Position: Program Manager
Organization: Environmental Youth Alliance
Location: 500-610 Main St, Vancouver BC
Terms: 35 hrs/wk, 14 mo contract (Feb 1, 2019 - Mar 31, 2020) with possibility for extension
Start Date: Feb 1, 2019, or as soon thereafter as possible
Hiring Range: $25 per hour
Reports to: Executive Director
NOTE: Substantial weekend work will be required for this position.
What we do: mission & mandate
At the Environmental Youth Alliance Society (EYA), we believe every young person deserves the opportunity to spend time in nature. Just like clean air or clean water, connection with nature is a human right and essential to healthy adolescent development. Yet many youth living in Vancouver face barriers to accessing nature in their daily lives. EYA is working to change that by delivering free, experiential nature stewardship programs in eastside schools and inner city green spaces. Our programs create opportunities for youth experiencing marginalization to connect with nature in meaningful ways in their own neighbourhood, while building community and acquiring new skills, to benefit wellbeing and inspire environmental stewardship. To find out more visit http://www.eya.ca
What you’ll do: situation & role overview
Nature Stewards is a multi-week experiential learning program engaging youth (ages 14-20) to lead nature stewardship projects around the city – like planting wildflower meadows and growing native plants for wildlife gardens. In 2019-20, EYA is excited to partner with Red Fox Healthy Living Society to jointly deliver three Nature Stewards programs (spring, summer, fall). Red Fox promotes healthy active living among Indigenous and inner-city children and youth through free and supportive training and recreation opportunities. The shared program will bring together together Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth to develop an Indigenous foodscape garden in Strathcona Community Gardens, with a focus on reconciliation and decolonization, and will include an orientation weekend and short wilderness camping trip. As the EYA Program Manager, you will work closely with your counterpart at Red Fox to co-lead the planning, delivery, and evaluation of the program. Note: We are also recruiting a Youth Educator ($22/hr) to support the Program Manager. By applying for the Manager role, you will automatically be considered for the Youth Educator role.
Develop and update the project plan, with support from the Executive Director
Manage and coach more junior program staff, including two Youth Educators
Develop and continually update written program curriculum, syllabus, and lesson plans
Engage three cohorts of youth participants to plan and develop an Indigenous foodscape in Strathcona Community Gardens
Lead the planning, delivering, and facilitation of hands-on native plant horticulture and land stewardship activities, as well as activities designed to build connections between youth and help them connect with nature in a meaningful way
Plan and manage logistics for weekend orientation overnight trips in Strathcona Park
Support Red Fox staff with planning and facilitating weekend wilderness trips
Co-lead program evaluation, including collecting indicator data through youth questionnaires and focus groups and tabulating results
Develop and oversee implementation of outreach/recruitment strategy, including designing promotional materials and registration process
Oversee the maintenance of the Indigenous foodscape site in between programming sessions, as well as other programming spaces in Strathcona Community Gardens
Obtain required permits and approvals for program activities in Strathcona Park
Oversee the purchasing and transporting all plants and materials
Manage relationships with community partners, including Indigenous herbalists, other guest facilitators, Park Board, and Strathcona Community Garden Society (site partner)
Co-develop a written final report, lessons learned report, and guide to program delivery at the end of the program
Help write applications and proposals for additional program funding
Develop and oversee the delivery of a communications plan for the program
Other activities as identified by the Executive Director
What you’ll bring: requirements
We’re looking for a skilled program manager and youth educator with experience in native plant gardening and wildlife habitat stewardship. The ideal candidate is an energetic facilitator who competently creates safe and welcoming spaces, connects with and supports youth with diverse backgrounds and learning styles, recognizes individual potential, and creates moments of connection and learning through hands-on experiential activities. You are familiar with the ins-and-outs of designing and delivering an educational program, preferably with an environmental focus. You are highly organized, resourceful, tech-savvy, and a strategic thinker and collaborative team player. You are also someone who takes initiative, perseveres through difficulties, and loves learning and continually growing your professional skills.
Undergraduate degree or equivalent experience or training in biology, environmental science, education, or related field
2 - 3 years experience facilitating youth programs and/or experiential education for youth
2 - 3 years experience planning and coordinating programs, preferably for youth
Experience in native plant gardening and wildlife habitat stewardship; strong knowledge of urban ecology and wildlife including insects, pollinators, birds and other animals
Experience with citizen science and wildlife monitoring is an asset
Class 5 driver’s licence and ability to join MODO car co-op required; access to a personal vehicle is an asset
Knowledge of decolonization, reconciliation, and anti-oppression concepts and practices
Experience working with youth, including youth who face barriers and experience marginalization
Able to work collaboratively with coworkers and lead a small team to achieve shared goals
Highly organized with great attention to detail
Able to effectively prioritize competing tasks to complete work on time
Resourceful, handy, and able to creatively troubleshoot issues regarding site maintenance and program logistics
Clear and professional communication skills, both verbally and in writing
Able to work responsibly and safely in an inner city garden space
Able to do physical work in an outdoor setting in all weather conditions
Able to safely use landscaping tools and basic handywork tools (cordless drill, saw, hammers, etc).
Personal values fit with EYA / Red Fox mission and culture, demonstrated through work and/or volunteer experience
Satisfactory criminal record check, including vulnerable sector check, required before starting work
Occupational First Aid Level 1 or willingness to obtain before start of work
You may also be required to obtain Wilderness First Aid certification (to be paid by employer)
How to apply
E-mail a short cover letter and resume in a single PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org , with “Program Manager application” in the subject line. The deadline to apply is January 24, but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and a candidate may be selected before the deadline. Due to limited administrative capacity, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
EYA is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from underrepresented groups. Indigenous youth preferred.
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date publiée : Jan 9 2019 Numéro : 50170