Part-Time Community Educator
Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society - Kitchener, ON

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Position Title: Part-Time Community Educator

Posting Date: July 17, 2013

The Kitchener-Waterloo and North Waterloo Humane Society (KWHS) is seeking mature teachers to join our Education Department team as Part-Time Community Educators. The successful candidates will love both children and animals and possess the ability to inspire children, youth and, at times, adults to learn through the delivery of established curriculum. Most presentations will be at district schools but there will also be opportunities to engage children in more hands-on active learning activities at community day camps, and community centres as well as our own KWHS camps, clubs and field trips. The successful candidates will be able to accommodate to flexible hours as required, including some evening work.

The KWHS is a recognized Canadian leader in Animal Welfare. Our vision is to be a proactive leader in providing humane care through education, advocacy and enforcement to promote the well-being and appreciation of all animals. The values that are the basis of our organization are that all animals deserve to be treated with respect, dignity, empathy and compassion.

Purpose of Position: Under the direction of the Education Manager, the Community Educators will be involved in presenting established curriculum which is intended to reverse the reasons why animals in our community are neglected, mistreated, and relinquished by their owners to the care of the K-W Humane Society. It is through education that future generations will be more responsible pet owners and increasingly empathetic to animals and their welfare.


  • Learn and deliver the established school curriculum following the scheduled bookings. Proper arrival time and care to meet scheduled bookings will be paramount.
  • Able to work some evening hours (off-set from day hours) to facilitate educational activities during scheduled In-Centre Programs (clubs and field trips as well as scheduled tours). These evening hours are not year round, but generally are scheduled for six week periods, two nights per week.
  • Fulfill office tasks as delegated by the Education Manager after returning from presentations. These include, but are not limited to: the creation of teaching resources and promotional materials, laminating resources, purchasing supplies, and setting up the Education room for up-coming programs.
  • Be a positive advocate of the KWHS in interactions with teachers and parents on a daily basis.
  • Dress in provided uniform during the School Visitation Program (SVP) and community presentations and maintain a professional appearance and friendly demeanor at all times.

Weekly commitment: 1 – 2 days per week, approximately 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Must be able to accommodate flexible hours as required.

The following are general descriptions of some of the requirements necessary to carry out the duties and responsibilities for this position. The successful candidate must have the following attributes and skills:

  • Consistently exhibit positive rapport and love for children of all ages.
  • Love of various types of animals.
  • Knowledgeable on the care of all types of pets; animal welfare issues and passionate about the welfare of animals.
  • Comfortable handling and working with all types of animals.
  • Bachelor of Education Degree (Specialization in Primary/Junior/Intermediate).
  • Classroom teaching experience.
  • Comfortable and effective in skills of public speaking (varied voice modulation and cadence) and in animated delivery of presentations, actively involving the audience, to large groups of people (children, youth and adults) on a regular basis.
  • Talented in animated story-telling during school presentations to children.
  • Ability to use positive and effective strategies to maintain classroom management of large groups of sometimes unruly children.
  • Proficient in full Microsoft Office Suite including PowerPoint, Excel and Publisher.
  • Excellent skills in verbal and written communication.
  • Be able to maintain high level of positive energy over long periods of time.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to meet/interact with new people daily (i.e. school staff).
  • First Aid Certificate/C.P.R.
  • Current police information check.
  • Holds valid Ontario driver’s license.
  • Physical strength to carry resources up flights of stairs and lift out of vehicles on a regular basis.
  • Ownership of a dog suitable for school visitations is preferred.

Interested candidates are invited to apply online only. Please note that applications will only be accepted via email, and only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Closing date for applications is July 31, 2013.