School Workshop Assistant

(Focus on Nature, Guelph Wellington Branch)

Position ID: V-HVC0382 Last Full Update: 31 May 2018
Opportunity Details
CommentsFocus on Nature it's an organization based in Guelph, expanding their programs to Halton schools in 2018. 
Share your love of nature with the next generation!
ContactErick Besana, Halton Region Program Manager, Focus on Nature; Phone: 416-457-3460; Email: erick@focusonnature.ca
DutiesJoin us for a fun day helping kids find the beauty of nature! Workshop Program Assistants will be part of a team assisting the lead instructor with the delivery of Focus on Nature photography workshops in local schools, outdoor education centres, and at special events.  
 
Duties include: mentoring students in nature exploration and photography while accompanying them on photo walks in local parks and natural areas; assisting with the importing, editing, and reviewing of student images; leading a small group activity in the afternoon as part of a series of photography/nature activity stations.  
 
Key goals of Focus on Nature are to inspire young people to explore and appreciate nature through photography and to connect with their creativity. This is done by teaching students the "elements of design", and by exploring local natural areas as photographers, with eyes wide open to the beauty and complexity of nature. Students are encouraged to slow down and to look for the elements of design in nature, and they are reminded that nature has always acted as inspiration for art, design, and architecture. At the end of each workshop, there is a celebration with a slideshow of each students' 10 favourite images, and we give "extension activities" to teachers and students so that they can continue to learn.
More Info Linkwww.focusonnature.ca/get-involved/volunteer/
ClientsSchool children aged 8 to 12 years old
Ages18 year(s) and up
Suitable for OSSDNo
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Post-secondary students ; Couples ; Community Groups
Areas of InterestChild & Family Services ; Education Support (Elementary / Secondary) ; Nature / Environment ; Photography
Skills/ExperienceCommunication & Interpersonal Skills ; Friendly & Outgoing ; General Computer Skills ; Mentoring & Training ; Positive / Cheerful Demeanor ; Working with Children ; Photography skills are not required though a love for the arts, nature and children would be great assets.
Commitment LengthMedium Term (4 months to 1 year) ; Our needs are seasonal (spring and fall) and you can choose the dates that you can commit to.
Interaction LevelLarge Group ; Typical class sizes are 25 students though we break them down into 3 smaller groups during the day.
Minimum Hours6 / Day
Dates and TimesOur workshops are a full day program at local schools from 8:30am to 3:00pm
SeasonsSpring ; Fall ; We get occasional requests from teachers for workshops in the winter as well.
AccessibilityNot Accessible ; Activities require full mobility.
LocationHalton Region Elementary Schools
Number of PositionsActon ; Burlington ; Georgetown ; Milton ; Oakville 
 
20 individual(s) needed in total. 
 
A minimum of 2 volunteer program assistants are needed at each school workshop to assist the Lead Instructor.
TrainingTraining is provided - twice per year ; Scheduled training ; Training on the job - learn as a 'shadow' volunteer ; We will provide a training day for volunteers each spring and fall. Volunteers can also 'learn-the-ropes' as a shadow volunteer at the workshops.
TransportationCar required ; Transportation provided ; Volunteers need to get to the schools by bus or car.  
Carpooling can be arranged when feasible.
Police CheckRequired
Additional RequirementsA police record check (PRC) not older that 3 years is required. Focus on Nature will pay the costs of obtaining a new PRC.
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Organization NameFocus on Nature, Guelph Wellington Branch