Accepting Applications for:

Job title: Education & Site Assistant
Posting Date: May 25, 2022


Duration: 8 weeks, beginning Wednesday, June 29th

Work Week: Wednesday to Saturday, 9am – 4:30pm with a half hour paid lunch break (8hrs total)

Wage: $19.39 /hr, 30 hrs per week

Applications due: Tuesday, June 7th at 11:59pm


About Us:

The Compost Education Centre (CEC) is a charitable, not-for-profit organization that provides composting, organic gardening and conservation education to residents of the Capital Regional District. 


The Role:

We’re looking for someone to support our educational programs (currently offered on-site and in schools w/ COVID safety protocols in place), on-site management (gardening and composting), and some office work. The summer assistant will have opportunities to empower learners in ecological stewardship through learning how to compost, grow their own food, and care for local ecosystems. The summer team member will gain valuable skills in delivering environmental education relating to sustainability, conservation, and protection.


Duties include:

Education program assistance (40%)

  • Support the effective coordination of education programs via both email and phone; 
  • Support the development of education programs and educational materials for children and youth and;
  • Support engaging delivery of workshops, site tours and other demonstrations


Site assistance (40%)

  • Assist in the maintenance of the teaching gardens including areas which highlight permaculture, native plants, organic vegetable gardening, rainwater catchment, and other techniques;
  • Assist in the maintenance of the composting program including worm harvesting, compost sifting, and building worm bins; and
  • Assist in organization and maintenance of site structures, including strawbale teaching building, irrigation system, tool shed, tools, storage areas, and greenhouse.
  • Assist in event preparation and implementation, such as the annual August Plant Sale.  


Office assistance (20%)

  • Respond in friendly and timely ways to public inquiries – calls, emails, and other online modes of communication (social media);
  • Sales of seeds, composters, and other sustainability supplies;
  • Assist with the successful promotion of programs via social media and direct email; and
  • Assist with other ongoing programs and priorities as required.



This position will require demonstrated experience, familiarity or strong interest in the Mission and Mandate of the Compost Education Centre and at least one of the following;

  • Composting, waste reduction, ecological conservation and/or soil health
  • Child and youth education
  • Decolonial practices in relation to food and agricultural systems. 


This position will also require a driver’s license (N or above).



The position will require both outdoor and indoor work. Outdoors it will include lifting up to 40 lbs. as well as the ability to climb stairs, walk, kneel or squat, bend, and shove. Indoors it will include sitting at a desk for several hours at a time and public speaking. There may be room for accommodations and adaptations to some of these requirements. Please feel free to reach out with specific questions about access or include a note in your application.


The position is funded by Canada Summer Jobs. Therefore, the individual must also meet the Canada Summer Jobs criteria: 

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment; 
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and 
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations. 


The ideal candidate will display initiative, and the capacity for self-direction, along with a high level of organization, the ability to meet deadlines and to work as part of a team (with compassion and humour!) Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate well both verbally and in writing, and some proficiency with the MS Office Suite are also required. 


Some experience teaching workshops to adults, children and/or youth, working or volunteering in a non-profit environment are also considered assets. Experience with digital tools (Zoom, Google Suite, Canva) and social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) are beneficial, but not required. The preferred level of education is post-secondary.


Please ensure that your application explicitly addresses all skills and criteria listed above as well as why you are most compelled to work with us here at the CEC.

Explore our website and visit our social channels to learn more about the Mission of the CEC.

All work will be conducted with adherence to current best COVID-19 safety practices.


To apply: 


This position will start Wednesday, June 29th and run for 8 weeks; the position will consist of remote and site-based work.


Applications will be accepted until Tuesday, June 7th at 11:59pm.We are grateful to all of those who take the time to apply, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. 


Please email your application materials (resume, cover letter and the names of three references) as one pdf with subject line: “Summer Education and Site Assistant” followed by your name, addressed to Alexis Hogan, Executive Director at by Tuesday, June 7th at 11:59pm.


**Please submit all materials as one PDF.  Applications without a cover letter will be disqualified from the application process.  Please include your last name in the filename of your application materials.**