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.
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.
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.
As this position will be funded through an employment support program, the candidate must be:
DESIRED EXPERIENCE, SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND ABILITIES
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.
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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