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 have a good employee benefits program. We’re members of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) pension fund. We have flexible work hours for many positions. We find time to have fun and celebrate successes. You’ll have free access to our parks and discounts on recreational equipment rentals. You’ll know your co-workers by name and will make fast friends. You’ll like being at work.
Summary of Functions
CVC has a strong history of providing educational programming in our Conservation Areas and educating the public about conservation, issues such as climate change, and the natural heritage of the Credit River watershed.
Reporting to the Senior Coordinator, Education, this position will support CVC’s Education program through the development, coordination and implementation of a variety of environmental education programs related to climate change. The coordinator will lead educational initiatives focused on priority CVC issues targeting diverse audiences such as elementary students, adults, multicultural groups, families, and whole communities in urban and outdoor locations.
Candidates should have strong leadership experience and be able to motivate and inspire audiences to learn about the natural world with positive enthusiasm. Coordinators are expected to partake in all activities, which may include physical activities in the outdoors and traversing uneven terrain in potentially varying weather conditions. As a CVC representative, candidates should have strong organizational and problem-solving skills and experience in the environmental field. CVC is committed to the health and safety of all its employees, program partners and participants.
- Post-Secondary degree related to environmental science, education, or a related discipline
- Minimum 2-year experience in outdoor, experiential, and/or environmental education
- Knowledge of conservation and local environmental issues
- Extensive experience in design and delivery of school and family nature-based education programs
- Excellent public presentation skills
- Good working knowledge of the inherent risks and safety measures associated with programming
- Advanced customer service skills with proven experience utilizing strong verbal and written communication skills
- Demonstrated organizational, administrative and research skills
- Strong proficiency in delivering online presentations (Microsoft Teams, Google Meet)
- Strong proficiency in MS Office (Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, Word)
- Ability and willingness to work outdoors in a variety of settings, conditions and environments
- Fundraising and grant writing experience an asset
- Ability to work multiple weekends and be able to lead a program at short notice as required
- Ability to work in a team environment as well as independently
- Valid Class ‘G’ Ontario driver’s license required and access to vehicle (condition of employment)
- Driver’s abstract required (condition of employment)
- Standard First Aid required (condition of employment)
- Clear police reference check with vulnerable sector screening required (condition of employment)
Summary of Major Tasks
- Support partnerships with school boards to deliver programs
- Assist with the promotion and marketing of programs
- Coordinate program logistics, including inventory and maintenance of education materials
- Represent CVC at educational and community events
- Provide hands-on training, supervision, and support to other Education staff and volunteers
- Ensure a high standard of health and safety
- Support the hiring and training of staff as required
- Assist with grant proposal-writing, fundraising and report writing
- Data entry and other duties and projects as appropriate to the position
New employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as defined by the Ministry of Health as a condition of employment and must have satisfied the full post vaccination period required to ensure vaccination efficacy. The requirement to be fully vaccinated is subject to the Ontario Human Rights Code. If you are not fully vaccinated, a documented medical reason provided by a physician or registered nurse and time period for the medical reason may be accepted.