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Indigenous Educator Intern

Website Parry Sound Forest School Inc.


Parry Sound Forest School is a new and thriving business in the heart of Parry Sound, ON. We offer a  variety of year-round programming options for many age groups and support children in becoming  confident and capable with a sound sense of their abilities and interests. There is rising  concern that children today spend less time playing and learning outdoors. For this reason,  unstructured outdoor play, learning, and connecting them to nature are central to our work. We also see ourselves as working towards the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and strive to hold space for Indigenous perspectives and relationships with the land.

The Parry Sound Forest School Indigenous Educator Intern will have the opportunity to work  alongside an early childhood educator and a teacher in supporting children as they play and learn in the forest adjacent to Canadore College.  This position is well suited to an individual who is interested in traditional and land-based knowledge and would like to gain experience in Early Childhood Development or Teaching.


Assist our educators with the delivery of forest school sessions to children ages 3-12 including:

  • bushcraft (tool use, knots and ropes, fire making);
  • hiking;
  • risk management;
  • story telling;
  • maintenance of our cabin and equipment;
  • self-directed research into the history of local lands and first peoples and the medicinal and traditional uses of local flora and fauna; and
  • other duties as requested by the director.


The ideal candidate must love spending time with children and must be energetic, flexible, and eager to assist with the overall success of Parry Sound Forest School and must have:

  • Completed High School;
  • Identify as an Indigenous person, including First Nation, Metis, or Inuit;
  • Are new entrants into the work force, are transitioning to a new career, or the unemployed or underemployed who are entering a new field;
  • Have not previously participated in a NOHFC-funded internship;
  • Willingness to being outside in all seasons;
  • Self-directed learning skills;
  • Interest in traditional teachings;
  • Hold or be able to obtain a Police Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screen;
  • Hold or be willing to obtain training in first aid and childhood development through High Five;
  • College or University training in Early Childhood Education, Education, Conservation, Indigenous Studies or other related fields is an asset, although not required.

HOURS: This is a full-time position with 35 hours per week.

WAGES: Negotiable. Commensurate with experience.

DURATION: 12 months beginning November 1, 2021, pending funding.  A later start date is possible upon request.  Opportunities for a longer contract to be discussed.

LOCATION: Forest School takes place primarily at Canadore College Campus in Parry Sound, ON.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 15th, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.


TO APPLY: Email the following documents as one PDF document to Diana Clements at

(1) Updated cover letter detailing your fit for the position and interest in joining the Parry Sound  Forest School team.

(2) Current resume including work experience, skills, education, and other points relevant to this job description.

Only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

To apply for this job email your details to

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