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Summer Front Desk Position

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Front Desk Gift Shop staff (full-time, eight weeks)

The Organization:

North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, a world-class wildlife rehabilitation centre, located in Errington, on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, cares for ill, injured and orphaned wildlife, and educates the public on wildlife and environmental issues.

The Position:

The North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre is accepting applications for full-time summer Front Desk staff to work in our gift shop, meeting and greeting visitors and offering outstanding customer service and sales to visitors. Successful applicants should possess previous experience in customer service and retail sales. The position works under the direction, support and supervision of the Gift Shop Manager and the executive Director.


  • Welcome visitors to the Centre, presenting a positive, professional deportment as a first point of contact

  • Sell admission tickets, annual passes, animal adoptions and process donations

  • Stock and sell merchandise, handling cash, credit and debit transactions on a Point of Sales system

  • Answer phones and perform other administrative tasks as required

  • Perform duties in other departments as needed

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Requirements: 

This rewarding position requires a mature person who works well within a team and independently and can readily adapt to changing circumstances.  It is physically demanding and requires attention to detail.

  • Must be able to communicate fluently in English

  • Must be able to work 5 days a week with 2 consecutive days off

  • Must be reliable and dependable

  • Previous retail and merchandising experience preferred

  • Self motivated, demonstrates initiative, ability to work alone and in teams

  • Flexibility to work weekends, weekdays and holidays

  • Strong time management skills


These positions are funded through the Government of Canada Summer Jobs Grant.

  • Must be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment

  • Must be a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment

  • Must have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada

Number of Weeks: 8 weeks  (May & June OR July & August with some flexibility)

Hours: 35 hours per week

Wage: $18.40 per hour

To apply:

Please email a cover letter stating availability dates, your resume and 2 references to  Attention:  Joyce Lee. Please write "Front Desk Summer Position" in the subject line.


We appreciate all applications, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

We reserve the right to close the vacancies early depending on the number of applications received, so you are encouraged to submit your details as soon as possible if you are interested.

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