Outdoor Education Administrator and Guide

Mulgrave is one of Canada’s leading independent co-educational pre-K – 12 day schools, serving the North Shore of Vancouver. We are an established IB Continuum World School with a reputation for excellence and innovation. We are now seeking applicants to for the role of Outdoor Education Administrator and Guide.

This is a key role in Mulgrave’s developing Outdoor Education (OE) programs both at the West Vancouver campus and at the school’s Outdoor education centre in Squamish. This will include planning and executing the school’s extensive Pre-K to grade 12 program, in close collaboration with other members of the Outdoor Education team and faculty and staff from across the school. The successful applicant will be an effective forward planner, systems organiser, problem solver and administrator as well as being a knowledgeable, experienced and enthusiastic outdoor educator with at least 2 years of wilderness guiding experience with school-aged children and adults.

In order to provide the best possible learning environment for our highly diverse, multicultural student population, Mulgrave actively seeks to recruit staff members from groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in independent and international school faculties. BIPoC and 2SLGBTQ+ practitioners and those with disabilities are warmly encouraged to apply, and invited to reach out for more information about our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

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Key Duties and Responsibilities: *

  • Execute the policies and procedures relevant to the scope of operations within the department
    Outdoor Education gear maintenance, repair, and inventorying
  • Possibly manage the schools climbing centre
  • A wide range of administrative tasks associated with the outdoor education program, including the preparation of documents (presentation slides, spreadsheets, and letters) that support the execution of our OE programs
  • Coordination of bookings and related needs, including transportation and rentals
  • Support the administration of external/internal bookings of the SOLE Centre
  • Help in the development and facilitation of a variety of outdoor education experiences on and off campus
  • Development and supervision of a variety of overnight and weekend trips throughout the year
  • Work with a variety of grade levels from Pre-K to grade 12
  • Occasional bus driving for OE groups
  • Establish strong, positive relationships with students and foster a healthy environment for outdoor education in accordance with the mission and values of the school

See full job posting here.

Outdoor Education Assistant

Outdoor Education Assistant – Baxter Conservation Area

The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority is the lead inter-municipal agency working to address river-related environmental issues and concerns within the Rideau Valley watershed. It’s our job to make sure that the water is looked after by everyone in today’s society so that tomorrow’s generations inherit a clean, healthy, functioning watershed. We also provide residents with close-to-home natural areas and programs that are accessible and affordable. We currently own and maintain a network of nine Conservation Areas and an additional 4,500 acres of environmental land.

You would be working at the Baxter Conservation Area located just south of Kars, ON.
There is no public transportation to the worksite. Candidates should ensure they have reliable transportation prior to applying.

Schedule is 35 hours per week, Monday through Friday while programs are running with occasional evenings/weekends. The incumbent will not work weeks between program end/start dates and observed holidays (similar to a school board schedule).

You will assist with the development, planning, delivery and evaluation of outdoor and environmental education programs for children and adults of all ages. Program participants include elementary and high school groups, university students, Baxter Forest School students, community groups and day camps. The Outdoor Education Assistant will be working both indoors and outdoors with most work done in an outdoor environment facilitating programs in all kinds of weather conditions.

You will also act as a resource person in the Interpretive Centre and you will assist in delivering services to visitors such as answering questions about the park and programs, selling park passes and monitoring for valid park passes. You will also help maintain the cleanliness and safety features of our park facilities.

As the ideal candidate you hold a post-secondary diploma or degree in education, early childhood education, environmental studies, natural science, outdoor recreation or a related program. Additionally, you have experience with the Forest School model as well as play-based learning, risky play, loose parts, inquiry-based learning, and a child centered learning environment. You will also be expected to hold a valid Ontario G class driver’s licence (or equivalent) and be able to provide a driving record deemed acceptable by the RVCA. You must also be able to obtain a clear vulnerable sector check and hold standard first aid & CPR or be able to obtain within your first three months of employment. Knowledge of the natural world, a teacher’s certificate and bilingualism(English/French) will be considered strong assets.

If you enjoy working in the great outdoors, have an enthusiastic attitude towards working with children and have a strong commitment to the environment and the protection of land and water resources, please send us your resume and cover letter no later than 4:00pm February 18, 2022 via email to:

baxter.supervisor@rvca.ca

 

 

Residential Teaching Assistant, Claremont Nature Centre

Residential Teaching Assistant, Claremont Nature Centre
Claremont, 4290 Westney Road North, Goodwood, Ontario, Canada Req #113

About TRCA:

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:

Under the guidance of the Field Center Supervisor, the Residential Teaching Assistant supports immersive, curriculum connected overnight and day school visits at Claremont Nature Centre.

