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Position: Little Farmers and Half-Day Camp Educator
Type: summer job (current student or graduate)
Organization: Steckle Heritage Farm
Location: Kitchener, Ontario

About Steckle Heritage Farm

Welcome to the Farm in the City! Steckle Heritage Farm is an Educational Farm operated by a non-profit, community based organization dedicated to providing agricultural, environmental and cultural programs to children and families in the Region of Waterloo. Settled in 1833 by John and Esther (Bleams) Steckle, it has been designated a heritage property by the City of Kitchener. Steckle Heritage Farm is a unique working farm and educational centre dedicated to providing a combination of hands on farm experiences and educational programs to youth, their families and the community.

Job title: Little Farmers & Half-Day Camp Educator
Reports to: Program Coordinator & Executive Director

Little Farmers is a key program within the educational program array offered by Steckle Heritage Farm. It is a parent/caregiver and child program which connects both participants with agriculture and the environment through hands on learning opportunities. Half-Day Agriventure is a summer camp program for children who have finished JK.

The educator will provide high quality educational and recreational experiences for children and youth that embody our core values of honesty, respect and community. We lead all programs with an experiential learning model in mind. We are an inclusive, welcoming and supportive work environment that places importance on cooperation, flexibility and teamwork.

Duties and responsibilities

Program Preparation

  • Participate actively in orientation and training
  • Plan for and prepare each lesson (including materials and resources)
  • Ensure that resources needed for your activities are ordered or arranged
  • Know and understand all emergency procedures associated with the camp programs
  • Take the time to learn basic agriculture information

During Program

  • Assist in maintaining accurate program records including incident reports, logbook documentation, and daily attendance
  • Responsible for campers’ safety and their whereabouts at all times
  • Be aware that there may be times that you need to adapt the camp activities for your junior campers
  • Organize and lead a variety of small and large group activities each week
  • Identify and respond to camper behavior issues with assistance from the Program Coordinator
  • Ensure that the site is kept clean, organized, and free of litter
  • Communicate with parents about participant’s experiences
  • Be a role model
  • Assist to guide Junior Leaders to have a deeper understanding of leadership and counseling skills.
  • Assist in the preparation of session lessons and activities

Qualifications include:

  • Graduated from or current enrolled in ECE or Recreation program
  • Experience working with children ages 2 to 6 years of age
  • Outgoing, positive, and warm personality
  • Comfort with and love of animals
  • Understanding and appreciation for the natural environment
  • Dependable and organized
  • Strong communication skills

Successful candidates will be required to provide a current and satisfactory Criminal Reference Check/Vulnerable Sector Search issued no later than six (6) months preceding your start date

Creativity and Innovation: Develops new ways or adapts existing ideas to help achieve desired results. Ability to lead, plan, organize, and implement program activities.

Communication: Communicates in a thorough, clear and timely manner to support information sharing.

Concern for Health and Safety: Acknowledges and understands how to manage children and youth engaged in activities in a safe manner to minimize risks.

Initiative: Knows when to do the right thing.

Relationship Building and Collaboration: Positively interacts with others to build enthusiasm and appreciation, and to achieve work related goals.

Physical Requirements-Working Conditions

  • Must have the physical ability to lead and participate in activities which include, but are not limited to, hiking, team building initiatives, physical games, and activities.
  • Able to work in an outdoor environment

Pay & Employment Specifics

  • $15/hour
  • Monday to Friday, 9am-5:30pm
  • June 24 to August 23rd 2019

To apply, send your cover letter and resume to Amy Bumbacco, Executive Director of Steckle Heritage Farm, at

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Mar 13 2019    ID: 52068