Crew Leader, Conservation Youth Corps (4 Casual Positions)

Conservation Authority Mississauga Credit Valley Conservation Authority

Crew Leader, Conservation Youth Corps (4 Casual Positions)

Anticipated Start and End Dates: March 23, 2020 to November 6, 2020 (35 hours/week)Seasonal

At this time, we are seeking to fill the position of:Crew Leader, Conservation Youth Corps (4 Casual Positions)

Who are we?

Credit Valley Conservation is one of Ontario’s 36 conservation authorities dedicated to protecting, restoring and enhancing our local natural environment. We care for the Credit River, its streams and tributaries from the headwaters in Orangeville to the shores of Lake Ontario in Mississauga. We are scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, environmentalists, stewards, planners, foresters, recreation experts and much more. We create connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. We inspire appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. We’re leaders and explorers. We are professional and we’re inspired. We know our stuff, and we work every day to make a difference.

Who are you?

You want to be part of an organization with an environmental goal. You get up every day and go to work with purpose. You accept that you may not change the world, but you’ll try to make an impact in your corner. You like to partner with skilled people across many professions. It’s as natural for you think about the outdoors as it is to think out of the box. You’re passionate, responsible and approachable. You do what’s right, not just what’s easy. You care, and it shows.

Why work for us?

We offer competitive public sector pay. We’re members of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) pension fund. We find time to have fun and celebrate successes. You’ll know your co-workers by name and will make fast friends. You’ll like being at work.


Reporting to the Senior Coordinator, Community Outreach, Crew Leaders support Community Outreach programs including Branch Out, Conservation Youth Corps (CYC), Frontline, and Community and Corporate Events.

In the spring and fall, Crew Leaders will deliver the Branch Out program to over 2000 youth in the Credit River watershed. They enhance science and geography curriculum by facilitating in-class workshops to raise awareness about local climate change issues. Following the workshops, Crew Leaders lead classes through a full day of environmental stewardship and learning at a local natural area.

During each week of July and August, Crew Leaders are responsible for supervising and leading a crew of 9 Conservation Youth Corps volunteers. These volunteers work for one week to support a variety of environmental restoration and stewardship projects. Crew Leaders must act as a positive role model and safely lead volunteers in outdoor stewardship work such as trail maintenance, invasive species removal, native species plantings, and stream restoration.

Crew Leaders also support the Community Outreach team at events such as community and corporate tree plantings. These events reach diverse audiences outside of our regular youth programming, and often occur on weekends.

Candidates should have strong leadership and supervisory experience and should be able to motivate volunteers with positive enthusiasm. Crew Leaders are expected to partake in all activities, which includes strenuous physical activities in the outdoors and traversing uneven terrain in potentially adverse weather conditions. This role requires candidates to work on a close-knit team during the spring and fall, and independently in the summer. As a CVC representative, candidates should have strong organizational and problem solving skills and experience in the environmental field. CVC is committed to the health and safety of all its employees, program partners, and volunteers. Crew Leaders will at all times be expected to assume responsibility for the safety of the youth volunteers, co-workers and themselves.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Post-secondary education in Environmental Science/Studies, Ecology, Education, or related;
  • 1-year work experience in restoration, education and/or stewardship programs;
  • Ability to identify common flora and fauna, and interpret nature;
  • Experience in volunteer management and supervision (with youth preferred);
  • Understanding of group dynamics and team building;
  • Advanced communication and customer service skills;
  • Experience driving larger vehicles and trailers an asset (training provided);
  • Able to work weekends (including Earth Day weekend);
  • Valid Class ‘G’ Ontario driver’s license (condition of employment);
  • Driver’s abstract (condition of employment);
  • Standard First Aid (condition of employment);
  • Police reference check with vulnerable sector screening (condition of employment).

Summary of Major Tasks

  • Supervise and lead participants through stewardship activities to create a positive and inspiring volunteer experience;
  • Loading, delivery and set-up of trees and shrubs at stewardship sites;
  • Deliver educational programming to broaden environmental knowledge and awareness;
  • Assist with the development of programs for education and stewardship events;
  • Load, prepare, and maintain program equipment and materials;
  • Promote CVC at schools and stewardship events;
  • Assist with office tasks including database entry and maintenance;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Additional Information

Salary starting at: $19.75/hr

Forward resume by January 19th, 2020 to:

Credit Valley Conservation
Fax: (905) 670-5613 or Email:

Please quote "Crew Leader, Conservation Youth Corps (4 Casual Positions)" on resume/letter. Resumes/letters submitted electronically must be submitted in Microsoft Word format.

We thank all applicants for their interest. However only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

CVC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005), CVC will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. If you require disability – related accommodations, please inform the Human Resources (HR) staff. All personal information is collected under the authority of the municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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