Ecology North is looking for a dynamic and creative Education Specialist to join our team.
The successful candidate will contribute to educating youth and the general public on diverse environmental initiatives in the realms of climate change adaptation and mitigation, local food production, waste reduction, water stewardship and nature appreciation. Our Education Specialist needs to be motivated, highly productive and a self-starter.
Your main responsibilities will be to refine existing resources and programs related to youth environmental education, where youth is considered to be those up to age 30, with opportunities to design and develop your own materials, and to create a link between Ecology North’s existing resources and the NWT school curriculum. You will also be required to deliver these programs and make connections within the education community, territory-wide, both inside and outside the formal school system.
Ecology North also has an online education portal - NWTScienceFocus.ca - that is an easy go-to for educators across the NWT to access our resources. The ideal candidate will be able to maintain and update this website. Training and support will be provided if necessary.
The Education Specialist will write grant proposals for the education program, and will have the opportunity to provide direction for future programming.
Education and Work Experience:
A University or College degree related to education and a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience in the North. Equivalents will be considered.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience:
- Skills in planning, organizing, carrying out and evaluating workshops and events;
- Some knowledge of the NWT school curriculum;
- Knowledge of northern cultures;
- A good understanding of environmental issues and how they relate to the north at a regional, territorial, national, and international level;
- Demonstrated strong communication skills, both written and oral;
- Experience teaching or working with youth in the North;
- Experience coordinating and facilitating youth education sessions;
- Experience creating education resources, either to present in-person or online; and
- Experience writing successful grant applications.
- Experience working in the non-profit sector;
- An understanding of the tools non-profit organizations can use to affect individual and societal change;
- Experience managing projects, understanding budgets and managing time efficiently;
- Excellent computer literacy skills, with strong knowledge of all Microsoft Office applications and experience with Google Drive, Wordpress, Weebly, and Zoom; and
- A valid drivers’ license.
- Interest in learning about environmental issues is crucial. You are not expected to know everything about our focus areas, but you must be open and excited about learning;
- Be able to work occasional evening and weekend hours with notice;
- When COVID-19 restrictions lift, occasional travel outside of Yellowknife will be required; and
- Willingness to contribute to the overall vision and mission of Ecology North and contribute to the smooth operations of the organization.
Ecology North is a charitable, non-profit organization based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada that was formed in 1971 to support sound environmental decision-making on an individual, community and regional level.