BC Recreation & Parks Association
The British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA), a not for profit organization, plays a central role in leading the enrichment and improvement of the quality of life of British Columbians and their communities. We do this by championing the power of recreation and parks.
Ours is a story of creating community connectedness and individual well-being based on the knowledge and recognition that recreation and active living, as well as access to parks and the natural environment, have significant impacts on our physical and mental health.
Since 1958, we have provided leadership, training and support, fostering the principles of accessibility and inclusiveness, to help our members meet provincial and local health and physical activity priorities.
We are currently seeking a full-time Parks and Education Assistant within our Education and Initiatives Department who will be responsible for supporting department initiatives, events, and program services. This is a 3 month full-time winter term position, running from January – March 2020.
Position reports to: Strategic Initiatives Manager
Employment period: 12 weeks, January 6 – March 27, 2020. The Parks and Education Assistant has six major areas of responsibility:
Assisting with provincial and national initiatives based on BCRPA’s Parks Task Force Priorities
Supporting the preliminary planning of a new professional development event, Grounds/ Turf Training Day
Developing and contributing to an ongoing communications strategy to encourage participation in BCRPA’s professional development opportunities for parks professionals
Support the launch, promotion and coordination of a new parks training school in BC
Providing administrative and promotion support for Parks Education Courses
Working with community partners and local governments to promote career opportunities within the parks sector
Parks Education & Training
Support the marketing, logistics, communication strategy and growth of BCRPA Educational offerings for parks workers: Playground Safety Awareness and Risk Management
Assist in the planning stages of a one day parks grounds training, consulting with an advisory committee and develop a full day workshop that would meet the needs of parks sector
In partnership with the Communications Department, develop and follow a communications strategy plan to best support individuals working in municipal parks departments
Build relationships with municipal government contacts, employment centres, youth work sites, secondary and post-secondary institutes to promote the benefits of new parks training school
Update Careers in Parks and Recreation websites to broaden the reach of the content delivery
Assist in coordinating live webinars and arrange for recorded webinars to be accessible to parks members on the E-Learning website
Respond to inquiries pertaining to Careers in Parks
Department Events & Initiatives
Provide support to conference planning and execution as needed.
Assist with event logistics as needed
Provide support with projects and initiatives as required
Required skills and knowledge:
Proven high level administrative skills with impeccable attention to detail
Ability to handle multiple priorities in a busy office environment during periods of high work volume
High degree of resourcefulness, ability to work independently and as part of a team
Proven ability to administer, implement, promote and evaluate a variety of training programs
Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills
Proven ability to develop and maintain effective cooperative relationships
Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office)
Professional, friendly, and highly motivated team player with a positive attitude
Desired training and experience:
Conference planning experience
Experience in maintaining budgets
In order to be eligible for this Government of Canada funded position, the successful incumbent must:
Be between the ages of 15 and 30 (inclusive)
Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person as defined by the immigration and Refugee Protection Act
Be legally entitled to work in Canada
Be legally entitled to work according to any provincial/territorial legislation and regulations
Applications are welcome from individuals with disabilities, those who identify as belonging to a member of
a minority, and new immigrants/refugees.
Terms of Employment: This is a Winter term position that will take place January 6 – March 27, 2020, for 12
weeks. The hourly rate of pay is $15/hr. Work week is 35 hours per week. Office hours are 8:30am – 4:30pm,
with one unpaid hour off for lunch.