School Program Leader

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Position description: 

School Program Leaders engage K-4 students in interactive outdoor field trips at the Garden. Leaders work with small groups of children during 90-minute programs in the fall and spring, rain or shine. New leaders receive hands-on training in September and March, plus ample time to shadow experienced leaders before taking their own groups. 

Responsibilities:

- Lead 90-minute environmental education programs for groups of school children during fall and spring, rain or shine.
- Facilitate a safe, fun, and high quality learning experience for students, teachers and chaperones
- Conduct programs in accordance with stated educational objectives in content and style

Skills, Attitudes, Knowledge Required:

- A love of nature and respect for the environment, with knowledge of ecology or gardening preferred
- Previous experience working with children ages 5-12 is desirable
- Confident and reliable communicator with children, volunteer team, and staff
- Patient, positive, flexible, fun-loving, and willing to regularly reflect upon personal performance and skill development 
- Interested in ongoing training and education, both as conducted by VanDusen and independently 
- Comfortable standing, walking, and kneeling throughout the shift
- Must pass a criminal record background check

Training and Orientation:

- Orientation to VanDusen Garden and the roles volunteers play at the VBGA: September 10th (time to be determined)
- Shadow Dates (chosen at training) - September 10th -17th, 2018 
- Role specific training in group management, interpretation skills, program content and teaching methodology will take place Monday September 10th - Friday September 14th from 9:30am-3:00pm each day.
- There will also be ample time to shadow experienced leaders and co-teach before taking out own groups. Shadowing dates will be chosen during training.

* Please note: if the training times listed above do not match your availability, but this opportunity excites you, please don't hesitate to apply! Depending on committment and ongoing availability, we are looking at flexible options for training*

Time Commitment:

One shift per week: 9:30am – 12pm or 12pm - 2:30pm weekdays Oct- Nov, and April-June. Plus, training in September and March as noted above 
A minimum of one year

Supervisory Relationships/liaison: Candidate will be supervised by, and liaise with, the School Programs Coordinator and the Director, Education.

Authority/Decision Making: Must be comfortable making decisions and problem solving with minimal supervision.

Volunteer Benefits:

- An opportunity to inspire and educate children
- Enhance teaching, and leadership skills
- Opportunity to work with educational professionals in a well-respected non-profit
- Contribute your time and talents in an impactful way for a worthwhile cause
- Reference letter

Qualifications: 

Skills, Attitudes, Knowledge Required:

- A love of nature and respect for the environment, with knowledge of ecology or gardening preferred
- Previous experience working with children ages 5-12 is desirable
- Confident and reliable communicator with children, volunteer team, and staff
- Patient, positive, flexible, fun-loving, and willing to regularly reflect upon personal performance and skill development 
- Interested in ongoing training and education, both as conducted by VanDusen and independently 
- Comfortable standing, walking, and kneeling throughout the shift
- Must pass a criminal record background check

Role is suitable for: 
Student
Adult
Senior
How to apply: 
https://app.betterimpact.com/Application?OrganizationGuid=5757625f-27eb-4d6c-9df5-ff3182c978da&ApplicationFormNumber=1&ActivityGUID=c3b9287f-786f-41ef-afcc-3e32dbb942c4
Contact person: 
Heidi Jakop
Volunteer Centre: 
Mission:
Vision: VanDusen Botanical Garden and Bloedel Conservatory will be cherished locally and renowned internationally for their beauty and for their leadership in plant conservation, biodiversity and sustainability. Mission: To inspire understanding of the vital importance of plants to all life through the excellence of our botanical collections, programs and practices.
Position type:
Number of volunteers required:
5
Position start/end date:
13 Jun 2018
Time Committment:
3 Hours Per Week
Time of day:
Daytime
Work location:
VanDusen Gardens
vancouver, BC v6m4h1