EcoCamp Assistant – Summer

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 Break! Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES) runs outdoor day camps for children aged 6 – 11 based in Stanley Park each summer. This is a great 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 work 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;
  • Prepare camp equipment and resources.

Time Commitment

Our Summer Camp dates are:

  • Week 1: July 2-5
  • Week 2: July 8-12
  • Week 3: July 15-19
  • Week 4: July 22-26
  • Week 5: July 29-Aug 2
  • Week 6: Aug 6-9
  • Week 7: Aug 12-16
  • Week 8: Aug 19-23
  • Week 9: Aug 26-30

Volunteer shifts are four hours long with morning (8:30am-12:30pm) and afternoon (12:30pm-4:30pm) shifts available.

We are looking for volunteers to commit to at least two weeks of camp over the summer.

Location

Our Summer EcoCamp will be taking place in-person in Stanley Park.

Training

Training will be held June 26th from 3-5pm. If you cannot make this time, alternative arrangements can be made.

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 a minimum of 16 years old.

Benefits

  • Gain experience working with children in a beautiful outdoor setting;
  • Empower future environmental stewards with an understanding and appreciation of nature;
  • Spend summer break in Stanley Park, volunteering with like-minded people in a fun environment;
  • Attend the twice yearly volunteer appreciation events;
  • 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 Jenny Goren, Volunteer Coordinator, at jenny.g@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;
  • The weeks you are available to volunteer over the summer.

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

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

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