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Positions: Outdoor Educator/Forest School Facilitator
Organization: Dogwood Forest Ltd.
Location: Port Perry, near Whitby/Oshawa, GTA/Durham Region, Ontario
Type: 25-33 week contract dependent on enrollment

Position Summary

Dogwood Forest specializes in weekly outdoor forest school programs for children ages 5 to 14 years of age, with opportunities to facilitate additional community partnerships, homeschool-groups, schools, or adult programs. We are looking for innovative & forward-thinking outdoor educators/forest school facilitators to join our growing team, with options for full-time or part-time contract work throughout our fall, winter and spring terms. We operate entirely outdoors in rain, shine, or snow from 8am to 4pm Monday to Thursday, with some Friday work and a potential of 25-33 weeks of the school year (excluding holidays).

The outdoor educator/forest school facilitator will be responsible for the care and facilitation of learning and child development in-line with organizational values, curriculum, and forest school philosophy. The outdoor educator/forest school facilitator will be required to prepare daily lessons and activities and ensure all necessary supplies are available when needed.

Skills, Experience, and Qualities

  • Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT) and/or Forest School Practitioners Certification and/or Certified Early Childhood Educator (ECE) preferred
  • Standard First Aid & CPR-C certification required upon hiring
  • High 5 Principles Certification required upon hiring
  • Teaching experience or experience working with children
  • Time management, communication, and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and with a team
  • Ability to manage multiple, ongoing tasks and oversee employees/volunteers
  • Outdoor/environmentalist/naturalist/artisan knowledge/experience, such as plant and tree ID, animal ID and tracking, orienteering, knowledge of local edibles and survival skills, sewing, etc.
  • Flexibility and adaptability to changing programs, weather, children’s needs, tasks, etc. and able to act quickly


If successful, the following must be obtained before first day of work:

  • Up to date Police Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Up to date Standard First Aid and CPR-C or higher
  • High 5 Principles Certification (online training course)


  • Based on experience; starting wage $16 - $20 per hour


Come join our team in creating a unique outdoor learning experience for our students through mentorship and exploration. We welcome people of all backgrounds and experiences to consider applying.

To apply, please contact to receive a job application. A job application and resume must be submitted by Monday August 16th. For more information, email or call Brad at (905) 429-1498.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jul 22 2021    ID: 60706