2007 Staff Needed for Visitor Information Centres
Applications are being accepted for jobs at provincially operated visitor information centres throughout the province. The seasonal positions run from May to October. The application deadline for supervisor positions is Friday, Jan. 19. The deadline for all other positions is Thursday, Feb. 1. “Staff in our visitor information centres play a critical role in our industry as they welcome visitors to Nova Scotia and help them plan their stay,” said Len Goucher, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “They’re our front-line ambassadors who encourage visitors to come to Nova Scotia and help create an experience that they remember forever.” More than 500,000 visitors used services provided at Nova Scotia’s 10 centres in 2006. Surveys show that nearly all visitors find staff knowledgeable and helpful at the centres. Fifty-eight per cent of visitor centre users learned about, and took part in, an event or attraction they had not known about before their visit. Seventy per cent said they would consider returning to the province. Also, travelers who visit a centre tend to stay in the province longer, which increases revenue for the economy. Candidates must have leadership, communication, customer service and sales skills. Tourism-related experience is an asset. Being fluent in other languages is an asset for some positions and a requirement for others. Job descriptions are available on the department website at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc/vicjobs. For more information or to apply, contact the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage at 902-424-2788, or by mail, Visitor Services, P.O. Box 456, Halifax, N.S., B3J 2R5. The department’s visitor information centres are located in Amherst, Digby, Halifax, Halifax International Airport, Peggy’s Cove, Pictou, Port Hastings, and Yarmouth, as well as Bar Harbor and Portland, Maine. The department also provides visitor services on board most ferries to Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia’s $1.29-billion tourism industry provides jobs for more than 33,000 Nova Scotians and is a significant source of export dollars.