Indigenous Program Assistant

The rare Charitable Research Reserve is a 900+ acre urban land trust and environmental institute in Waterloo Region/ Wellington. Since inception, the rare has taken care of the land on behalf of the community through the use of Western tools in conservation, research and education. As rare becomes engaged in reconciliation with the Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island (North America), these pillars will equally include and value Indigenous ways of knowing and being — to become three strands of a strong braid. Together we will steward these lands with respect for generations pasts, present and those yet to come, intact in perpetuity with trees more than 250 years old, 24 habitat types, and 6 of 8 pre-settlement landscapes.

Supervised by and reporting to the Program Coordinator & Facilitator and the Gill Ratcliffe Educator, while working in a team environment with all program advisors, staff and volunteers, the Assistant Program Facilitator is responsible for assisting in the delivery of our summer ECO camp program, school modules, and other related duties as required. 


  • Delivering hands-on nature-based activities to elementary and secondary aged children
  • Helping with Indigenous Gardens
  • Delivery of curriculum based materials
  • Preparation and clean-up of daily activities and equipment maintenance
  • Participation in documentation and administration duties
  • Guiding interpretive hikes
  • Assist with rare events as required
  • Attend regular staff meetings to report on progress


  • Education in Indigenous studies, psychology, sociology, social work, early childhood education, outdoor recreation studies, environmental sciences, biology, or related disciplines
  • Experience in developing and delivering programming to children
  • A current police check, including Vulnerable Sector
  • Physically fit and able to participate in all-weather hikes over rough terrain
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle
  • French and/or any Indigenous language competency is considered to be a strong asset


  • Between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or have official refugee protection status under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

This job is subject to government funding approval. Application deadline is Friday, March 22, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Applicants should send resume and cover letter along with the names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers for three professional references in one pdf document to:

Mackenzie Lespérance      

Program Coordinator & Facilitator

rare Charitable Research Reserve

No phone calls please. Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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rare Charitable Research Reserve
1679 Blair Road
Cambridge, ON N3H 4R8
(519) 650-9336
Charitable Registration:
#8776 15914 RR0001