TCH Stewardship Assistant

LEAF is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the urban forest. Our planting programs and education/outreach programs have been connecting residents to the urban forest for over two decades. Our operation area includes Toronto, York Region and some municipalities within Durham Region. We are currently seeking a TCH Stewardship Assistant for a part-time, 18-week employment position.

The Stewardship Assistant will enjoy an experiential learning environment working as an integrated member of the Community Programs team, reporting to the Community Programs Manager. The role will primarily focus on LEAF’s Toronto Community Housing (TCH) Tree Planting and Stewardship Initiative and will be filled by youth (ages 18 to 30) residing in a TCH community. This project supports and engages tenants who are caring for newly planted trees on their properties and is great for someone who is passionate about (or is excited to learn more about) environmental education and hands-on tree care.

LEAF offers a supportive training process to ensure seasonal staff have a great learning experience and gain quick confidence during their employment. All activities outlined below are carried out with careful precautions taken to protect the physical safety of staff and volunteers, including adhering to all local COVID-19 health guidelines.

Responsibilities/overview of the position

  • Conducting tree stewardship activities (watering, mulching, monitoring) at a number of TCH sites
  • Providing training and support to TCH volunteers on proper tree planting technique and proper tree care practices through online and in-person, outdoor training activities
  • Communicate regularly with TCH volunteers and documenting volunteer activities  
  • Collecting tree health data at TCH sites using an inventory protocol, conducting data entry and summarizing data findings in reports
  • Supporting the Community Programs team with the administration and delivery of online presentations, including educational content on urban forestry and arboriculture using Zoom and other online platforms
  • Engaging with TCH communities during tree planting consultation meetings
  • Planting native tree/shrub species at various sites in the GTA as part of LEAF’s environmental restoration work alongside the Community Programs team, as needed
  • Helping to perform garden maintenance at our Urban Forest Demonstration Gardens
  • Tracking monthly metrics
  • Drafting social media and blog content to promote environmental stewardship, with support from Community Programs staff and Communications staff
  • Conducting contactless deliveries of native trees and shrubs, as needed
  • Providing general administrative support as needed to the Community Programs team
  • Participating in weekly Community Programs team meetings, weekly one-on-one meetings, and monthly organization-wide meetings, including taking minutes and tracking action items

Qualifications required for the position include

  • Live within a TCH community
  • Passionate/interested in environmental education and community engagement
  • Great interpersonal skills and customer service experience
  • Excellent communicator – verbally and in writing
  • Well organized and attentive to detail
  • Ability to determine priorities, adhere to deadlines, multi-task and work independently
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team
  • Excited to work outdoors with plants and with people and comfortable with the physical demands of outdoor work in all weather conditions
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google apps (Docs, Sheets, Slides)
  • Able to work remotely (reliable access to a computer, internet connection and phone)
  • Available to work some evenings and weekends when needed

Additional qualifications that will be considered assets

  • Fully licensed to drive (G or G2 license) with a clean driving record
  • Comfortable driving a cargo van in the city
  • If able to drive, the candidate must at least 21 years old
  • Emergency First Aid + CPR Certification
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Access
  • Skills and experience in arboriculture and/or urban forestry, including knowledge of native tree and shrub species
  • Skills and experience with native gardening, including knowledge of native perennial species
  • Experience working or volunteering with a not-for-profit organization

Other requirements

This position is made available through Service Canada Summer Jobs Program. The following requirements are necessary:

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 30
  • Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act*
  • Legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations
  • Note that foreign students are not eligible


  • Length of employment will be 18 weeks
  • 16 hours per week at $15/hour
  • The ideal start date is the week of Monday of May 10th, 2021
  • Sick pay offered (pro-rated to hours and days worked)
  • Some travel expenses covered

To apply

Please send your resume and cover letter as one PDF document to Erin MacDonald, Community Programs Manager to erin[at] Please include “TCH Stewardship Assistant” in the subject line. Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on April 25th, 2021. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted so applicants are encouraged to apply early.

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


LEAF is committed to equity and inclusion and is dedicated to cultivating an environment where everyone feels able to bring their full selves to work. We celebrate diversity and encourage applications from women, LGBTQ+ people, non-binary people, people of colour, Black people, Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities or any other equity-seeking individuals. We will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.

The LEAF team values a healthy, respectful and pleasant work environment. Learn more about the LEAF work culture.