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OUTDOOR EDUCATION JOBS

Position: Education Manager
Organization: Stanley Park Ecology Society
Location: Vancouver, BC

Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES) is a community-based charitable not-for-profit organization. We are a small team of dedicated staff who strive to promote an ethic of care in Stanley Park, and challenge each other to innovate and advance our mission of collaborative leadership in environmental education, research and conservation in Stanley Park. We excel when our entire team feels supported and empowered. Are you a creative, innovative, and passionate individual wanting to join our team?

SPES’ educational programs cover forest, wetland and intertidal ecosystems. The education manager will supervise 4 educators and coordinators year-round and up to 7 staff during the peak season. Our education programs reach:

  • The general public year-round. This includes informal education at the Stanley Park Nature House, small group guided walks, and large event coordination.
  • School classes between September and June. This includes half-day field trips for mostly kindergarten to grade 7 students, some high school groups, a unique 2-day, 1-night overnight camping program for grade 4-7 students, and professional development days for teachers.
  • Day camp children during summer and spring break. These are weeklong day programs for children ages 7-11.

This is a rewarding opportunity to connect people with nature. Working as a team, SPES’ Education Department reaches over 5,000 students and thousands of general public a year through outdoor, experiential programs. The right candidate is able to balance a diversity of projects and bring new innovative ideas and education approaches to the team. Throughout the year, your time is split between managing four types of programs roughly as follows:

  • 40% public programs
  • 35% school field trips
  • 15% weeklong summer day camps
  • 10% spring overnight camps

Reporting to the Executive Director and working from the second floor of the historic Stanley Park Dining Pavilion, this is a core, fulltime position of the society.

If you are creative, love nature, find it rewarding to connect and educate diverse audiences with natural systems, and have the qualifications below, we want to hear from you.

Responsibilities

Program Management:

  • Research, develop and creatively promote public programs – walks, talks, outreach events and special events
  • Develop school programs based on provincial curriculum, and environmental research in Stanley Park
  • Develop displays and interpretation strategies for Vancouver’s Nature House on Lost Lagoon
  • Develop and promote weeklong outdoor spring break and summer day camps
  • Deliver professional development training for teachers regarding environmental education
  • Review, evaluate and update existing program content including information for teachers
  • Personally deliver education programs on an occasional to regular basis

Human Resource Management:

  • Hire, train, manage, schedule, evaluate a team of 4-7 staff and several volunteers for program delivery
  • Create annual work plans for the department, working to the society’s Strategic Plan
  • Create and maintain strategic community partnerships
  • Build an inclusive and supportive culture within your team and within the whole society

Administrative Management:

  • Maintain communications via quarterly reports, website updates, social media contributions, and media inquiries
  • Work with the Fundraiser and Executive Director to acquire sponsorships, grants, and other funding for Education departments; assist with proposals and create reports
  • Work with the Executive Director to establish the annual budget for all Education departments
  • Oversee administration of the Education budget and program registrations

Qualifications

  • Degree in related field (conservation biology, ecology, environmental education) or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum two years project management experience, preferably in non-profit setting
  • Minimum two years of experience teaching or interpretation program development and delivery
  • Minimum one year of experience supervising staff and volunteers
  • Proven ability to train, coach and manage staff
  • Bachelors of Education and valid BC Teaching Certification a strong asset; elementary level preferable
  • Strong knowledge of BC ecology an asset
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills; collaborative work style
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite required, and Adobe creative suite (InDesign) an asset
  • Self-directed, self-motivated, very organized and flexible
  • Value the environmental mission of organization
  • Willingness to work outdoors (rain or shine) with some weekend and seasonal evening shifts
  • First Aid, Class 5 Drivers License and Criminal Records check required

Hours: 37.5 hours per week. Permanent full-time position.

Wage: $25.41 - $30.91 / hour

Application Deadline: June 16, 2019 (early applications encouraged and may be contacted early for interviews)

Application:

Please send application to Dylan Rawlyk, Executive Director at exec@stanleyparkecology.ca . Subject header should be “Education Manager – [Your Name]”.

Your application should include a pdf resume and answers to the three following questions:

  1. What are you looking for in this role and what drew you to apply?
  2. What three qualities are you most excited to bring to this role?
  3. What inspires you most about connecting and educating people to nature?
  4. What book are you currently reading or read recently?

We thank all applicants for their interest but only those receiving an interview will be contacted.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jun 3 2019    ID: 53735