Education Coordinator (8-month contract)
LEAF is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the urban forest. Our planting and education programs have been connecting residents to the urban forest for over two decades.
Overview of Position
The Education Coordinator will work as a key member of LEAF’s community programs team. The focus of this team is to deliver engaging programs and events that inspire community members to care for the urban forest, providing hands-on opportunities for people to learn and connect. Evening and weekend work is required. This position reports to the Community Programs Manager. The list below outlines the major responsibilities related to the position; however, additional tasks may be assigned as needed.
Education Programs Coordination – 50%
- Strategically coordinate LEAF’s educational programs. This includes responding to external requests, communicating with program partners, and seeking volunteer support. Key educational programs:
- Tree Tenders Training Course
- Tree Tours
- Support LEAF’s Junior Urban Forest Rangers Program (summer camp program for children 6-12)
- Developing nature-based camp actives
- Training summer camp staff
- Support LEAF’s planting and education project in collaboration with Toronto Community Housing Corporation. Some key activities include:
- Overseeing/conducting assessments of the tree canopy on TCHC properties.
- Attending and presenting at meetings with TCHC staff and residents
- Facilitating resident engagement
- Delivering educational workshops on tree planting and care to program participants
Event Coordination – 25%
- Coordinate public events, including:
- Annual Leslieville Tree Festival which attracts more than 400 attendees
- LEAF’s Summer Garden Party
Educational Workshops/Presentations Delivery – 5%
- Deliver educational workshops and presentations on various topics related to urban forests, arboriculture and LEAF’s mission
Administration and Reporting – 20%
- General program administration, including:
- Data entry
- Metrics tracking
- Capture and assemble content for reports, website, social media, newsletters, etc.
- Other (if/as needed)
- Occasional support for LEAF’s Backyard Tree Planting Program including tree planting and other events
- Staying up to date on current urban forest and arboriculture best practices
- Passion about environmental education and community engagement
- Exceptional interpersonal skills
- Customer service experience
- Skills and experience in arboriculture and/or urban forestry, including knowledge of native trees and shrubs species
- Skills and experience with event planning, program coordination, and public outreach/education
- Experience developing educational programming for both adults and children
- Enjoys working with individuals of all ages, including children between the ages of 6-12
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Leadership skills and the ability to work collaborate as part of a team
- Ability to determine priorities, adhere to deadlines, multi-task and work independently
- Attention to detail and superior organization skills
- Creative problem-solving skills
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access)
- Comfortable with the physical demands of outdoor work in inclement weather
- Full “G” driver’s license and clean driving record required
- Emergency First Aid + CPR and AED Certification an asset
This is a full time (35-40 hours per week) position. This is an 8 month contract.
- Your cover letter and resume should not exceed 4 pages
- Submit as one PDF no later than February 22nd at 11:59 PM
- Send by email to Erin MacDonald, Community Programs Manager, erin[at]yourleaf.org
- Include “Education Coordinator” in the subject line
- Resumes will be reviewed as they are submitted so applicants are encouraged to apply early
LEAF 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.