Applications open for Saskatchewanderer, the best job around
The hunt is on for the next Saskatchewander.
“It was incredible. It was without a question a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Andrew Hiltz, 2017 Saskatchewanderer.
The job description is to promote the province as the best place to live, work and play.
“As we like to say, the Saskatchewanderer is the best job ever. We’re looking for somebody that’s enthusiastic, outgoing, is great on social media and loves to explore and talk about Saskatchewan in a very enthusiastic way,” said Jonathan Potts, executive director of marketing and communications for Tourism Saskatchewan.
Hiltz said it was a dream come true when he was selected.
He heard about the opportunity when the program first began about five years ago, but didn’t submit an application until this year.
His most-memorable highlight was visiting the Canadian Forces Base in Moose Jaw and sitting in an aircraft as it whipped through the sky at supersonic speeds.
“I got to go up in a CT-155 Hawk and do a jet ride with one of the pilots over there when I was doing a story on the training program at 15 Wing,” Hiltz said, adding that the experience wasn’t something he had ever expected.
“As the adrenaline junkie I am, I loved being in the air. It was just an incredible experience. To feel the G-Force that those pilots can undergo and withstand and still fly a plane, it blew my mind and the people out there were amazing.”
Other highlights include a canoe trip in Jan Lake, a fishing trip in Besnard Lake with friends, skydiving with his mother on his birthday, paddle-boarding down the South Saskatchewan River, and meeting all kinds different people.
Hiltz involved his family in his journeys, giving him opportunities to spend quality time with them despite his busy schedule.
“They’ve been really happy for me,” he said. “They can see how happy this job makes me and they can see how much I’m enjoying my year.”
While the job certainly looks like a lot of fun, Wanderers are required to do a fair amount of work that usually goes unseen as well.
“It looks like we’re just out there having fun all day everyday but you spend a lot of days on the computer,” said Hiltz. “There is a lot of editing and writing time that you have to put in and you have to be willing to put in work.”
“You have to definitely be willing to give the program 100 per cent of your attention and put in some work for the year,” he added.
Hiltz said any interested participants should look at what former wanderers have done and find a way to set themselves apart.
“Do something different. Everyone seems to have an idea of what they think they have to do in the application video,” he said. “Think outside the box and do something creative.”
The next wanderer needs to be a good public speaker and have a good knowledge of the province. They also need to have educational experience in journalism, film, marketing, communications or English, be social-media savvy and use computer equipment.
“They need to be good at shooting and editing video, they need to be able to write for sure (and) they need to be able to take good quality skilled photography,” said Potts. “They need to have a good sense of marketing principals and social media principals.”
Four different governmental partners, as well as suggestions and invitations from the public, inform the itinerary for the trips.
“From a tourism perspective, we have areas where we would love to show little known tourism gems in the province that we want people to see,” said Potts.
Interested people can submit their applications for the job at www.Saskatchewanderer.ca including a two-minute video with their application.
Saskatchewanderers have the chance to explore the province.