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 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. 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
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, these positions support CVC’s commitment to providing quality education that enhance ecological literacy throughout our watershed. Assisting with program implementation, Instructors lead educational initiatives focused on priority CVC issues targeting diverse audiences such as elementary students, adults, multicultural groups, families, and whole communities in urban, rural, indoor and outdoor locations. From February to April, Instructors deliver the Maple Syrup outdoor education program at Terra Cotta Conservation Area. From April to October, these positions support other education programs including, but not limited to: outdoor education school programs, multicultural outreach programs, conservation area public programming, school workshops and virtual programming, and facilitating programs for organized groups such as Girl Guides of Canada.
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 Dates: 5 Hourly Positions: February 22 to December 1, 2022 (35 hours/week)
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 another CVC conservation area.
- Post-Secondary degree related to environmental science, education, or a related discipline
- Minimum 1-year experience in outdoor, experiential, and/or environmental education
- Ability to identify common flora and fauna and interpret nature
- Knowledge of ecology, conservation, and local environmental issues
- Experience working with children, youth, and adults in a variety of educational situations
- Advanced customer service and communication skills
- Ability to work multiple weekends
- Ability and willingness to work outdoors in a variety of settings, conditions, and environments
- Ability to lift approximately 30lbs of equipment/materials and walk on uneven terrain for long periods of time
- 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 and CPR-C required (condition of employment)
- Police reference check with vulnerable sector screening required (condition of employment)
Summary of Major Tasks
Perform the following tasks under limited direction:
- 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 outdoor education programs to different audiences at Terra Cotta Conservation Area and across the Credit River watershed
- Lead and deliver in-person or virtual education workshops and presentations in classroom settings at schools and at adult ESL/LINC centers
- Assist with the preparation and maintenance of program supplies and materials
- Actively promote and market CVC’s wide range of programs and other initiatives
- Follow daily schedules and maintain program administration
- Other duties as assigned