64: Instructor, Education – Maple Syrup Festival, Island Lake (Hourly)

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 Coordinator, Education, these positions support CVC’s commitment to providing quality education to 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, and families. During March to April, Instructors deliver the Maple Syrup festival program at Island Lake Conservation Area.

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:  March 7, 2022 to April 4, 2022

  • This position will work three training days and three to five festival days, ranging between 6-8 hours per workday, including weekends and holidays

Hourly Rate: $19.75

Work Location: Island Lake Conservation Area: 673067 Hurontario St, Orangeville, ON L9W 2Y9

Eligibility Requirements

  • 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
  • Valid Class ‘G’ Ontario driver’s license required and access to vehicle (condition of employment)
  • Standard First Aid with 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:

  • Implement, present and deliver the Maple Syrup Festival program to different audiences (e.g., families and adults)
  • Actively promote and market CVC’s wide range of programs and other initiatives
  • Assist with the preparation and maintenance of program supplies and materials
  • Follow daily schedules and maintain program administration
  • Other duties as assigned.
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