Employment Opportunity (2021)

Nature-Based Program Assistant & Communications

Position title: Communications & Programming Assistant
Start date: April 20th (min 8 weeks, extension likely, pending funding approval)
Hours per week 15-20 hours
Hourly wage $16-$18/hour (commensurate with experience)
Work location: Annapolis Valley, NS. This position requires a combination of in-person program facilitation and behind the scenes program planning, administration and communications from a personal computer. Computer work will be conducted from home, with regular touch-points, including in-person meetings with team members.
Eligibility: Young persons (ages 20-30 years) will be given preference for this position to align with wage subsidy criteria and job requirements. Must be eligible to work in Canada.

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 this position. 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.

Organizational overview and nature of the work:

Flying Squirrel Adventures is a nature program based in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. We initiateand 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.

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.

About the Position:

In the role of Communications and Programming Assistant you will be working closely with the FSA Coordinator to further the goal of creating, facilitating and communicating programs that are inclusive of diverse audiences and serve groups and individuals who traditionally, are underserved and underrepresented in outdoor recreation/nature programs. The successful applicant will be expected to perform some or all of the following tasks.

Planning/Facilitation/Administration:

• Help plan and facilitate various nature programs for children, youth and adults

• Support the promotion and administration of various nature programs run by FSA, including

taking registrations and other preparatory tasks

Support communications and outreach

• Support the promotion of nature events and programs through various social media channels

and local marketing channels

• Support or lead the design of communications tools (e.g. posters, web content, banners, etc.).

• Support the preparation of the monthly FSA newsletter (Mailchimp)

• Support FSA’s social media’s presence with posts and updates

• Website updates and maintenance esp. related to new events/programs

• Take photos and videos and help manage a photo bank

Support FSA’s Equity and Inclusion mandate:

• Work with FSA team to create and implement a diversity, equity, inclusion and justice strategy

• Support the preparation of funding applications that will allow FSA to better serve Black,

Indigenous and People of Color (BIPoC), as well as other underserved populations

• Reach out to community groups doing this work and work towards continuous improvement

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

  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong communication skills (written and spoken)
  • Creative and flexible to changing circumstances
  • Able to work independently and stay focused
  • An eagerness to learn, problem solve and think on your feet
  • Experience leading groups / group facilitation skills (or have a strong desire to learn into
  • Experience working with children and youth an asset
  • Comfortable in nature and working in the outdoors in various weather conditions
  • Familiar with Microsoft programs (Word and Excel) and social media platforms
  • Experience with MailChimp and WordPress (or willingness to learn)
  • Experience with Photoshop, Canva or other design software, an asset
  • Awareness of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice issues a strong asset
  • Must provide your own computer
  • Access to a vehicle a strong asset
  • Clean Vulnerable Sector Check

Skill-Building Opportunity:

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to the important work of connecting people to nature – an international movement that recognizes the importance of nature time and appreciation for human and planetary health and wellness. The position is also focused on diversity, equity, inclusion, justice and reconciliation and helping FSA move forward with its objectives. While focused on nature connection, much of the work of this position involves highly transferable skills. You will get exposure to the workings of a non-profit organization, mentored by someone with over 20 years’ experience in that sector. You will learn about program and communications planning as well as execution, work on funding applications and funding reports. Through outreach efforts you will be involved with, you will have the opportunity to learn about the various groups and agencies active in our region that serve underserved populations and have the opportunity to meet/contact various people in our region.

How to apply: Please submit a cover letter and recent resume in a single PDF file to valleyflyingsquirrels@gmail.com with FSA Job Application in the subject line. You may address the cover letter to Judy Lipp. The cover letter should address the following:

  •  Why you are interested in this position and working with Flying Squirrel Adventures
  •  Your own connection to nature (or absence thereof), e.g. what do you appreciate about nature time and why do you feel it’s important for others to be nature connected.
  •  Your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • How your past work and/or life experiences relate to the position.
  • Why you think you are a good candidate for the position.
  • Please include your month and year of birth in your letter