24-H1: Instructor, Education – Maple Syrup in the Park Event

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

Reporting to the Senior Coordinator, Education, these positions support CVC’s commitment to providing quality educational experiences that enhance watershed residents’ ecological literacy related to issues such as conservation, climate change and natural heritage.

Education Instructors should be excited to learn about the natural world and love sharing information; motivating and inspiring audiences to gain a better understanding of the local environment. With a focus on program implementation, Education Instructors will be able to develop their presentation skills by facilitating educational activities based on CVC priority issues. Education Instructors get to interact with diverse audiences such as elementary students, adults, multicultural groups, families, and whole communities during maple syrup educational programming.

From February to April, Instructors deliver the very popular maple syrup elementary school outdoor education and public program at Terra Cotta Conservation Area.

Working together on a close-knit team, Education Instructors will be able to sharpen their leadership, customer service, problem-solving, program design and naturalist skills as they learn from each other and are mentored by well-seasoned outdoor educators.

Instructors are expected to bring a positive attitude and participate in all assigned tasks, which include physical activities in the outdoors and traversing uneven terrain in varying weather conditions.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Post-secondary degree or certificate (or in progress)
  • Teaching, group facilitation or presentation experience
  • Customer service experience
  • Ability to work outdoors, in varying weather conditions, and walk on uneven terrain for long periods of time
  • Ability and commitment to work multiple weekends
  • Ability to lift approximately 30lbs of equipment/materials
  • Police reference check with vulnerable sector screening required (condition of employment)

Summary of Major Tasks

  • Set up and deliver the Maple Syrup program to different audiences (i.e., school groups, families, etc.)
  • Assist with the preparation and maintenance of program supplies and materials
  • Actively prioritize the health and safety of visitors and CVC staff
  • Other duties as assigned

Additional Information

  • Approximately 20 working days, 7 to 9.5 hours each day
  • Workplace Location:  Terra Cotta Conservation Area, 14452 Winston Churchill Blvd,
    Halton Hills.
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