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Job Number:  40907
Urban Forest Outreach Team Leader
Job Posted: Monday, 8 January 2018
Closing Date: Monday, 12 February 2018
(72 days ago)
Green Timbers Heritage Society - Surrey's Natural Areas Partnership (SNAP)
Region: Vancouver & Lower Mainland Type: Contract - Full time
Location: Surrey Salary: (not entered)

Urban Forest Outreach Team Leader

Term: May 7 – August 24, 2018

Hours: 40 hours per week, Wednesday-Sunday, with strong potential for occasional evening work

Location: Surrey, BC


About Surrey’s Natural Areas Partnership:

The SNAP program is a unique partnership involving three local non-profit groups and Surrey Parks, Recreation & Culture. SNAP is administered by the Green Timbers Heritage Society (GTHS), a non-profit partner in SNAP with a long history of advocating on behalf of Surrey’s urban forest. SNAP is a youth-focused program that works collaboratively with our partners to restore and enhance our urban forest while promoting environmental stewardship across our City. Our four principal objectives are to: 1) restore and enhance Surrey’s natural areas and wildlife habitat; 2) raise awareness of the benefits of nature, and the importance of Surrey’s urban forest; 3) foster participation in nature while promoting the stewardship of Surrey parks; and 4) empower youth to become future leaders in environmental education and conservation.


Position Description:

The Green Timbers Heritage Society is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Urban Forest Outreach Team Leader for the SNAP summer program. The Urban Forest Outreach Team Leader will lead a team of Urban Forest Outreach Team Members and will work under the direction of the SNAP Program Coordinator to implement outreach projects in Surrey parks and neighbouring communities.  This is a field-based position. Through this program, the successful applicants will receive training and experience in environmental communication, interpretation, community engagement and small-scale event and project organization/implementation.


Position Responsibilities:

  • Lead the Urban Forest Outreach Team in the implementation of outreach projects (e.g. park roving, community events, and canvassing);
  • Assist with the training, scheduling, supervision, and evaluation of team members;
  • Communicate with the public as an ambassador for our program and partner organizations;
  • Rove in  Surrey  parks  acting as a park host,  communicating  with  the  public  and  park  neighbours  about  local environmental issues;
  • Host and attend a variety of community events promoting nature appreciation;
  • Conduct door-to-door  distribution  of  information  related  to  local  parks  and  environmental stewardship;
  • Assist in the creation and implementation of SNAP media, advertising and marketing;
  • Maintain files and track project deliverables, providing updates & progress reports to supervisors;
  • Ensure work is completed in a safe and efficient manner;
  • Collect data, maintain accurate daily records and write a final report;
  • Other related duties as required.

About You:

The ideal candidate will possess the following core competencies:

  • You have demonstrated experience in a communications or educational role (preferably in an environmental based organization);
  • You have a working knowledge of local flora and fauna (including non-native plants);
  • You have demonstrated experience in a paid supervisory role with peers;
  • You are thorough and hard-working, understand what leadership means, and are able to foster a positive and professional team environment;
  • You are organized and proficient at keeping track of multiple priorities and progress on various projects;
  • You understand the broader needs of our organization and are able to align yourself and your team with our mandate;
  • You have high standards for communication and are adept at conveying important messages to your team and to members of the public;
  • You think creatively and react positively to challenging and constantly changing circumstances.

Required Qualifications:

Eligible applicants must satisfy all of the following criteria:

  • Currently enrolled as a full-time student in an undergraduate degree or two year diploma program in Communications, Education, Geography, Environmental Studies or related discipline;
  • Supervisory and/or leadership experience;
  • Strong public relations, communications and interpersonal skills;
  • Demonstrated willingness and ability to perform repetitive work in all weather conditions;
  • Creativity, enthusiasm and interest in ecology and the environment;
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment;
  • Demonstrated ability to identify native and invasive plants, and knowledge of ecological principles;
  • Valid Level 1 First Aid Certification;
  • Completion of a criminal record check will be required as a condition of employment.
  • Must have a valid BC Driver’s License, access to a personal vehicle and be willing to submit a driver’s abstract.

This position is partially funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program. Applicants must also satisfy the following Government of Canada stipulations in order to be eligible:

  • Must be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
  • have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;
  • 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;
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada and BC.

Additional preferred qualifications:

  • Fluency in additional languages, particularly Punjabi, is an asset.

Applications will be accepted until February 12, 2018.


Please note that while we appreciate all interest, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


For more information on the SNAP program, our history and successes, please visit our website: www.surreysnaturalareaspartnership.com

How to Apply:
Please mention you saw this posting on WorkInNonProfits.ca.
- Submit a cover letter that expresses why you are interested in this position and that clearly outlines how you meet all of our core competencies and required qualifications.
- Submit a resume that clearly outlines all relevant work experience.
- Ensure the subject line of your email reads “Urban Forest Outreach Team Leader– [first and last name]”.
Contact Details:
Nathan Ross
Green Timbers Heritage Society
14225 Green Timbers Way
Surrey, BC, V3T 0J2

www:   www.surreysnaturalareaspartnership.com/employment-opportunities

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