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Work with us

Fernwood NRG is an organization committed to families, our community, and the environment, but the question still remains, why would you want to work with us?

Our Neighbourhood

Our neighbourhood is your neighbourhood.  A unique, diverse, and proud community that we have represented, supported, and helped to develop for over 30 years.  We are dedicated to making this the place to live, work, and simply —  to be.

Our Team

You don’t work for Fernwood NRG, you work with us—and with the community.  You are part of a team, you help to develop a positive work place and the neighbourhood, and you share our common goals and successes.  What is the Fernwood NRG culture like?  Well, some call it “funky Fernwood”.  We at Fernwood NRG call it home.  We are committed to sustainable environmental practices and taking care of our community.

Do it for Yourself

Fernwood NRG is built on the ability to attract and retain people who are dedicated, hard-working, and fun to work with!  In return, we help staff to develop their talents to bring out the best in everyone and everything around them. Don’t you think you’re worth it? Join us!

Employment Opportunities

The Fernwood NRG currently has the following employment opportunities:

Out of School Care Lead

Fernwood NRG is a social enterprising non-profit organization run by and for the residents of Fernwood. Fernwood NRG serves the Fernwood neighbourhood by:

  • supporting individuals and families with affordable, high quality services and housing,
  • increasing food security through improving access to affordable, high quality food,
  • playing an active role in developing the neighbourhood economy, and
  • engaging the neighbourhood through activities, events and communications.

A strong and vibrant neighbourhood needs safe and stimulating opportunities for children and young people to gather, grow, and learn. Children and youth are a vital part of Fernwood and with our younger population increasing, we want to ensure they have safe, engaging, and fun opportunities in their neighbourhood.

Fernwood NRG offers high quality and affordable educational and recreational child and youth programs, including but not limited to a licensed Out of School Care Program for students of George Jay School. Our programs are shifting to include more nature-based and environmental educational components.

We provide opportunities to develop skills and abilities, helping each child and young person reach their full potential. We believe that less is more, and work with nature and our natural environment to deliver programs and reduce landfill waste. Leaves and sticks are source materials for art projects and discussion; our gardens are learning labs where we grow and harvest food; and an empty playing field is where the imagination comes to life.

The ideal candidate is passionate about serving the Fernwood neighbourhood through Out of School Care. They understand the reciprocal relationship between healthy neighbourhoods, healthy families, and healthy kids, and the role Fernwood NRG plays in strengthening healthy communities through affordable housing, a strong neighbourhood economy, neighbourhood events, food security, child care and front line family services.

The candidate is imaginative, hardworking, and reliable. They are excited about program growth, knowledgeable about nature-based programming, and have demonstrated the ability to foster and maintain positive long-term professional relationships.  Being organized, accountable and self-directed are required for this leadership role. A desire to work in collaboration across the organization is highly valued. This is an exciting position for someone wanting to deepen and expand their child and youth experience with a leading social enterprise.

 Job Summary

  • Reporting to the Family Programs Coordinator, the Out of School Care Lead is responsible for overseeing and delivering the day-to-day Out of School Care program at one of our sites (George Jay School or Fernwood Community Centre). This includes but is not limited to first point of contact for staff and parent questions and concerns, all curriculum development including planning out trips, delivering programs, ensuring the health and safety of the children at all times, adhering to Child Care Licensing Regulations and Fernwood NRG OSC policies, creating care and safety plans in consultation with the Coordinator, meeting with parents, meeting with professionals to better support children’s needs, and some administrative work.

 General Responsibilities

  • Delivers high quality licensed Out of School Care (OSC) programming including but not limited to:
    • Developing nature-based curriculum for one of our sites. This includes the monthly calendar, winter, spring, and summer camp calendars, collecting supplies, creating daily activity schedules, and planning all out trips within approved budgets.
    • Facilitating OSC programming including set-up, briefing OSC staff on the day’s activity, taking attendance, providing guidance to staff and children, updating parents at pick-up, and clean-up.
    • Creating care and safety plans in consultation with the Family Programs Coordinator, meeting with parents and professionals to best support children in our care.
    • Ensuring the health and safety of children at all times by maintaining visuals on all children, maintaining ratio, writing incident reports, monitoring the environment for hazards, update children’s files as needed, conducting monthly fire and earthquake drills, following all internal and provincial safety and reporting regulations.
  • Provides administrative support to the Family Programs Coordinator by:
    • Maintaining child files, creating attendance sheets, entering new enrolment information and other data entry tasks.
  • Provides leadership to OSC staff by:
    • Being the first point of contact for any questions or concerns from parents and children.
    • Provides support and direction to OSC staff regarding child development.
    • Ensures staff are following appropriate behaviour and guidance strategies with the children.
    • Supports staff through conflict resolution in a timely and appropriate manner.
    • Documents and reports all inappropriate staff conduct to the Family Programs Coordinator.
    • Ensures staff are familiar with care and safety plan instructions.
  • Required to have flexibility in changing shifts to help provide coverage for absent OSC staff or late pick-up when applicable.
  • Works with the Family Programs Coordinator to ensure licensed Out of School Care programs are in compliance with the Community Care and Assisted Living Act’s Child Care Licensing Regulations, builds and maintains positive relationships with our licensing officer, submits licensing reports as required, and other duties as needed to maintain good standing with Licensing.
  • Builds and maintains professional working relationships with parents and care-givers.
  • When applicable, represents Fernwood NRG’s OSC program at relevant community and school events, including marketing and promotions.
  • Attends regular meetings with the Family Programs Coordinator.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications/Requirements

