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 an energetic, organized and creative educator to help connect park users to the ecology of Stanley Park. Reporting to the Education Manager, the SPES Public Environmental Educator coordinates environmental education programming covering a diverse range of local ecosystems (forest, wetland and intertidal ecosystems) to individuals and groups throughout the year. You will be creating and promoting novel programming, as well as reaching out to local ecology educators and experts to lead programs related to the ecology of Stanley Park. This is a great opportunity to creatively share your ecological knowledge and passion with people of diverse ages and backgrounds, and to grow in various areas of program planning and communications.
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 the public, combined with time setting up programs, taking bookings, and program development
- You want to help foster environmentally literate community members through fun, educational, inclusive 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 understand that building respectful considerate relationships is part of sustaining strong, environmental community oriented programs
- You think connecting people 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 people with nature in diverse ways and be part of a supportive and dedicated team.
- Coordinate in-person and online programming around Stanley Park’s ecology to draw in a diversity of ages and audiences
- Create, lead, and moderate (online) environmental education programs for various groups (day camps, scout & guide groups, families, corporate teams, tourists, etc.)
- Coordinate logistics for programs or events for 20-200 participants
- Coordinate the booking of programs and associated administration, including email, phone, and data entry
- Build and curate databases of experts and educators to provide quality educational offerings, and train them as needed
- Coordinate program advertising, including newsletter updates, draft social media postings, and posters Act as an interpretive educator while working out of the Stanley Park Nature House once a week (Saturday shift)
- Participate in/contribute to SPES culture building around equity, inclusivity, decolonization, ecology knowledge and perspective growth
- Recruit, train, schedule, supervise and evaluate volunteers
- Update, maintain and design program materials and equipment
- Contribute to SPES communications and social media
- Maintain good working relationships with stakeholders (such as the Vancouver Park Board)
- Oversee program inquiries, registration, and data-tracking
- Keep and create meticulous documentation and records for departmental reports
- Fulfill related duties as required
Education, Training and Experience
- Degree, diploma or relevant training and/or experience in an environmental field preferred
- Experience in outdoor education and/or nature interpretation
- Experience coordinating volunteers, including training, supervision, and scheduling of volunteers
- Experience and comfort with Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, Access, and preferably Adobe Creative Suite – InDesign is 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
- Knowledge of BC ecology, through experience and/or education
- Self-directed, self-motivated, organized and flexible
- Ability to speak comfortably to a wide array of audiences with an engaging, positive and friendly demeanour
- Excellent verbal, written, and digital communication skills
- Exhibits creative drive and expression with a love of ongoing learning
- Willingness to learn various computer software programs and web platforms
- Ability to work outdoors (rain or shine), work online via Zoom, and work on occasional weekends and evenings
- 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 encouraged.
Interviews: Aug 12th – Aug 19th, 2021
Start date: September 14th, 2021
Pay band: $19.04 per hour, with Health Days, Vacation, and optional benefits after 6 months.
Hours: 37.5 hrs/week
September – June: Tuesday – Saturday (Saturday is Nature House shift)
July and August: Flexible over five 7.5 hour days
Hours include some weekend and evening shifts
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 “Public Environmental Educator” in the subject line.
Attach your cover letter and resume as a single PDF document. Name the document using your first and last name (e.g. Mark Smith.pdf)
We thank all applicants 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 peoples.