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Recruiting now: Enviroschools Community Facilitators 

July 14, 2022

Enviroschools Community Facilitators: Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington City and Te Awa Kairangi 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?

We have a number of roles available in the vicinity of 30 hours per week. These roles involve providing a local face for the Enviroschools Network in either Te Whanganui-a-Tara or in Te Awakairangi ki Tai.

Enviroschools Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui, in partnership with GWRC, Wellington City Council and Hutt City Council, are looking for strong community networkers to help link schools and early childhood centres together through the Enviroschools kaupapa.

The ideal people will be local to either the Te Whanganui-a-Tara /Wellington City community or Te Awa Kairangi ki Tai/Lower Hutt City community.  They will have good community and education connections. They’ll be able to build further relationships with teachers and others in the community and work collaboratively with a range of educators.

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 Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington City Council provides funding for facilitators to work with schools and early childhood centres in the rohe. In Te Awa Kairangi ki Tai this funding comes from Hutt City Council.

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 involves participants exploring their place in Aotearoa and how they can authentically interact with mana whenua as Te Tiriti partners, honouring the insights Te Ao Māori brings to relationship with the land
  •   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/Regenerative communities act in ways that nurture people and nature, now and in the future.

Enviroschools Community Facilitator Roles

Enviroschools Community Facilitators participate 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 Facilitators will mainly be supporting 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, then planning, designing and taking action in their local places in collaboration with their communities.

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 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

Note that roles in Te Awa Kairangi also include providing World of Waste tours to students.   (This is not part of the Te Whanganui-a-Tara roles.)

The People

We are seeking people who:

  • have an interest in supporting change in communities.
  • appreciate and understand te ao Māori and the importance of relationships with mana whenua. Good te reo Māori pronunciation is important in this role.
  • have an interest in Education for Sustainability, action-learning and student empowerment.
  • are familiar with school and ece systems and keen to offer practical support to schools and centres on their sustainability journeys. Teaching qualifications and experience in NZ schools and/or centres are highly valuable.
  • have 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.
  • are self-motivated and comfortable working both independently and as part of a wider team.
  • have excellent organisational skills, including event management, administration and computer skills. Excellent written skills.
  • are creative thinkers and reflective role models, learning and assessing their own practice and open to possibilities.
  • have a current Class 1 driver’s 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 and/or from GWRC offices.

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 these roles are likely to be offered as 3-year contracts for 30 hours per week with the intention that they become ongoing roles. The contracts are with Toimata Foundation.  Toimata is the Charitable Trust focused on creative sustainability, that supports the Enviroschools Network nationally.  With our founding partner, Te Mauri Tau, we provide the national support base for two nationwide kaupapa – Te Aho Tū Roa and Enviroschools.

The Enviroschools team in Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui is managed by Karyn Burgess, the Enviroschools Team Leader who is based with GWRC.

Start date is negotiable in 2022.  There could be flexibility in the number of hours worked per week depending on the situation for the candidate. If you would like to find out more, contact to arrange a phone call.

If you decide you would like to apply, please send to your CV and a cover letter outlining why you would like to be part of the Enviroschools team and what you bring to this role. We welcome previous applicants.

Applications close midnight Thursday 18 August 2022.