Friends Of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society- Learning Naturally Program Coordinator

The Friends Of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society has an opening for an environmental education contractor to work in conjunction with Alberta Parks staff delivering programs in Fish Creek Provincial Park. A position description for the “Learning Naturally Program Coordinator” can be found below.

This position is managed by The Friends of Fish Creek as a self-employed contractor position. The period of work coincides with the regular academic year (September – June) and amount of work and hours are flexible within the funding available. Programs offered by this position are for kindergarten to grade 6 level classes and mirror those programs also offered by Alberta Parks Staff. Interested individuals may review program resources on the Alberta Parks website.

Individuals interested in applying for this position are asked to submit their resumes (via email) to both: Roland Kirzinger – Formal and Environmental Education Coordinator at roland.kirzinger@gov.ab.ca AND Nic DeGama-Blanchet, Executive Director of the Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society - nic@friendsoffishcreek.org.

Individuals wishing more information regarding the specifics of the contract, pay and period of work may contact Nic DeGama-Blanchet at email above.

Only candidates considered for an interview will be contacted. Our search will continue until a suitable candidate is found.

Full Job Description

PURPOSE:

The Learning Naturally Program Coordinator manages all aspects of the Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society’s Learning Naturally program.  This program represents a significant commitment to providing curriculum-connected science and social studies programs to students Kindergarten through Grade 6.  The Program Coordinator works with schools, bussing companies, Park and Friends’ staff as part of the school programming occurring at the Fish Creek Environmental Learning Centre and the Bow Valley Ranch Visitor Centre. 

RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACTIVITIES:

1. Delivers school programs at the Fish Creek Environmental Learning Centre (FCELC) and the Bow Valley Ranch Visitor Centre in Fish Creek Provincial Park

  • Book programs with schools
  • Book busses for program days
  • Ensure all necessary program materials and equipment are ready for use
  • Greet the groups and orient them to their field study day
  • Review the procedures for the field study and address any last minute questions or concerns from the teachers
  • Guide the classes through program activities as required, explain procedures to students and circulate among the small groups, assisting, answering questions and providing additional information
  • Check the equipment before the group leaves ensuring all has been returned in good condition
  • Manage all aspects of reporting as required to the separate funding agencies
  • Prepare a Summary Report at the end of the school year.  This will be submitted in July or August to the FFCPPS and park staff
  • Maintain a detailed record of the schools that attend the programs:  the names of the schools and teachers who attended and the number of students and adult volunteers who participated that day.
  •  Track, record and supply relevant statistics to FFCPPS Executive Director and Park Staff as required
  • The Coordinator will be involved in fundraising for the program
  • The Coordinator must show willingness and flexibility to attend meetings and planning sessions with the Fish Creek Environmental Education team and the Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society, in order to be an integral part of the planning and scheduling of the Environmental Education Program within Fish Creek Provincial Park;

2. Assist other FCELC staff with the operations of the FCELC.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

Skills:

  • Effective communication skills
  • Able to work as an effective part of a team as well as alone and unsupervised or directed
  • Group management skills
  • Ability to work with a wide range of audiences/clients

Knowledge:

  • Alberta Parks Division key messages and mandates - asset
  • Experience in outdoor and environmental education program delivery
  • curriculum as set by Alberta Education - asset
  • Standard First Aid and CPR
  • Class 5 driver’s licence with good driving record

Abilities:

  • Organize workload and manage time
  • Computer skills, MS Office
  • Direct contact with public and children (police security check required)