23-H10 Crew Leader, Conservation Youth Corps

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’re professional and 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 to 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: $19.75 per hour (currently under review for 2023)
  • This role provides full time hours, with a flexible work schedule based on programming needs, including working from home on occasion
  • We’re members of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) pension fund
  • We find time to have fun and celebrate successes
  • You will know your co-workers by name and will make fast friend; You’ll like being at work
  • You will work in many urban green spaces and CVC parks in the Credit River watershed
  • You will work with a passionate, caring, and inclusive team
  • We place tremendous value on professional development and wellness of our employees to help staff grow in their skills and knowledge, to preform in their position, and expand and prepare for their next job opportunity
  • In addition to mentoring, job-shadowing, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities for staff to grow, we offer other staff perks like group discounts to fitness and other local businesses


Summary of Functions

Your Opportunity

Crew Leaders have a passion for education, environmental studies or science, and stewardship work. Reporting to the Senior Coordinator, Community Outreach, the Crew Leaders are responsible for implementing engaging, hands-on environmental education, stewardship and restoration projects with youth, school groups, and the general public through our Branch Out, Conservation Youth Corps (CYC) programs, and on occasion, our Frontline program. Crew Leaders travel across the watershed to implement programs at CVC parks, urban green spaces, and in school classrooms.

Crew Leaders motivate volunteers to tackle real and sometime strenuous physical activities outdoors while working on a close-knit team. These staff will lead small groups of youth independently and assume responsibility for their safety as well as their coworkers and themselves.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Post-secondary education in Environmental Science/Studies, Ecology, Education, or related discipline (completed or in-progress)
  • Experience managing and supervising children, youth, and volunteers
  • Experience teaching or leading environmental education or outdoor education programs or presentations
  • Experience in environmental or stewardship or restoration
  • Experience and comfort working outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
  • Experience driving larger vehicles, trucks and/or trailers (strong asset, training provided)
  • Understanding of teaching, group dynamics, facilitation, and team building
  • Knowledge of and ability to identify common flora and fauna and interpret nature
  • Skills in public engagement/education with strong communication and customer service
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work outdoors in varying weather condition, walk on uneven ground/terrain for long periods of time
  • Ability and commitment to work on weekends on occasion, including Earth Day weekend
  • Ability to lift approximately 40lbs of equipment/materials repetitively each day
  • Valid Class ‘G’ Ontario driver’s license (condition of employment)
  • Driver’s abstract (condition of employment)
  • Standard First Aid and CPR-C (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 like planting native trees and shrubs, removing invasive species, restoring local streams, etc.
  • Deliver educational workshops about nature and climate change to diverse youth audiences in-person or virtually and lead nature hikes, stream studies, and other outdoor activities
  • Create a positive and inspiring volunteer and learning experience
  • Prepare, maintain, load, deliver, and set-up equipment, trees and shrubs at stewardship sites
  • Represent CVC while working alongside volunteers and community partners
  • Assist with the development of innovative programs for education and stewardship events
  • Promote CVC and its programs at schools and stewardship events and/or online
  • Assist with administrative tasks such as photo management, social media, data entry, survey analysis, and reporting
  • Other related duties as assigned

Other Information

  • Hourly rate currently under review for 2023.
  • 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 outdoor 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

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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