings in late March, one full day in early April and attendance at Bear Day April 14th (1-2 hours).

Wildlife Ambassadors are expected to commit to a minimum of one or two four-hour shifts per month, usually on a Saturday or Sunday, from April to September.


Volunteers receive extensive training on living smart with wildlife, communication techniques, and relevant natural history. These training sessions include guest speakers, opportunities to learn and practice interpretation skills, and constructive peer and supervisor feedback.



Applications due February 16, 2018. - SUBMISSIONS CLOSED

Important Note:

Please do not use the comment box to report sightings of wildlife.

Report any sightings of a bear, cougar, wolf or any aggressive wildlife in Kananaskis or the Bow Valley to Kananaskis Emergency Services 403.591.7755

For current postings of Bear Warnings, Wildlife Warnings and Closures please visit the following page:
Kananaskis Country - Advisories and Public Safety

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