NOW HIRING: Summer Positions: WIld Child NS Educator (2 Positions)

We are looking for some people who are magical with children to help deliver Wild Child Forest School Programming for the summer in the Kearney Lake area of Bedford for our 2019 Summer Season. Our ideal candidate would love being outside in all weathers, enjoy playing & supervising children, with an eye for safety and risk management.

About Sierra Club Canada Foundation

Sierra Club Canada Foundation empowers people to protect, restore and enjoy a healthy and safe planet. SCCF’s objective is to protect and restore the health of the natural environment, including communities, by empowering Sierra Club members and its citizens through education and action.

Sierra Club Canada Foundation is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Wild Child Forest School is a project of Sierra Club Canada Foundation that provides child-led, play-based learning through repeated exposure to nature. At forest school we empower children to take the lead on their learning in a natural setting over time, which may mean getting wet, dirty, making stuff with tools, and learn to extend their limits in a thoughtful and intentional way. Our program takes place entirely outside, so the ideal candidate would be comfortable in an outdoor setting for 8 hours a day.

To find out more about our programs visit wildchildatlantic.ca

Tasks and Responsibilities

As part of the staffing team, you will:

  • Contribute to the development & delivery Wild Child Forest School programming with the Wild Child NS leaders.
  • Lead songs, tell stories, inspire enthusiasm, share knowledge, and create a positive atmosphere for children in a natural setting
  • Support the development of a child’s ability to navigate risks
  • Mediate conflicts between participants maintaining dignity and respect for everyone involved
  • Ensure proper protocols and Safe Work Practices are enacted
  • Foster curiosity and excitement about nature
  • Maintain session notes and contributions to social media platforms

Qualifications

This position is a Canada Summer Job position and candidates must:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment*; and,
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

The program’s broader objectives as part of the Youth Employment Strategy are to improve the labour market participation of Canadian youth.

*International students are not eligible participants. International students include anyone who is temporarily in Canada for studies and who is not a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada.

As an educator, we would like for you to have:

  • Some post-secondary training in a relevant area (Early Childhood Education, Science (Ecology, Biology, etc.) , Psychology, Education, etc.) or sufficient qualifying experience
  • Be an excellent communicator and team player with attention for details
  • Have previous experience working with children
  • Love nature and being outside in it (this include bugs, getting dirty, & playing in the rain)
  • Have a positive fun attitude, yet professional approach

Applicants must also be prepared to provide a clean Criminal Records Check with Vulnerable Sector Screen and a clear Child Abuse Registry Search.

Valid First Aid with AED/CPR-C or Wilderness First Aid would be considered an asset.

Valid Driver’s License and access to a reliable car would also be considered an asset.

Dates and Times of Work

This position will be 10 weeks in length with potential for part-time/casual work in the Fall. This position starts Monday, June 24th to Friday, August 30st,

Hours of work are Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm, with 2 holidays Mondays off during the summer.

Remuneration: $13/hr, 40hours/week for 10 weeks

Deadline: Midnight on Sunday, June 9th, If you think you are the ideal candidate, please apply early.

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter outlining your education, experience, and interest as a single email attachment to Gretchen Fitzgerald, National Programs Director at gretchenf@sierraclub.ca. Please include “Wild Child NS Summer Student Application” in the subject line of the email.

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Nature Trust adds missing puzzle piece to a Cape Breton wilderness area

Baddeck River Lands Adds to Nature Trust’s Historic Land Campaign

[Baddeck, NS]—A 130-acre gift of Cape Breton land to the Nova Scotia Nature Trust protects old growth forests, habitat for endangered wildlife, and ensures the future of a major provincial Wilderness Area. The achievement is part of an extraordinary Nature Trust land conservation campaign. Through matching fund commitments, every dollar raised by March 31 brings four more dollars to save land, up to 3,000 acres, across the province.

The Baddeck River land protects ecologically rich and important old-growth hardwood forests, pristine river shoreline and habitat for endangered wildlife such as Canada Lynx and Pine Marten. The conservation benefits extend beyond the property as well – as an inholding of private land within the 6,800 acre Baddeck River Wilderness Area, the property is like a missing piece in a puzzle. Without protection, the property could have been developed opening the wilderness to roads, invasive species, clearcutting, and other threats.

