SPES promotes awareness of and respect for the natural world and plays a leadership role in the stewardship of Stanley Park through collaborative initiatives in education, research and conservation. We are seeking an energetic, creative and passionate event programmer to connect people of all ages with nature.
Established in 1988, Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES) is the leading Park Partner for Vancouver Park Board, with a unique Joint Operating Agreement as the primary provider of education and community-based volunteer engagement in the stewardship of Stanley Park. SPES annually designs and delivers curriculum programs for 6,000 elementary students (and teachers); designs and delivers more than 200 diverse walks, workshops, and events for the public; and operates Vancouver’s only nature centre – the Stanley Park Nature House on Lost Lagoon. SPES works closely with Park Managers to plan and lead invasive plant removal and effect environmental enhancement, monitor wildlife, and provide data-driven information for best management plans.
SPES receives funding support from corporate and government grants, donations, sponsorship, membership, as well as program-based fees and services. With an annual budget of $750,000, SPES has a growing need to reach $950,000 within four years.
With respect, teamwork, inclusivity and commitment at the core of Stanley Park Ecology Society, we are an organization that knows the value of talented people. We are professional and approachable. You can expect a challenging work environment, with flexibility, room for creativity, and a passionate team of staff, Board and volunteers.
JOB SUMMARY - Nature and Scope of Work
Reporting to the volunteer SPES Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) is Stanley Park Ecology Society’s chief staff officer, leading the strategic mission and vision of the organization. The ED serves as the face of SPES, acting as a community leader and advocate, and as the senior leader of a professional team of 15 staff who work with more than 600 volunteers each year. The ED collaborates closely with the Vancouver Park Board and other Stanley Park stakeholders.
The ED has the authority and responsibility to carry out the management and day-to-day operations in accordance with the direction and policies established by the SPES Board. The ED provides assistance to enable the Board to carry out its governance functions.
This position is a unique opportunity for a positive, flexible, creative community leader who enjoys building collaborative relationships, engaging people, and advocating on key issues that will further our mission: Collaborative leadership in environmental education, research and conservation in Stanley Park.
We are seeking a creative, playful, and passionate educator to deliver outdoor nature education for school groups as part of SPES’ outdoor camping program.
Nature Ninjas Urban Camping is a two-day overnight, outdoor education, curriculum-based camping program for students in grades 4 to 7. This program is the first experience many students have with camping in a tent, and it fuses curriculum learning with hands-on experiences in a fun and memorable way. As the Night Educator, you will guide students in the setting up of their tents, coordinate their involvement in preparing dinner and breakfast and lead an educational night hike. Under your supervision and strong leadership, students will connect deeply with the natural world through explorations, stories and games. This position includes camping overnight in Stanley Park with students and teachers. A tent, mat and sleeping bag can be provided. In addition to the role of Night Educator, you may occasionally be asked to lead daytime programming with our school programs department. Read more about the program here:
This contract requires someone who is available Tuesday to Friday and some Mondays for the duration, to flexibly work the night educator shift and the occasional daytime shift. Typical night educator shifts run from 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, and from 2:30 p.m. on Thursday to 10:30 a.m. on Friday. Training (first two weeks), and wrap up week: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.