Des­ti­na­tion ex­plo­ration

Ap­pli­ca­tions open for Saskatchewan­derer, the best job around

Prince Albert Daily Herald - - OPINION - JOSHUA SAN­TOS

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.

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