Diamond Valley Sustainable Living Centre - Connections Nature Play

Company Name:

    • Organization: Diamond Valley Sustainable Living Centre
    • Program: Connections Nature Play – dvslc.ca/nature-school/
  • Position: Early Childhood Nature Play Educator, PART-TIME
  • Location of job: 121 Sunset Blvd SE, Diamond Valley, AB (our program is based out of the Turner Valley Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion)

Job summary: Join our team of Early Childhood Educators at Connections Nature Play, Diamond Valley’s first licensed and nature-based childcare program! Foster wonder, curiosity and connection with children while enjoying time outdoors in the Foothills. Training provided related to program and position, first aid, dynamic risk assessment, and more. The successful candidate will be someone who loves actively cocreating experiences with young children outdoors and has a flexible schedule wanting to work up to 18- 20 hours per week.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Supporting small groups of children aged 3-6 in indoor and outdoor child-led, inquiry-based play opportunities that encourage a sense of wonder about and connection with the natural world, and encouraging awareness, appreciation and respect for Indigenous cultures
  • Prioritizing safety when facilitating daily walking field trips to off-site play areas
  • Conducting real-time dynamic risk assessments during periods of ‘risky’ or adventurous play
  • Being a positive role model for children, and cultivating relationships with fellow Educators and children based on trust and respect
  • Ensuring open and honest communication with parents and fellow Educators through daily procedures and weekly Educator Check-Ins
  • Take part in experience review at 3-month mark and annually thereafter
  • If not already ECE qualified, successful candidate will be required to complete free online coursework to achieve Level 1 ECE status within six months of start date. Once qualified, wage increases, government wage top ups apply, and Professional Development Funding becomes available.

Qualifications:

  • ECE certification an asset, but not required to start
  • Forest and Nature School Practitioner certification an asset, but not required to start
  • Standard First Aid certification an asset, but will train after 3-month probationary period
  • Clear Police Information Check and Vulnerable Sector Check (dated no more than six months prior to start date).

What we offer:

  • A positive work environment focused on fostering in young children healthy connections with nature, with Indigenous culture, with each other and with self
  • Connections and networking opportunities within the greater community through the Diamond Valley Sustainable Living Centre (our parent organization) that runs Valley Makerspace as well as partnering organizations such as the Royal Canadian Legion, the Sheep River Library and more
  • Annual professional development funding and opportunities
  • Experience reviews at 3-month mark and annually thereafter

Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6 to 20 hours per week from April 1 (or sooner) to June 27, 2024 then start up again in September as our program runs only September to June. Possibility of working over the summer hosting day camps.

Wage: $16.00 to $29.00 per hour including provincial ECE wage top ups, depending on certification level and experience.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to:

  • e-mail: natureschool@dvslc.ca
  • in person: 121 Sunset Blvd SE, Diamond Valley, AB

Competition closing date: March 25, 2024 at Midnight. Start Date: April 1, 2024 (or sooner, depending on availability of successful candidate)