Job offer: naturalist

Workplace: Tadoussac (Québec, Canada)

Marine Mammal Interpretation Centre (CIMM)

Job summary

Do you want to immerse yourself in the fascinating world of the whales of the St. Lawrence and enjoy sharing your knowledge with the public? Do you want to be part of a stimulating work environment and contribute to its success? Join our dynamic team and fill your professional experience with whale stories!

This summer, you will be working at the Marine Mammal Interpretation Centre (CIMM) in Tadoussac, in the heart of whale country. You will share your passion and knowledge with visitors, in the company of the largest collection of whale skeletons in North America.

About the organization

Founded in 1985 and based in Tadoussac, the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals is a non-profit organization dedicated to scientific research on the whales of the St. Lawrence and education for the sake of marine conservation.

GREMM operates from its base in Tadoussac, at the Marine Mammals Interpretation Center (CIMM). The GREMM is a small team marked by the passion and versatility of its members, whether they are researchers, biologists, naturalists or attendants. Our mission: greater understanding for better protection. Our method: study whales and tell their story. We invite you to come and discover us!

To learn more about the organization: gremm.org and facebook.com/GREMM1985

To learn more about our work: baleinesendirect.org/en/

What you will do

As a naturalist, you have a key role to play in communicating and popularizing science to visitors. With your interventions, people are touched and better understand the issues facing the whales of the St. Lawrence. They are thus more inclined to protect them.

Your main place of work, the CIMM, is the reference and news center on the whales of the St. Lawrence and its visitors come from all over the world! Its exhibition showcases a collection of skeletons that is unique in Canada. GREMM also provides interpretation at Parks Canada’s Pointe-Noire interpretation and observation site. Here are the main tasks of the position:

  • Welcome visitors to the CIMM, inform them about the visit, the activities and the mission of the organization
  • Carry out cash transactions (admission fees)
  • Answer visitors’ questions about the region and its tourism offer
  • Answer visitors’ questions about whales, the marine environment, scientific research and the history of the North Shore region.
  • Animate different capsules and activities about the whales and skeletons of the collection
  • Interpret the natural and historical heritage of the region by meeting with visitors at various sites
  • Develop your communication and heritage interpretation skills
  • Participate in team training at the beginning of the season
  • Keep up to date on news concerning the whales of the St. Lawrence
  • Possibility of participating in the writing of the Whales Online website according to your profile

Our ideal candidate

A friendly, outgoing person who loves to talk and share their knowledge with the public! This person takes the initiative to approach visitors and knows how to arouse their interest and capture their attention with their whale stories. They know how to popularize and adapt their speech to the public, and always transmits their information with rigor. More specifically, we are looking for someone who:

  • Has good interpersonal skills and is comfortable with the public
  • Has a good sense of synthesis and scientific rigor 
  • Is available, open and works well in a team
  • Has a background in biology and/or experience in interpretation
  • Is curious and a quick learner
  • Fluent in spoken French and able to express themselves well in English

Working conditions

  • Location: Tadoussac (low cost accommodation available)
  • Schedule: 5 days/week, 40 hours/week
  • Hourly rate: $17.50/hr to $18.50/hr, depending on experience
  • Start date: mid-May (to be determined)
  • Paid training at the beginning of the season (2 to 4 weeks, depending on availability)
  • Must be a Canadian citizen or have a valid work permit to work in Quebec

To send your application       

Send your resume and a letter of motivation before March 17, by email to Véronique Genesse and Christine Stadelmann, chiefs naturalists: [email protected].

We thank all applicants for their interest in our organization. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.