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Position: Spring Tours and Agriventure Day Camp Educator
Type: summer job / summer student position
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: Spring Tours & Agriventure Day Camp Educator
Reports to: Program Coordinator & Executive Director

In this position, the educator will be responsible for planning, leading, and implementing food and farming programs and experiences for children in both large and small group settings. The educator is responsible for the general safety and development, growth, and skill achievement of the participants in their group. The incumbent will provide high quality educational and recreational experiences for participants that embody our core values of honesty, respect and community. In addition, they will be role models for younger program staff and will support the growth of the junior program staff.

There are two Agriventure Day Camp Educator positions: (1) Food and Nutrition, (2) Animals.
Note that this opportunity is in regards to the Food and Nutrition position only.

Duties and responsibilities

Spring Tours (May)

  • Commit to learning about the history of Steckle Heritage Farm and the farm environment
  • Organize and lead engaging tours of the farm for school and community groups
  • Be responsible for the safety and whereabouts of tour participants
  • Work in collaboration with other tour leaders

Prior to Agriventure Camp

  • Participate actively in orientation and training
  • Assist in whole camp planning as well as assist in writing lessons for their area of responsibility (There are 4 areas of focus: Cooking, Environment/Gardening, Animals, Heritage)
  • Ensure that resources needed for your activities are ordered or arranged
  • Know and understand all emergency procedures associated with the camp programs
  • Know, enforce, and follow all safety guidelines associated with the camp and all program areas.

During Agriventure Camp

  • Take turns being responsible for “opening and closing” camp
  • Assist in maintaining accurate program records including incident reports, logbook documentation, and daily attendance
  • Responsible for campers’ safety and their whereabouts at all times.
  • Organize and lead a variety of small and large group activities
  • Identify and respond to camper behavior issues with assistance from Program Coordinator
  • Ensure that the site is kept clean, organized, and free of litter on a daily and weekly basis
  • Communicate with parents about the participants’ experiences
  • Be a role model
  • Assist Junior Educators to have a deeper understanding of leadership and counseling skills

Qualifications & Competencies

  • 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.

Qualifications include:

  • Experience in camp, youth programs, recreation, working with young children
  • Ability to lead, plan, organize, and implement program activities
  • Ability to work as a member of a team and the ability to accomplish tasks with little direct supervision
  • Registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year, and intends to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year (proof of student status will be required)
  • Completion of a minimum of 1 year of post-secondary education in Early Childhood Education, Social Work, Child Development or Concurrent Education, Environmental Studies, or related program
  • Strong organizational and 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

Physical Requirements-Working Conditions

  • Must have the physical ability to lead and participate in camp 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 hourly
  • June 24 to Aug 23 2019: Monday to Friday, 7:30am-4:30pm / 8:30am-5:30pm
  • May 2019 hours/days vary based on Spring Tours schedule

To apply, send a 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: 52069