Education Assistant, Education & Training – Short-Term Contract Position (TRCA-136-21)

Contract Duration: 20 weeks

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:

The Education Assistant will assist with the successful implementation of the TRCA’s virtual and in person Community Learning programs and day camps at the Claremont Nature Centre and Swan Lake Outdoor Education Centre. The successful applicant will work directly with TRCA staff to support the administration and delivery of environmental education programs, presentations and camps.  The Education Assistant will prepare registration lists, develop learning materials, support camp supervision, moderate virtual programs and assist during in-person community events including tree plantings, nature walks and TRCA’s Conservation Youth Corps program.

Evening and weekend work are a function of the job as required. Occupational Health and Safety is a major responsibility of this position.

Major Responsibilities:

Perform the following tasks under general supervision:

  • Download registration and attendance reports for programs. Research environmental topics and develop learning materials for participants for a variety of programs (e.g. activity worksheets).

  • Provide support for in person Community Learning events by monitoring/organizing registration lists, collecting and cleaning equipment, assisting Coordinator at events and helping with event clean-up and administration.

  • Assist Coordinator with administering the Conservation Youth Corps (CYC) virtual program through reviewing Google Classroom, reviewing submissions and sending out volunteer letters. Assist coordinator with administration work for in person events and attend event to supervise the high school students in conservation work on TRCA or partner sites.

  • Moderate virtual programs: Launch polls, organize comments and questions and provide technical support during virtual programs.

  • Provide on-site support for summer camps by signing in campers, confirming covid screening questions, tracking any additional information provided by parents/guardians and supervising campers with light recreational activities at the start or end of the camp day.

  • Other duties as required.

What you will need to succeed:

  • Post-secondary education in an environmental field, education or equivalent, an asset.       

  • Experience working in a camp, school or similar setting.

  • Experience developing and leading nature interpretation activities in the outdoors; as well as online/virtual program delivery.

  • Strong organizational skills and time management skills.

  • Active and current First Aid and CPR certificate.

  • Ability to work flexible work hours.

  • Comfortable working on rough terrain and off-trail at work sites.

  • Successful completion of a Vulnerable Sector Screening is required for this position.

  • Daily access to a vehicle and a valid Ontario drivers' license required.

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 quoting job posting TRCA-136-21 prior to midnight on June 14, 2021.

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. 

Division: 
Education and Training
Salary range: 
$19.93 - $22.38, 40 hours per week
Location: 
Claremont Nature Centre - 4290 Westney Road, Claremont, Ontario
Closing date: 
Jun 14, 2021
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