Its protection eliminates these threats and ensures an intact corridor for wildlife between the highlands and the river valley. This vast, unbroken wilderness with old growth forests is essential for wildlife like lynx, bears, owls and woodpeckers.

Irene and the late Ernest Forbes, the land donors, are delighted their treasured lands will be protected, forever. Many Nova Scotian families have strong, multi-generational connections to their land, and worry about what will happen to their special place after they’re gone. Will it be sold, subdivided or cleared?  Will the beautiful woods or pristine lakeshores be destroyed, and opportunities to enjoy these wild places lost?

The late Ernest Forbes did not want that to happen to his treasured lands on the Baddeck River. The lovely old hardwood forests and the wild river had been perfect for Ernest, a hunter and angler.

“Ernest loved that piece of land,” said Irene of her husband, who passed away in 2015. “It was good for his soul. It made him happy. He wanted other people to enjoy it as much as he did. That’s why we have donated the land to the Nature Trust. They can ensure the property remains in its natural state, forever.”

This conservation achievement is part of national efforts to address the growing crisis of biodiversity loss across Canada and beyond. The government of Canada has recently committed to protecting 17% of Canada by 2020 and made a historic $1.3 billion investment to ensure that goal is reached.

To build momentum for this national effort, the Government chose key conservation leaders across the country, including the Nature Trust, to deliver quick wins for biodiversity—significant, immediate land conservation gains. The Nature Trust launched an ambitious, landmark conservation drive, the Lasting Landscapes Campaign that aims to protect as many as 15 new conservation sites encompassing over 3,000 acres of Nova Scotia’s natural areas, in just a few months. The campaign will protect as much land as the organization conserved in its first 13 years of conservation.

The Honorable Mark Eyking, Member of Parliament for the Sydney-Victoria riding where the lands are located, welcomed the news of the new protected lands. “Being from a rural community, I recognize the importance of maintaining our forests and wildlife. I commend the Forbes family for setting aside the 130-acre inholding to be protected, and I commend the Nova Scotia Nature Trust as the caretakers of this property and others across the province,” noted Mr Eyking.

By supporting the Nature Trust’s Campaign, other citizens can be a part of protecting Canada’s biodiversity too. Through matching funds from the Nature Fund and the Nova Scotia Crown Share Land Legacy Trust, every dollar donated by March 31, 2019, leverages another four dollars to save the land.

To meet matching fund requirements, and leverage over three million dollars for conservation, the Nature Trust must not only secure a record number of conservation sites by March 31 but must also raise another $750,000 in public support.  To date, Nova Scotians have stepped up with $600,000.

Bonnie Sutherland, Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Nature Trust noted, “It’s an incredible, unprecedented opportunity for individual Nova Scotians to make a big difference for nature. With this 4 to 1 match, a $100 donation means $500 to save the land.  A $1000 donation means $5000 to protect the places we love!”

Charitable donations can be made at nsnt.ca or by phone at (902) 425-LAND. Every dollar donated by March 31, 2019, will leverage four additional dollars in biodiversity conservation.

The Baddeck River Conservation Lands add to a growing network of over 100 lands protected by the Nova Scotia Nature Trust across the province, encompassing over 11,000 acres of priority habitats and rich biodiversity.

Invitation to the Halifax Tree Project’s Guided Walks

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Please join the Halifax Tree Project on a guided walkabout happening in October.

There are three exciting opportunities to participate: two on the Halifax peninsula, and one in Dartmouth.

These guided walks are a great opportunity to learn about the wide variety of ecosystem services and benefits provided by our incredible urban forest here in the Halifax Regional Municipality.

 

Halifax Peninsula Trees

Saturday, October 20th

10am – 12pm

Depart from Halifax Central Library, main entrance

 

Cemetery Trees in Halifax

Thursday, October 25th

5pm – 7pm

Depart from Camp Hill Cemetery, Summer St. entrance

 

Dartmouth

Saturday, October 27th

10am – 12pm

Depart from Alderney Dr., bottom of Portland St.