69: Program Assistant, Community Outreach (Contract)

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

Outreach and Education team in all areas of community outreach programming. This includes but is not limited to engaging participants in environmental stewardship, administering the site assessment and maintenance program, assisting with the implementation of volunteer programs, program logistics, maintaining team assets, and database support.

Candidates should have strong leadership and program coordination experience. They should be able to undertake strenuous physical activities in the outdoors while traversing uneven terrain in potentially adverse weather conditions. This role requires candidates to work on a close-knit team and independently. Candidates should have strong organizational and problem-solving skills. They should also possess field work experience including tree and plant identification and the operation of restoration equipment including small engines. The Program Assistant will be expected to assume responsibility for the safety of program participants and volunteers, co-workers and themselves at all times.

CVC has a strong history of providing stewardship programming throughout the watershed and educating the public about conservation, climate change, and the natural heritage of the Credit River watershed. 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.

Anticipated Start Dates and End Dates

February 7, 2022 to February 3, 2023 (35 hours/week)

Annual Salary Starting At

$54,453

Eligibility Requirements

  • Post-secondary education in Environmental/Ecological Landscaping, Ecological Restoration, Environmental Sciences or Studies, or related discipline
  • One year of experience related to planning and implementation of stewardship projects
  • Outdoor work experience in tree planting or related conservation activities with participants
  • Experience working with multi-stakeholder partnerships and volunteer organizations
  • Ability to research and communicate scientific concepts in simple language to a variety of audiences
  • Demonstrated organizational skills
  • Knowledge of ecosystem restoration and common stewardship practices
  • Confidence and experience working outdoors regularly with repetitive, strenuous tasks
  • Field-related experience including monitoring, restoration and tree identification
  • Familiarity with database input and management
  • Experience driving pick-up trucks or large vans and towing trailers (strong asset, training provided)
  • Strong customer service experience with excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills, including database management and word processing
  • Experience with restoration equipment including small motors, water tanks and brush cutters (strong asset, training provided)
  • Able to work evenings and weekends
  • Valid Class ‘G’ Ontario driver’s license required (condition of employment)
  • Driver’s abstract required (condition of employment)
  • Standard First Aid certification required (condition of employment)
  • Police reference check with vulnerable sector screening required (condition of employment)

Summary of Major Tasks

  • Implement and support citizen science, stewardship and restoration events for participants
  • Administer stewardship site maintenance, including site preparation, watering and assessments
  • Assist with program scheduling and logistics
  • Update and maintain a project tracking Access database
  • Support the Volunteer Leadership program and volunteer appreciation activities
  • Maintenance of team assets including vehicles, trailers, and equipment
  • Represent CVC at workshops, public events, and meetings
  • Support the Community Outreach and Education team in all aspects of programming
  • Other duties as assigned

Additional Information

This position generally works 35 hours, Monday to Friday during the off-peak season (winter) and occasional evenings and frequent weekends during peak-seasons (spring and fall). This position requires strenuous physical labour in all weather conditions for site maintenance, preparation, assessments, and outreach events.

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