We are hiring Summer Camp Leaders!

We are hiring a Summer Camp coordinator and camp leader for our upcoming summer season 2020 and you don’t want to miss an opportunity to be part of this amazing team!

Position: Science & Nature – Summer Camp Coordinator

Hours: 37.5 hours/week

Work Term: as early as May 11th to end of August 2020 -up to 16 weeks,

Compensation: $17.00/hr

What We Do: This is our 8th year offering nature-based summer camps at the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre in Cowichan Bay.  The Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre is an educational interpretive centre in the Cowichan Estuary, a 400-hectare estuarine ecosystem.  The Nature Centre offers hands-on programming for schools, youth and the general public, plus summer science camps, creatively engaging participants in learning activities related to local watersheds, conservation, climate adaptation, citizen science and ecosystem protection and restoration projects in the Cowichan and Koksilah Watersheds.  Visitors and program participants can see and touch marine and intertidal creatures in our aquarium and touch tank; use our microscopes, telescopes and interactive displays, and learn about wildlife along our oceanfront interpretive trail, from our viewing tower and through hands-on science projectsThe Nature Centre is kept open to the public by a dedicated team of volunteers and educational programs are led by professional nature interpreters assisted by volunteers.

Job Description: Science & Nature Summer Camp Coordinator 

The role of the Summer Camp Coordinator is a hands-on, energy intensive position. It balances administrative and planning work with leading hands-on science and nature-based camp activities and play. Supported by the Nature Centre Coordinator, the Camp Coordinator will help develop key event planning, educational, and leadership skills. Additional mentorship is provided by Cowichan Valley Naturalist and Nature Centre volunteers in areas of nature interpretation, wildlife conservation, environmental sciences and habitat restoration to develop key skills for leading Science and Nature Camps. 

In May and June, you will assist staff in leading our school programs and work on updating previous camp curriculum to create unique and engaging summer camp programming. Tasks vary from managing registrations, answering parent inquiries, and may even include assisting a biologist in seal or heron rescue. You will be responsible for planning schedules and events for each of our seven, week-long camps, and during our camp season (July – August) you and another camp leader will lead camps of up to 12 children or youth through each day’s activities. Your days will be fun, dynamic and no day will look the same!

Duties

  • Develop and plan curriculum, including inquiry science-based activities, arts, games, and crafts.
  • Lead summer science camps for groups of children and youth each week, including preparation and clean up.
  • Take responsibility for the welfare and learning of students, including reviewing campers’ medical forms and releases prior to each week’s camp, setting behavior limits and ensuring safe and appropriate camper behavior as needed.
  • Deliver community education and awareness programs, such as nature walks and school programs.
  • Prepare publicity and promotional materials.
  • Organize, maintain and purchase camp supplies.
  • Train, mentor, and coordinate youth volunteers for the Nature Centre.
  • Perform other general office duties including answering phone, email and in-office inquiries.
  • Be available for some weekends and evenings as required.

Qualifications:

  • Accountable, enthusiastic, adaptable, and self-starting.
  • Passion for working with children and youth.
  • A love of the outdoors, play and hands-on activities.
  • Experience working with children and youth, managing behaviors and creating safe spaces to foster learning.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team within a non-profit organization.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; comfortable interacting with the public.
  • Willing to ask for help and accept feedback.
  • Excellent computer skills in a Microsoft Office suite, social media and website maintenance an asset.
  • Applicants must be between 15 and 30 years old.
  • Preferably studying or demonstrated interest in one of the following fields: Education, Child and Youth Care or associated degrees;  Biology, Earth and Ocean Sciences, Environmental sciences or associated degrees.
  • As per the national priority to improve access to the labour market for youth who face unique barriers, preference will be given to young women in the sciences who are currently enrolled in or aim to be enrolled in post secondary studies in science, or who are currently pursuing a career in the sciences.

 

How to Apply:  Please submit a cover letter and resume by 11:59pm April 20th via email, mail or in person to:

Amy Clinton-Baker

Coordinator
Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre

Box 5 Cowichan Bay Rd
Cowichan Bay, BC V0R 1N0

Email: info@cowichanestuary.ca

IMPORTANT NOTE: Positions are contingent on Canada Summer Jobs funding and may change in response public health directives on group activities related to Covid 19.  This may affect employment contracts. The Centre’s summer camp programs are currently planned to go ahead in July and August. We will continuing to monitor health directives and make adjustments as necessary.

