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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 following employment opportunities:

 

 


Out of School Care Worker

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 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 Worker is responsible for delivering the day-to-day Out of School Care program at one of our sites (George Jay School or Fernwood Community Centre). This position provides a safe, healthy and positive environment for children. This includes but is not limited to facilitating planned activities and impromptu activities based on children’s needs, ensuring the health and safety of the children at all times, adhering to Child Care Licensing Regulations and Fernwood NRG OSC policies and clean-up.

General Responsibilities

  • Delivers high quality licensed Out of School Care (OSC) programming including but not limited to:
    • Delivers pre-planned nature-based curriculum for one of our sites.
    • Facilitates impromptu games and activities to meet the children’s needs and development levels, and provides overall guidance to children.
    • Supports with set-up and clean-up.
    • Follows instructions from OSC Lead.
    • Supports with snack and snack clean-up.
    • Provides updates on the child’s day to parents and care-givers at pick-up.
    • Follows safety and care plans.
    • 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, following all internal and provincial safety and reporting regulations.
  • Builds and maintains professional working relationships with parents and care-givers.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications/Requirements

  • Minimum 1 year experience working directly with children aged 5-11.
  • Ability to meet the requirements for a “Responsible Adult” with Child Care Licensing Regulations, including 20 hours of Child Development training.
  • Must be 19 years of age.
  • Experience with environmental and/or nature-based and/or food security program delivery is considered a strong asset.
  • Ability to work very well in team settings.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 15 hrs/week, $14- $16/hr depending on experience and education.
  • Monday-Friday 2:30pm-5:30pm.
  • Full time hours are required for all Pro-D days and Camps.
  • This position is required to work early dismissal days.
  • This is a part-time term position until the end of the school year. Your term may be extended by a position in our Summer Camp program.

 


Early Childhood Educator or Assistant Substitute

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, affordable and educational child care. 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 our Child Care programs. 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 patient, enthusiastic, team oriented, driven, and compassionate. They are knowledgeable about positive behaviour support strategies, nature-based programming, and building positive long-term professional relationships.  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 care experience with a leading social enterprise.

Job Summary

Ultimately responsible to the Child Care Programs Coordinator, reporting to the Child care program leads, the educator is responsible for supporting children’s day to day success in the centre. This position works collaboratively in a team environment with a team of passionate long term educators.

The position will require the candidate to help assist with daily programming while ensuring the health and safety of all children are met through Child Care Licensing Regulations and Fernwood NRG Child Care policies.

General Responsibilities

  • Supporting a team to supervise, uphold and maintain the health and wellbeing of the children.
  • Promotes Social Emotional Competence.
  • Promotes identification and labeling of emotions in self and others.
  • Explores the nature of feelings and the appropriate ways they can be expressed.
  • Establishes and enforces clear rules, limits, and consequences for behaviour.
  • Builds and maintains professional working relationships with parents and care-givers.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications/Requirements

  • Must hold a current BC License to Practice as an ECEA (ECE preferred, ITE Asset).
  • First Aid Certified.
  • The successful candidate will need to undergo a criminal record check for working with children and vulnerable adults.
  • Must provide a record of immunization status.
  • Must provide two professional references.
  • Familiar with BC Child Care Licensing Regulations.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work very well in team settings.
  • Ability to problem-solve and prioritize tasks.
  • Ability to take initiative.
  • 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.

Working Conditions

  • Ability to lift and move chairs, cots, mats, etc. (up to 30lbs).
  • Ability to lift infants who are not yet walking.
  • Ability to lift infants and toddlers to change diapers.
  • 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.

 Wage / Hours of Work

  • $15.00-$18.00/hr dependant on experience and qualifications.
  • On-call, rotating shifts between 8:00am-5:15pm, with half hour unpaid break.
  • As a perk of working with Fernwood NRG, staff have access to staff discounts on select recreational programs and enjoy staff lunches when available.

Out of School Care Inclusion Support Worker

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, resourceful, and reliable. They are knowledgeable about support strategies, nature-based programming, and building positive long-term professional relationships.  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 Inclusion Support Worker is responsible for supporting children’s access and success in Out of School care. This position works one-on-one with a specific child to foster inclusion within programming, while ensuring the health and safety of all children are met through Child Care Licensing Regulations and Fernwood NRG Out of School Care policies.

