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We’re Hiring: Natural Heritage Education Coordinator!

Type: Employment Contract – One year, with potential to extend

Location: Hybrid: Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust Head Office, Schomberg and remote work opportunities. Required for in-person events, property visits, meetings etc. as needed.

Reports to: Program Director

Location: Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust Head Office, Schomberg with remote working opportunities. Our office is located in a Nature Reserve in the country. One of the benefits of the job is this wonderful location in protected nature.

Position Summary:

We are seeking a passionate and knowledgeable Natural Heritage Education Coordinator to support and coordinate our innovative education program goals helping bridge western science with traditional Indigenous knowledge. The main objective of this program is to connect people with nature and its conservation, emphasizing the intersection between modern scientific approaches in biodiversity, ecology, and biology while raising awareness to accessing invaluable Indigenous knowledge related to the environment. The successful candidate will be responsible for organizing and facilitating various educational initiatives, including events, webinars, research, and citizen science projects on protected conservation lands. Through these efforts, the Natural Heritage Education Coordinator will foster learning, understanding, and engagement with nature, conservation, ecosystem protection, citizen science, and land management practices. Furthermore, this position will actively contribute to climate change mitigation efforts and biodiversity resiliency through the promotion of land restoration projects.

Typical tasks will include:

  • Coordinate and oversee the development and implementation of a natural heritage education program, ensuring alignment with project goals and objectives.

  • Develop and deliver engaging educational materials, including presentations, curriculum resources, and informational materials, to support the program’s objectives.

  • Facilitate research initiatives related to the program, coordinating data collection, analysis, and dissemination of findings.

  • Manage and promote citizen science projects on protected conservation lands, encouraging public participation and engagement working outdoors in the field for data collection and monitoring efforts.

  • Working in conjunction and supporting our (Indigenous) Coordinator, Volunteers & Community Partnerships who leads collaboration with Indigenous communities, experts, and organizations to integrate traditional Indigenous knowledge with western science, facilitating a holistic approach to nature conservation and education.

  • Organize and conduct educational events, workshops, and webinars that promote the understanding and appreciation of biodiversity, ecology, biology while engaging with Indigenous knowledge in respectful ways.

  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders supporting our Coordinator, Volunteers & Community Partnerships in developing partnerships and in securing funding opportunities to support the program’s activities and initiatives.

  • Assist in organizing land management and restoration projects that mitigate the impacts of climate change and contribute to biodiversity resiliency.

  • Stay updated on relevant scientific research, educational trends, and best practices in the fields of conservation, biodiversity, ecology, and Indigenous knowledge.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or higher degree in environmental science, biology, ecology, Indigenous studies, education, or a related field. A combination of education and relevant experience will also be considered.

  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge in both western scientific principles and traditional Indigenous knowledge related to nature and the environment.

  • To help support us in our goal of creating a more inclusive, diverse and equitable workplace and community, we seek an individual with a strong background in diversity, inclusivity, and equity.

  • Experience and / or lived experience working with Indigenous communities, organizations and peoples would be an asset.

  • Strong understanding of biodiversity conservation, ecosystem protection, and citizen science initiatives.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively engage with diverse audiences, such as Indigenous communities and the general public.

  • Experience in organizing and facilitating educational events, workshops, and webinars.

  • Proficiency in developing educational materials and resources, including presentations and curriculum content.

  • Survey creation, data collection and familiarity with research methodologies and data analysis techniques.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, managing multiple priorities and deadlines.

  • Strong organizational and project management skills.

  • Knowledge of land management practices and restoration projects related to climate change mitigation and biodiversity resiliency is a plus.

  • Sensitivity to cultural protocols and a commitment to fostering respectful relationships with Indigenous communities.

  • Ability to work with highly sensitive information and maintain confidentiality.

  • Valid Ontario driver’s license, access to a vehicle and suitable insurance coverage.

  • If working hybrid, must have access to reliable internet and a proper work space.

  • Must be under 30 years of age, eligible and registered through the Eco Canada Science Youth Horizons Internship Program. Science Horizons Youth Internship Program – Participant – ECO Canada (smapply.ca)

The Natural Heritage Education Coordinator will have the opportunity to make a meaningful impact by promoting cross-cultural understanding, environmental education, and nature conservation.

Our Team: We are a small but mighty team who are continually inspired by the dedication of our donors and supporters. We believe in hard work, teamwork, responsibility, and a commitment to our donors and supporters to do great work. Protecting natural areas is not our job; it is our passion and our promise!

To apply, please submit a current resume and cover letter that articulates your relevant knowledge and experience as per the items outlined above (please send this as one file), why you are interested in this position and what you can bring to our organization in this role. Please send it to Heather Clear Wind at engage@oakridgesmoraine.org before 5pm on Oct 10, 2023.

If you require any accommodation as part of your application or interview, please let us know.

Salary Range: $40,000 plus benefits after three months

Hours per week: 37.5

The Oak Ridges Moraine is part of the territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Chippewas of Georgina Island, Rama, and Beausoleil, and of the Mississaugas of Alderville, Curve Lake, Hiawatha, and Scugog Island – the First Nations of the Williams Treaties. We would like to thank them, and other Indigenous Peoples, for sharing this land with us.

Learn more about what we do here and more about us here.

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