22-49: Program Assistant, Sustainable Neighbourhoods

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

This position provides support to Credit Valley Conservation’s (CVC) Sustainable Neighbourhoods program. This includes providing education/outreach, research, communications and administrative support relating to the development and implementation of Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plans (SNAPs). These integrated, action-oriented plans help communities become more sustainable and resilient to the impacts of climate change.

Candidates should have an interest in nature, the environment, and/or community development, have some experience communicating with the public, have a positive attitude, and be willing to try new tasks. This role requires the candidate to work on a close-knit team, but also independently at times.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Working knowledge and understanding of environmental sustainability concepts
  • Strong communication (verbal, presentations/visual and written) and customer service skills
  • Demonstrated organizational, administrative and research skills
  • Strong computer skills including data entry, database management and word processing
  • Working knowledge of GIS tools is an asset
  • Able to work some evenings and weekends
  • Valid Class ‘G’ Ontario driver’s license and a clean Driver’s abstract

This position may be funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Canada Summer Jobs program and as such, the following eligibility requirements will apply:

  • Youth between the ages of 15 and 30
  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.

Summary of Major Tasks

Education and Outreach

  • Support program staff with coordination and delivery of in-person and virtual public and stakeholder consultations (as part of neighbourhood action plan development)
  • Support program staff with delivery of Sustainable Neighbourhoods messaging to the public at a variety of in-person and virtual education, outreach and stewardship events
  • Support event planning, process registration forms and prepare event summaries following events
  • Support program staff in responding to public inquiries pertaining to Sustainable Neighbourhoods events and projects

Program Administration

  • Assist with maintenance of program files, photos and materials
  • Enter data and conduct analysis related to program metrics for reporting

Program Development

  • Review and synthesize recommendations from strategies, studies and other conservation planning documents to inform program development
  • Assist with research related to program development (e.g., surveys, interviews, desktop analysis, neighbourhood audits etc.)
  • Analyze data and synthesize findings from consultations and create summary reports

Marketing and Communications

  • Undertake creative writing and prepare content for the electronic newsletters, blogs, social media channels, guides/information sheets, videos and other promotional materials


  • Liaise with internal staff, other agencies, community groups and members of the public
  • Support program staff in preparing for meetings with internal and external contacts, and recording meeting minutes

Vaccine Policy

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.

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