Volunteer and Stewardship Assistant

LEAF is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the urban forest. Our community-based programs seek to engage residents as active urban forest stewards through accessible, on-the-ground programs. We are currently seeking a Volunteer and Stewardship Assistant for a summer student employment position. The ideal candidate will possess exceptional organizational and communication skills, demonstrate initiative and creativity and have a passion for environmental issues.  They will be an independent, motivated team player.  The position will offer an excellent opportunity to gain skills and experience working with a non-profit organization that engages the public in creative ways.

Responsibilities:

The Volunteer and Stewardship Assistant will focus on our Adopt-a-Tree Programs and Urban Forest Demonstration Gardens.  Main responsibilities include:

●     garden stewardship and maintenance

●     volunteer coordination and support

●     event planning and implementation

●     data entry and metrics tracking

●     documenting events through photos, social media and blogs

●     providing general administrative support as needed

 

Qualifications

The successful applicant will demonstrate the following skills and assets:

●     high level of enthusiasm and commitment to the position

●     excellent verbal and written communication skills

●     extremely strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and highly effective time-management

●     ability to multi-task and work to deadlines

●     ability to work in an independent, self-directed manner, while coordinating with and complimenting a broader staff and volunteer team

●     ability to be proactive, creative, innovative and solutions-oriented

●     willingness/ability to work outdoors in all types of weather

●     experience working with or volunteering for a not-for-profit organization an asset

●     environmental/urban forestry background will be considered an asset

●     current Emergency First Aid with CPR-C considered an asset

●     ideal if successful candidate can bring their own laptop to work

 

Other Criteria

This position is supported by a grant from Service Canada which prioritizes hiring of students who are members of visible minority communities.  In addition, all candidates must meet the following criteria:

●     is between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;

●     was registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year;

●     intends to return to school on a full-time basis during the next academic year;

●     is a student in a secondary, post-secondary, CEGEP (Quebec only), vocational or technical program;

●     is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act* and;

●     is legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations

●     Foreign students are not eligible

 This is a summer position (9 weeks), 30 hrs/week, $14/hr.

Please send your resume and a covering letter by no later than June 7, 2017 at 5:00PM to Erin MacDonald, Volunteer and Stewardship Coordinator, erin [at] yourleaf.org.  Resumes will be reviewed as they come in, so apply early.

LEAF encourages applications from persons of diverse backgrounds and is an equal opportunity employer.  We value employment equity and will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.

No phone calls or in-person visits please. We appreciate all applications, but advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Education and Outreach Assistant

 LEAF is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the urban forest. Our community-based programs seek to engage residents as active urban forest stewards through accessible, on-the-ground programs. We are currently seeking an Education and Outreach Assistant for a summer student employment position. The ideal candidate will possess exceptional organizational and communication skills, demonstrate initiative and creativity and have a passion for environmental issues.  They will be an independent, motivated team player.  The position will offer an excellent opportunity to gain skills and experience working with a non-profit organization that engages the public in creative ways.

Responsibilities:

 The Education and Outreach Assistant will focus on our educational programs including children’s workshops, public outreach and other special events.  Main responsibilities include:

●     planning and delivering children’s outdoor workshops

●     education/outreach, representing LEAF at community events

●     volunteer coordination and support

●     event planning and implementation

●     documenting events through photos, social media and blogs

●     data entry and metrics tracking

●     providing general administrative support as needed

 

Qualifications

 The successful applicant will demonstrate the following skills and assets:

●     high level of enthusiasm and commitment to the position

●     experience working with children

●     ability to supervise children and lead fast-paced, active educational and recreational activities

●     demonstrated ability to model positive and encouraging behaviour during all interactions with children and staff

●     willingness/ability to work outdoors in all types of weather

●     excellent verbal and written communication skills

●     strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and highly effective time-management

●     ability to multi-task and work to deadlines

●     ability to work in an independent, self-directed manner, while coordinating with and complimenting a broader staff and volunteer team

●     ability to be proactive, creative, innovative and solutions-oriented

●     experience working with or volunteering for a not-for-profit organization an asset

●     environmental/urban forestry background an asset

●     post-secondary education in early childhood education/teaching an asset

●     current Emergency First Aid with CPR-C an asset

●     due to the nature of work with children, a vulnerable sector check will be required for this position

●     ideal if successful candidate can bring their own laptop to work

 

Other Criteria

This position is supported by a grant from Service Canada which prioritizes hiring of students who are members of visible minority communities.  In addition, all candidates must meet the following criteria:

●     is between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;

●     was registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year;

●     intends to return to school on a full-time basis during the next academic year;

●     is a student in a secondary, post-secondary, CEGEP (Quebec only), vocational or technical program;

●     is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act* and;

●     is legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations

●     Foreign students are not eligible

This is a summer position (9 weeks), 30 hrs/week, $14/hr.

