Education Coordinator

Posted: Jul. 8th
Ending: Ended
Commitment: Contract

Title:

Education Coordinator

Position Type: Recurring Contract (subject to funding and adequate performance)

Report To:

Communications Manager

Wage: $26.02 - $30.44 per hour

Start Date:

September 20, 2021 (ends June 30, 2022; 35 weeks and 3 days)

Contract Details:

The Education Coordinator contract position includes two breaks in the work plan, as outlined below.

Work: September 20, 2021 – November 26, 2021 (10 weeks)
Break: November 29, 2021 – January 3, 2022 (5 weeks and 1 day)
Work: January 4, 2022 – June 30, 2022 (25 weeks and 3 days)
Break: July 1, 2022 – August 31, 2022 (8 weeks and 4 days)
Work Total: 35 weeks and 3 days

Position Overview:

The Education Coordinator (EC) reports to the Communications Manager (CM), however may also receive direction from the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and/or the Lands Manager (LM).

Education and outreach are facets of the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority’s (LRCA) communications program; these components contribute to the LRCA’s overall communications strategy. The EC position conducts education and outreach programming to help the LRCA work toward achieving its vision of a healthy, safe, and sustainable Lakehead Watershed for future generations and its mission to lead the conservation and protection of the Lakehead Watershed. The EC position is a support position to the CM.

This position normally works a 35-hour work week with occasional evening and weekend involvement. Hours beyond the normal work week are compensated with time-off in lieu as agreed to with the supervisor. A shifted workday (“flex day”) may be required as needed. The LRCA work week is Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., with a one-hour lunch from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. The EC position’s lunch time may vary depending on in-field program delivery.

Job Duties:

Under the direction and direct supervision of the Communications Manager (CM), the following duties are required to be performed by the Education Coordinator (EC) position:

  • Plan, develop and deliver outdoor, in-class, virtual and pre-recorded Environmental Education Programming on an ongoing basis, according to bookings made by teachers, group leaders, etc. in an effort to engage school children, seniors, retirees, stay-at-home parents, other youth and community members from the general public, within the Lakehead Watershed. These programs will be conducted:
    • In Conservation Areas
    • “In-Class” (i.e., schools, libraries, retirement homes, 55+ Centres, etc.)
    • In the LRCA’s Multi-Purpose Room
    • Virtually via Microsoft Teams and/or Zoom
    • Via pre-recorded videos, filmed and edited by the CM
  • Deliver (and update as required and as directed) LRCA Core Mandate Programming:
    • Spring Water Awareness Program (SWAP)
    • Watershed Connections Program
    • Arbor Week
    • Lakehead Children’s Water Festival
    • Living Classroom/Watershed Explorer/Junior Explorer programs  
  • Create new and innovative environmental education programming.
  • Research, apply for (as directed) and follow up on grants in an effort to fund the LRCA’s education program and assist with the funding of other LRCA projects and initiatives, as directed by applicable staff.
  • Develop potential fundraising initiatives to sustain the education program, and present these to the CM for discussion at the Management level. Carry out further related duties and functions as per the direction from the Management Team.  
  • Receive, manage, respond to, coordinate, and track all education bookings.
  • Assist the CM with the development of, and ensure adherence to, the education budget.
  • Ensure the health and safety of students, program participants and volunteers while conducting program bookings.
  • Assist with the planning, preparation, and execution of various LRCA Public Events on an as-needed basis, as time permits, under the direction of the CM. Planned events where assistance may be required include (but are not limited to):
    • Outdoor winter events
    • CLE Home & Garden Show
    • Tree Seedling Pick-Up Day
    • Hazelwood Lake Family Fun Day
    • Silver Harbour Day
    • Little Trout Day by the Bay
    • Fall Mushroom Hike
    • Fall Waterfowl Viewing Day
    • Photography workshops
  • Act as an ambassador of the LRCA at various events, workshops, meetings etc. as per the direction of the CM. Ensure that potential new partnerships are brought to the attention of the CM; ensure that contact information from potential partners obtained by the EC is provided to the CM for follow up by that position.
  • Plan, prepare and execute programs and workshops that utilize the LRCA’s Multi-Purpose Room upon approval by the CM.   
  • Maintain and update the LRCA’s volunteer database, as well as continue to recruit new volunteers.  
  • Assist with the Private Landowners Tree Seedling Assistance Program as directed.
  • Assist applicable staff with stewardship projects, as directed.
  • Responsible for the completion of any other duties as assigned. This may include (but is not limited to) assisting with administrative tasks and Lakehead Conservation Foundation (LCF) functions, distribution of calendars, mail-out preparations, etc.   
  • Provide monthly agenda updates and weekly progress reports to the CM on an ongoing basis.
  • Prepare manuals, how-to guides, and summaries of events for use, which are updated by this position annually.
  • Responsible for tracking time on time log provided by CAO as well as payroll timesheets.
  • Assist with the collection of data; fact checking; and the development of content for LRCA publications.

Requirements:

  • Post-Secondary degree or diploma in education and/or environmental studies and natural sciences
  • Experience in organizing workshops, educational programming and summer camps
  • Ability to lead and carry out duties associated with presenting and delivering educational programming to students, seniors, community groups and the general public
  • Ability to supervise and engage school-age children
  • Knowledge of conservation education methods, including outdoor teaching strategies
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work with minimal or no supervision
  • Ability to work collaboratively, and as part of a team
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office 365 (mainly Word, PowerPoint, and Excel)
  • The position requires access to a working vehicle, along with a valid driver’s license
  • First Aid and CPR training and/or Wilderness First Response training an asset
  • Due to the nature of the work (i.e., working with children, etc.), the incumbent must obtain a clear Police Vulnerable Sector Check
  • The incumbent must sign a confidentiality agreement
  • Must be available for full term of contract

FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Interested candidates are asked to submit a detailed resume and cover to the email below. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. The information provided will only be used for the purposes of this position and will be managed in confidence within the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Submit your resume and cover letter to

Tammy Cook - Chief Administrative Officer
Lakehead Region Conservation Authority

P.O. Box 10427, 130 Conservation Road
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 6T8
Fax: 807-345-9156
Email: jobs@lakeheadca.com