School Program Coordinator & Contract Educator positions – spring nature & science programs!

Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre School Program Coordinator:  We are looking for someone with a teaching background/ experience (Kindergarten to Grade 9) who loves hands-on learning and being with children in nature to review, update and promote our nature education programs to teachers for their school classes. Programs are delivered on-site at the Centre, mostly outside and on the shores of the Cowichan Estuary.

Our operational goals are to refresh our programming, build stronger relationships with local teachers and schools, and deliver one to two or more programs/week between March and mid-June and between September and the end of November. We need to bring in enough income to cover our costs and to support, develop, and offer ongoing programs.

We have continued to offer programming throughout the Covd-19 pandemic, our programs have been well received, and it’s time for fresh eyes, an update, and to expand our reach. This position is ten to fifteen hours/week, depending on CENC budget, at $25 to $30/hour, including administration, teacher outreach, program updating, and leading and evaluating programs.   Applications due February 21st.

For the full job description: CENC Education Program Coordinator Job Description 2023


Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre Educators (contract position with fexible term): Are you an educator or retired teacher who enjoys leading hands-on learning with children from grades K-9? We are looking for nature educators to join our team and bring the Cowichan Estuary to life for school groups in K-9 at our Centre on the shores of the Cowichan Estuary this coming spring. Join us and get inspired working in an amazing ecosystem and community here in the Cowichan Valley. Our educators may also be invited to co-lead restoration programs for high school youth working with Anna Scounten, our Restoration Program Lead. $20 – $22/hour.

As a Nature Centre educator you would lead or co-lead (dependent on class sizes) 1hr – 1.5 hour nature and ecology programs for learners in Grades K-9. Our programs focus on hands-on experiential learning, include time outside in nature and cover topics such as: estuary birds and wildlife, watershed health, climate change, environmental science, nature conservation, biology, etc., and may include social studies and historical content. At low tide activities may include mud digs, micro-plastic surveys and beach seines in the intertidal zone to explore resident sea life.  Hours are dependent on school and restoration programming bookings, typically 2 – 3 hrs weekday mornings (usually a 1 to 1.5 hr program plus set up and take down time).  

Applications due by February 21st. For the full job description: Nature Educator Position Description 2022

For both Coordinator & Educator Positions: Email your resume and references to with the subject heading of either: “School Program Coordinator” or “Nature Centre Educator 2023”.

We thank all those who apply for your interest!

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