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5200 Sumas Prairie Rd. Chilliwack, BC
604-823-6603

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Casual Environmental Educator

Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve Society
Site: 5200 Sumas Prairie Road, Chilliwack, BC
Mailing: Box 512, Stn. Main, Chilliwack, BC, V2P 7V5
(604) 823-6603

The Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve Society (GBHNRS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the management of the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve in Chilliwack, British Columbia. This expansive 325-acre site comprises forests, wetlands, and habitat for many species at risk. It holds a unique distinction as the sole undyked wetland linked to the Chilliwack/Vedder River, carrying high importance for both habitat preservation and flood mitigation, providing safety for both wildlife and the community. In conjunction with conservation efforts, the GBHNRS conducts educational programs for schools and community groups and organizes events aimed at fostering local wildlife awareness and understanding of this invaluable wetland ecosystem. We are seeking a Casual Environmental Educator to join our team and contribute to our community outreach and education initiatives.

Role Overview: The Casual Environmental Educator, reporting directly to the Executive Director and Program Director, will play a crucial role in delivering and supporting educational programs across diverse audiences including schools, groups, camps, and visitors at the GBHNR. This position offers an excellent opportunity for individuals seeking seasonal and casual employment in an engaging and enjoyable environment. Individuals with expertise in local ecology and wildlife will have the opportunity to design their own educational material. Scheduling for this position can typically work around other jobs due to the part-time nature of the role, however, some weekday mornings must be available as this is when the majority of our program bookings take place.

The successful candidate for this role may have the opportunity for full-time hours running our summer camps throughout July and August (must be eligible for Canada Summer Jobs funding).

Contract Terms: This position offers flexible hours on a casual basis, compensated at $22.50 per hour along with 4% vacation pay upon commencement. Work hours will be based on program bookings and the scheduling requirements of the Heron Reserve, with a minimum call-out time of 3 hours. Depending on qualifications, a training period may be necessary, which will be compensated at the minimum wage.

Educational Requirements: A highschool diploma is required at minimum, and preference will be given to those who are currently enrolled or have graduated from post-secondary education related to these topics: natural sciences and/or education, with a preference for environmental or outdoor education qualifications. Candidates are expected to articulate how they meet these requisites in their cover letter and resume.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience in a supervisory capacity with children or school groups.

  • Proficiency in local species knowledge and wetlands/forest ecology.

  • Ability to deliver engaging 1-hour programs on these subjects while managing groups of all ages

  • Experience conducting nature programs aligned with the GBHNR society's mission of environmental education, conservation, or wildlife art, tailored to appropriate age groups.

  • Effective communication skills for interaction with diverse age ranges, including children and youth (ages 3 and up), GBHNR staff, and community volunteers.

  • Flexibility in weekly scheduling

Role Duties:

  • Conduct educational programs for schools, groups, camps, and visitors.

  • Provide supervision for children participating in programs independently.

  • Support visitor events and program initiatives.

  • Contribute to the development of new education programs, materials, props, and resources that align with the GBHNR's mission.

  • Organize and maintain educational resources and materials, ensuring a clean and organized classroom environment.

  • Adhere to all GBHNRS policies and procedures.

Reporting Structure: The Environmental Educator will report to the Program Director for scheduling matters and to the Executive Director for other responsibilities. An annual performance review will be conducted by the Executive Director, incorporating feedback from the Program Director and program attendees at the reserve.

As per Board policy, the Casual Environmental Educator must undergo a background criminal check.

To apply: Please submit your resume and a cover letter detailing your relevant experience and qualifications in a single PDF titled “yourname_casualenvironmentaleducator" to [email protected]. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and the position will be removed when filled.

Salary: From $22.50 per hour

Expected hours: 5 – 10 per week

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday

  • Weekends as needed

Education:

  • Secondary School (preferred)

Ability to Commute:

  • Chilliwack, BC V2R 4N7 (required)

Work Location: In person

Expected start date: 2024-03-15


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