Enviroschools Community Facilitator Role
Enviroschools Community Facilitator – Te Awakairangi ki Tai/Lower Hutt
- Looking to work with a values-based kaupapa, contributing to positive social change in your community?
- Wanting to learn, grow and contribute within a team committed to honouring relationships with the land and with tangata whenua?
Consider this part-time (21 hrs per week) mahi providing a local face for the Enviroschools Network in Te Awakairangi ki Tai and leading World of Waste experiences for Hutt City schools.
Enviroschools Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui, in partnership with Hutt City Council, are looking for a strong community networker to help link schools and early childhood centres together through the Enviroschools kaupapa. It also involves running interactive bus tours for Hutt City students to explore the story of Waste in Hutt City.
The ideal person will be someone local to Te Awakairangi ki Tai/Lower Hutt community with good community connections. They’ll be able to build further relationships with teachers and other people in the community, and work collaboratively with a range of educators.
Enviroschools Community Facilitator
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 actions and become changemakers in their communities.
Nationally, over 1,300 schools and early childhood education (ECE) centres are part of the Enviroschools network. In Te Awakairangi, Hutt City Council provides funding for a facilitator to work with Hutt City schools and ECE centres.
Five principles are at the heart 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 honours the status of tangata whenua in this land and the value of indigenous knowledge and wisdoms in enriching and guiding learning and action. This involves participants exploring their place in Aotearoa and how they can authentically interact with mana whenua as Te Tiriti partners.
· 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 Enviroschools Community Facilitator Role
The Enviroschools Community Facilitator participates in the community supporting early childhood centres and schools to work together as they individually and collectively engage in long-term sustainability journeys.
The Enviroschools Community Facilitator supports schools and centres to engage in a gradual process of change as they work towards:
- putting tamariki/students at the centre of their journey
- connecting with and exploring their environment
- planning, designing and taking action in their local places in collaboration with their communities.
Mainly this involves working with teachers, and at times wider school staff and students. It also involves sharing experiences with other facilitators in the Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui team and other Enviroschools teams around the country.
Key aspects of the role include:
- exploring the Enviroschools kaupapa and suite of resources
- communicating and building relationships with teachers and other members of the community
- meeting schools and centres “where they are at” and guiding them to develop next steps
- encouraging participation and sharing in a wider network
- reflecting on your own practice with other members of the team
The World of Waste Leadership role
The World of Waste Experience provides an opportunity for students to have an out of classroom experience that links them to the story of waste management in Lower Hutt City and helps them recognise that we need to reduce waste at source and there are things we can do. It includes an in-class activity followed by a bus trip to the Silverstream Landfill, Earthlink and the Dowse. Follow up support is also offered for students to be able to take effective action in their schools.
The World of Waste Experience is provided for Hutt City schools by the Enviroschools team on behalf of Hutt City Council.
We are seeking someone who:
- has an interest in supporting change in communities.
- appreciates and understands te ao Māori and the importance of relationships with Mana Whenua. Good te reo Māori pronunciation is essential in this role.
- has an interest in Education for Sustainability, action-learning and student empowerment.
- is familiar with school systems and keen to offer practical support to schools on their sustainability journey. Teaching qualifications and experience in NZ schools is a bonus.
- has 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. Confidence facilitating both adults and students is ideal.
- is self-motivated and comfortable working both independently and as part of a wider team.
- has excellent organisational skills, including event management, administration and computer skills. Excellent written skills.
- is a creative thinker and a reflective role model, learning and assessing their own practice and open to possibilities.
- has a current Class 1 drivers license or ability to creatively problem solve other transport options.
The Working Arrangements
Depending on the situation of the applicant, the role can be based from the applicant’s home, from the offices of Greater Wellington Regional Council (Wellington Central) or potentially from Hutt City Council offices. A mix of these bases may also be possible.
You may at times need to work outside normal hours of work. Occasionally, and with notice, you may also need to work away from home.
At this stage, this role is offered as a 2 year, 21 hour per week contract with Toimata Foundation starting in June 2021 and running until 30 June 2023.
Toimata is a charitable trust focused on creative sustainability. With founding partner, Te Mauri Tau, Toimata provides the national support base for two nationwide kaupapa - Te Aho Tū Roa and Enviroschools.
At a regional level Enviroschools Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui is supported by Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) in collaboration with all the region’s city and district councils.
The Enviroschools team in Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui is managed by Karyn Burgess, Enviroschools Regional Coordinator who is based at GWRC. If this role interests you and you would like to find out more, contact Karyn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 133 2569.
If you decide you would like to apply please attach your CV and include a cover letter outlining why you would like to be part of the Enviroschools team and what you bring to this role. Please email to Jo Diez email@example.com
Applications close midnight Thursday 22nd April.