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Positions: Seasonal Environmental Education Assistant (Changing Currents)
Organization: EcoSpark
Location: Head office is based in Toronto with travel throughout Mississauga and the GTA, Ontario
Hours: f/t 3-month contract, April–June 2019

EcoSpark Backgrounder: EcoSpark is an environmental charity that empowers people to take an active role in protecting and sustaining nature. We do this by giving people the tools for education, monitoring and influencing positive change. We have a strong reputation in the areas of education, citizen science, community engagement and collaboration. To date, we have directly worked with over 76,000 youth and adults from across southern Ontario in over 20 watersheds and 15 school boards. For more information, visit

Position Description: We are looking for 3 dynamic, driven and well-organized individuals to join EcoSpark. The successful candidate will assist in the implementation of the Changing Currents program across the Greater Toronto Area. This citizen science program engages grade 6-12 students in stream monitoring in order to raise awareness about the reality and importance of watershed health. The Environmental Education Assistant will lead stream study sessions and assist with program administration, planning and promotion.

This is a full-time 3-month contract for the months of April to June 2019. There is a possibility of contract extension dependent on funding.

Position Responsibilities/Tasks:

  • Facilitate outdoor experiential workshops for teachers and students (grades 6-12) in water quality monitoring using chemical, physical and biological indicators
  • Assist with the planning and logistics of EcoSpark’s Changing Currents program
  • Assist with Inventory and maintenance of Changing Currents monitoring equipment
  • Prepare benthos reference samples and kits
  • Assist with delivering teacher training for new Changing Currents teachers
  • Ensure that student-generated data from Changing Currents is accurately collected and validated
  • Provide support for teachers to undertake stewardship and restoration activities
  • Help develop and update environmental education resources as needed
  • Promote EcoSpark’s educational programming to schools and at events
  • Other duties as assigned


  • University degree or college diploma in science, environmental science or an environmentally-related discipline
  • Knowledge of the Ontario high school science curriculum
  • Knowledge in watershed monitoring and water issues in Ontario
  • Experience (paid or volunteer) in environmental programming or monitoring
  • Field work experience collecting and analyzing data
  • Able to grasp new concepts quickly and efficiently
  • Proven time management skills and strong attention to detail
  • Superior communication skills both written and verbal
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Comfortable putting on hip waters and getting into streams!
  • Valid G2 or G driver’s license
  • First Aid Certification

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ontario Benthic Biomonitoring Network (OBBN) Certification is an asset
  • Experience working or volunteering with a not-for-profit
  • Access to a reliable vehicle

Working Conditions:

  • This position is based out of EcoSpark’s Head Office in Toronto with extensive travel throughout Mississauga and the GTA during the Changing Currents field season
  • The Environmental Education Assistant is entitled to an Autoshare membership
  • The Environmental Education Assistant may from time to time be required to work more than 7 hours per day and occasionally on weekends with lieu hour compensation
  • Please refer to EcoSpark’s Personnel Policy for other working conditions

Application Deadline: February 25th, 2019

Employment Type: Full-Time 3 month contract from April to June 2019.

Salary: $15/hour

Anticipated Start Date: April 1st, 2019

  • Start date is flexible depending on the availability of the successful candidates

Location: Toronto and Mississauga, ON with travel throughout the GTA/Greenbelt

Reports to: Environmental Education Coordinator

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter in a single PDF document to with “Seasonal Environmental Education Assistant (Changing Currents)” in the subject line.

NO phone calls please

EcoSpark is an equal opportunity employer.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Feb 1 2019    ID: 50912