The position will work with children who have extra behavioural support needs within our Out of School Care program. This includes but is not limited to following, writing and maintaining care and safety plans, helping a child be included in the program, working to overcome the child’s barriers to inclusion, and working with the child to develop strategies for expressing emotions and needs. This could include one-on-one time as well as break-out strategies and visual forms of communication.

The role also includes providing direction to other staff on how to best support the success of the child’s inclusion and being the first point of contact for parent questions and concerns.

General Responsibilities

  • Provides inclusion support to one child who is unable to be a part of the group on their own.
  • Uses behavioural guidance strategies to develop a trust based relationship with the child.
  • Uses behavioural guidance strategies to re-direct the chid.
  • Promotes Social Emotional Competence.
  • Uses Non-Violent Crisis Intervention skills to ensure the safety and de-escalation of the child’s behaviour.
  • Designs supportive environments.
  • Utilizes effective environmental arrangements to encourage social interactions.
  • Provides instruction to aid in the development of social skills.
  • Promotes identification and labeling of emotions in self and others.
  • Explores the nature of feelings and the appropriate ways they can be expressed.
  • Promotes children’s individualized emotional regulation that will enhance positive social interactions within the classroom.
  • Establishes and enforces clear rules, limits, and consequences for behavior.
  • Creates care and safety plans in consultation with the Family Programs Coordinator, parents, and professionals to best support the child.
  • Provides instruction to other OSC staff by:
    • Providing support and direction to OSC staff regarding the child’s development;
    • Ensuring staff are following appropriate behaviour and guidance strategies with the child;
    • Ensuring staff are familiar with care and safety plan instructions.
  • Works with the Family Programs Coordinator to submit 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.
  • 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 on the high needs spectrum and children and youth facing conditions of risk.
  • Ability to meet the requirements for a “Responsible Adult” with Child Care Licensing Regulations, including 20 hours of Child Development training.
  • Certifications in two or more of the following: non-violent crisis intervention, special needs, trauma informed practice, conflict resolution, positive behaviour intervention, regulation strategies, and/or a combination of demonstrated experience.
  • Familiar with the Community Care and Assisted Living Act’s Child Care Licensing Regulations.
  • ECEA, ECE, and/or SN certification are considered strong assets.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • 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

  • 15 hrs/week, $19/hr
  • Monday-Friday 2:30pm-5:30pm
  • Full time hours are required for all Pro-D days and Camps.
  • This position is required to work early dismissal days.
  • This is a contract position and the hours are dependent on the child’s attendance.
  • As a perk of working with Fernwood NRG, staff have access to staff discounts on select recreational programs and enjoy staff lunches when available.

 


Volunteer Opportunities

The Fernwood NRG currently has following 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 or call if you are interested in volunteering with us.

Family Programs Volunteer

Family Resource Programs (FRP):  A drop-in interactive program where parents and children have fun, bond and interact through play. It provides opportunities for parents to learn from staff and others through role modeling and spontaneous learning around positive parenting, child safety and development as well as participate in physical activity, all while promoting secure parent-child relationships. This program is designed for families who are facing challenging life circumstances with children ages 0 to 5.

The FRP Volunteer will be responsible for assisting staff in the Gymnasium for the following:

  • Helping to facilitate the program by being present, while interacting with parents and children.
  • Assisting in the clean-up and putting the toys away back into the storage room.
  • Wiping down all of the tables and chairs and putting them away.
  • Sweeping the gymnasium floor after program.
  • Wiping down all of the blue mats and putting them away.
  • Other opportunities can be determined based on the interests of the acting volunteer (e.g. crafts, providing resources, organizing, music, etc.).

What do you need to join this team?

  • A completed Criminal Record Check
  • Complete the volunteer contract
  • Be available Thursdays and/or Fridays 9:30am-12:00pm

Fernwood NRG will provide:

  • Snack time for participants between 10:50am-11:00am

If you are interested in volunteering with us please email info@fernwoodnrg.ca