Title: Teaching Assistant, Children’s Education
Position Type: Full-time, contract
Supervisor: Children’s Education Supervisor, Community Programs
Toronto Botanical Garden offers recreational and school programs in our outdoor Teaching Garden and in our nature-themed classroom called the James Boyd Children’s Centre. Our goal is to stimulate children’s curiosity about nature and gardening through hands-on experience. Our community outreach efforts include free programs for high needs day camps, a scholarship program for deserving students, as well donations of organic produce grown in the Teaching Garden.
The Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG) requires an organized and enthusiastic Summer Teaching Assistant with camp experience to report to and work with the Children’s Education staff in preparing and delivering TBG’s summer nature day camps. The camp day takes place outside in TBG’s Teaching Garden and indoors in the cozy, nature-filled Children’s Centre.
Summary of Tasks and Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will report directly to the TBG’s Children’s Education Supervisor, Community Programs. The Teaching Assistant will:
- Assist with the preparation and teaching of outdoor, nature-based summer camps for children between the ages of 3 to 13.
- Assist with the coordination of the Eco Leader-in-Training program
- Assist with the planning and preparation of day camps for children from high needs communities through our Green Adventure program and Green Explorers Scholarship Camp
- Assist in the general care and maintenance of the TBG children’s centre, including some care of plants and live classroom pets
- Assist with the maintenance of the Teaching Garden, which includes a native wildflower garden, dinosaur garden, herb garden and an organic vegetable garden planted and harvested by children
- Assist with planning, preparation and facilitation of special events and family days through the summer
- Other duties as assigned
Applicant Requirements :
Please note: The Teaching Assistant position is supported by the Canada Summer Jobs grant and is contingent on ESDC’s approval of TBG’s grant proposal.
This grant-funded position is targeted towards returning students:
- Applicants must be between 17 and 30 years of age at the start of employment.
- Applicants must be registered as a full-time secondary or post-secondary student during the preceding academic year and intending to return to school on a full time basis during the next academic year.
- Prospective candidates should be working toward a post-secondary degree or diploma in education, early childhood education, environmental studies, ecology, biology or a related field.
This contract will run from the end of June until the end of August.
The successful candidate will be paid $11.25/hour for 37.5 hours per week.
Please send your cover letter and resume as a single PDF document with your name as the file name.
Interested candidates may direct their resume and cover letter to:
Broti Kar, Supervisor, Children’s Education
We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Position: Rental Department Accountant
Status: Part-time: 10-12 hours / 2 days per week plus 4-6 hours on the last business day of each month
The Rental Department Accountant reports to the Rentals Supervisor and works closely with the Rentals Supervisor, the Rental Sales Coordinator, the Director of Business and Finance and the TBG Accountant.
- Invoice Rental clients and record payments
- Contact caterers for copies of their client invoices; set up landmark fees in TBG’s Facilities software, EventPro
- Invoice landmark fees; communicate with suppliers as required to ensure timely payment of all post-event landmark fees
- Weekly review of internal event information sheets vs client contracts and department notes
- Prepare weekly deposit reports, month-end reports
- Monitor accounts receivable for facility rentals; communicate as required with rental clients to ensure timely payment of all facility rental deposits and event invoices
- Serve as backup for client inquiries and site tours if the Rentals Supervisor and the Rental Sales Coordinator are unavailable
- Participate in bi-weekly department meetings
- Provide input to business plans for monetizing additional TBG spaces and to the development of improved environmental policy and practice for rentals
- Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office
- Superb eye for detail and dedication to meticulous management of data
- Superior organizational skills
- Superior customer service skills
- Excels at working independently and within a team
- Experience with EventPro software
- Experience in venue rentals and rental client services
- Experience working for a volunteer-based, not-for-profit organization would be an asset
Posting closes 5 pm March 31.
Please send your resume and cover letter to:
Margaret Chasins, Director of Business and Finance
We thank all applicants for their interest. However please note that only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted; no calls please.
Title: Shop Manager
Position Type: Full-time, permanent
Reports To: Director of Horticulture
Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG) is located at Leslie and Lawrence, next to Edwards Gardens, in the geographic centre of Toronto. TBG is incorporated as a non-profit community of members, volunteers and stakeholders who share an interest in plants, gardens, nature and conservation.
TBG’s gardens, its LEED Silver-certified facility, programs, events and business activities support a mandate to “transform our city by connecting people to plants and the natural world”.
The “Garden Shop” supports this mandate by generating revenues from the sale of botanically-inspired merchandise, including gardening supplies and gifts, home décor, books and seasonally-appropriate seeds, bulbs and plants.
Reporting to the Director of Horticulture, the Shop Manager manages the retail operations of TBG’s Garden Shop. Key duties include managing staff and organizing volunteers, product selection, merchandising, financial reporting, and inventory control. The Shop Manager provides inspiration and guidance to a part-time assistant and to a team of volunteer sales associates, maintaining an atmosphere of warm, friendly customer service to TBG visitors and members.
- Provide direction to the Shop’s part-time assistant
- Work closely with TBG’s Head of Volunteer Services to develop and maintain a full roster of volunteer sales associates, including responsibility for training, assessment and “volunteer recognition”
- Schedule and organize regular information and training sessions for Shop volunteers
- Schedule assistant’s and volunteer associates’ shifts to maintain a necessary complement of customer support through both quiet and busy periods
- Provide constructive feedback and appreciation to volunteers
- Attend TBG staff meetings and report on current and upcoming shop activities
- Work with the Director of Horticulture to source and order merchandise appropriate for TBG’s specific profile and mission
- Attend gift shows and visit suppliers’ showrooms; maintain excellent relationships with suppliers and vendors
- Carry out/facilitate attractive visual merchandising, with timely change/rotation of stock and variation of themes and décor
- Organize and assist with shipping and receiving of Shop inventory
- Ensure that an accurate system of inventory control is in place and followed meticulously
- Minimize loss/damage/discards; organize and execute an end-of-year inventory and meet with auditors as required
- With support from the TBG Accountant and the Director of Business and Finance, balance daily transactions and ensure timely reconciliation of daily sales, invoices, processing of merchandise returns and monthly reports
- Manage weekly shop log reports
- Manage the Shop float and supplies for card transactions
- Work closely with TBG’s Database & IT Administrator to manage Shop sales software
- Provide timely information on sales trends and opportunities
- Consult and coordinate with the Adult Education Coordinator for course supplies and or TBG lectures
- Serve as retail manager for TBG at Canada Blooms, TBG Plant Sale and any other off-site pop-up retail opportunities
- Relevant experience in a retail environment in a supervisory position
- Proven financial ability and relevant computer skills (Microsoft Office, as well as point-of-sale software)
- Strong analytical, problem-solving and time management skills
- Excellent diplomatic and communication skills
- Ability to work calmly in a fast-paced environment
- Demonstrated ability to train and motivate staff and volunteers to assess and enhance performance
- Have a valid driver’s license and vehicle
- Ability to work a flexible schedule including holidays, nights and weekends
Thank-you for your interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
To apply, please send a resume (including two professional references) and cover letter in a single PDF with the applicant’s name as a title to: Paul Zammit, Director of Horticulture (email@example.com).