The High Park Nature Centre (HPNC) is a charitable organization that was established in 1999. Our mission is to promote awareness and respect for nature through year-round, hands-on outdoor nature education and park stewardship. The HPNC is a small and nimble organization that serves a diverse audience of over 14,000 people annually from across the Greater Toronto Area. Our experienced team of educators operates in a collaborative, supportive and inclusive work environment that enables unique programming and opportunities for learning and growth. We are currently underway with a capital campaign to fund the High Park Visitor and Nature Centre which will create a focal point for park life. This is an exciting time to join the HPNC team.
The High Park Nature Centre is committed to being a progressive organization that is guided by principles of equity, respect and inclusion.
We continuously strive to broaden the diversity of our participants, staff and Board – inclusive of race, gender, sexual orientation, identity, religion, ability, ethnicity, experience, national origin and the many other traits that are reflective of the vibrant character and heritage of Canada.
As we work to honour our relationship with the Indigenous Nations of the lands we are situated upon, we encourage applications from Indigenous people and others who have experience in the area of Indigenous-Settler relations.
School Programs Supervisor
Job Type: Full-time, Contract (parental/maternal leave coverage)
Reports to: Programs Director
Hours of Work:
- 37.5 hours/week
- Monday to Friday
- Typically, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
- Occasional weekend and evening work is required
Start Date: September 12, 2022
End Date: October 23, 2023
Rate of Pay: $20.00/hour
Application Deadline: August 21, at 11:59PM
Reporting to the Programs Director, the School Programs Supervisor will be an important member of both the teaching staff and HR staff. About 50% of this role involves coordinating programs and supervising and mentoring part-time coordinators, coordinating recruitment, and training of new staff, and supporting the Programs Supervisor and Programs Director with day-to-day operations. About 50% of this role is teaching, mostly to early years (ages 0-5 and their caregivers), children ages 6-10, school children, and adults. During July and August, our summer camp season, the School Programs Supervisor will be directly involved in summer camp through teaching programs and mentoring seasonal staff.
- Plan and develop outdoor environmental education programs;
- Teach environmental education programs to children, youth, and adults, with a heavy focus on early years (ages 0-5 and their caregivers) and children ages 6-10; programs include nature clubs, camps, teambuilding programs, school field trips, and special events.
Program Coordination, Planning and Administration
- Coordinate the HPNC’s school field trip programs and professional development programming for teachers
- Coordinate and maintain HPNC’s online teacher education course, How to Make Nature Your Classroom
- Administer, coordinate, and process registrations for school programs in concert with the Office Administrator; Distribute and analyze participant evaluation surveys and amend programming as needed;
- Assess and implement health and safety protocols for school field trip and teacher PD programs;
- Work with Programs Director to develop a long-term program plan for each year;
- Track restoration and stewardships impacts and coordinate stewardship planning with Program Director;
- Ensure program statistics are tracked accurately monthly;
- Prepare quarterly end-of-season school program reports;
- Scope new curriculum and/or partnerships and propose new programs as related to school field trips
- Work with Programs Director and coordinators to revise school program outlines and conduct new program development as required;
- Evaluate and amend programming as required;
- Provide information on programs to coordinators, supervisors and Programs Director as required.
- Coordinate the recruitment of P/T staff, seasonal summer staff & other staff as required;
- Coordinate the onboarding for P/T Coordinators & other staff as required;
- Assess and adapt training methods throughout the year;
- Plan and deliver seasonal school field trip training for current teaching staff;
- Supervise P/T and seasonal staff;
- Complete check-ins with year-round P/T Coordinator staff once or twice seasonally;
- Complete performance evaluations with year-round P/T staff annually;
- Provide training and mentorship to seasonal summer staff, volunteers, interns and co-op students.
- Provide Programs Director with input regarding school program fees and yearly budgets;
- Track programs within this portfolio and their budgets monthly and report on a quarterly basis;
- In concert with Office Administrator, monitor CampBrain for registrations and follow TDSB or other board purchase order procedures to complete school field trip payments in timely manner.
- Provide program information to Communications Coordinator to ensure timely communications schedule for school programs promotion;
- Work with Fundraising and Communications Coordinator to update the website on school programs.
- Coordinate with the Communications Coordinator about photo opportunities during programs for use in publicity and program materials;
- Organize, repair, maintain and develop program supplies, props and displays;
- Ensure daily building maintenance, animal care and purchase program and other materials (i.e. animal care supplies);
- Other duties as required.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following knowledge, experience, skills and attributes:
- Passionate about the environment and environmental education;
- Experience leading and mentoring others in a professional setting;
- High integrity and compassion;
- Enthusiastic, creative, and fun;
- Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to equity, anti-racism and anti-oppression practices;
- Experience in delivering, developing and evaluating educational programs;
- Ability to work with children, youth and adults providing a positive learning experience for participants of all ages;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills;
- A good understanding of Ontario school curriculum and current initiatives, Ontario environmental education policies, and pathways for teacher professional development, or willingness to learn;
- A collaborative decision-maker with strong commitment to teamwork;
- Strong interpersonal and conflict resolution skills;
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office 365 including Excel, Word, PowerPoint and database software;
- Ability and willingness to work outdoors in all conditions;
- Current CPR and First Aid certificates or willingness to acquire;
- Current Vulnerable Sector Check or willingness to acquire.
- University degree or college diploma in education, environmental studies or sciences or an environment-related discipline;
- Strong knowledge of Toronto’s ecology and natural history;
- Experience leading early years programming (age 0-5);
- Experience working with teens in leadership building;
- Forest School Accreditation;
- Musical ability;
- Experience with CampBrain;
- Fluency in French.