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Nature Clubs Assistant in High Park

Assist our outdoor educators in delivering nature education programs for kids and adults in High Park.

High Park Nature Centre values the diversity of people and communities and is committed to excellence and inclusion in our organization. We are committed to an environment that is barrier free. If you require accommodation at any stage during the application process, please inform us in advance to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation.

Nature Clubs Assistant in High Park

Nature Clubs Assistants will aid our educators in delivering programs to children ages 6 months to 16 years, or adults ages 17 years and above (depending on the club). These programs offer participants the opportunity to explore High Park and learn about natural history through nature-based experiences.

Please read additional details about volunteer duties and commitments below.

Winter 2024 Position Details

Spring 2024 Position Details

Summer 2024 Position Details

What you’ll be doing

Please see our Nature Clubs pages for club schedules and age group descriptions:

  • Assisting staff to deliver outdoor nature interpretation programs and activities for children between ages 6 months to 16 years or adults ages 17 years and above (depending on the club);
  • Role modeling respect and appreciation for the natural world;
  • Aiding with set up and clean up before and after the program.
  • Assisting staff to deliver outdoor nature interpretation programs and activities for children between ages 3 months to 5 years and their caregivers (depending on the club);
  • Role modeling respect and appreciation for the natural world;
  • Aiding with set up and clean up before and after the program.

What we are looking for

  • Experience or interest in working with children in an educational/recreational setting;
  • Enthusiasm! 
  • Excellent oral communication skills and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to climb steep slopes and walk rugged terrain;
  • Ability to be outside in all weather conditions (e.g. rain, sunshine, extreme heat);
  • Dedication to and understanding of environmental issues ;
  • Nature interpretation skills, knowledge of local ecology is a strong asset;
  • Must be 15 years of age or older;
  • Valid police record check for individuals 18 years and older. 


Please note: Some of our programs may be physically demanding including lifting/carrying programs materials up to 30lbs, longer hikes on uneven terrain, sitting/standing/running for extended periods of time, etc. If you require physical accommodations, please reach out to us.

What we provide you

  • Mandatory orientation/training session prior to the start of your volunteering;
  • An opportunity to learn from and shadow Outdoor Educators;
  • An opportunity to learn about the ecology of High Park;
  • Reference letter can be provided at your request;
  • Completion of high school volunteer hours;
  • An I 💚 High Park t-shirt after 35 hours of volunteering;
  • Police record check reimbursement after 10 hours of volunteering;
  • Attractions Ontario membership benefits.

Commitment

These positions require a commitment of approximately 3 hours every week for 3 months. Winter clubs run from early January to mid-March. Volunteers must be able to commit to volunteering for the entire season.

New volunteers must also commit to attending an hour-long, in-person orientation and complete a virtual training module (completion time ≈ one hour). Volunteer orientation sessions for the Winter 2024 season will take place on the following days:

  • Thursday, January 4
  • Saturday, January 6

These positions require a commitment of approximately 3 hours every week for 3 months. Spring clubs run from late-March to late-June. Volunteers must be able to commit to volunteering for the entire season.

New volunteers must also commit to attending an hour-long, in-person orientation and complete a virtual training module (completion time ≈ one hour). Volunteer orientation sessions for the Spring 2024 season will take place on the following days:

  • Thursday, March 21, 5-6PM
  • Saturday, March 23, 1-2PM

These positions require a commitment of approximately 3 hours every week for 4 weeks. Volunteers must be able to commit to volunteering for all four weeks.

New volunteers must also commit to attending an hour-long, in-person orientation and complete a virtual training module (completion time ≈ one hour). Volunteer orientation sessions for the Summer 2024 season will take place on the following days:

  • Saturday, June 22, 1-2PM
  • Saturday, July 13, 1-2PM