Enviroschools Community Facilitator – Enviroschools Canterbury

Job Description
Enviroschools Community Facilitator
He mihi tenei ki a koutou na Enviroschools
The Enviroschools Kaupapa
Enviroschools is about creating a healthy peaceful sustainable world through learning and taking action together. Through Enviroschools children and young people plan, design and implement sustainability projects and become catalysts for community change. Nationally, over 1,300 schools and early childhood education (ECE) centres are part of the Enviroschools network. The following five principles guide all levels of Enviroschools mahi:
• Empowering learners means enabling them to participate in a genuine way, from their own unique and creative perspective. Including young people in decision-making and action empowers them to be active environmental citizens for life and enriches the development of the whole school or centre environment.
• Learning for Sustainability is an action-focused approach to learning that engages us in the physical, social, cultural and political aspects of our environment.
• Māori perspectives and knowledge of the environment offer insights unique to the culture with the longest history of human interaction with this country. Including Māori perspectives enriches the learning process and honours the status of indigenous people in this land.
• Respect for the diversity of people and cultures is integral to achieving a sustainable environment in New Zealand that is fair, peaceful, and co-operative and makes the most of our rich cultural traditions.
• Sustainable communities act in ways that nurture people and nature, now and in the future.

The Role
Are you looking for a varied, interesting and diverse role? Would you like to play a pivotal role in a proven sustainability kaupapa? Are you passionate about learning and education?
Enviroschools is an innovative and holistic programme that is well-established in the Canterbury region. This Community Facilitator role is working with schools and early childhood centres in the Enviroschools Canterbury network, primarily in the Christchurch City, Selwyn and Waimakariri Districts.
This role involves guiding, motivating and advising schools on their journey towards creating a sustainable, resilient and thriving school community. As part of the journey tamariki/students connect with and explore the environment, then plan, design and take action in their local places in collaboration with their communities. Enviroschools Facilitators support teachers, wider school staff and students with environmental learning and action. A key part of the role is supporting individual schools to make strong connections with each other and their wider community.
An Enviroschools Community Facilitator contributes to the Enviroschools network at a range of levels:
• Personal Practice
• Individual Schools
• Local Network
• Regional Network
• National Network

Personal Practice includes:
Working professionally and with creativity and enthusiasm. Taking time to explore the Enviroschools kaupapa and suite of resources and use them to underpin mahi. Reflecting on your own practice and taking opportunities to learn from others.

Individual schools includes:
Building supportive individual and/or cluster relationships with local school communities. Supporting schools to access and explore the Enviroschools kaupapa and resources as they develop a whole school approach to sustainability. Supporting teacher planning to integrate EEfS learning and action into all areas of school life. Providing opportunities for holistic reflection on an on-going journey. Support schools and centres to share their mahi with others. Maintain an up-to-date picture of what is happening in the schools you are responsible for.
Local network includes:
Supporting and inspiring the local network of Enviroschools in the areas covered by this role. Providing/contributing to opportunities for participating school communities to learn, share and take action together locally according to their own goals. Working in a way that honours tangata whenua. Collaborating with key providers/agencies to progress environmental education outcomes. Linking schools with local community projects, places and people that make a positive contribution to their sustainability journey.
Regional network includes:
Engaging with the wider regional network across Canterbury and contributing to a collaborative regional approach. Participating in team planning and development. Maintaining regular, open and timely communication and feedback with the Enviroschools Regional Coordinator. Sharing experiences with other members of the regional team and developing peer support relationships with other facilitators.
National Network includes:
Contributing to a well-functioning national network. Participate in national, inter-regional and regional Enviroschools Professional Development and networking opportunities. Model and uphold the Enviroschools kaupapa.

The Person
Critical to this role is a commitment to the environment and sustainability, and an interest in working in bringing about change in communities. We are seeking someone who has the following experience and qualities:
• A personal connection with the kaupapa of Enviroschools and a commitment to sustainable living.
• Appreciation of Te Ao Māori and the contribution Māori perspectives and wisdoms bring to sustainability. Good te reo Māori pronunciation.
• Experience with a holistic approach to Environmental Education for Sustainability. Including knowledge and understanding of the key concepts of EEfS, experience of action-learning and student empowerment.
• Familiarity with school systems including knowledge of the New Zealand Curriculum. Ability to offer practical support to schools on their sustainability journey. Teaching qualifications and experience in NZ schools is desired.
• An inclusive style of working that brings people together and is empowering. This includes the ability to make connections and build relationships in the local community. Confident facilitating both adults and students through a process of change.
• Self-motivated and comfortable working both independently and as part of a wider team.
• Excellent organisational skills, including event management, administration and computer skills. Excellent written skills.
• A creative thinker and a reflective role model, learning and assessing their own practice and open to possibilities.
• Current Class 1 drivers license.
May be required to work outside normal hours of work on occasion. May also be required to occasionally work away from home.

This role
is offered as a 1-year contract with Toimata Foundation starting January 2021. Toimata is a charitable trust focused on creative sustainability. With our founding partner Te Mauri Tau we provide the national support base for two nationwide kaupapa – Te Aho Tu Roa and Enviroschools.

How to Apply
The Enviroschools team in Canterbury is managed by Andrea Taylor, Enviroschools Regional Coordinator at Environment Canterbury. For questions about this role contact her on andrea.taylor@ecan.govt.nz or 027 28 00011
If this role is of interest to you and you meet the above qualities and requirements please apply. Attach your CV and include a cover letter outlining why you would like to work for Enviroschools and what you bring to this role.
Please email your application to joanne.diez@toimata.org.nz
Job Category: Community Services and Development (other). Job Type: Full-Time. Job Salary: On application.
Closes November 18, 2020