22-16: Instructor, Conservation Parks – TCCA

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 Superintendent, this position assists in the development and delivery of interpretive programming related to the history and production of maple syrup in Canada. This position operates primarily out of the Sugar Shack at Terra Cotta Conservation Area and will assist with operating the evaporator and bottling maple syrup. This position will engage with a variety of audiences during the Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival to explain the sugar making process.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Post-Secondary education in Recreation, Parks, Tourism and Leisure, Natural Resources or equivalent
  • Experience in outdoor, experiential, and/or environmental education and interpretation
  • Must possess a valid Class “G2” or “G” driver’s license in good standing. Successful candidate must provide a MTO Driver’s Abstract
  • Experience driving all-terrain vehicles
  • Ability to easily engage with the public and staff both verbally and in written correspondence
  • Be able to work in adverse weather conditions and be available to work all weekends and holidays during the contract
  • Strong communication and customer service experience
  • Experience working with children, youth, and adults in a variety of situations
  • Police reference check with vulnerable sector screening required (condition of employment)
  • Must be available to work weekends and holidays and during the Maple Syrup Festival including the following dates: March 12-20 and 26-27

Additional Strengths

  • Experience with power tools and small engine equipment is an asset
  • Experience operating an evaporator is an asset
  • Multilingual
  • Standard first aid and CPR certification is beneficial but not required

Summary of Major Tasks

Perform the following tasks under limited direction:

  • Assist with the development of interpretive programming related to maple syrup production
  • Provide high-quality instruction and interpretation during the Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival for a variety of audiences
  • Sap collection
  • Operate a hobby-sized evaporator
  • Bottling maple syrup
  • Be knowledgeable about all CVC Conservation Areas and events and activities in order to inform visitors
  • Maintain a good working relationship with staff, Conservation Area members and visitors and community groups
  • Other duties as needed
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