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Indigenous Programs Coordinator & Naturalist Teacher

Job Information
Author hpnaturecentre
Date June 3, 2019
Deadline Open
Type Full Time
Company High Park Nature Centre
Salary 18 - Per Hour
Location Toronto, ON
Category Education/Administrative
Contact Information
jon@highpark.org

Indigenous Programs Coordinator & Naturalist Teacher

***This position is for people who identify as Indigenous. All candidates must be registered with Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training and working with an Employment Counsellor. If you haven’t registered with Miziwe Biik yet, you can still apply to this position. ***

About us:

The High Park Nature Centre is a charitable organization that was established in 1999. Our mission is to promote awareness and respect for nature through year-round, hands-on outdoor nature education and park stewardship activities. Nature Centre programs inspire a sense of wonder, knowledge and respect for High Park’s natural systems; restore human connections to local plants and animals; and engage visitors in ecological restoration activities to ensure a sustainable future for High Park for generations to come.

The High Park Nature Centre serves a diverse audience of over 14,000 people annually from across the Greater Toronto Area. Through the Nature Centre’s programs, over 80,000 participants of all ages have been able to “give back” to High Park through park stewardship activities like planting native grasses, wildflowers and sedges or removing invasive plant species.

Job Summary:

As Indigenous Programs Coordinator & Naturalist Teacher, the successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing the coordination of some of the High Park Nature Centre’s programs. This position will also actively teach a wide diversity of environmental, outdoor education programs at the Nature Centre, including birthday parties, guides and scouts visits, school programs, family nature walks, nature camps and nature clubs. Coordination tasks may include assisting to develop new events that highlight Indigenous connections to the land in High Park; overseeing OURSpace plantings of native plant species; and if candidate has the knowledge and desire, working with coordinators to revise existing program outlines to ensure Indigenous knowledge and perspectives are presented accurately and respectfully. For more details, please see full job description below.

Qualifications:

  • Experience working with children in educational programs, preferably outdoors;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with children, providing a positive learning experience for participants of all ages;
  • Experience with positive behavioural management and conflict resolution;
  • Experience dealing with the public;
  • Experience coordinating programs or project logistics an asset;
  • Experience developing educational resources;
  • Knowledge of Toronto’s ecology and natural history;
  • Ability for effective teamwork as well as independent work;
  • Creativity and enthusiasm with excellent problem solving skills;
  • Time management skills and the ability to manage a diverse workload;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Proficiency in Excel and Word;
  • Communication skills (oral and written);
  • Ability and willingness to work outdoors in all conditions;
  • Current CPR and First Aid certificates or willingness to acquire; and
  • Current Vulnerable Sector Check or willingness to acquire.

Job Type:
Full time (35 hours / week) contract ending March 31, 2020

Hours of Work:
This is a full-time position for 35 hours per week. Regular weekend and evening work is required.

Rate of Pay:
$18 / hour

To Apply:
Please email your resume and cover letter as one PDF file to Jon Hayes, Programs Director at jon@highpark.org by Monday, June 10.

***This position is for people who identify as Indigenous. All candidates must be registered with Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training and working with an Employment Counsellor. If you haven’t registered with Miziwe Biik yet, you can still apply to this position. ***

Miziwe Biik
Aboriginal Employment and Training

Indigenous Programs Coordinator & Naturalist Teacher Job Description

Program Delivery (50%)

  • Teach outdoor environmental education programs to children, youth and adults, including nature camps and clubs; school programs; birthday parties; guides & scouts programs; and other programs as required.
  • Develop and adapt current program plans.

Program Coordination, Planning and Administration (40%)

  • Coordinate Indigenous Family Nature Walks and assist in developing new events that highlight Indigenous connections to the land;
  • Continue to work with partnering organizations and build relations with Indigenous communities in Toronto;
  • Assist in revising program outlines to ensure Indigenous knowledge and perspectives are presented accurately and respectfully if candidate has the knowledge and desire;
  • Oversee OURSpace savannah demonstration area and outdoor classroom including the plantings of native plant species;
  • Develop and share knowledge of native plants in OURSpace;
  • Oversee registration and communications for certain programs in concert with the Office Administrator and Communications Coordinator;
  • Distribute and analyze participant evaluation surveys and amend programming as needed;
  • Ensure health and safety protocols are followed in programs;
  • Ensure program statistics are accurately tracked and prepare quarterly end-of-season reports;
  • Scope new opportunities/partnerships and propose new programs;
  • Provide Programs Director with input regarding program fees and annual budget;
  • Perform website updates on programs as needed;
  • Photography during programs for use in publicity and program materials.

Human Resources (5%)

  • Work with Event and Volunteer Coordinator to recruit, schedule, supervise and evaluate volunteers for programs;
  • Provide training and mentorship to part-time staff, volunteers, interns and co-op students.

On-Going (5%)

  • Organize, repair, maintain and develop program supplies, props and displays;
  • Ensure daily building maintenance;
  • Ensure animal care;
  • Purchase program and other materials;
  • Other duties as required.
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