EDUCATION ASSISTANTS

Title: Education Assistant (2 positions)

Position Type:
Position 1: PT (24 hr/week), + 1 week FT for March Break
Position 2 PT (24-28hr/week) + 1 week FT for March Break

Duration:
Position 1: 17 weeks between October 28th and March 20th
Position 2: 15 Weeks between Nov 10th and March 20th

Wage:  $15/hour

Supervisor: Children’s Education Supervisor

Overview:
Toronto Botanical Garden offers year round recreational and school programs, both indoors and out. The goal of TBG’s Children’s Programs is to foster an appreciation for nature by stimulating children’s’ curiosity through hands-on experiences. The successful candidate will team-teach one of two education programs run by the Toronto Botanical Garden Education Staff. The first program (Position 1) is called “Growing Under Glass” and takes place at the Allan Gardens Children’s Conservatory. Working closely with the Children’s Education Coordinator, the Education Assistant will co-teach educational programs to grade 3 students based on the grade 3 science curriculum. Each class completes activities in the Children’s Conservatory and tours the extensive plant collection in the other five greenhouses. The second program (Position 2) is called “Living Winter” and takes place at the Toronto Botanical Garden. Working with the Children’s Education Supervisor, the Education Assistant will co-teach a curriculum-based winter habitat program to Grade 4 students. Both programs are targeted to schools from high priority neighbourhoods.

Responsibilities:

  • Program preparation, delivery, and cleanup
  • Care for plants, vermicomposting worms, and other living creatures
  • Instructing volunteers and interns
  • Some administrative duties
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Certified Teacher preferred (Ontario, out-of-province or abroad)
  • Current Police Reference Check and First Aid Certification
  • 2 years experience working with elementary school children or equivalent
  • Relevant experience in environmental or outdoor education or equivalent
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Creativity, patience, organization and flexibility
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Formal Gardening, Horticultural, or Outdoor Education experience would be an asset

Training: Successful applicant will receive training prior to teaching school programs.

To Apply: Posting closes 5 p.m., Tuesday, October 21, 2014. Thank you for your interest, however, only candidates scheduled for an interview will be contacted.

To apply please send a resume and covering letter in a single PDF with the applicant’s name as a title to:

Diana Wilson
Supervisor of Children’s Education
Toronto Botanical Garden
childrensed@torontobotanicalgarden.ca

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