One possibility is a change to the position description to focus more on developing and delivering online nature programming for children to do both outdoors and inside at home –  Online program development skills are definitely an asset!  

Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre thanks all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  Job interviews will be conducted online via Zoom.

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Position: Science & Nature -Summer Camp Leader

Hours: 37.5 hours/week

Work Term: June 22th to end of August 2020 -up to 10 weeks

Compensation: $17.00/hr 

What We Do: This is our 8th year offering nature based summer day camps at the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre in Cowichan Bay.  The Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre is an educational interpretive centre in the Cowichan Estuary, a 400-hectare estuarine ecosystem.  The Nature Centre offers hands-on programming for schools, youth and the general public, plus summer science camps, creatively engaging participants in learning activities related to local watersheds, conservation, climate adaptation, citizen science and ecosystem protection and restoration projects in the Cowichan and Koksilah Watersheds.  Visitors and program participants can see and touch marine and intertidal creatures in our aquarium and touch tank; use our microscopes, telescopes and interactive displays, and learn about wildlife along our oceanfront interpretive trail, from our viewing tower and through hands-on science projects.  The Nature Centre is kept open to the public by a dedicated team of volunteers and educational programs are led by professional nature interpreters assisted by volunteers.


Job Description:
Science & Nature Summer Camp Leader

The role of the Summer Camp Leader is a hands-on, energy intensive position focused on co-leading hands-on science and nature-based camp activities and play. The Summer Camp Leaders will assist the Summer Camp Coordinator in final preparations for the summer science & nature camp programs including program activities, learning outcomes, and schedules. They will be mentored and trained by Nature Centre staff, volunteers and local naturalists in understanding the estuarine environment in which they will be working and in related environmental issues, topics, and concerns to support them in delivering an locally focused summer science and nature camp.

June: The Summer Camp Leader may assist in the delivery of programs to school aged children visiting the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre. Other duties will include assisting the Coordinator in developing activities and schedules for the summer camps to be delivered in July and August.

July & August: Together, the Summer Camp Leader, along with the Summer Camp Coordinator, will be the team delivering the summer science and nature camps for groups up to 12 children including science, art, and recreation activities. Children attending the camps will range in age from 5-9. The Summer Camp Leader may also assist the Coordinator with public education events for families, seniors, and tourists.

Duties                                                  

  • Assist the summer camp coordinator in developing and planning curriculum, including inquiry science-based activities, arts, games, and crafts.
  • Co-lead summer science camps to groups of children and youth each week, including preparation and clean up.
  • Take responsibility for the welfare and learning of students, including reviewing campers’ medical forms and releases prior to each week’s camp, setting behavior limits and ensuring safe and appropriate camper behavior as needed.
  • Deliver community education and awareness programs, such as nature walks and school programs.
  • Help prepare publicity and promotional materials.
  • Organize and maintain camp supplies.
  • Train, mentor, and coordinate youth volunteers for the Nature Centre.
  • Perform other general office duties including answer phone, email and in-office inquiries.
  • Be available for some weekends and evenings as required.

Qualifications:

  • Accountable, enthusiastic, adaptable, and self-starting.
  • Passion for working with children and youth.
  • A love of the outdoors, play and hands on activities.
  • Experience working with children and youth, managing behaviors and creating safe spaces to foster learning.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team within a non-profit organization.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; comfortable interacting with the public.
  • Willing to ask for help and accept feedback.
  • Computer skills in a Microsoft Office suite, social media and website maintenance an asset.
  • Applicants must be between 15 and 30 years old.
  • Preferably studying or demonstrated interest in one of the following fields: Education, Child and Youth Care or associated degrees; Biology, Earth and Ocean Sciences, Environmental sciences or associated degrees.
  • As per the national priority to improve access to the labour market for youth who face unique barriers, preference will be given to young women in the sciences who are currently enrolled in or aim to be enrolled in post secondary studies in science, or whom are currently pursuing a career in the sciences.