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience working directly with children aged 5-11.
  • Minimum 1 year experience working with children and/or youth on the high needs spectrum and children and youth facing conditions of risk.
  • Minimum 1 year experience in a supervisory position.
  • Ability to meet the requirements for a “Responsible Adult” with Child Care Licensing Regulations, including 20 hours of Child Development training.
  • Experience with environmental and/or nature-based and/or food security program delivery.
  • Experience developing curriculum and activities for children and youth.
  • Experience coordinating projects and events considered strong assets.
  • Familiar with the Community Care and Assisted Living Act’s Child Care Licensing Regulations.
  • ECEA, ECE, and/or IT certification are considered strong assets.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills (tested).
  • Ability to work very well in team settings, including leading a team and working within a team.
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills.
  • Ability to problem-solve and prioritize tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to take initiative and delegate.
  • Ability to follow instructions and willingness to assume and carry out assigned tasks and to be accountable for results and actions, including quality of work.
  • Ability to appreciate diversity, different opinions, lived experiences, backgrounds, and personality types.
  • Experience with and an understanding of the importance of client confidentiality.
  • Dependable, including the ability to maintain good attendance, be reliable and punctual.
  • Professional, responsive, with a positive work attitude.
  • Very good knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Food Safe Certified.
  • First Aid Certified.
  • The successful candidate will need to undergo a criminal record check for working with children and vulnerable adults.

Working Conditions

  • Ability to lift and move chairs, tables, mats, etc. (up to 30lbs).
  • Ability to work positively in a shared work environment.
  • Ability to work positively in a busy and loud environment.
  • Ability to work outside in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time, run occasionally, crouch and bend frequently.
  • Ability to work with children and adults in crisis.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends for special events and programs.

 Wage / Hours of Work

  • 32.5 hrs/week, starting at $17/hr depending on experience and education.
  • Monday-Friday 7:15am-9:15am and 2:00pm-5:30pm, plus 5hrs/week for administrative and planning work.
  • Full time hours are required for all Pro-D days and Camps.
  • This position is required to work early dismissal days.
  • This is a permanent position.
  • The position is eligible for health and dental benefits after completion of a successful 6 month probation period.
  • As a perk of working with Fernwood NRG, staff have access to staff discounts at the Cornerstone Café, child care (when spaces are available), select recreational programs and enjoy staff lunches when available.

 Interested candidates are encouraged to apply immediately. This position with remain open until filled. Please submit your resume and cover letter to info@fernwoodnrg.ca We thank all those who apply but only selected candidates will be asked to interview.

 


 Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Agency Driver

 Fernwood NRG is looking for a reliable and motivated volunteer to deliver Good Food Boxes to partner agencies across Victoria.

Fernwood NRG is a social enterprising non-profit organization run by and for the residents of Fernwood. Fernwood NRG serves the Fernwood neighbourhood by:

  • supporting individuals and families with affordable, high quality services and housing,
  • increasing food security through improving access to affordable, high quality food,
  • playing an active role in developing the neighbourhood economy, and
  • engaging the neighbourhood through activities, events and communications.

The Good Food Box is a non-profit alternative fruit and vegetable distribution system. We purchase the highest quality produce and ensure variety, freshness and affordability. We prioritize locally grown, unsprayed produce with a focus on seasonal fruits and vegetables. The program relies heavily on the support of volunteers to keep Good Food Box prices low to ensure everyone has access to fresh fruits and veggies.

The ideal volunteer is passionate about serving the Fernwood neighbourhood and community of greater Victoria through food access and food security. They understand the reciprocal relationship between healthy neighbourhoods, healthy families, and healthy kids, and the role Fernwood NRG plays in strengthening healthy communities through affordable housing, a strong neighbourhood economy, neighbourhood events, food security, child care and front line family services.

The candidate is personable, reliable and hard working.  They are excited about helping community members access fresh and healthy food. Reliability and flexibility are key assets to thrive in this role. This is an exciting opportunity for someone wanting to expand their networks within Victoria’s food security and community network.

Volunteer Job Duties 

Our Volunteer Agency Driver would be given up to 40 Good Food Boxes a week, which are delivered to agencies along a given route. Fernwood NRG will provide you with a map of the deliveries. This role does require some repetitive lifting to place the boxes in your car and take them out. The time commitment is about 3.5 hours every Wednesday. Our Volunteer Agency Driver needs to be available between 11am and 1:30pm starting in January. In recognition of your volunteer service, we offer $20 for gas, and a Good Food Box.

What do you need to join the team?

  • To be available Wednesdays from 11am-1:30pm
  • Have a valid Class 5 Driver’s license
  • Have access to a reliable truck or van – we will need to know the make, model, license plate number
  • Car insurance – we will need to make a copy for our records
  • A clean drivers abstract – easily downloaded from ICBC’s website
  • Ability to perform some repetitive light to moderate lifting
  • Completed Criminal Record Check, for people working with venerable adults and children

Please email info@fernwoodnrg.ca or call if you are interested in volunteering with us.