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The Ville Cooperative and Falls Brook Centre are seeking a Lead Instructor to complete the final phase of planning and the execution of an Urban Agriculture educational series running from November 7, 2016 to February 10, 2017. The Lead Instructor will report to the Executive Director of Falls Brook Centre and be responsible for the planning, teaching, and evaluation of the course and the participants. This is a 15-week contract with the possibility of extension. There will be an assistant experienced in urban agriculture to support the Lead Instructor throughout.

  Within this contract period, your responsibilities will be as follows:


Program Planning:

·         Meeting with partners to review program content and specific objectives

·         Creating and finalizing lesson plans

·         Curating and collating course materials

·         Confirming guest instructors and field trips

·         Other program development as required

Program Delivery:

·         Delivering educational programming, not limited to the following topics:

o   General Principles of Organic Agriculture

o   Organic Garden Planning

o   Soil Management

o   Pest and Weed Management

o   Preserving

o   Seed Saving

o   Seed Starting

o   Livestock Production

o   Permaculture Design

o   Hydroponics

o   Aquaponics

o   Spin farming

o   Business Planning and Management

o   Marketing

·         Delivering educational programming and assessing participant understanding through a variety of hands-on activities, on-farm observations, written assignments, and workshops

·         Providing participants with appropriate selected readings, examples of soil/compost analyses, and samples of insects, weeds, and diseased plants

·         Facilitating individual and group learning throughout the program by building relationships with students and establishing a positive learning environment


Program and Student Evaluation:

·           Developing, delivering, and marking final exams

·           Ensuring that participants have a good understanding of the philosophy and practicalities of urban agriculture

·           Report and grant application writing as necessary

·           Preparations for future courses


Eligibility:

·         Must be legally entitled to work in Canada

·         Bilingualism (English and French) is preferred, however written and spoken proficiency in English is required

·         Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s degree in Education or a related field and experience teaching adults and facilitating adult education OR a Certificate in Adult Education and a minimum of one year’s work experience

·         Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite is essential

·         Applicants must possess a valid Driver’s License and be willing to travel when necessary

·         Applicants should possess the following behavioural competencies: flexibility, teamwork and cooperation, relationship building, listening, understanding and responding, conceptual thinking and information seeking. Other important competencies are: excellent interpersonal and communication skills, ability to plan and organize effectively, an understanding of adult education principles, respect for cultural diversity, and the ability to use a variety of teaching/learning strategies.

 
Applications should consist of a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references, contained within a single .pdf named in the following format: LeadInstructorApplicantName.pdf. Please send applications to executivedirector@fallsbrookcentre.ca with the following subject line: NBUAP Lead Instructor Application. Only those selected for interview will be contacted.

  The Ville Cooperative and Falls Brook Centre do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, colour, sex, age, veteran status, or disability. Members of any minority group are encouraged to apply.

Action Alerts

ACTION ALERT: Reinstate funding to the Canadian Environmental Network

Friday, 03 February 2017
by Raissa Marks
The Canadian Environmental Network and its provincial affiliate networks need your help!

Historically, the Canadian Environmental Network and its provincial affiliate networks including the NBEN received annual core funding from the Government of Canada. This was used to facilitate networking on environmental issues across the country, coordinate national and provincial issue-based caucuses, coordinate ENGO participation in federal public consultation processes, and maintain open lines of communication between ENGOs and the federal government.

In 2011, as part of the across-the-board cuts to civil society organizations by the previous federal government, all federal funding to the RCEN and its provincial affiliate networks was cut. This left the national network and most of the affiliates with functioning primarily on a voluntary basis with limited capacity to do their work.

There is hope that the current government will provide for renewed funding in its upcoming budget. This funding is crucial for the survival of the national network and many of the provincial affiliate networks. A proposal has been submitted. It now needs strong and immediate support from environmental groups and individuals across the country.

This is where you come in!

Please take a few minutes to write to Prime Minister Trudeau and your MP telling them why you value the RCEN, your provincial affiliate network, or environmental networking at the national level in general. Feel free to use the template letter provided below. You can personalize it based on your experience or simply copy and paste.

Trudeau’s email is justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca and you can find your MP’s email here: http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members

Let’s show our federal politicians that a strong, well-connected grassroots environmental community is essential to a strong Canada!

Draft Template Letter:

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

I am writing to ask that annual core funding to the Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN) be reinstated.

Historically, the RCEN provided a crucial link between environmental groups across the country, both large and small. This link was vital in helping communities address environmental issues right across the country and ensuring a robust approach to the development of environmental policy in Canada.

Since funding was cut in 2011, the RCEN and most of its provincial affiliate networks have been functioning primarily on a voluntary basis with limited capacity to do their work. This is not acceptable. A strong, well-connected grassroots environmental community is essential to a strong Canada. I urge you to reinstate core funding for this crucial work immediately.

Sincerely,

Still Time to Submit Comments - Snowmobile Trail Development up Mount Carleton

Monday, 21 November 2016
by Roberta Clowater, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - New Brunswick Chapter
You can still send in your comments until end of day Nov 21 (Monday) on the environmental assessment report about the proposed snowmobile trail at Mount Carleton Provincial Park. If you're not sure what to say, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - NB Chapter has summarized some of our key messages here: http://cpawsnb.org/images/upload/key_messages_EIA.pdf

Please send comments or questions to: lynn.white@gnb.ca or mail to: Lynn White, Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1.