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If you are looking for volunteer opportunities, please read about our many positions available here.

Current Opportunities:

  • +Youth Program Coordinator

    Reporting to the Education Director, the Youth Program Coordinator will assist with the oversight and implementation of VanDusen’s Day Camp programs, and be responsible for the creation of a new Youth Volunteer Leadership Program. The Coordinator will support other children’s educational programming presented by the Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association.

    Start date/terms: Full time, 10 month contract, with possibility of extension. Anticipated start date March 6, 2017.

    Key responsibilities and duties

    Spring Break and Summer Camp Programs

    • Oversee and ensure safe and effective delivery of camp programs according to VBGA academic and sustainability standards, procedures and training
    • Maintain accurate and up-to-date registrant database, including camp cancellations and refunds
    • Assist with the hiring of seasonal camp staff, and oversee training
    • Provide daily supervision and guidance to seasonal camp staff
    • Communicate effectively with parents of summer campers
    • Ensure on-going awareness of individual special needs of campers. Work with Education Director to facilitate specific training for staff, management plans for campers, communication with parents
    • Assist with the recruitment and training of a team of intergenerational volunteers
    • Schedule volunteers and provide guidance to seasonal staff on volunteer supervision

    Youth Volunteer Leadership Pilot Program

    • Identify key goals and objectives for new program
    • Seek community input on youth needs/interests/appeal from local high schools
    • Pursue new partnership opportunities for instruction and participants
    • Implement select trainings for volunteers (Year 1). Conduct evaluation to inform full program development
    • Identify potential instructors for program
    • Plan full program for implementation in 2018

    Pollinator Days

    • Lead the planning and delivery of two days of events for elementary aged school groups
    • Coordinate all logistics and scheduling with participating schools
    • Work with community partners to conduct activities
    • Prepare and summarize feedback evaluations from participants

    Weekend Visitor Education Discovery Stations

    • Conduct occasional weekend activities for community or VBG events such as Seedy Saturday, Vancouver Bird Week, Easter Egg Hunt

    Assist other Education Department functions as occasionally required, including guided and self-guided field trip programs, After School Program, Educator Open House.


    • Post-secondary degree in Environmental Science, Biology or Education
    • Previous experience working with children in outdoor camp setting
    • Experience in environmental education, including program design, planning, delivery and evaluation
    • Previous experience managing and training staff and/or youth volunteers
    • Knowledge of native plants and ecosystems, food gardening, citizen science
    • Experience with database, or ability to learn quickly
    • Criminal Record Check required


    • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills
    • Comfortable teaching/speaking to diverse groups of people
    • Flexibility to adjust quickly to changing conditions or priorities
    • Accurate attention to detail and organizational skills
    • Works well independently, as well as collaboratively in a multi-generational team
    • Proactive, enthusiastic, patient and trustworthy
    • Strong environmental ethic

    Please send your cover letter and resume by Feb 13 to:

    Gillian Drake, Education Director