How to Apply:  Please submit a cover letter and resume by 11:59pm April 20th via email, mail or in person to:

Amy Clinton-Baker

Coordinator
Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre

Box 5 Cowichan Bay Rd
Cowichan Bay, BC V0R 1N0

Email: info@cowichanestuary.ca

IMPORTANT NOTE: Positions are contingent on Canada Summer Jobs funding and may change in response public health directives on group activities related to Covid 19.  This may affect employment contracts. The Centre’s summer camp programs are currently planned to go ahead in July and August. We will continuing to monitor health directives and make adjustments as necessary.

One possibility is a change to the position description to focus more on developing and delivering online nature programming for children to do both outdoors and inside at home –  Online program development skills are definitely an asset!  

Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre thanks all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  Job interviews will be conducted online via Zoom.

 

Welcome new interim- coordinator, Amy!

We would like to warmly introduce and welcome our new interim – coordinator who will be helping to look after the Nature Centre in the coming months as Alicia Taylor commences her maternity leave.

A few words from Amy:

Hello to the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre community. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you all. I have recently joined the Nature Centre team as the interim coordinator. Thank you for the lovely welcome I have received so far! As someone who feels passionate about the Cowichan Valley and Estuary, I am eager to learn all I can about its history, people and environment.

I look forward to learning from all of our volunteers and educators and helping to coordinate all of the wonderful events, camps and educational programs we will offer during the upcoming year.  Thank you for your patience with me as I take in the vast array of outreach programming that we offer!

 

 

 

 

 

Please feel free to contact Amy at the Cowichan Estuary Nature Center at:

coordinator@cowichanestuary.ca

250-597-2288

Massive Thanks To Larry and his community of friends! Over $5000 raised in one month

 

A deep appreciation to Larry and his community of friends who raised over $5000 to support the operations of the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre. General operations rarely hit the spotlight, but with the dedication of Larry to keep our centre going, and the support of his friends, we are grateful to be launching into 2020 with this extra support. May all of you who donated know you kindness and funds are well received! Happiest of the New Year to you!

July 25/26th LakeKeepers Workshop – Buy your tickets soon!

The wonderful Cowichan Land Trust is hosting a LakeKeepers Workshop
Together with the British Columbia Lake Stewardship Society (BCLSS) and the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society, The Cowichan Land Trust is running a two-day LakeKeepers workshop for citizens to learn how to care for, monitor, and manage our beautiful BC lakes.
Facilitated by Dr. Rick Nordin of BCLSS, this workshop will take place on July 25th from 9-4pm and July 26th from 9-noon at the Duncan Community Lodge on Quamichan Lake.
Check out the poster below for more info on the lessons and information covered in the course!
It is available to everyone 14+, and is free for students and $25 for adults.

Beer & Burger Fundraiser: Return of the Great Blue Heron – Feb 24, 5-8pm Cow Bay Pub… stay tuned

Return of the Great Blue Heron – Welcome back the Herons and
support The Work of The Cowichan Nature Centre, with an evening of songs, stories,
and memories about Herons – plus beer and burgers! And a special Heron Guest!!
We’re gearing up for a busy spring season of nature education and restoration and
need YOUR help.Join us for a Beer & Burger fundraiser at the Cow Bay Pub featuring
great food, a silent auction, fantastic live music AND storytelling from local naturalists and nature lovers about our Return of The Great BlueHeron

Do you have a local heron story to share? It can be personal, epic or amusing, poem,
song or story – email alicia@cowichanestuary.ca before February 10th and be included
in the storytelling circle.

Don’t miss our silent auction featuring local art, gift certificates from local businesses,
and more.

Tickets includes a burger (chicken, beef, or veggie), side of fries or salad, and a drink
(domestic beer, wine, or cider).

$25 per ticket, available here online, or at Volume One Books, the Cowichan Estuary
Nature Centre (1845 Cowichan Bay Road)

An evening of stories, music, a silent auction, and delicious food – all for a good cause!
Hope to see you there!

All proceeds will support local nature education and restoration at the Cowichan
Estuary Nature Centre.

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