22-1: Crew Leader, Youth Outreach

Who are we?

Credit Valley Conservation is one of Ontario’s 36 conservation authorities dedicated to protecting, restoring and enhancing our local natural environment. We care for the Credit River, its streams and tributaries from the headwaters in Orangeville to the shores of Lake Ontario in Mississauga. We are scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, environmentalists, stewards, planners, foresters, recreation experts and much more. We create connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. We inspire appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. We’re leaders and explorers. We are professional and we’re inspired. We know our stuff, and we work every day to make a difference.

Who are you?

You want to be part of an organization with an environmental goal. You get up every day and go to work with purpose. You accept that you may not change the world, but you’ll try to make an impact in your corner. You like to partner with skilled people across many professions. It’s as natural for you think about the outdoors as it is to think out of the box. You’re passionate, responsible and approachable. You do what’s right, not just what’s easy. You care, and it shows.

Why work for us?

We offer competitive public sector pay. We’re members of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) pension fund. We find time to have fun and celebrate successes. You’ll know your co-workers by name and will make fast friends. You’ll like being at work.

Summary of Functions

Reporting to the Senior Coordinator, Community Outreach, Crew Leaders support Community Outreach and Education programs including Branch Out, Conservation Youth Corps (CYC), and on occasion Frontline.

In the spring and fall, Crew Leaders deliver the Branch Out program to classes in the Credit River watershed. They enhance science and geography curriculum by facilitating workshops to raise awareness about local climate change issues. Crew Leaders then lead youth through a full day of environmental stewardship (e.g., native plantings, invasive species removal) and learning at local natural areas in the watershed.

In July and August, Crew Leaders supervise and lead crews of high school volunteers through the Conservation Youth Corps program. Youth volunteers support a variety of environmental restoration and stewardship projects like trail maintenance, invasive species removal, native plantings, and stream restoration while Crew Leaders act as a positive role model and lead volunteers safely through these activities.

These programs reach diverse youth audiences and often occur on weekends.

CVC has a strong history of stewardship programming throughout the watershed and educating youth about conservation, climate change, and the natural heritage of the Credit River watershed. Candidates should have strong leadership and supervisory experience. They should be able to motivate volunteers with positive enthusiasm. Crew Leaders are expected to partake in all activities, which includes strenuous physical activities in the outdoors while traversing uneven terrain in potentially adverse weather conditions. This role requires candidates to work on a close-knit team and independently. Candidates should have strong organizational and problem-solving skills. They should also possess field work experience including tree and plant identification and the operation of restoration equipment.

CVC is committed to the health and safety of all its employees, program partners, and volunteers. Crew Leaders will be expected to assume responsibility for the safety of youth, participants and volunteers, co-workers and themselves at all times.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Post-secondary education in Environmental Science/Studies, Ecology, Education, or related discipline
  • Experience and comfort working outdoors in a variety of seasons
  • 1-year work experience in restoration, education, and/or stewardship programs
  • Ability to identify common flora and fauna and interpret nature
  • Experience in volunteer management and supervision (with youth preferred)
  • Understand group dynamics and team building
  • Skilled in public engagement with strong communication and customer service abilities
  • Experience driving larger vehicles, trucks and trailers (strong asset, training provided)
  • Able to work some evenings and the majority of weekends, including Earth Day weekend
  • Valid Class ‘G’ Ontario driver’s license (condition of employment)
  • Driver’s abstract (condition of employment)
  • Standard First Aid (condition of employment)
  • Police reference check with vulnerable sector screening (condition of employment)

Summary of Major Tasks

  • Supervise and lead youth participants and volunteers through stewardship activities to create a positive and inspiring volunteer and learning experience
  • Prepare, maintain, load, deliver, and set-up equipment, trees and shrubs at stewardship sites
  • Deliver educational programming in-person and online to broaden environmental knowledge and awareness
  • Represent CVC while working alongside volunteers and community partners
  • Assist with the development of programs for education and stewardship events
  • Promote CVC and its programs at schools and stewardship events and/or online
  • Support administrative tasks such as photo management, social media, data entry, survey analysis, reporting
  • Other duties as assigned

Additional Information

This position generally works 35 hours per week with frequent evenings and weekends. This position requires strenuous physical labour in all weather conditions for site maintenance, preparation, assessments, and outreach events. Successful candidates will most often work out of our Warwick location in Caledon with occasional work from home and/or our Head Office in Mississauga.

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