The High Park Nature Centre is seeking enthusiastic and energetic nature lovers to teach summer camp programs! Environmental Education Summer Camp Counsellors will be responsible for a different group of kids each week, and will deliver fun and educational nature programs in High Park.
- Lead camp groups of 6-10 children age 4-12 each week;
- Teach outdoor environmental education programs through songs, games, hikes, crafts, and hands-on activities;
- Collaborate with other Nature Interpreters to create and amend programming;
- Mentor and engage volunteers in programming;
- Communicate with parents and the public;
- General maintenance and cleaning of the Nature Centre;
- Other duties as required.
- Currently or previously enrolled in a university or college program dealing with environmental/natural science, outdoor recreation, or education;
- Minimum 2 years’ experience working with in educational and/or recreational programs, preferably outdoors;
- Experience with day camp or overnight camp preferred;
- Strong ability to work with children, and able to provide a positive learning experience for participants of all ages;
- Experience with behavioural management and conflict resolution;
- Demonstrated knowledge of Toronto’s ecology and natural history an asset;
- Demonstrated ability for effective teamwork as well as independent work;
- Creative and enthusiastic with excellent problem solving skills;
- Excellent communication skills;
- Enthusiastic, energetic, and fun;
- Able and willing to work outdoors in all conditions;
- Current CPR and First Aid certificates or willingness to acquire; and
- Current Vulnerable Sector Check or willingness to acquire.
The High Park Nature Centre is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from People of Colour, Indigenous People, and other visible minorities. To increase diversity within our staff, we also encourage those who identify as male to apply!
This job is funded by the Canada Summer Jobs Grant, and is contingent on funding approval.
To be eligible, applicants must:
- be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
- be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment*; and,
- have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.
- Professional teaching experience;
- Interpretation training for teaching about nature;
- Getting to play outside every day;
- An opportunity to study, explore and research the unique ecology of High Park;
- Bonding with other nature lovers!
Terms of Employment:
This is a contract position for 37.5 hours per week for 10 weeks (June 24-August 30).
Rate of Pay: $14/hour
To apply, please email your resume and cover letter as one PDF file to Mallory Parks (email@example.com) and Jon Hayes (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Thursday, March 21 at 5:00 pm. Due to the volume of applications we receive, no follow up phone calls or emails please.
In your cover letter, please answer the following questions:
- What do you do personally to connect with nature?
- Describe your experience working with children. What age groups have you worked with, and what was your role?