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Position: Programs Supervisor
Organization: High Park Nature Centre
Location: Toronto, Ontario

The High Park Nature Centre is committed to being a progressive organization that is guided by principles of equity, respect and inclusion. We continuously strive to broaden the diversity of our participants, staff and Board – inclusive of race, gender, sexual orientation, identity, religion, ability, ethnicity, experience, national origin and the many other traits that are reflective of the vibrant character and heritage of Canada.

As we work to honour our relationship with the Indigenous Nations of the lands we are situated upon, we encourage applications from Indigenous people and others who have experience in the area of Indigenous-Settler relations.

Position: Programs Supervisor
Job Type: Full-time position; 37.5 hours per week; some evening and weekend work required
Rate of pay: $20/hr

Job Summary:

Reporting to the Programs Director, the Programs Supervisor will be an important member of both the teaching staff and HR staff. About 50% of this role involves supervising and mentoring all part-time and summer staff, managing the Nature Centre schedule, coordinating recruitment, and training of new staff, and helping coordinators with registrations and program set-up. About 50% of this role is teaching, mostly to early years (ages 0-5 and their caregivers) and children ages 6-10.

Main duties:


  • Plan and develop outdoor environmental education programs;
  • Teach environmental education programs to children, youth, and adults, with a heavy focus on early years (ages 0-5 and their caregivers) and children age 6-10; programs include nature clubs, camps, birthday parties, field trips, and special events.

Program Coordination, Planning and Administration

  • Support Office Administrator and Coordinators with website, CampBrain, and Teachable set-up, registrations, and cancellations;
  • Stay in the loop on all programs being offered and give support when needed;
  • Support the Programs Director in stewarding HPNC partnerships;
  • Support the Programs Director & Community Stewardship Coordinator in looking for opportunities to scale out High Park stewardship projects;
  • Support to Programs Director with health & safety protocols, building & OURSpace garden maintenance;
  • Chair the Happy Camper Fund Bursary Committee; set up, accept, and assess applications;
  • Work with Executive Director to prepare application and report for/on Canada Summer Jobs employment grant.

Human Resources

  • Coordinate the recruitment of P/T and summer staff;
  • Manage the staff schedule;
  • Coordinate the onboarding for P/T staff and summer staff;
  • Assess and adapt training methods throughout the year;
  • Plan and deliver seasonal training for current teaching staff;
  • Supervise the F/T staff, P/T staff and summer staff;
  • Evaluate the F/T staff, P/T staff and summer staff seasonally;
  • Complete check-ins with part-time staff once or twice seasonally;
  • Provide training and mentorship to F/T staff, P/T staff, summer staff, volunteers, interns and co-op students.


  • Write and send out a monthly staff newsletter.


  • Photography during programs for use in publicity and program materials;
  • Organize, repair, maintain and develop program supplies, props and displays;
  • Ensure daily building maintenance, animal care and purchase program and other materials (i.e. animal care supplies);
  • Other duties as required.


The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following knowledge, experience, skills and attributes:

  • Passionate about the environment and environmental education;
  • Experience leading and mentoring others in a professional setting;
  • High integrity and compassion;
  • Enthusiastic, creative, and fun;
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to equity, anti-racism and anti-oppression practices;
  • Experience in delivering, developing and evaluating educational programs;
  • Ability to work with children, youth and adults providing a positive learning experience for participants of all ages;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Strong visual-spatial ability and problem-solving skills to manage a complex schedule for staff;
  • A collaborative decision-maker with strong commitment to teamwork;
  • Strong interpersonal and conflict resolution skills;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office 365 including Excel, Word, PowerPoint and database software;
  • Ability and willingness to work outdoors in all conditions;
  • Current CPR and First Aid certificates or willingness to acquire;
  • Current Vulnerable Sector Check or willingness to acquire.


  • University degree or college diploma in education, environmental studies or sciences or an environment-related discipline;
  • Strong knowledge of Toronto’s ecology and natural history;
  • Experience leading early years programming (age 0-5);
  • Experience working with teens in leadership building;
  • Musical ability;
  • Experience with CampBrain;
  • Fluency in French.

Closing Date: Wednesday October 20th, 2021 at 11:59pm

To apply, please fill out the application in our employment portal below. Please add your resume and cover letter to your application in the portal.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Oct 12 2021    ID: 61570