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Current Opportunities

January 25, 2024

SaskOutdoors is accepting applications for a Climate Education Program Officer employee position effective immediately through March 31, 2026 for 30 hours per week at a rate of $25 per hour (hourly rate is negotiable depending on qualifications and experience).

SaskOutdoors is a non profit organization in Saskatchewan.  You can read more about SaskOutdoors’ mission, vision, guiding principles and strategic plan at www.saskoutdoors.org. The Climate Education Program Officer will work closely with EcoSchools Canada.  More information about EcoSchools is available here.  

Reporting directly to the General Manager of SaskOutdoors, the Climate Education Program Officer will work closely with the entire SaskOutdoors team and select members of the EcoSchools Canada team to support the development and implementation of the EcoSchools program and related projects.  

The Climate Education Program Officer will work on the delivery, growth, and improvement of program offerings, including but not limited to:

  • Developing and facilitating professional development workshops and webinars to educators and board-level stakeholders;
  • Developing and facilitating in-class presentations to K-12 students on environmental learning and action;
  • Providing direct support to schools and school boards through strong relationship management;
  • Encourage and educate schools on how to become EcoSchools certified;
  • Support and celebrate schools as they complete action cards to become EcoSchools certified;
  • Supporting Ecoschools certification assessment;
  • Contributing to work to deepen the integration of curriculum connections to EcoSchools actions;
  • Contributing to the development of program resources;
  • Providing administrative support to programs, projects, and partnerships;
  • Supporting program data analysis and reporting;
  • Responding to basic questions from schools and general inquiries;
  • Participate in bi-weekly SaskOutdoors team meetings and other meetings with EcoSchools and SaskOutdoors as necessary;
  • Contribute to SaskOutdoors’ three monthly e-newsletter to share best practices and tools of climate action;
  • Working with communications team on external messaging, website updates, social media presence and related tasks;
  • and perform other duties as assigned.

Proficiency in French (oral and written communication) is an asset, but not required, for this position.

This is a remote work position with required travel around Saskatchewan. Possession of a valid driver's license is required.  The candidate will receive a home office allowance and may be expected to provide their own equipment if needed.  Applicants must be residents of Saskatchewan. Additional expenses, like mileage, printing, supplies, will be reimbursed with prior approval.

There is some flexibility with this position. The position can be set up as a contract or employee position for a range of 25-35 hours per week depending on the selected candidate’s preferences.  Please indicate in your application your preferences.

To apply, please email info@saskoutdoors.org with a resume that outlines your related experience, and rate for services on or before Wednesday February 7, 2024. 

Questions can be addressed to info@saskoutdoors.org.

We look forward to working with you!

Our Team

We are a hardworking team that values social and ecological wellbeing, and enriching lives by building community, inspiring imaginations, and empowering individuals through lifelong learning. We are dedicated to creating opportunities for all to learn, play, and participate in outdoor recreation to practice and teach environmental responsibility.

Leah Japp

Leah Japp

General Manager

Whether at work or on the farm, Leah and her family enjoy an active life of camping, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, canoeing, running, climbing snow hills, skating, tobogganing, playgrounds and swimming.

Sigourney Hoytfox

Sigourney Hoytfox

Community Engagement Manager

Sigourney grew up in southern Ontario, spending time hiking, swimming, camping and enjoying the great outdoors. She is passionate about unstructured outdoor play for youth and outdoor enjoyment for all ages. 

Justine Wheeler

Justine Wheeler

Outdoor Play Coordinator

Justine is the principal at Bulyea Elementary School in Horizon School Division. She has taught students from K-6 and has experience in early childhood education. She teaches outdoor ed throughout the school and is passionate about outdoor learning and reconciliation. Justine loves spending time outside with her two sons, husband and dogs. Justine believes that being outside benefits everyone in a holistic manner. 

Ben Oaken

Ben Oaken

Climate Action Educator

Ben is currently a middle years homeroom teacher at Buena Vista Nature-Based School where he enjoys living out his passion connecting youth to the amazing wonders of the natural world. Ben has recently completed a master degree in educational foundations with a focus on Climate Change and Environmental education at the University of Saskatchewan. He sits on the board for One School One Farm, a charity that connects landstewards to classrooms with the goal of establishing new eco buffers and adding biodiversity to the prairies. 

 

Kristen Simonson

Kristen Simonson

President

Kristen grew up in the Swift Current area, developing a love of the outdoors while spending time in the garden, fields and exploring the native prairie coulees on horseback. This has led to a career in education where she currently teaches biology, earth science, and environmental science with Chinook School Division.

Desiree Hortness

Desiree Hortness

PAST-President

Desirée was born and raised in Saskatchewan where she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, especially seeing the natural wonder and play of her children in the prairie setting.

Denise Skuce

Denise Skuce

Treasurer

Denise has a passion for getting children outside, connecting them to nature and connecting nature to children. She has been in the field of Early Learning for 25 years, and believes that all learning comes through play.

Aditi Garg

Aditi Garg

Member at large

Aditi is a first-generation settler with stories and memories in Treaty 1 and Treaty 6 territories. She is a former French Immersion & Math teacher, and currently an outdoor education leader. She believes that youth engagement with nature is critical for informing new policies for the environment. 

Derek Hyland

Derek Hyland

Member at large

Growing up in Saskatoon, Derek has been involved in the outdoors since his early years in Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts. This, along with outdoor-ed clubs in elementary and high school spurred a love of camping, canoeing, mountain biking, snowboarding, and all things outdoors.

Mike Prebble

Mike Prebble

Member at large

Mike works as an educator with the Saskatoon Public School Division where he instructs the Off the Grid environmental program out of Tommy Douglas Collegiate. He spends his free time camping, biking the trails of Saskatoon, as well as coaching football and competitive high school Improv.

Sean Brant

Sean Brant

Member at large

Sean Brandt is a high school teacher and environmental enthusiast. Sean is a founding member of the premier Outdoor School program in Prairie Spirit School Division, based out of Warman High School. 

Brooklyn Berrns

Brooklyn Berrns

Member at large

Brooklyn quickly became an outdoor and environmental enthusiast at a young age and strives to connect at-risk youth with the out of doors. She has a keen interest in adventure therapy and is currently working as a Probation Officer. 

Carmen Gilmore

Carmen Gilmore

Member at large

Carmen teaches privately in Saskatoon and uses art to explore nature with children. She spends her summers and autumns leading kids foraging for materials, and winter through spring guiding art making. She is an amateur botanist and committed to helping others connect to the land that we share.

Ashley Gagnon-Shaw

Ashley Gagnon-Shaw

Member at large

Ashley is faculty with SUNTEP Saskatoon where she teaches place-based pedagogy, methods in Physical Education, and Michif epistemology. Her passion is connecting teacher candidates to the outdoors and recognizing the opportunities for learning on the land. She was been involved with climate and sustainability action at the University of Saskatchewan. Ashley enjoys hiking, yoga, kayaking, canoeing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and pond hockey.