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Position: Wild Child NS Programs Coordinator
Organization: Wild Child / Sierra Club Canada
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia

We are looking for someone magical with children to help deliver Wild Child Forest School Programming in the Kearney Lake area of Bedford for our 2020 Summer/Fall Season. Our ideal candidate would love being outside in all weathers, enjoy playing & supervising children, with an eye for safety and risk management.

About Sierra Club Canada Foundation

Sierra Club Canada Foundation empowers people to protect, restore and enjoy a healthy and safe planet. SCCF’s objective is to protect and restore the health of the natural environment, including communities, by empowering Sierra Club members and its citizens through education and action.

Sierra Club Canada Foundation is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Wild Child Forest School is a project of Sierra Club Canada Foundation that provides child-led, play-based learning through repeated exposure to nature. At forest school we empower children to take the lead on their learning in a natural setting over time, which may mean getting wet, dirty, making stuff with tools, and learn to extend their limits in a thoughtful and intentional way. Our program takes place entirely outside, so the ideal candidate would be comfortable in an outdoor setting for 8 hours a day.

To find out more about our programs visit

Tasks and Responsibilities:

As the Wild Child Coordinator, you will:

  • Work closely with Wild Child Administrator, to support payments, receipting, and budgeting
  • Schedule, plan, and deliver program sessions
  • Supervise Wild Child Educators and Support Staff
  • Ensure program remains on budget
  • Work closely with team of staff
  • Manage and maintain supplies and gear
  • Engage external presenters and special guests
  • Engage & support volunteers
  • Able to transport self and gear to and from site
  • Contribute to the development & delivery Wild Child Forest School programming with the Wild Child NS leaders and across the country
  • Lead songs, tell stories, inspire enthusiasm, share knowledge, and create a positive atmosphere for children in a natural setting
  • Support the development of a child’s ability to navigate risks
  • Mediate conflicts between participants maintaining dignity and respect for everyone involved
  • Ensure proper protocols and Safe Work Practices are enacted
  • Foster curiosity and excitement about nature
  • Maintain session notes and contributions to social media platforms
  • Fundraising and proposal writing


  • Combination of education and experience related to working with children and youth and science related to environment and/ or environmental education
  • Experience with posting to Blogs and Social Media
  • Post-secondary training in a relevant area (Early Childhood Education, Science (Ecology, Biology, etc.), Psychology, Education, etc.) or sufficient qualifying experience
  • Be an excellent communicator and team player with attention for details
  • Have previous experience working with children
  • Love nature and being outside in it (this include bugs, getting dirty, & playing in the rain)
  • Have a positive fun attitude, yet professional approach
  • Ability to assess and manage risk
  • Valid First Aid with AED/CPR-C or Wilderness First Aid
  • Valid Driver’s License and access to a reliable car
  • Familiarity with social enterprise model of program delivery an asset

Applicants must also be prepared to provide a clean Criminal Records Check with Vulnerable Sector Screen and a clear Child Abuse Registry Search.

Dates and Times of Work:

This position will be 22 weeks in length with potential for part-time/casual work in the Late Fall and Winter. Starts Monday, April 15th to Friday, Sept. 6th.

Hours of work are Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, with 2 holiday Mondays off during the summer.

Remuneration: $18/hr, 40hours/week for 22 weeks

Deadline: Midnight on Wednesday, April 10th, If you think you are the ideal candidate, please apply early.

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter outlining your education, experience, and interest as a single email attachment to Gretchen Fitzgerald, National Programs Director at . Please include “Wild Child NS Coordinator” in the subject line of the email.

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Topical Links & Resources:

About Forest Schools & Nature Schools

Forest school teacher training

Outdoor education
Environmental education

Organizations & Resources
* Take Me Outside
* Child and Nature Alliance
* Nature Child Reunion

* Nature Deficit Disorder - "a range of current child health issues arising from a lifestyle
that focuses on screen time rather than outdoor exploration"

* Green & Eco-friendly Kid's Books

* Last Child in the Woods
Richard Louv

* Outdoor & Environmental Education - orgs, schools, links, resources
Outdoor Education:
Environ Ed.:
Orgs., schools & links:
Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario (COEO)

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jan 25 2020    ID: 55784