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School Workshop Assistant

(Focus on Nature, Guelph Wellington Branch - Mailing Address)

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Position ID: V-GUE1189 Last Modified: 27 Feb 2019 Last Full Update: 27 Feb 2019
Opportunity Details
ContactTaylor Bulstrode, Guelph Wellington Program Manager, Focus on Nature; Phone: (905) 299-5252; Email:
DutiesSchool Workshop Assistants will be part of a team assisting the lead instructor with 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.
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BenefitsSchool Workshop Assistants will benefit from the full-day training session and from working with other community members with a passion for art, photography, mentoring young people, and the outdoors.  
As a volunteer, you can choose online which school workshop dates to join.  
Those with a photography background will enjoy applying what they know to helping students during hands-on workshops and field trips. Those with an interest in teaching can help instruct or become one of the Lead Instructors, acquiring direct experience in the classroom teaching at the elementary level (grade 3 - 6), and develop connections with local teachers and principals.  
This is a great opportunity to be involved in a growing program that is part of an international movement to connect kids with nature, and to support them in expressing their creativity.
ClientsMost programming is delivered in grade 4 - 6 classrooms. However, workshops have been conducted successfully with students in Grades 3 to 11.
Ages16 year(s) and up
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Highschool students ; Post-secondary students ; Newcomers / English as a second language ; Couples
Areas of InterestArts & Crafts ; Education Support (Elementary / Secondary) ; Nature / Environment ; Photography
Skills/ExperienceCreativity ; Leadership ; Mentoring & Training ; Team Work ; No previous experience is required but a love for nature and children is. We want you to make it a fun, safe and interesting day for the participants. Skills in photography are useful but not necessary; prior experience working with children and a desire to offer informal support to students in the classroom and out in the field are an asset.  
Experience with the downloading, editing and managing digital photos would also be valuable to this position but we will teach you that. Knowledge of flora and fauna in local natural areas, and an ability to communicate that knowledge to young people during informal outdoor activities is another useful asset.
Commitment LengthMedium Term (4 months to 1 year)
Interaction LevelSmall Group - Guelph ; Large Group - Guelph
Minimum Hours6 / Month
Dates and TimesMonday: Morning, Afternoon (8:30am-3:30pm) 
Tuesday: Morning, Afternoon (8:30am-3:30pm) 
Wednesday: Morning, Afternoon (8:30am-3:30pm) 
Thursday: Morning, Afternoon (8:30am-3:30pm) 
Friday: Morning, Afternoon (8:30am-3:30pm) 
One-day workshops are delivered in local area schools, typically from 8:30 - 3:30 pm, and volunteers are asked to commit to two workshop per month during our spring and fall workshop seasons (Sept.- Nov. and Apr.- June).  
Volunteers can arrange to work in the afternoon component of the workshops only (which involve small-group activity stations) but full days are preferred. Carpooling can be arranged.
SeasonsSpring - April - June ; Summer - Day camps in July and August ; Fall - Sept - Nov ; Winter - March Break camp
LocationGuelph, Rockwood, Fergus, Elora
Number of PositionsElora ; Fergus ; Guelph: 25 individual(s) ; Rockwood 
25 individual(s) needed in total. 
We welcome volunteer interest from all regions of southern Ontario.
TrainingOrientation ; Scheduled training - one day training sessions in April and September ; Training on the job - you can attend workshops as a shadow volunteer and learn 'on the job'. ; Orientation and training are scheduled in April and September; Ongoing training through mentoring with lead instructors during workshops; Prospective volunteers can join a Focus on Nature workshop as a "shadow" volunteer after an initial introductory meeting.
TransportationCar required - to get to workshops ; Access to a car is an asset; Carpooling can be arranged with other volunteers/lead instructors.
Police CheckRequired
Additional RequirementsAll program volunteers are required to have a current police record check. Information regarding the process is available through the executive director.
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Display Until30 Jun 2019
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Organization NameFocus on Nature, Guelph Wellington Branch - Mailing Address
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Guelph, ON
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Mailing AddressPO Box 1601 
Guelph, ON N1H 6R7