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ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

Position: Environmental Justice Education Coordinator (2)
Organization: Be the Change Earth Alliance
Location: Vancouver/ Metro Vancouver BC (mix of virtual and in-person)
Eligibility: 30 or younger (see below)

To apply, submit an application here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScf2jv_a5dYiU-DC9tasaOXajh_N49bgALBTVaFQ6O5xSoPRw/viewform?usp=sf_link

If you have questions, please free to reach out to admin@bethechangeearthalliance.org .

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Deadline to apply (EXTENDED!): Thurs April 22 2021 @ 11:59pm

About the Organization...

Be The Change Earth Alliance (BTCEA) is an bold, agile and creative charitable organization founded in 2005 with a mission to support global sustainability through education that empowers personal and collective change. We have engaging programs for adults in community and workplace as well as for students in middle and secondary schools. Our flagship program, Student Leadership for Change (SLC), consists of learning resources that have been developed collaboratively with teachers and used in hundreds of classrooms across BC. We augment SLC by providing assemblies and education-in-action workshops for students and Professional Development workshops for teachers. The SLC holistic approach covers a full spectrum of ways participants can ‘be the change’ to address global issues, from individual, school and community actions to political advocacy.

This Job Is For You If You…

  • Deeply care about climate, environmental and social justice
  • Possess a passion for transformative youth education and empowerment
  • Seek a dynamic, inclusive, and collaborative team environment where your ideas, work, and contributions are heard and appreciated
  • Possess strong digital acumen and skills for collaborative remote work and online program delivery

About the Job

BTCEA is seeking to hire two (2) Environmental Justice Coordinators. These full-time positions are for 35 hours per week at a wage of $20.5 per hour (plus two weeks vacation), to begin in April 2021. We have secured funding for these roles through May 31st, 2022; we will provide ample notice to the Coordinators if their contracts cannot be extended past this date.

The Environmental Justice Education Coordinators will work together and alongside BTCEA staff to co-deliver two new BTCEA initiatives: Student Leadership for Sustainable Development (SLSD) and Water Is Life (WIL). Based on the skills and experiences each incumbent brings, one Coordinator will lead SLSD, the other will lead WIL, and each will support the other in their work. BTCEA is a small, collaborative team, where both individual initiative and commitment to teamwork are highly valued.

A majority of the responsibilities of the position can be completed remotely, especially during the first 4-6 months. However, depending on evolving public health guidelines and education policies, there is a strong possibility the incumbents will be expected to deliver indoor and/or outdoor (rather than online) programming to Metro Vancouver youth during the 2021-22 school year. We will strive to ensure each incumbent feels safe and supported, if in-person responsibilities do arise.

About the Two Initiatives

The aim of SLSD is to empower BC youth aged 11-18 understand and take action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Canadian context. This initiative has two key components:

  1. Providing BC teachers online learning resources that help students become aware of the 17 SDGs, gain an in-depth understanding of six SDGs (Life On Land, Life Below Water, Bold Climate Action, Heath & Wellbeing, Clean Affordable Energy, Responsible Consumption & Production), and take tangible action in their household, school and community
  2. Delivering empowering SDG action workshops (virtually or in-person) for students in Metro Vancouver.

The aim of WIL is to empower Metro Vancouver youth aged 11-18 to understand and take action to address issues facing Canadian freshwater ecosystems. This initiative has three key components:

  1. Delivering (virtual or in-person) workshops to educate and empower Metro Vancouver students to understand threats to freshwater systems (including climate change), connect water pollution to environmental justice concerns, and take tangible, relevant personal and collective action
  2. Conducting youth habitat cleanups at urban parks and shorelines in Metro Vancouver that measurably improve freshwater ecosystems.
  3. Leading a Metro Vancouver youth group in creating a “rain garden,” which is a garden that absorbs rain water that would otherwise collect contaminants and pollute streams and water systems.

Indigenous and local perspectives, as well as social and environmental justice considerations, will be centred throughout both the SLSD and WIL initiatives. The Indigenous and social justice topics within the SLSD initiative, in particular, will be guided by an Advisory Committee composed of stakeholders within public education and community development.

Roles & Responsibilities

Below are the key roles and responsibilities to be completed by the Environmental Justice Education Coordinators, who will work together and alongside other BTCEA staff (including Program Assistants and the Program Coordinators).

Note: due to Covid-19, the majority of the Coordinators work will occur virtually/remotely and both initiatives will have a major online/digital component. The work of the Coordinators will require digital acumen and an interest in developing effective communication and project management skills through the digital medium. The Coordinators will deliver virtual workshops, be heavily involved in creating online learning resources, utilize online communication and promotion platforms (ranging from Zoom and Slack to Website Postings and Social Media), and support teachers and students in accessing and using our online learning resource library. With support from BTCEA staff, the incumbents can expect to further develop tangible digital skills and relevant soft skills for online teamwork, interpersonal relationship building, professional communication, program delivery, and more.