Please send your resume and a covering letter by no later than June 7, 2017 at 5:00PM to Tooba Shakeel, Education and Outreach Coordinator, tooba [at] yourleaf.org. Resumes will be reviewed as they come in, so apply early.

LEAF encourages applications from persons of diverse backgrounds and is an equal opportunity employer.  We value employment equity and will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.

No phone calls or in-person visits please. We appreciate all applications, but advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Children’s Eco Camp Coordinator

We are currently seeking a Summer Camp Coordinator for a 12 week contract. The ideal candidate will have experience working with children.  They will possess exceptional organizational and communication skills, demonstrate initiative and creativity and have a passion for environmental issues.  They will be an independent, motivated team player.  The position will offer an excellent opportunity to gain skills and experience working with a non-profit organization that engages children in creative ways.

Main responsibilities include:

designing fun, interactive and educational outdoor children’s workshops that focus on the urban forest

planning and delivering up to two workshops per day with groups of up to 20 children (morning and afternoon groups)

working in a team environment, providing leadership and supervision to an assistant

establishing evaluation criteria and collecting feedback from partners and participants

documenting the project and sharing through photos, social media and blogs

data entry and metrics tracking

preparation and presentation of a final report with results and recommendations 

 

Qualifications

The successful applicant will demonstrate the following skills and assets:

demonstrated knowledge of urban forest issues

degree in urban forestry or related field 

experience working with children

ability to supervise children and lead fast-paced, active educational and recreational activities

demonstrated ability to model positive and encouraging behaviour during all interactions with children and staff

post-secondary education in early childhood education/teaching an asset

high level of enthusiasm and commitment to the position

experience working in a team and supervising/managing others

willingness/ability to work outdoors in all types of weather

excellent verbal and written communication skills 

strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and highly effective time-management

ability to multi-task and work to deadlines

ability to work in an independently

ability to be proactive, creative, innovative and solutions-oriented

experience working with or volunteering for a not-for-profit organization an asset

current Emergency First Aid with CPR-C an asset

due to the nature of work with children, a vulnerable sector check will be required for this position

ideal if successful candidate can bring their own laptop to work on office days

 

This is a 12 week, part time position (approximately 20 hrs/week)

Please send your resume and a covering letter no later than June 11, 2017 at 5:00PM to Tooba Shakeel, Education and Outreach Coordinator, tooba [at] yourleaf.org.  Resumes will be reviewed as they come in, so apply early.

LEAF encourages applications from persons of diverse backgrounds and is an equal opportunity employer.  We value employment equity and will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.

No phone calls or in-person visits please. We appreciate all applications, but advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Residential Planting Programs Coordinator 

We are currently seeking an enthusiastic and capable Program Coordinator. The ideal candidate will possess exceptional organizational and inter-personal skills, creative problem-solving abilities and a demonstrated passion for the urban forest. The list below outlines the major tasks; however additional tasks may be assigned as needed. 

Operations Coordination (80%) 

Ensure all deliverables for Residential Planting Programs (RPP) are met 

Create and implement a yearly operational plan for all activities

Supervise RPP assistant and RPP volunteers

Ensure highest quality of customer service

Data management including implementing QA/QC procedures 

Ensure accuracy of RPP database, invoicing, inventory, etc. 

Ensure adequate safety procedures are in place and followed

Oversee content for all educational and promotional materials

Assist in the development and maintenance of RPP website content 

Monitor and evaluate program success

 

 Education and Outreach (10%)

Promote programs at events as needed

Speak at workshops, talks and events as needed


 Program and partnership development (10%) 

Write reports for funding partners

Provide research and writing support for funding proposals

Develop partnerships with other organizations/groups 

Participate in organizational development (strategic planning, program development)

 

Qualifications

Degree in urban forestry, environmental studies, project management or related field 

Skills and experience in the fields of arboriculture and/or urban forestry 

ISA arborist certification (or eligibility) an asset

Customer service experience and superior interpersonal skills

Proven ability to work well with a small team 

Demonstrated passion and enthusiasm for the environment

High level of accountability, initiative and creativity 

Ability to determine priorities, adhere to deadlines and multi-task 

Proficiency with Microsoft Access 

Experience with GIS

Full “G” driver’s license and clean driving record required

CPR and First Aid Certification an asset

 

This is a full time (35-40 hours per week) position.  One year contract with opportunity for renewal.  Compensation commensurate with experience.  

Please send your resume and a covering letter by no later than June 18, 2017 at 5:00PM to Janet McKay, Executive Director, janet [at] yourleaf.org. Resumes will be reviewed as they come in, so apply early.

LEAF encourages applications from persons of diverse backgrounds and is an equal opportunity employer.  We value employment equity and will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.

No phone calls or in-person visits please. We appreciate all applications, but advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.