Wild Bird Trust of BC (WBT) is seeking an experienced children’s education program coordinator for a contract position, responsible for creating a structured, innovative, accessible and easy to deliver arts-based nature summer camp program. With the right person, this educational series could evolve into a year-round program at the Conservation Area at Maplewood Flats. With an emphasis on conservation, reconciliation and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), this is an exciting and unique children’s education program.
The Kingfisher Summer Camp educational adventure programs keep the kids on their feet exploring trails, searching for critters, and learning about the local ecosystem alongside Coast Salish ethnobotanists and nature experts. Our programs are geared towards immersing participants in nature, wildlife, and Coast Salish knowledge with fun activities each day. For summer 2018, WBT operated our own camps, as well as hosted community centre programs from East Vancouver and North Vancouver. In 2019, we will be partnering with Artists For Conservation to include an arts-based stream of workshops and activities that use nature to inspire learning, connection and care for birds, butterflies, and bullrushes.
Through the Spring 2019, the Kingfisher Summer Education Programs Coordinator would work part-time at their own pace, to update our program planning and connect with our resource persons and guest instructors. The Coordinator would also work with our communications team to prepare the launch of marketing marketing and registration system for this year's program (including school/community centre day tours), manage intakes, and assist with hiring contract Summer Camp staff.
• Design a meaningful nature & culture based curriculum and associated Camp marketing and business plan (including budget/human resources)
• Develop and launch a registration system and related sponsorship opportunities (to ensure access by low income families)
• Identify children & youth participants through outreach to schools and community centres, social media, Wingspan magazine, and local media outlets.
• Review and create health and safety policies and procedures, forms and systems, as required.
• Learn, compile and share the cultural and environmental history of our site.
• Gather all materials and resources needed to implement the program.
• Contact and coordinate additional resource people.
• Experience working in a day camp setting as a leader or manager.
• Experience with administrative tasks such as setting up a registration program, developing a database of contacts, creating camp business plan and budget spreadsheets.
• Familiarity and connections with schools, community centres, children’s nature and cultural organizations/programs.
• Experience programming age-appropriate activities for children.
• Experience in program promotions and marketing.
• Strong communication and organization skills, as well as the ability to work productively independently and with a team.
It is an ASSET for applicants to:
• Have taken educational courses relating to child development, recreation, social services, or a related field.
• Understand Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and have experience with Indigenous people and issues.
• Have knowledge and experience working with children with additional needs.
Period: April 1, 2019 - August 2019 (approx)
Compensation: flexible 500 hours for $10,000 (pending grant funding).
HOW TO APPLY:
Email cover letter and resume to:
by March 25, 2019
subject: Kingfisher Summer Education Programs Coordinator
Eligible for candidates 30yrs and under.
Interpretation Canada c/o Kerry Wood Nature Centre 6300 45th Ave Red Deer, AB, Canada T4N 3M4