EcoCamp Assistant – Summer

EcoCamp Assistants and EcoCampers striking a pose (Photo: Jayden Gross/SPES)

Role Description

Do you enjoy working with children and spending your days outside? You can help connect young people with nature by volunteering as an EcoCamp Assistant this summer! Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES) runs outdoor day camps for children aged 7 – 11 based in Stanley Park each spring and summer. This is an incredible opportunity to become familiar with the Park, gain experience working with children in an educational and outdoor setting, and help empower children to connect with nature in meaningful ways. EcoCamp Assistants will be working with camp staff to provide a quality day camp experience for kids in nature!

Duties

Alongside SPES Educators, EcoCamp Assistants will:

  • Support preparations for and delivery of fun and educational activities;
  • Assist in supervising EcoCampers;
  • Participate enthusiastically in camp activities and be a positive role model;
  • Encourage respect for nature, personal property, camp equipment and facilities;
  • Communicate with SPES Educators to work as a team;
  • Carry materials and equipment to and from locations within the Park;
  • Ensure EcoCampers are adhering to COVID-19 safety protocols;
  • Sanitize and prepare camp equipment and resources.

Time Commitment

Our summer EcoCamp will run between July 11 and September 2 2022.

Volunteer shifts will be four hours long with morning and afternoon shifts available. We are looking for volunteers to commit to at least two weeks of camp. If you are interested in joining us for longer then please let us know.

Training

Volunteers must be available for training (i) in-person on July 5 1pm-5pm and (ii) an evening session online during the week of July 3 to July 9 TBC.

Requirements

  • Excellent communication, organizational and leadership skills;
  • A willingness to work outdoors, come rain or shine;
  • Experience working with elementary school children is an asset;
  • Applicants must be at minimum currently enrolled in Grade 11.

Benefits

  • Gain experience working with children in a beautiful outdoor setting;
  • Empower future environmental stewards with an understanding and appreciation of nature;
  • Spend your summer in Stanley Park, volunteering with like-minded people in a fun working environment;
  • Receive your own EcoCamp t-shirt;
  • Attend the mid-season volunteer appreciation event;
  • Reference letter available after completion of 25 hours of volunteering;
  • Access the benefits available to all SPES volunteers including discounted membership.

Application Procedure

Please email Sarah More, Volunteer Coordinator, at vols@stanleyparkecology.ca with the following:

  • Your resume.
  • A short description detailing (i) why you are interested in volunteering as an EcoCamp Assistant; (ii) why you believe you are suitable for the role and (iii) any relevant experience you may have.
  • Your availability to volunteer over the summer.

Please include ‘EcoCamp Assistant’ and your name in the subject line.

We thank all applicants for your interest but only those receiving an interview will be contacted. 

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