Children/Youth Nature-Based Program Facilitation

Position title: Nature Program Facilitators (for children and youth)
Start date: mid-end April 2021
Hours per week 3 hours minimum (for one program)
Hourly wage $17-$20/hour (commensurate with experience)
Work location: various outdoor locations (parks & trails) in the Annapolis Valley, NS
Requirements: Access to Transportation and Cell Phone, Clear criminal record check

Our programs are expanding and so must our team.  We are seeking committed individuals who are interested in working with young people in nature for individual, community and planetary wellness. We take children and/or youth into the woods (public parks and trails) every week to help them learn, grow, connect and have fun. We have small group sizes to support relationship building between all involved. We encourage and support unstructured play and learning as well as offering a repertoire of nature awareness activities, team building tools and outdoor skills appropriate to the age, interests and developmental stage of the group.  We have confirmed programs running in 6-8-week sessions this Spring, Summer and Fall.  These are part-time, casual positions that align with our seasonal program offering.

Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion:  

Flying Squirrel Adventures is committed to Employment Equity and is keen to diversify our team and the people we serve. Candidates who self-identify as First Nations, Métis and Inuit, Black, People of Colour, Persons with Disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals will be strongly considered for these positions. If you are a member of one of these groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on either your cover letter or resume.  We also encourage applicants to request accommodations if required for an interview and we will meet your needs to the best of our abilities.

About the Role:

We are seeking individuals who are passionate about working with children and youth in an outdoor setting. You will be in the role of mentor not baby-sitter, supporting children and/or youth through healthy risk-taking in the outdoors, skill-building, nature awareness and personal wellness. As a facilitator you will be willing and ready to lean into the interests and passions expressed by the participants and are ready to adapt on the fly to changing dynamics and circumstances.  You will work in collaboration with a co-facilitator checking-in, planning and debriefing to ensure the program best serves the participants.   

Required competencies:  This position requires the following skills, abilities and attributes: 

  • Experience working with children and youth 
  • Experience leading groups / group facilitation skills (or have a strong desire to learn into that role)
  • Comfortable in nature and working in the outdoors in various weather and trail conditions
  • Passionate/knowledgeable about nature and/or outdoor skills an asset
  • Timely and clear communication skills 
  • Creative and flexible to changing circumstances
  • An eagerness to learn, problem solve and think on your feet 
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice issues 
  • Clean Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Up to date CPR/First Aid an asset

How to apply: Please submit an e-mail with the subject line FSA Facilitator Inquiry, addressing the following questions: 

  • Why you are interested in facilitating with Flying Squirrel Adventures?
  • What have been your own experiences with nature connection and time playing and learning in the outdoors? 
  • What experience do you have working with/caring for young people (ages 3-18)?
  • Why do you feel it’s important for children/youth to have time in nature/outdoor play?
  • How do your past work and/or life experiences relate to the position?
  • Why you think you are a good candidate for the position?

Please attach a recent resume and send to valleyflyingsquirrels@gmail.com

Application deadline date: Rolling application review process.  Please get in touch as soon as possible. 

We are a small organisation so we may not be able to respond to all inquiries, but we will try.

Organizational overview and nature of the work: 

Flying Squirrel Adventures is a nature program based in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. We initiate and facilitate immersive nature outings, activities and event series for people of all ages.  We develop and run programs for children, youth and adults in natural settings and local green spaces to provide outdoor skills, sensory awareness (i.e. mindfulness exercises), naturalist training, and age appropriate activities as well as free play opportunities to allow participants to connect to the natural world, themselves and each other.  Flying Squirrel Adventures is a program of the Blomidon Naturalists Society.  https://valleyflyingsquirrel.wordpress.com/

Acknowledgement: 

Our programs take place in Mi’kma’ki, the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which did not deal with the surrender of lands and resources but recognized Mi’kmaw title.  We acknowledge that we have a responsibility to honour and learn about Mi’kmaq history and current culture and to actively work in support of reconciliation. We are committed to these things and to fostering respectful and sustainable relationships with the Indigenous Peoples of this land, with non-human beings, with the land and with the water.  What this means in practice in the context of our work and our personal lives is a process to which we are committed and actively seek guidance.