Teacher, The Nature School
Current Rate of Pay: Min = 42.52/hr, Max = 46.10/hr
Employment type: Short-term Contract
Duration of employment: 10 months
Hours of work: 35 hrs/week
Work location: Kortright Centre for Conservation
Division: Education & Training
Business unit: Kortright Programs
Remote Work: No
With more than 60 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario, created to safeguard and enhance the health and well-being of watershed communities through the protection and restoration of the natural environment and the ecological services the environment provides.
TRCA works to protect the integrity and health of the rivers and creeks in the jurisdiction, develop a system of green and natural spaces that sustains local ecosystems, and advance sustainable practices that improve people’s lives within our growing region.
How you will contribute as part of the TRCA team:
Under the direction of the Supervisor, Kortright Education, the Nature School Teacher, Kortright is responsible for overseeing program development, delivering and evaluating new and existing Forest School Programming, developing and administering student assessment and achievement reports, administering a risk management program to maintain student safety and determining equipment and supply requirements for a successful program. Overall, this position plays an integral role in developing, delivering maintaining and enhancing TRCA Forest School Programs. This is achieved by ensuring sustainable community, environmental, historical and recreational corporate objectives are met in programming offered.
- Lead the development and delivery of high quality, curriculum linked, experiential, inquiry-based, play-based and place-based Forest School lessons to elementary school students enrolled in The Nature School (TNS) full time private school and oversee the suite of other TNS programs operating out of TRCA lands.
- Plan, coordinate, and lead safe and educational excursions (field trips) to other educational venues in the GTA with elementary students.
- Monitor, assess and document student achievement and prepare individual student report cards on student learning, performance and achievement using the Ontario Curriculum as a guideline.
- Research and develop innovative approaches to the delivery of Forest School programming, refine and enhance existing TRCA Forest School education lessons and programs that support TRCA’s strategic plan, corporate objectives and align with Municipal service areas.
- Function as a point person for a specific portfolio, program or site at TRCA. This could include a framework and method for evaluating the program or project, related budgets, staff scheduling, supplies and materials (e.g., The Nature School suite of programs)
What will you need to succeed:
- Post-Secondary Degree or equivalent in education, environmental science, biology, science or related field.
- Registered Early Childhood Educator and/or Ontario Certified Teacher and/or Forest School Practitioners Course from Child and Nature Alliance of Canada complete or in progress an asset.
- Active and current First Aid and CPR certificate.
- Successful completion of a Vulnerable Sector Screening is required for this position.
- Three (3) to four (4) years teaching experience, preferably in outdoor environmental education context.
- Experience developing and delivering Forest School programs.
- Strong environmental knowledge and demonstrated ability to teach environmental education concepts and principles in engaging ways to a variety of audience and learner types.
- Thorough knowledge of and familiarity with current Outdoor and Environmental Education concepts, issues, trends, practices and techniques; school board policy and curriculum documents.
- Must have own reliable transportation.
What TRCA has to offer you:
As part of a progressive team, you will have the opportunity to make a positive impact to preserving and protecting nature, while maintaining a balance between the natural environment and built environment. Working with experts within our field, you will join a team of colleagues that are committed to TRCA’s core values of integrity, collaboration, accountability, respect, and excellence (icare).
You will be part of a diverse and inclusive organization that:
- Makes a positive difference in the communities we serve.
- Fosters high performance and collaborative teams.
- Provides continuous learning and development opportunities.
- Offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits program (including Defined Benefit Pension Plan – OMERS/OTPP).
- Provides unique TRCA Perks.
- Pregnancy & Parental Leave Top-Up Program.
- Provides flexible work arrangements.
- Offers potential for career growth and advancement.
To apply to this posting, click on the “Apply” icon. Please submit your resume and cover letter prior to midnight on August 17, 2022.
All new hires are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as a precondition to being hired by TRCA. TRCA will comply with its obligations pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code and any other applicable legislation.
While the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) thanks all applicants for their interest, only those under consideration will be contacted for interviews. Please be advised that successful incumbent(s) may be required to undergo a vulnerable sector screening and/or driver’s abstract check as a part of the last step in the hiring process.
TRCA is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive workplace. Our goal is to attract, develop and retain highly talented employees from diverse backgrounds, allowing us to benefit from a wide variety of experiences and perspectives. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and TRCA Policies, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the hiring process, provided the candidate makes their accommodation needs known to the TRCA. We welcome applications from all qualified persons.
Personal information you provide through the TRCA recruitment, selection and onboarding process is collected under the authority of the Conservation Authorities Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C.27. Collection of this personal information is necessary for the proper administration of this recruitment process for employment and volunteer positions with TRCA. Personal information is protected from disclosure pursuant to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Any questions regarding this collection activity should be directed to the Supervisor of Records, 101 Exchange Avenue, Vaughan, Ontario, L4K 5R6, (416) 661-6600 extension 5216.
- Pay Type Hourly
- Employment Indicator Temporary Contract
- Min Hiring Rate $42.52
- Max Hiring Rate $46.10
- Travel Required Yes
- Required Education Bachelor’s Degree
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