Current Rate of Pay: Min = $23.91, Max = $25.92
Employment type: Temporary Part-Time Contract
Duration: 4 months (Start date flexible late August/early September to December 18, 2022 *with possibility of extension*)
Hours of work: 7.5-18 hours/week
Work location: Tommy Thompson Park
Division: Restoration & Infrastructure
Business unit: Ecosystem Management
Travel: Yes, within job site
Remote Work: No
With more than 60 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario, created to safeguard and enhance the health and well-being of watershed communities through the protection and restoration of the natural environment and the ecological services the environment provides.
TRCA works to protect the integrity and health of the rivers and creeks in the jurisdiction, develop a system of green and natural spaces that sustains local ecosystems, and advance sustainable practices that improve people’s lives within our growing region.
How you will contribute as part of the TRCA team:
The Education Interpreter and Site Attendant is someone who has a passion for nature and wildlife, loves interacting and sharing information with others, and who is confident and has a dynamic personality. Situated at the most unique park in Toronto, the Education Interpreter and Site Attendant at Tommy Thompson Park engages with park visitors to provide enhanced customer service. Interactions range from interpreting park history, wildlife, habitats and restoration projects, to assisting with emergencies and ensuring visitors are well-informed about how to use the park responsibly. The Education Interpreter and Site Attendant is comfortable working in a small team, under minimal supervision, and has a reliable car that can be used during working hours for site inspections. Education Interpreter and Site Attendants typically work in teams of two on weekends (Saturday and Sunday and holidays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m./4:30 p.m. (Summer/Winter) every other weekend, however, the schedule is flexible and based on staff availability. This is an occasional contract position in the environmental field.
Perform the following tasks under general supervision:
Greet and engage with visitors in a pleasant and helpful manner to provide exceptional visitor experiences.
Provide communication to visitors about permitted activities and trail etiquette.
Assist with inquiries and/or concerns in a tactful and professional manner and use interactions as an educational opportunity.
Guide and lead visitors and visitor groups to Tommy Thompson Park on nature and environmental programs specific to the habitats, flora and fauna of the park.
Learn program content to be able to effectively deliver interactive programs to various audiences of varying ages.
Assist with creation of interpretive displays and activities.
Conduct site inspections to identify any major hazards, incidents and issues.
Provide first aid when required. Complete injury and incident reports. Facilitate EMS access to the park.
Maintain Nature Centre in neat and tidy condition.
What will you need to succeed:
Actively pursuing or possess a post-secondary degree/diploma in the field of biology, environmental studies or related discipline, or equivalent knowledge.
Valid Ontario Class G driver’s license in good standing.
Active and current First Aid and CPR certificate.
Experience working with large groups in delivering programs and activities is considered an asset.
Previous experience delivering environmental, or nature programs is considered an asset.
Familiarity with Tommy Thompson Park programs and projects.
Knowledge of the ecology and flora/fauna of the Greater Toronto Area and Southern Ontario.
Strong public speaking and communication skills.
Excellent organization and time management skills.
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with colleagues.
Ability to deliver programs to audiences of various ages, adapting style to ensure audience appropriateness.
Ability to work independently and take initiative within a set of guidelines and procedures, and to take direction and notes when given.
What TRCA has to offer you:
As part of a progressive team you will have the opportunity to make a positive impact to preserving and protecting nature, while maintaining a balance between the natural environment and built environment. Working with experts within our field, you will join a team of colleagues that are committed to TRCA’s core values of integrity, collaboration, accountability, respect, and excellence (icare).
You will be part of a diverse and inclusive organization that:
Makes a positive difference in the communities we serve.
Fosters high performance and collaborative teams.
Provides continuous learning and development opportunities.
Offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits program (including Defined Benefit Pension Plan – OMERS/OTPP).
Provides unique TRCA Perks.
Provides flexible work arrangements.
Offers potential for career growth and advancement.
To apply to this posting, click on the “Apply” icon. Please submit your resume and cover letter (Applicants without a cover letter will not be considered) quoting the Job ID prior to midnight on August 5, 2022.