Nature Facilitator Opportunity

Casual, Part-Time Employment Opportunity with Flying Squirrel Adventures

Do you love spending time outside and supporting others in their journey of connection to self, others and nature? Are you looking for a leadership opportunity in the community where you can share your passion about outdoor education and hone your skills in relationship building?   If yes, we may have an opportunity for you.  We are currently taking applications for program facilitators. Please read on…..

As our program offering grows we are periodically in need of new nature leaders to join our team. These are part-time, casual opportunities suited to individuals who have some experience with and are passionate about working with children and youth in an outdoor setting.  Programs typically run in seasonal cycles for 6-8 week sessions and generally require a time commitment of 3-6 hours/week (depending on the program). 

About the Role:

As a facilitator 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. We are seeking candidates who are 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. Successful candidates will be expected to take part in a mandatory training session as part of the the hiring process. 

Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion:  

We are committed to Employment Equity and are 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 any positions that become available.  If you are a member of one of these groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on the form. 

To streamline our in-take process, we have created an online in-take form. Please fill this out noting below the list of competencies we are seeking.  

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

Compensation: Commensurate with experience but typically we offer between $15 and $18/hour.

Our review process: We will review applications as needed.  Eligible candidates will be asked to submit an up to date resume and participate in an on-line interview (an in-person meeting may also be arranged). 

Feel free to also submit a cover letter to valleyflyingsquirrels@gmail.com letting us know you have completed the form. 

Thank you for your application. We are a small organisation so we may not be able to respond to all inquiries, but we will do our best to be in touch within a few days.  No phone calls please. 

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.