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 is primarily focused on educating and engaging people from diverse cultures, therefore having strong communication skills and an ease to working with diverse cultures is an important aspect in this role. Candidates should have strong leadership experience and be able to motivate and inspire audiences to learn about the natural world with positive enthusiasm in the performance of their duties. Instructors are expected to partake in all activities, which may include physical activities in the outdoors and traversing uneven terrain in potentially varying weather conditions. This role often requires candidates to work on a close-knit team and independently. 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. At all times, Instructors will be expected to assume responsibility for the safety of program participants, their co-workers, and themselves.
Anticipated Start and End Date: February 22, 2022 to December 1, 2022 (35 hours/week)
- This position works 35 hours per week, with a varying schedule of weekdays and weekends
Hourly Rate: $19.75
Work Locations: Locations may vary with two key work locations for this position:
Terra Cotta Conservation Area: 14452 Winston Churchill Blvd, Terra Cotta, ON L0P 1N0
Head Office: 1255 Old Derry Road, Mississauga, ON L5N 6R4
Note: Each workday could start at either Terra Cotta Conservation Area, Credit Valley Conservation Authority’s Head Office, or an external client location.
- Post-Secondary education related to environmental studies/science, education, community engagement, or a related discipline
- 1–2-year experience in outdoor recreation, experiential, and/or environmental education, and/or community engagement
- Ability to identify common flora and fauna and interpret nature
- Knowledge of ecology, conservation, and local environmental issues
- Experience working with and educating adults (at ESL/LINC centers preferred)
- Experience working with diverse cultural, religious groups or settlement agencies (strong asset, training provided)
- Ability to communicate in diverse languages such as Punjabi, Urdu, Hindi, Mandarin, Arabic, etc. (strong asset)
- Advanced customer service and communication skills
- Able to work multiple weekends
- Valid Class ‘G’ Ontario driver’s license required (condition of employment)
- Driver’s abstract required (condition of employment)
- Standard First Aid required (condition of employment)
- Police reference check with vulnerable sector screening required (condition of employment)
Summary of Major Tasks
- Assist with the development of the Maple Syrup program at Terra Cotta Conservation Area
- Implement, present and deliver the Maple Syrup program to different audiences (i.e., school groups, the public (e.g., families and adults), and multicultural groups)
- Lead and deliver environmental education workshops and presentations in ESL classrooms and online/virtually in priority neighborhoods to senior groups and culturally diverse audiences
- Lead and deliver nature walks/programs in priority neighborhoods and Conservation Area Parks
- Prepare for and implement Multicultural Outreach environmental education programs and events, including the set-up of program materials outdoors
- Load, prepare, and maintain program equipment and materials
- Assist with event registration and program bookings
- Assist with administration, and delivery of multicultural programs such as database entry and management, participant surveys, social media, and research
- Represent CVC at internal and external events and liaise/communicate with community partners and clients
- Other duties as assigned