Service and Support Staff - Nikibii Dawadinna Giigwag, Bolton Camp - Short-Term Contract (TRCA-077-19)


Located in Caledon (40 km north of Toronto), Bolton Camp is a designated heritage landscape and consists of 254 acres of greenspace. Since purchase of the property in 2011, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) staff has been working with municipal partners, school boards, community groups and the general public to create a vision for a renewed Bolton Camp. Through this process, the community has crafted a concept plan for transforming Bolton Camp from its previous use as an overnight summer camp into an inclusive community commons that brings people together to share in the Toronto region’s rich arts, culture and recreation marketplace.

During the first phase of site redevelopment, programs will be seasonal in nature, such as youth employment, training and mentorship programs. This includes Nikibii Dawadinna Giigwag (Anishinaabemowin for Flooded Valley Healing):  a participatory employment training program that brings together the voices of Indigenous youth and Elders/Knowledge Keepers in the planning and designing of green infrastructure. The program is designed for Indigenous high school youth, interested in practical, experiential learning in design and construction of multi-year projects, ranging from sustainable architecture, green roofs, landscape and restoration projects.

The 2018 pilot program was supported with seed funding from the Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation and developed collaboratively by Elder Whabagoon; TRCA; the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at University of Toronto; the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto; and Great Lakes Waterworks Water Allies.

Phase II of the program will begin in summer 2019 and aims to offer up to 6 Indigenous high school youth the opportunity both to explore traditional teachings of the Land, and to learn about potential career paths in fields such as architecture and environmental conservation. Indigenous youth will work alongside architects, engineers, Elders/Knowledge Keepers to gain necessary skills to take part in design-build of projects currently managed by TRCA at Bolton Camp.

The Nikibii Dawadinna Giigwag program includes:

Elder-led teachings and workshops on traditional land-based practices will strengthen the spiritual and cultural connection to land and community, and inform the design and building process.
TRCA-led tool and safety training, as well as a range of environmental and ecological workshops and training opportunities in the field
Access to design studios, fabrication labs, library, computer and meeting spaces at the UofT Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design and First Nations House
Mentorship from various professionals (landscape architect, forester etc.)


Perform the following tasks under direct supervision:

  • Participate in design charrette to brainstorm restoration project suitable for Bolton Camp landscape
  • Assist with design/build of on-site restoration projects
  • Assist with small landscape maintenance projects as needed including trail restoration
  • Attend all training programs including presentations and skill training workshops
  • Ensure compliance with TRCA policies and professional standards
  • Participate in all program-related activities including documenting program activities and experiences through journal writings,  and provide feedback  to help inform future program activities Assist in community learning and events
  • Other duties as assigned


  • High school student with an interest in environmental studies or sustainable building/green infrastructure sector(s)
  • Experience/aptitude for outdoor activities


  • Ability to work outdoors in adverse conditions
  • Ability to work as part of a team environment
  • Ability to take on other duties as required to assist other departments
  • Ability to assist with community events on weekends as required

To apply to this posting, click on the “Apply” icon. Please submit your resume and cover letter quoting job posting # TRCA-077-19 prior to midnight on April 30, 2019.

While TRCA thanks all applicants for their interest, only those under consideration will be contacted for interviews. Please be advised successful incumbent(s) who are not presently permanent TRCA employees may be required to undergo a vulnerable sector and/or drivers abstract check.

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’s Accommodation Policy, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the hiring process, provided the candidate makes their accommodation needs known to the Authority. We welcome applications from all qualified persons.

Education and Training
Salary range: 
$14 per hour, up to 30 hours per week
TRCA Head Office(101 Exchange Ave, Vaughan) and various TRCA sites ; Daniels School of Architecture, University of Toronto (1 Spadina Crescent, Toronto), Ontario
Closing date: 
Apr 30, 2019
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