Education Assistant – Temporary Contract

Job Dates: May 1, 2017 – August 18, 2017

Working closely with the Toronto Botanical Garden’s education team, the Education Assistant will plan and deliver nature-based programs for elementary school groups and summer camps. These programs, which support the Ontario school curriculum, immerse children in the natural world and draw connections for children between the natural world and art and culture. Students will participate in hands-on activities including water testing in Wilket Creek, exploring habitats in the Wilket Creek ravine, farming in TBG’s Teaching Garden, and creating nature art. More information on TBG school programs and camps can be found at and


  • Teach curriculum-based educational programs for elementary and middle-school students
  • Assist with the planning, preparation and clean-up of TBG’s school programs
  • Assist with the planning, preparation and teaching of nature-based summer camps for children between the ages of 3 to 15.
  • Assist with the planning and preparation of day camps for children from high-needs communities through our Green Adventure program and Leadership Camp
  • Assist with the maintenance of program spaces including the Teaching Garden and Children’s Centre
  • Care for plants, vermicomposting worms, and other living creatures
  • Assist with leading volunteers and interns
  • Some administrative duties
  • Other duties as assigned

The ideal candidate for this position is an enthusiastic educator with a passion for natural heritage interpretation. A teacher’s degree is not required but preference will be given to those pursuing one. An academic background in the natural sciences is also considered an asset.

In addition, the successful candidate must:

  • be fluent in English with excellent oral communication
  • have experience working with children and youth from schools and/or camps
  • have experience in environmental or outdoor education
  • have an interest in horticulture, food security, environmental science and/or nature
  • have basic proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite
  • be creative, patient, flexible and positive
  • be able to work as a member of a team and independently
  • be willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Must have, or be willing to acquire, a current Police Reference Check and basic First Aid certificate

This is a Canadian Heritage YCW supported position for full-time students who are intending to return to full-time studies in the next semester.  This position is dependent upon receipt of funding.

You are eligible if you:

  • are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada; Note: Non-Canadian students holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible.
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • are between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • are registered in the YCW on-line candidate inventory;
  • are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
  • do not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with YCW;
  • have been a full-time student (as defined by your educational institution) in the semester preceding the YCW job;
  • have finished the school term at the start of employment
  • intend to return to full-time studies in the semester following the YCW job.

Application Procedure:
Qualified candidates are invited to submit a resume and covering letter which describes how they meet the job qualifications by April 12, 2017 to:

Rebecca Niblett, Children’s Education Supervisor, School Programs

Committed to employment equity, the Toronto Botanical Garden encourages applications from Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of visible minority groups and women. Please note that only applicants entered on the Young Canada Works candidate inventory can be considered. We thank all applicants and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

TBGKids Summer Teaching Assistant

Job Dates: mid-June until the end of August

Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG) offers recreational and school programs in our outdoor Teaching Garden and nature-themed classroom. Our goal is to stimulate children’s curiosity about nature and gardening through hands-on experiences. Through the summer, we offer paid camps as well as free programs for children in high-needs communities. Children spend plenty of time growing food in the Teaching Garden, much of which is donated to a local food bank.

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. Camp takes place outside in TBG’s Teaching Garden and indoors in the classroom.

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
  • Provide support with the planning and preparation of day camps for children from high needs communities through our Green Adventure program and Green Explorers Scholarship Camp
  • Help maintain TBG classroom, including some care of plants and fish
  • 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
  • Other duties as assigned

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 students during the preceding academic year and intending to return to school in the fall.
  • 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.

The successful candidate will be paid $11.40/hour for 40 hours per week.

Application Procedure:
Please send your cover letter and resume as a single PDF document with your name as the file name to the Children’s Education Supervisor, Community Programs at by May 1, 2017.

We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.



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