Ongoing tasks:

  • Support the Communications Coordinator in writing emails and social media posts to promote both the SLSD and WIL initiatives to teachers and schools
  • Continuously monitoring and evaluating the impact and success of the initiatives
  • Exploring collaborations and partnerships with education stakeholders, including Student Clubs, School District Administrators, and other non-profits, to enhance the success of the initiatives
  • Support in convening Advisory Committee meetings virtually every 1-3 months

Spring & Summer 2021:

  • Designing and creating SLSD learning resources to be provided online to teachers and students in the 2021-22 school year
  • Finalizing both the SLSD and WIL workshops which will be delivered in the 2021-22 school year
  • Creating concrete plans to conduct habitat cleanups with youth in both Fall 2021 and Spring 2021
  • Creating concrete plans to lead the planting and ongoing maintenance of a rain garden during the 2021-22 school year

Fall 2021:

  • Performing online outreach and promotion to teachers, schools and youth groups to provide SLSD learning resources and schedule both WIL and SLSD workshops
  • Conducting initial habitat cleanups
  • Performing initial rain garden planting

Winter & Spring 2022:

  • Supporting teachers through phone, email and video call to access and use online SLSD learning resources in their classrooms
  • Delivering both WIL and SLSD workshops to youth (virtually or in-person)
  • Conducting habitat cleanups
  • Performing ongoing maintenance of the rain garden

In all the tasks above, the incumbents will be able to build on BTCEA’s existing work and will receive ample support from other BTCEA staff. The incumbents will not require a previous mastery of the role’s responsibilities to succeed; rather, we are looking for candidates with an interest or passion in this work who possess some of the key assets and qualifications below. Prior academic or professional experience is valued but not a requirement.

As a member of a small, collaborative team, the incumbent will also work with support other BTCEA programs, which are considerably interwoven. In alignment with Be the Change’s commitment to address environmental justice through all our programs, we strongly encourage individuals from equity-seeking groups and/or those with lived experience related to environmental injustice, climate injustice, or environmental racism to apply.

Qualifications

  • Genuine interest or passion in BTCEA’s work, values, approach
  • Experience in creating curriculum materials and/or designing education programs
  • Strong workshop facilitation and presentation skills
  • Lived experience that could inform weaving social justice and intersectional perspective into SLSD and WIL
  • Confidence working with youth aged 11-18

Assets

  • Project management experience
  • Strong knowledge base on environmental issues including climate change, pollution, biodiversity loss, and land use.
  • Strong written communication – clear and concise writing (folks for whom English is NOT their first language are still highly encouraged to apply)
  • Education or employment background in social justice, environmental justice and/or intersectionality
  • Background in the UN Sustainability Development Goals
  • Confidence working with youth outdoors in either a habitat cleanup or gardening context
  • Experience with monitoring and evaluation and/or impact assessment
  • Website design and copy-writing
  • Communications writing (social media and promotional emails)
  • Aptitude in digital tools and online platforms for communication, collaboration and virtual program delivery including Slack, Google Drive and Zoom
  • Comfortable fostering collaborative relationships and partnerships with external stakeholders
  • Self-motivated, creative, positive, with a ‘can-do’ willingness to learn
  • Kind, empowering, glad-to-help others team player
  • Organized, detail oriented, with strong time-management skills to set and meet deadlines
  • Able to develop systems and processes to execute plans and track results

Funding Program Requirements

A portion of this position is funded by a federal government wage subsidy program. To qualify for funding, candidates must meet all the following requirements:

  • post-secondary graduates, who are up to 30 years, or younger, at the start of the internship;
  • legally entitled to work in Canada (i.e. Canadian citizen, permanent Resident or person who has been granted refugee status); and,
  • self-assess as underemployed, meaning they are employed below their level of education, outside their field of study, or hold part-time employment.

In addition, the successful candidate will need to pass a criminal record check to be able to work with minors.

This role offers considerable variety in tasks and learning opportunities. The incumbent will join a collaborative staff and volunteer team where community, inclusivity, and team building are high priorities. The role offers some flexibility in when hours are worked during the week. This opportunity to work with youth promises to be rewarding and exciting.

To apply, submit an application here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScf2jv_a5dYiU-DC9tasaOXajh_N49bgALBTVaFQ6O5xSoPRw/viewform?usp=sf_link

If you have questions, please free to reach out to admin@bethechangeearthalliance.org

Please indicate you saw this posting at GoodWork.

Be The Change Earth Alliances values kindness, inclusion and diversity. Appreciating differences in culture, gender, orientation, religion, beliefs, and abilities, we encourage all qualified applicants to apply.


 

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Mar 26 2021    ID: 59248