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Outdoor Educator (Nature Play) - Evergreen

May 22, 2024
Old Toronto, Ontario

Evergreen is currently seeking to add to its team of Outdoor Educators. This group of individuals are the fabric that holds Evergreen’s Nature Play program together, ensuring a playful, engaging and safe experience for all participants. Their talents and interests are as diverse as their many contributions and each is relied upon for their unique skills, perspectives and experience. 

Our Outdoor Educators contribute to the overall success of Nature Play by supporting a culture of experiential learning, place-based activities and connecting with nature in a hands-on way.

About Us:

Evergreen is a national non-profit transforming public spaces in our cities to build a healthier future for people and our planet.

With over 30 years of championing urban sustainability, we see the potential of our cities to solve some of the biggest issues facing our time and believe that our public spaces are the key to unlocking it. We see beyond the spaces that exist today and imagine them transformed into places where people and nature thrive. And we see a future where everyone can live a healthy life on a healthy planet.

About the Role: 

The Outdoor Education (Nature Play) incumbent will utilize their unique strengths to bring our on-site family-based programming to life for audiences of all ages and abilities. They will primarily be responsible for the delivery of Evergreen’s Public Weekend Nature Play & Birthday Parties program. They will welcome visitors to the space and help facilitate safe, place-based activities, as well as provide support for a range of other site-based special events and projects as required. Outdoor Educators (Nature Play) thrive in a dynamic community-based outdoor setting, are mature team-players and strong communicators who believe in the power of community programming, outdoor play and nature connection in transforming people’s lives.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Deliver engaging public and private educational/recreational programs, primarily outdoor on-site nature-based activities for children
  • Support Evergreen’s education programs as needed, mainly in-person and occasionally virtual; programs include Weekend Nature Play, camps (summer, winter, March break, or PA days), clubs (Sprouts, Nature Nuts, Nature School), corporate team building, and birthday parties
  • Execute nature-connected programs that represent key values: Place-based, Ecological, Hands-on, Active & Mobile, Arts-infused & Inclusivity
  • Execute programming involving the use of natural materials, loose parts & inquiry-based learning approaches
  • Engage in reflective practice to troubleshoot and improve upon existing programming
  • Ensure safe delivery of programs according to Evergreen policies, procedures and training, including the benefits of healthy risk taking and performing dynamic and formal risk assessments
  • Provide a welcoming experience for the general public and clients and act as an ambassador for Evergreen Brick Works, including liaising with teachers, parents, guardians and volunteers
  • Monitor and maintain program spaces and materials, identifying and documenting any concerns with supervisor
  • Document any behavioural incidents, injuries or accidents, and report to Manager in a timely way
  • Communicate a summary of program statistics and experience to Manager

About the Role:  

You excel in the following areas:

  • Customer-focus. Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of others in a way that exceeds their expectations.
  • Communication. Speak, listen and write in a clear, confident, respectful, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
  • Attention to detail. Recognize that details matter.  Work systematically to ensure important details do not slip through the cracks.
  • Flexibility/adaptability. Manage ambiguity well. Adapt to changing priorities and conditions in an agile way, responding quickly and effectively. React to change with curiosity and excitement.

You have the following qualifications:

  • 1-2 years education or experience in children’s environmental education or related fields
  • Experience and comfort facilitating in-person and virtual learning experiences for children aged 4 to 14
  • Experience delivering educational and/or experiential programs in the outdoors
  • Experience working with individuals of different ages, cultures, backgrounds, and abilities
  • Current standard first aid & CPR training
  • Complete a successful vulnerable sector police reference check

Assets:

  • Experience with Forest & Nature school approaches and/or Nature Connection Routines
  • Experience with Theatre & Arts programming
  • Experience with any of the following: inquiry-based, emergent & experiential learning, loose parts, play & place-based learning
  • Knowledge of Stewardship and Ecological Restoration practices
  • OCT Qualification

Additional Information: 

Reporting Relationships:

  • Supervised by: Program Manager

Working Conditions:

  • Working at Evergreen Brickworks in Toronto to facilitate in-person programming
  • Working outdoors, often in inclement weather conditions
  • Weekends and occasional weekdays on a casual basis
  • Shifts of 4-8 hours

Physical Requirements:

  • Standing for extended periods of time
  • Lifting heavy objects on a regular basis

Contract

  • Casual, hourly, up to 12 hours per week
  • Hourly wage: $23.74/hour

Application close date: May 22, 2023 

*Please include a cover letter with your resume to be considered for this position.* 

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