Growing Programs Coordinator
About ReForest London:
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.
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), which we co-founded with the City of London, and the creation of a regional environmental centre, the Westminster Ponds Centre for Environment & Sustainability (westminsterpondscentre.ca).
The Growing Programs Coordinator will lead efforts to develop tree seed collection and seedling growing programs for ReForest London and the new Westminster Ponds Centre. These new programs will enhance ecological restoration efforts by creating capacity to locally source seed, and fuel the establishment of a community-based tree growing program for London.
• Plan and deliver seed identification, forecasting and monitoring hikes with community members through local forests and natural areas
• Plan and deliver workshops on seed collection, seed cleaning, and processing/storage
• Plan and deliver seed planting workshops in local greenhouses and schools
• Provide technical (plant and seed-related) support to a project to develop plans for a pilot Community Tree Nursery for London, as well as assist with report writing as needed
• Work with the general public, high school groups, and other community organizations
• Assist with volunteer recruitment and training for volunteers to support seed collection and planting efforts
• Develop partnerships with organizations and individuals to support the program
• Share impact stories on our website and social media
• Contribute to funder reports and program development
• Provide additional staff support for our Neighbourhood Tree Depots and Park Naturalization programs, as needed
This position will report to the Director of Programs, Brianne Curry, and also work closely with the Planting Programs Manager, Dan Marina.
This is a 5 day/week (37.5 hours/week) position with an hourly rate of $20, expected to run from mid August 2021 to mid-June 2022 (10 months).
Who we’re looking for:
The ideal candidate is a green thumb who loves plants and the outdoors, and enjoys working with other organizations and individuals to make our community more sustainable. You are a great instructor who enjoys helping people, and especially youth, learn more about the environment. You enjoy helping things grow, and have an extensive knowledge of our region’s native trees and shrubs.
Required skills, knowledge and abilities:
• Able to identify Ontario native trees, shrubs and seed
• Excellent instructor, able to train volunteers and field staff on key tasks and concepts
• Exceptional interpersonal skills and comfortable leading volunteers of all ages
• Strong event planning and delivery skills
• Enjoy working outdoors in a variety of weather and field conditions
• Experience assisting with grant and impact reporting an asset
• Standard first aid / CPR certification an asset
• Past experience in delivering environmental programs and working with community volunteers an asset
• Degree or diploma in Botany, Horticulture, Arboriculture, Ecological Restoration, Geography, Natural Resources, or a related field
• Seed Collector certification or other seed collection experience a strong asset
• Experience growing seedlings
• G Drivers License required
• This position requires some physical labour, including leading hikes in natural areas, assisting with park naturalization and tree giveaway events, and assisting with weekly tree deliveries / unloads. Therefore, the successful candidate must be physically capable of lifting up to 50lbs and working outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.
• Ability to work evenings and weekends as required
• Flexible work schedule (working Saturday and Sunday? Take Monday and Tuesday 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
THIS POSITION IS CONTINGENT UPON FUNDING. As this position will be funded through an employment support program, the candidate must be:
• Under 30 years of age
• A post-secondary graduate (this is not required for participants who live in Yukon, Northwest Territories, or Nunavut)
• Legally entitled to work in Canada (i.e. Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status)
• Self-assess as underemployed (meaning they are employed below their level of education, outside their field of study, hold part-time employment, or unemployed)
Pending public health guidelines, the position will be a blend of in-office, in-field and remote work.
We work in a busy, fast-paced environment (especially during planting seasons!), and get our energy from knowing that the work we are doing is making a difference in our community and the daily lives of thousands of Londoners each year.
Members of our team all bring their own expertise and strengths to the table, where collaboration and support are both important parts of our organizational culture. For nature enthusiasts, our office is located 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. We are passionate and dedicated individuals who are motivated every day to make London a better place!
Please submit your application online at https://airtable.com/shrlgGp3QB0Xb7gUG no later than 11:59 PM on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. Interviews will be held that week, with a negotiable/preferred start date in early to mid-August.
All submissions will be acknowledged as received, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted thereafter. No phone calls please.
ReForest London is committed to the diversity of its board, staff and volunteers. Like a forest that thrives best when it is comprised of many different kinds of trees, ReForest London thrives and gains strength from the differing perspectives, insights and experiences a diverse group provides. In all that we do, we nurture and sustain an organizational culture that is as inclusive as our community. We encourage any qualified people (including Indigenous peoples, new immigrants and refugees, women, and LGBTQ2+ individuals) to apply. If you require accommodations during the recruitment process, please let us know.
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