Employment Opportunities

Summer Camp Nature Interpreter (F/T summer contract)

About Us:
Founded in 1999, the High Park Nature Centre is a not-for-profit organization that instills awareness, understanding and respect for the natural world. We engage children, youth and families in the stewardship of High Park’s significant natural areas through hands-on outdoor environmental education. Our year-round programs inspire park visitors to develop closer connections with nature in their city and ensure a sustainable future for High Park for generations to come.

Position Description:
The High Park Nature Centre is seeking three enthusiastic and energetic nature lovers to teach summer camp programs! Summer Nature Interpreters will work with Nature Centre staff and volunteers to deliver fun and educational nature programs to summer day camp participants age 4-12.

Responsibilities:

  • Teach outdoor environmental education programs to children age 4-12, including hikes, games, and songs;
  • Collaborate with other Nature Interpreters to create and amend programming;
  • Mentor and engage volunteers in programming;
  • Communicate with parents and the public;
  • General maintenance and cleaning of the Nature Centre;
  • Animal care for the Centre’s reptiles and amphibians; and
  • Other duties as required.

Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in a university or college program dealing with environmental/natural science,  outdoor recreation, or education;
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience working with in educational and/or recreational programs, preferably outdoors;
  • Experience with day camp or overnight camp preferred;
  • Strong ability to work with children, and able to provide a positive learning experience for participants of all ages;
  • Experience with behavioural management and conflict resolution;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Toronto’s ecology and natural history an asset;
  • Demonstrated ability for effective teamwork as well as independent work;
  • Creative and enthusiastic with excellent problem solving skills;
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written);
  • Able and willing to work outdoors in all conditions;
  • Current CPR and First Aid certificates or willingness to acquire; and
  • Current Vulnerable Sector Check or willingness to acquire.

Please note: the High Park Nature Centre is an equal opportunity employer. To increase diversity within our staff, we encourage people of colour and those who identify as male to apply!

Requirements:

This job is funded by the Canada Summer Jobs Grant. To be eligible, applicants must:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age;
  • have been registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;
  • be Canadian citizens or permanent residents or have official refugee protection status under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (foreign students are not eligible); and
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada, according to relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.

Benefits:

  • Professional teaching experience;
  • Interpretation training for teaching about nature;
  • Outdoor working environment;
  • An opportunity to study, explore and research the unique ecology of High Park;
  • Bonding with other nature lovers!

Terms of Employment:
This is a contract position for 37.5 hours per week for 10 weeks (June 26-September 1).

Rate of Pay: $11.40-$12.50/hour

To apply, please email your resume and cover letter as one PDF file to mallory@highpark.organd jon@highpark.org by Thursday, May 4th, 2017. Due to the volume of applications we receive, no follow up phone calls or emails please.

In your cover letter, please answer the following questions:

  • What do you do personally to connect with nature?
  • Describe your experience working with children. What age groups have you worked with, and what was your role?