Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES) promotes awareness of and respect for the natural world through collaborative leadership in environmental education, research, and conservation in Stanley Park.
We believe that employees from diverse experiences and identities strengthen our team. We celebrate diversity and are committed to fostering an inclusive workplace that reflects and expands the community that we serve.
We are seeking a creative, organized, and passionate educator to book, promote, and deliver outdoor nature education programs for school and community groups children. Reporting to the Education Manager and working closely with education staff, the Children and Youth Education Coordinators deliver educational programming covering a diverse range of local ecosystems (forest, wetland and intertidal ecosystems which are offered to schools between September and June and to day camp children during summer and spring break. SPES’ school programs reach over 5,000 students a year through outdoor, experiential programs, that foster environmental literacy and a love and curiosity for the natural world.
The Children and Youth Education Coordinator will fulfill one of the following two roles:
Fieldtrip Coordinator role – Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., with some flexibility and occasional weekend or evening work may be required.
Camps and Clubs Coordinator role – Monday-Friday or Tuesday- Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5p.m. depending on what programs we want to run and Nature House shifts, with some flexibility and more frequent weekend or evening work may be required.
Is this job for you? It is if…
- You are interested in a mix of working outdoors in beautiful diverse Stanley Park, sharing your love of creatures and nature with children combined with time setting up programs, taking bookings, and program development
- You want to foster the next generation of environmentally literate community members through fun, educational, and impactful programs
- You want to be part of a team that values creativity, diversity and equity, decolonization, kindness, growth mindset, personal and collective accountability, and mutual respect
- You geek out on impactful approaches to education and/or ecology and want to be part of a community dedicated to supporting your own and others growth, professionally and personally.
- You think connecting youth and children to urban ecology, in a way that builds relationship, understanding, and respect is part what is needed to be good local and global community members.
This is a rewarding opportunity to meaningfully connect young people with nature in diverse ways and be part of a supportive and dedicated team.
- Deliver STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) outdoor experiential environmental education programs for school students, teachers, club participants and day camp children;
- Coordinate the booking of programs and associated administration, including email, phone, and data entry;
- Assist in the ongoing development of new nature programs and program elements;
- Coordinate the training, scheduling, and supervision of program volunteers and contract staff;
- Coordinate program advertising – including newsletter updates, draft social media postings, and posters;
- Update, maintain, and design program materials and equipment as needed;
- Coordinate registrations and associated bookings and contract staff for successful running of programs;
- Participate in/contribute to SPES culture building around equity, inclusivity, decolonization, ecology knowledge and perspective growth;
- Deliver occasional in-person or online education programs for the public or do shifts as an educator at the Nature House on Lost Lagoon
- Contribute to grants or new funding opportunities and provide input into budgets and approaches to education, as capacity and timing allows; Fulfil related duties as required
Education, Experience and Training
- Degree or diploma in biology/environmental studies or training and/or experience in these fields is an asset;
- Education degree and/or teacher certification is a strong asset
- Demonstrated experience successfully teaching or leading student groups
- Experience in outdoor education and/or nature interpretation
- Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (especially InDesign) an asset
- BC class 5 driver’s license
- First Aid certification with CPR +, or ability to get certification before start date
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Excellent interpersonal & coordination skills with a collaborative work style
- Willingness and ability to frequently perform active work on and off trail outdoors, rain or shine
- An ability to work independently and as a team, in a kind, collaborative, and competent way
- Proficiency with word-processing, database entry, and email
- Strong knowledge of BC ecology is an asset
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Fluency in other languages than English is a strong asset
- Ability to pass a criminal record check with vulnerable sector search
Rolling applications accepted, suggested to apply by August 9th to be considered for an interview, earlier applications are strongly encouraged.
Interviews: Aug 12th– Aug 19th, 2021
Start date: September 14th, 2021
Pay band: Starting at $20.86 hourly, with optional benefits after 6 months of continuous employment
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
How to apply
Complete this form AND email your application (no phone calls please) to:
Erin Leckie, Education Manager
(different shared email for this process if you know my regular email)
* Use “SP Coordinator” in the subject line. If you are applying for multiple positions, please indicate which positions you are interested in in the subject line.
* Attach your cover letter and resume as a single PDF document. Name the document using your first and last names (eg. SP Coordinator – MarkSmith.pdf)
We thank all applicants for their interest but only those receiving an interview will be contacted.
We gratefully acknowledge that the land on which we gather and help steward is the unceded and traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nation. Since time immemorial, Coast Salish peoples have lived reciprocally with the land, harvesting and cultivating foods and medicines and practicing ceremony. The abundance of these lands and waters, which enables us to live, work, and play here today, is a result of the past and on-going stewardship and advocacy of the Coast Salish