6-month full-time contract position (30 hours per week) with an anticipated start date of May 14, 2018
Rate of pay: $18/hour
About us: BEST, or Better Environmentally Sound Transportation, is a non-profit organization that has been promoting sustainable transportation since 1991.
Our vision: Through sustainable transportation, we build vibrant, inclusive communities.
Our mission: To activate better transportation options through initiatives, collaboration and leadership.
About the Program: In partnership with BC Parks, MEC and other partners, BEST has launched a bus service connecting Vancouver to key provincial parks in the province. The goal of the service is to connect new Canadians, seniors, people with disabilities, low-income families and other Vancouver residents living without a car to nature.
Established in 2010, Parkbus is a non-profit initiative focused on creating convenient, affordable and environmentally friendly public transportation options between cities and provincial and national parks outside of the city. After the success of Vancouver – Sea-To-Sky pilot service of 2016-2017 Parkbus is launching a full-season service, focusing on destinations managed by BC Parks. Parkbus will be offering service to the following parks and outdoor recreation areas in 2018 – Cypress Mountain, Shannon Falls, Stawamus Chief, Alice Lake, Garibaldi, Joffre Lakes and Golden Ears Provincial Parks.
The Operations Coordinator for British Columbia will play a key role in the operations and communications during the operational season between May and October of 2018.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
- Conducting programming on-board buses (distributing parks information, answering questions, educating about park best practices and Leave No Trace principles etc).
- Educating public on sustainable transportation and impact on the environment.
- General bus coordination (greeting passengers, checking passenger lists, making announcements)
- Assisting drivers with directions and pickups/drop-offs.
- Keeping communication channels between bus operators, project managers and select Parkbus ambassadors/volunteers on board (e.g. service delays, disruptions, missing passengers etc).
- Availability for on-call during all operational hours in case of emergencies.
Distributing relevant park information and acting as liaison between park staff and Parkbus.
Skills and Experience:
- In process of getting a post-secondary education in biology, ecology, geography, environmental studies, tourism or equivalent experience
- Excellent communication, interpersonal and leadership skills.
- Ability to work independently and take initiative
- Previous customer service experience
- Excellent written and verbal communication
- Familiarity and passion for outdoor recreation and the parks systems
- Good command of English, second language an asset.
- This position requires a high degree of self-motivation, initiative and creativity
- Able to work weekends and have a flexible schedule
- Physically capable of working long days
- Must be between the ages of 15 and 30
- Must have been registered as a full time student in the previous academic year and intend to return to school full time in the fall
- Must be a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, or designated Refugee status
- Priority will be given to members of a visible minority
To apply, send your résumé to info[at]parkbus.ca along with an introduction telling us who you are and why you’d like to work with us!