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Position: School Program Coordinator
Organization: ReForest London
Location: London, Ontario

ReForest London is a charitable non-profit organization determined to make our community better through the many environmental and human health benefits of trees. We work to get more trees planted in all corners of our city, in parks, residential yards, schools and businesses, and also to engage with our community to value and care for our urban forest. While we are a small team, we are energetic, passionate and we punch above our weight. Our workplace and workstyle is flexible. Staff members are accountable for outcomes but enjoy a lot of freedom in how to achieve them.

Are you passionate about environmental education? Do you love working with children and youth? Are you excited by developing partnerships with educators and volunteers around the city? Do you love being outside, planting trees, getting your hands dirty, and hiking? Then keep reading…

Summary:
We are seeking a School Program Coordinator for our elementary school urban forestry program, “Seeds to Forest”. In this program, you will deliver a set of four educational activities to 30 elementary schools per year to teach students in Grades 4-6 about the many benefits of our trees and forests, to develop a deeper understanding of the role they play within our natural heritage system, and to empower students to make positive environmental change, all while planting more trees in London and area.

You will supervise and work alongside a part-time program assistant to plan, schedule, and implement workshops with local students in elementary schools, plan and implement tree-planting projects in schoolyards, lead educational tree hikes, conduct research, and support our outreach, communications, and grant-writing activities. You will also lead program development and evaluation activities, support other ReForest London staff with cross-program initiatives, and collaborate with community partners to plan and deliver other activities and events. No two days are alike, and you will have the satisfaction of knowing your work is contributing to enriched environmental education in our community - and healthier, greener schoolyards.

This 4 day/week (30 hours/week) position is fully grant-funded, ending in December, 2020.

Responsibilities:

The School Program Coordinator will be responsible for:

  • Educational programming and development:
    • plan and deliver classroom seedling growing workshops, including leading seedling planting activities and delivering supplies to participating schools
    • plan and deliver participatory site-planning workshops for tree-planting projects in schoolyards, including mapping, conducting soil samples, participatory design, logistics, obtaining approvals from school board personnel, and coordination of plant orders and delivery
    • plan and deliver tree-planting projects in schoolyards with students, including creating site plans, organizing logistics, delivery and follow-up care coordination
    • plan and deliver educational nature hikes with elementary students in Westminster Ponds Environmentally Significant Area, to teach students about forest ecology, habitat, and unique native species in the area
    • develop and curate educational materials and coordinate with educators regarding follow-up resources and additional activities
    • link all educational programming to the Ontario Curriculum
  • Research:
    • administer standardized surveys to participating schools / students and ensure compliance with school board research ethics policies and procedures
    • collect and analyze data related to participation, tree planting, tree health, distribution of seedlings, and other related topics
    • conduct program evaluation activities including teacher surveys, data analysis, and focus groups
    • report on progress of the program, including evaluation, to funders and other partners and internally
  • Outreach and Communications:
    • program promotion and recruitment
    • communicate regularly with school staff regarding scheduling, planting approvals, etc.
    • write, curate, and publish content related to the program for use on our website and social media and in reports to our funders and supporters
    • assist with development of public education & engagement activities
  • Other responsibilities:
    • assist with developing or delivering other educational initiatives
    • assist with coordination of community planting events with local youth
    • provide information and content to support grant-writing efforts for our school programs
    • relationship stewardship with program partners and funders

What we’re looking for:

The ideal candidate is energetic and passionate about trees, ecology, and environmental education. You are familiar with and excited about hands-on experiential learning, and you thrive when no day is the same and you are working on a number of different projects at a time. You are an excellent communicator and you can juggle multiple priorities. You have lots of experience working with children and youth of all ages, and particularly 9-13 year olds. You are a problem-solver and you aren’t afraid to get your hands dirty. You enjoy being outside in all weather, working with lots of different people every day.

Qualifications:

  • University or college graduate of one of the following fields: Education (with teachable subjects in the Sciences or Social Sciences), Geography, Environmental Sciences, Natural Sciences, Forestry, Ecology, Biology, Botany, Landscape Architecture, Horticultural Technology, Environmental Technology
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada, or have granted refugee status in Canada (no work permits or student visas)
  • Valid G license

Experience:

  • Experience with teaching or leading children or youth (through teaching, community educational programming, camps, mentorship programs, or other similar activities)
  • Knowledge of Ontario’s native species and ecological issues a strong asset
  • Experience planning and implementing tree planting or other landscaping projects a strong asset
  • Some experience in the administration and/or development of environmental programs and working with community volunteers is considered an asset
  • Experience working in a non-profit setting is valuable

Skills:

  • Public speaking and outreach
  • Teaching elementary students
  • Understanding of the Ontario Education System / school system
  • Research and reporting writing
  • Working knowledge of ArcGIS and/or related mapping skills a strong asset
  • Working knowledge of customer relationship management databases a strong asset
  • Flexible and self-directed, used to dealing with multiple projects at a time
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent time management
  • Excellent supervisory skills, as you will be working with a program assistant for many events
  • Bilingual (French) a strong asset
  • Physically able to lift 25-50 lbs on a regular basis during tree planting season and lead tree planting events in a variety of weather conditions
  • Ability to safely drive a truck + trailer an asset, or willing to learn

Other Requirements:

  • Reliable vehicle, required for visiting schools to deliver programming throughout London. During certain months of the year, you will be in schools delivering programming several days per week.
  • A genuine passion for environmental education and working with kids is a requirement!

Please note that this position may include occasional evening and/or weekend work throughout the year.

Hours & Salary:

$21 per hour for 30 hours per week. Some seasonal variability may be required, with more hours worked during spring and fall planting seasons.

About Our Office:
We work in a busy, fast-paced environment (especially during planting seasons!), and get our energy from knowing that the work we are doing is making a difference in our community and the daily lives of thousands of students each year. Members of our team all bring their own expertise and strengths to the table, and collaboration and reflection are both important parts of our organizational culture. (We’re also big fans of pot-luck lunches!). For nature enthusiasts, our office is located right next to the beautiful Westminster Ponds Environmentally Significant Area, London’s largest ESA and a wonderful place to enjoy a lunch-time hike or picnic. We are passionate and dedicated individuals who truly work every day to make London a better place.

We value diversity and inclusion and encourage any qualified people, including indigenous peoples, new immigrants and refugees, women and LGBTQ2 individuals, to apply.

TO APPLY:

Apply by 5pm, Thursday July 18 to resumes@reforestlondon.ca with the subject line “School Program Coordinator”. Include a resume and cover letter, letting us know why you’re the person we’re looking for, by detailing how your skills, experience, and education fit with this position. Please send documents in PDF format.

All applications received will be acknowledged with a reply email. However, only those to be invited for an interview will be contacted. Anticipated start date is Mid-August 2019. No phone calls please.

ReForest London Location:

944 Western Counties Road
London, Ontario  N6C 6A9
Link to map: https://goo.gl/maps/HEfwHNTNj4E2

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jul 8 2019    ID: 54123