A Rocha Canada
Name of Organization: A Rocha Canada - Christians In Conservation (Environmental Stewardship, Inspiring Change, Caring for Creationervation)
Address of Organization: National office: 19353 16th Ave, Surrey, BC V3S 9V2.
Currently no office in the Greater Toronto Area.
Contact Person: National (BC) office: Steven Mueller, Director of Operations or
Queenie Bei, Community Garden Network, National Coordinator for the GTA posting.
Phone: National Office (BC): 604-542-9022.
Email: National Office or Community Garden Network
Work of organization: A Rocha is an international conservation organization working to show God's love for all creation. We work out our commitment to environmental action through community-based conservation projects, with a focus on science and research, practical conservation, and environmental education.
Kinds of internships:
1. A Rocha - GTA
(a) Community Garden Network, Regional Organizer
This position provides one or two interns with the opportunity to assist in establishing a supportive network of church-based community gardens in the Toronto area.
The intern(s) will liaise with A Rocha's national Community Garden Network Coordinator, local community, church garden coordinators and churches to perform the following tasks:
The position will enable the intern(s) to learn about sustainable food systems, increase their networking and communication skills, and connect faith and creation care.
2. National Office (Surrey, BC)
1- organizing community gardening events and workshops
2- participating in garden work bees, and
3- developing effective communication tools and resources for the GTA-based Garden Network. The goal is to facilitate community engagement connecting community gardening and growing food as an integral outworking of Christian faith.
(a) Environmental Education Intern
This position is suited for an applicant who is passionate, experienced, and confident in working with children. The position would provide the opportunity to gain valuable leadership experience, while facilitating activities for groups of children for school programs, day camp programs, summer camp workshops and community events held on and off-site. Further duties include research and development of resources for these programs.
(b) Sustainable Agriculture Intern
Gain valuable experience in small-scale sustainable agriculture/community shared agriculture (CSA) by assisting the Farm & Nursery Manager to plan, manage and implement the garden season, as well as assist with the work of the native plant nursery. Position includes physical labour outdoors, planting, harvesting, weeding, watering in the garden; organizing and assisting with weekend watering schedules; liaising with community members and project shareholders; and supervision of volunteers.
(c) Conservation Intern
Develop and participate in fish and wildlife conservation and enhancement projects such as fish, amphibian and bird enhancements, native plantings, and various wildlife surveys. Participate in local stewardship events, liaise with community members and supervise volunteers. Research and develop resource materials related to stewardship and fish and wildlife habitat. Assist with the native plant nursery.
3. A Rocha International
For international internship opportunities, see here.
Surrey Centre: Please see our website.
Number of internships: GTA: 1-2; A Rocha Canada Brooksdale Environmental Centre: 3.
Interns should have a strong and proven interest in conservation and/or sustainable living initiatives and understand the imperative to steward God's creation as an integral part of Jesus' command to love God with our whole being, and to love others as ourselves. Interns should possess the following skills and interests:
(1) organized, yet flexible;
(2) enjoy speaking in front of groups, facilitating discussions, and community organizing;
(3) strong verbal and written communication skills;
(4) self-initiative and willingness to share their ideas;
(5) willingness to work with a project in its infancy stages;
(6) willingness to work outdoors and in inclement weather, depending on the nature of the responsibilities.
Location of internships: GTA (work from home and/or possibly in a church office) Toronto; Brooksdale Environmental Centre: Surrey, British Columbia.
Duration of internships: Three months minimum.
Costs: To be determined; assistance with travel costs within the GTA may be provided.
Accommodation: Billeting options may be available for GTA interns. For BC interns, Surrey Centre room and board is available for $600.00/month. For further information about international internships with A Rocha, please see here.
Medical coverage: Not provided. Interns who are residents of Ontario are covered under the provincial health insurance plan. Canadian students from outside of Ontario and international students must possess proof of appropriate medical/health insurance.
Training: Informal, on-the-job training, with opportunities to liaise with A Rocha Canada national staff and GTA Stewardship Coordinator, Paul Abell.
Volunteering: A Rocha Canada is always looking for volunteers. Whether you would like to get your hands dirty at one of our Field Study Centres, help out in our National Office, get involved with the emerging program in the GTA, or offer your skills remotely in your area of expertise, we would love to hear from you.
Faith statement: There is no statement of faith to subscribe to; however, it is important that interns be accepting of A Rocha's Five Committments while working in an internship.
Contract: Contracts will be negotiated and devised on a per case basis.
Further: To apply please send by email a cover letter and CV (in PDF or similar format) to the appropriate individual mentioned above.