Job Posting 70021

Residential Planting Programs Assistant
ReForest London
London area
closes in 5 days (Sun, 18 Apr)
canada summer jobs / summer students  •  37.5 hrs/week @ $15/hr

ReForest London (RFL) is a small but mighty non-profit organization with a vision to see our community thriving in a healthy urban forest. We're on a mission to enhance environmental and human health in the Forest City by inspiring, educating and empowering Londoners to plant and care for trees and to be part of a sustainability-focused future for our community.

Since our founding in 2005, we have grown to become London’s largest environmental not-for-profit organization. Powered by passionate staff and volunteers, ReForest London plants, cares for, and gives away thousands of trees each year. ReForest London also offers many tree-themed educational activities such as workshops, webinars and hikes. We are big on partnerships and increasingly looking to help facilitate large-scale, citywide solutions to environmental issues. Two of our larger projects at the moment include London’s Million Tree Challenge (milliontrees.ca) and the creation of a regional environmental centre, the Westminster Ponds Centre for Environment & Sustainability (westminsterpondscentre.ca).

While we are a small team, we are energetic, passionate and we punch above our weight. Our workplace and workstyle is flexible. Staff members are accountable for outcomes but enjoy a lot of freedom in how to achieve them.

ReForest London’s core values are: Collaboration, Optimism, Respect and Empowerment.

 

POSITION OVERVIEW

Each year since 2015, ReForest London has been working with a wide range of community partners to deliver one of Canada’s largest residential tree giveaway programs. Through the power of volunteer passion, one-on-one conversations, and getting our hands dirty planting, we have planted and given away over 21,000 trees to date. Over the long term, the trees being planted in these neighbourhoods will contribute to a healthy urban forest, making London a greener, healthier place to live.

The Residential Planting Programs Assistant will help our team deliver numerous curbside tree giveaway events from the Westminster Ponds this spring, and then assist in preparing for the fall event season. This is a 12 week, full-time position (37.5 hours/week), starting May 3, 2021. If the selected candidate prefers a part-time working schedule, the term can be extended on a part-time basis across 16 weeks (ending no later than August 29, 2021). The hourly wage is $15/hr.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Helping to update event and species signage and other program materials
  • Assisting with the preparation of plant orders
  • Promoting upcoming Tree Depot (giveaway) events, including developing social media content and distributing promotional materials to select locations in the community
  • Responding to prospective tree recipient inquiries, and ensuring our inventory is up-to-date on our online ordering form
  • Assisting with nursery stock management, including:
    • Assisting with generating and submitting plant orders to suppliers
    • Assisting with unloading of plant deliveries
    • Nursery stock inventory management and care
    • Assessing nursery stock for health and condition
  • Assisting with event setup and takedown, preparing equipment, literature, and materials for events
  • Educating homeowners about the value of trees and native trees in particular, how to choose the right tree for their yard, and provide them with follow-up educational materials which show how to plant and care for their new trees
  • Volunteer management of event volunteers, including instructing them about tasks, providing them with materials, and ensuring that they have a positive experience at our events
  • Tracking data pertaining to the program, including:
    • Entering contact information for tree recipients in our Customer Relationship Management database (Sumac)
    • Registering all trees given away on the Million Tree Challenge website, and tracking in internal documents
    • Processing and recording donations received at events
  • Sharing impact stories and photo albums of Tree Depot events through our website, newsletter, and on social media
  • Distributing surveys to past tree recipients to assess survival rates of trees
  • Contributing to the preparation of impact reports to program funders
  • Identifying potential locations and community partners for future (post-COVID) Tree Depot events, and conducting initial outreach to them
  • Updating program training materials to help improve delivery in future seasons
  • Assisting other program staff with various tasks, including but not limited to: volunteer engagement, outreach events, park naturalizations, aftercare, and hikes
  • Participating in weekly staff meetings and team meetings
  • Helping to plan and deliver an “end of season” debrief for the program to report on outcomes and lessons learned

 

WHO WE'RE LOOKING FOR

The ideal candidate is passionate about trees and nature and loves being outdoors! You have experience working with the public and enjoy working on a number of different projects at a time. You are also an excellent communicator, and have experience working in teams (and ideally with volunteers). You enjoy contributing to a healthier and greener future. 

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Degree or diploma (completed or in progress) in ecology, environmental sciences, biology, geography, landscape architecture, or similar field.
  • This position requires considerable physical labour and some heavy lifting during the planting season (trees in pots, generally 10-30 lbs but possibly up to 50 lbs, with several hundred trees coming in and needing to be unloaded / loaded most weeks during planting season). The position also requires you to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions, including heat and rain. 
  • Valid Ontario ‘G’ driver’s license and regular access to a vehicle preferred

As this position will be funded through an employment support program, the candidate must be:

  • Between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada, or have granted refugee status in Canada (no work permits or student visas)
  • 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

 

DESIRED EXPERIENCE, SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND ABILITIES

  • Knowledge of Carolinian zone ecosystems and native species is a strong asset
  • Strong instructional / public speaking skills are required
  • Experience in the administration or delivery of environmental programs is valuable
  • Working with community volunteers and/or public groups is an asset
  • Experience working in a non-profit setting is an asset
  • Experience in ecological restoration, landscaping, horticulture, or native plant gardening an asset
  • Flexible, used to dealing with multiple projects at a time
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to be self-directed and manage a project from start to finish
  • Experience assisting with grant and impact reporting an asset
  • Data collection and management
  • Past experience undertaking outreach to prospective volunteer groups or community partners an asset
  • Standard First Aid / CPR certification an asset

 

PERKS

  • Flexible work schedule (working Saturday and Sunday? Take Monday and Wednesday off then!)
  • Positive team environment: we live on a diet of optimism, chocolate, and tree puns
  • Working in the middle of a forest: Westminster Ponds is surrounded by beautiful trees and nature, and is a great place to take a walk during lunch to refocus

 

WORKING ENVIRONMENT

We work in a busy, fast-paced environment (especially during planting seasons!), and we get our energy from knowing that the work we do is making a difference in our community. Members of our team all bring their own expertise and strengths to the table, and collaboration, reflection, and learning are all important parts of our organizational culture. Our office is located at the Westminster Ponds Centre, right next to the beautiful Westminster Ponds Environmentally Significant Area – London’s largest ESA and a wonderful place to enjoy a lunch-time hike or picnic.

 

COVID-19 CONSIDERATIONS

Candidates can expect to work a blended model of in-office and at-home, as well as working outdoors during events and when managing plant stock. Candidates must therefore be self-directed and willing and able to work independently from home for a portion of the work term. A private workstation will be provided at our office when the individual is required to be on location. Further details regarding COVID-19 protocols will be provided to selected candidates during the interview process.

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