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.

No phone calls or in-person visits please.  Only those applicants 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.

No phone calls or in-person visits please.  Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.