Outdoor Leadership Volunteer - WILD Outside

Organization Details
Organization Name: Canadian Wildlife Federation
Address: Winnipeg MB
Website: http://wildoutside.ca/
Organizational Description: The Canadian Wildlife Federation's mission is to conserve and inspire the conservation of Canada's wildlife and habitats for the use and enjoyment of all.

The Canadian Wildlife Federation conducts its activities through a cooperative approach - working with people, corporations, non-government organizations, and governments to inspire collaboration in achieving wildlife conservation. We will use the best available science-based information to develop our policies, programs and communications. CWF prides itself in being accountable and transparent in fulfilling our mission.
Volunteer Opportunity Details
Description of Duties: Are you passionate about the outdoors, conservation, and working with young people? Are you hoping to learn more about your local environment and strengthen your connection to nature? Then we want to hear from you! The WILD Outside program in Winnipeg is looking for adults aged 18+ to mentor and lead youth in outdoor activities and conservation service projects alongside staff at the Canadian Wildlife Federation.

Who we are:
The Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) is a national not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to ensuring an appreciation of our natural world and a lasting legacy of healthy wildlife and habitat. By spreading knowledge of human impacts on the environment, developing and delivering educational programs, conducting research, promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, and advocating for effective wildlife policy and regulation, CWF strives for a future in which Canada's wildlife is conserved for generations to come.

Position overview:
WILD Outside is a free national conservation-based leadership program that engages youth aged 15-18 in outdoor and teambuilding activities, as well as conservation service projects in their local community. WILD Outside Outdoor Leadership Volunteers support the program in a supervisory capacity, acting as role models for youth participants, assisting with event logistics, and helping to facilitate programming. Learn more on our website and social media: WildOutside.ca @wildoutside.ca

Core duties:
- Assist Youth Leadership Specialists in facilitating programming
- Assist Youth Leadership Specialists with equipment, set-up, and take-down on event days
- Supervise and engage youth participants during programming
- Create a welcoming and fun atmosphere for all youth participants
- Provide appropriate leadership and role modeling to youth participants
- Lead activities, games, or icebreakers while Youth Leadership Specialists are momentarily preoccupied
- Act as a First Aider at events (if qualified; CWF staff are also certified in First Aid)
- Lead events or webinars/lessons about a topic you are knowledgeable or passionate about (if you're up for the challenge!)
- Help promote the WILD Outside program at booths, career fairs, and community events

- Participate in a variety of outdoor activities and community service projects such as beekeeping, kayaking, snowshoeing, shoreline clean-ups, creating pollinator gardens, and building bat boxes
- Develop skills to boost your resume
- Meet new people and make personal and professional connections, including experts in experiential education
- Give back to your community
- Be a role model and inspire the next generation of naturalists
- Receive WILD Outside branded items and swag!
- Earn certificates for reaching service milestones

Screening process:
All volunteers must successfully complete the following process:
1. 20-minute phone interview
2. Completion of volunteer paperwork
3. Reference checks
4. Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Check (reimbursed by CWF)

For more information, please contact:
Lauren Knowles, Volunteer Coordinator
Email: volunteer@cwf-fcf.org
Phone: 1.877.599.5777 x 253
Skills Required: - Passion for conservation, the outdoors, or working with youth
- Reliable and punctual
- Available for a minimum of 2 events per month. Events are typically on evenings and weekends.
- First Aid certification is an asset
- Aged 18 or older
- Must find own transportation to and from events
Skills Gained/Related Careers: Facilitation | Mentoring | Experiential education | Conservation | Group management | Working with youth
Age: 18-30, 31-54, 55+
Time Commitment: Evening, Weekend
Minimum of 2 events per month. Ongoing role.
Location of volunteer opportunity: Winnipeg
Does opportunity require a criminal record check? Yes
Will cost be reimbursed? Yes
Does opportunity require a child abuse registry check? No
Opportunity is available to candidates that: General Populace
Organization will provide: Training/Orientation
How to Apply: Online: volunteer.cwf-fcf.org/vol-submit-interest-basics/
Closing Date: Nov 19, 2023