Building The Living City Strategic Plan (2013) identified education and community engagement as key objectives and mechanisms through which to achieve our strategic goals. Section 5: Foster sustainable citizenship, focuses on improving the awareness of and commitment to sustainability by the region’s residents.

This position involves teaching curriculum-linked lessons to visiting school groups, supporting meal time delivery and completing administrative duties. This is the on-site live-in staff person that ensures the overnight safety of the visiting group. The Residential Assistant works closely with Education Assistants and Teachers and reports directly to the Field Centre Supervisor.

Major Responsibilities:

Program Delivery

– Lead or co-lead immersive, hands-on education programs and lessons as part of an overnight school visit.
– Lead recreational evening programs.
– Deliver or co-deliver specialized lessons including SHSM.
– Facilitate day programs and summer camps.

Facilitating Meal Service

– Work with kitchen services to ensure visitor dietary restrictions are met.
– Manage mealtimes to ensure they run smoothly and on time.
– Help with serving food to visiting guests.
– Educate students around relevant conservation efforts such as food waste during the meal.

Administrative Duties

– Modify existing lessons to adapt for special needs within a school group as needed.
– As time permits, develop new individual games and activities that update existing lessons.
– Manage and monitor confidential information (students and teacher forms) including dietary restrictions, dorm plans and health/consent waivers.
– Track and record data such as visitor numbers and survey results.
– Prepare items for visiting group departures including photographs of their visit, teacher evaluations and attendant forms and all documentation that needs to be returned to the school.

Host Visiting Groups

– Greet groups upon their arrival.
– Support group arrival and departure.
– Teacher and guest tours of the facility.
– Overnight on-site support.
– Responsible for the customer service of the visiting group.

Light Cleaning Duties

Light cleaning duties could include:

– Cleaning program materials.
– Cleaning tables, vacuuming, surface sanitizing.
– Cleaning up after illness or accident.
– Helping with building up-keep tasks including painting.

What will you need to succeed:

– Post-Secondary education in environmental studies or related field.
– First Aid and CPR Standard Certification, Clear VSS.
– 1-year teaching and or related experience.
– Strong Communication Skills.
– Excellent organization and computer skills.

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.
– Provides unique TRCA Perks.
– Provides flexible work arrangements.
– Offers potential for career growth and advancement.

Position Details:

Employment Type: Full-Time Contract

Duration of Employment: 26

Hours of Work: 35hrs/week

Work Location: Claremont Nature Centre

Division: Education and Training

Business Unit: Education and Training

Travel: 10%

To apply to this posting, click on the “Apply” icon. Please submit your resume and cover letter quoting job posting TRCA-057-22 prior to midnight on February 18, 2022.

All new hires are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as a precondition to being hired by TRCA.  TRCA will comply with its obligations pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code and any other applicable legislation.

While the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) thanks all applicants for their interest, only those under consideration will be contacted for interviews. Please be advised that successful incumbent(s) may be required to undergo a vulnerable sector screening and/or driver’s abstract check as a part of the final step in the hiring process.

TRCA is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive workplace. Our goal is to attract, develop and retain highly talented employees from diverse backgrounds, allowing us to benefit from a wide variety of experiences and perspectives. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and TRCA Policies, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the hiring process, provided the candidate makes their accommodation needs known to the TRCA. We welcome applications from all qualified persons.

Personal information you provide through the TRCA recruitment, selection and onboarding process is collected under the authority of the Conservation Authorities Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C.27. Collection of this personal information is necessary for the proper administration of this recruitment process for employment and volunteer positions with TRCA. Personal information is protected from disclosure pursuant to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.  Any questions regarding this collection activity should be directed to the Supervisor of Records, 101 Exchange Avenue, Vaughan, Ontario, L4K 5R6, (416) 661-6600 extension 5216.

Preschool and School-Aged Forest Educator (FT)

Hiring Company: Saplings Outdoor Program LTD.
Position: Preschool and School-aged Forest Educator.
Start Date: As soon as possible.
Job Type: Permanent, Full-time.

