Contract Duration: Up to 16 week Contract (May-August)
This position may be funded in part by the Canada Summer Jobs program. To be eligible, youth 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.
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:
Reporting to Senior Program Manager, Sustainable Neighbourhoods, the SNAP Program Assistant will provide administrative and outreach support to Project Managers and Coordinators in community engagement and on-the-ground initiatives as part of the Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Program (SNAP) in specific neighbourhoods across TRCA’s jurisdiction. The Program Assistant position is required to support logistics of virtual engagement across SNAPs in Peel Region during the busy summer engagement season. This position is critical in delivering continued high-quality engagement and capacity building during the COVID pandemic, as part of SNAP neighbourhood projects and programs. The SNAP Program Assistant position is a summer contract with a duration of up to 16 weeks.
- Provide administrative support to the program, including scheduling meetings on platforms such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom and Go-To-Meeting. They will provide support in records keeping and database management, and other administrative tasks at the office (or working from home on occasion).
- Support the development of engaging online and “on-the-ground” program preparation and delivery, helping run online and in-person seminars and workshops for community members and local stakeholders, working with staff to deliver home consultations on private property.
- Undertake tasks surrounding preparation and synthesis of data, helping with data entry and reports, conducting community research including surveys. Helping conduct online research into innovative best practices as required.
- Make follow up calls to homeowners/community members for tracking purposes and enter responses into a database. Act as one of the points of contact for the public, who may have administrative questions or issues.
- Provide insights to support the design/improvement of community engagement methods and promoting the program in new innovative ways, based on knowledge gained by interacting with the community.
- Assist in scheduling, administration, and coordination with partners and community members to support initiatives such as community gardens, tree planting and landscaping programs, as well as other administrative tasks that may arise in relation to the local neighbourhood Action Plan.
- Attendance at/participation in events/workshops/activities is required in order to actively promote and support events and activities. This may include some weekends and evenings.
- Be responsible for other tasks, administrative and otherwise, and will contribute to other related SNAP initiatives, time permitting and as needed.
What you will need to succeed:
- Minimum of secondary school diploma or equivalent education.
- Experience in customer service or working with the public, ability to present oneself professionally while representing TRCA, when interacting with the public.
- Computer proficiency, experience with Microsoft Office, email, and internet.
- Strong organizational and time management skills.
- Basic administrative skills.
- Ability to work as a team, taking the initiative to help out where and when required.
- Strong written and verbal English communication skills.
- Experience with spreadsheets or ability to easily learn.
- Excellent data entry skills and research skills considered an asset.
- Knowledge and understanding of watershed ecosystems, urban sustainability, and community engagement considered an asset.
- Valid driver's license.
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-031-21 prior to midnight on March 3, 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 successful incumbent(s) who are not presently permanent TRCA employees may be required to undergo a vulnerable sector screening and/or driver’s 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 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.