Job Description:
Saplings Outdoor Program is looking for an individual who is interested in working with both preschool and school-aged children in a forest school and after-school outdoor environments. We are looking for an individual who is interested in working independently, as well as part of a team.
Primary responsibilities include:
Alongside the management, plan and implement a dynamic forest program.
Ensure the safety of all children, including but not limited to forest play, hiking, climbing trees, or while in close proximity to such things as standing water, streams, and other terrains.
Ensure the daily preparation of learning areas and materials.
Assume overall responsibility for program tools and equipment, including safety, use, and maintenance.
Plan, prepare and co-create seasonal activities and projects utilizing natural materials, locally foraged or sourced.
Implement mentorship strategies that are individually focused and age-appropriate, with an emphasis on compassion and respect.
Attend monthly staff meetings and parent meetings as needed.
Communicate with parents effectively, in person, and occasionally by phone.
Be physically capable of performing teaching duties with enthusiasm regardless of the weather (rain, sleet, snow, heat), including the ability to walk distances and over uneven terrain, carry a backpack, and supplies.
Support the benefits of risk-taking, movement, and physical development in the early years.
Encourage familiarity with the local flora and fauna, including poisonous plants and their location, or be willing to be mentored, seek outside training, or self-study.
Model and teach outdoor skills including risk management, knots, shelter building, self-care/appropriate clothing, leave-no-trace practices, and interacting with local wildlife.

Qualifications/Education:
Current First Aid Certificate.
Forest School Certification through Forest School Canada or Level three equivalent program.
Post Graduate Certificate or Diploma in Education or Early Childhood Education.
Applicants must possess a work history, which highlights the following combination of skills and experience:
5+ years’ work experience with preschool-aged children in the area of outdoor education focusing on play-based, student-led learning.
5+ years of teaching experience.
Interpersonal skills as you are interacting with children and parents.
Wages: $22 – $25 per hour, depending on qualifications.

Location of Work: North and West Vancouver, BC.

Language: English.

Send Resumes to Heather: saplingsreg@gmail.com.

Company Address: 2820 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, BC V7V 1L9.

About Saplings Outdoor Program:

Saplings Outdoor Program is a nature-based program located in West Vancouver for children ages 2.5-9 years old. The main purpose of our program is to provide children with an opportunity to connect with the environment in a safe and enjoyable way. Nature is a child’s best education.

 

Weekend Kids Program Outdoor Educator (ECE/Teacher)

Oak Wisdom Learning (OWL) is a successful outdoor educational camp for children 3-10 years old. We follow the Forest school philosophy by emphasising a play-based, all-outdoors, all-weather program to foster a deep connection between children and the natural world. OWL is looking for passionate, enthusiastic, and committed educators to join our program part time on the weekends (all year long), or 2 months full-time (July to August) during the summer. We are seeking to grow our team with individuals who enjoy sharing their appreciation of nature with children and who are willing to commit to ongoing learning.

Responsibilities

Co-work on program lesson plan set up, planning different themes, activities, songs, crafts, and games that encourage emergent and play-based learning experiences for children aged 3- 10 years old.

Supervise children in their exploration and extend their learning by carrying out lesson plans and encouraging inquiry.

Ensure the safety of all children at all times, including but not limited to: forest play, water play, and farm activities. However, assess risk as needed.

Prepare for the daily classes: activities, materials needed, and other necessary learning material(s).
Observe each child’s interests and progress, while communicating with the director as needed.

Support guest speakers on events and attend external training sessions as needed.

Take photos during classes and upload to google drive.

Responsible for the maintenance, restocking and storing of equipment of program tools and equipment.

Attend meetings, complete paperwork, and administrative support.

Qualifications

Experience in outdoor education, biology, natural resources (preferred).
Teaching experience or experience working with children, ages 3-10 (preferred).
ECE educator and BED elementary teacher work experience is preferred.
Outdoor / environmentalist / naturalist / artisan knowledge is an asset.
Prepared to work outdoors in all weather conditions (excluding extreme conditions, i.e. thunderstorms).
Able to work independently leading a small group of students as well as in collaboration with a team to facilitate & co-facilitate learning and play.
Interest in learning about and improving upon your outdoor skills.
Training in Standard or First Aid is considered an asset.
Current Clear criminal record check.
Part-time hours: 14-28 per week

Expected start date: 2022-01-05

Job Types: Part-time, Permanent

Salary: $22.00-$27.00 per hour

COVID-19 considerations:
Mask is required.

Education:Secondary School (preferred)
Experience:teaching / ECE: 1 year (preferred)
Licence/Certification:First Aid Certification (preferred)
Work remotely: No

To apply: Send resume and cover letter to oakwisdomlearning@gmail.com