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Executive Director

Website Parry Sound Forest School

Summary: Parry Sound Forest School is a 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.

This role is a supervisory position overseeing the activities of the forest school.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Negotiate lease and rental agreements with Canadore and other community partners
  • Ensure our programs are adequately insured including added insured for partners
  • Interview and hire qualified staff, contact references, conduct bi-annual staff evaluations
  • Oversee operations, purchasing and materials acquisition
  • Oversee staff scheduling
  • Develop and expand programming
  • Present at monthly board meetings, set and distribute monthly agenda
  • Maintain an up to date budget
  • Attend relevant trainings
  • Liaise with community organizations including DSSAB, GBB, PSFS, Canadore College, Township of Carling, Town of Parry Sound, Applicable Fire Depts, local First Nations
  • Ensure fire permits and permissions are up to date for all sites
  • Supervise program and administrative staff
  • Maintain Memberships with COEO, CNAC, GBB, HIGHFIVE, Parry Sound Chamber of Commerce
  • Alert staff to training opportunities as they arise
  • Facilitate monthly staff meetings/trainings
  • Submit annual QUEST 1 and QUEST 2 assessment to HIGHFIVE
  • Establish new program locations and facilities
  • Submit Notice of Intention to Operate (NOI) to Ministry of Education before each September
  • Oversee annual Risk-Benefit Assessments for all regular forest school activities
  • Act as the face of the business; interacting with local leaders, businesses and families
  • Seek out and apply for grants which can be used to enhance programs
  • Work closely with the Administrative Assistant

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications and skills:

  • Hold a Forest and Nature School Practitioner’s Certificate or equivalent
  • Qualified OCT or ECE
  • At least five years of classroom/forest school experience
  • A minimum first aid qualification of Standard First Aid
  • Experience working in the out of doors with children
  • Completion of High Five Principles of Healthy Childhood Development, QUEST 1 and Quest 2
  • Demonstrated ability to interact positively with children and their families
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and develop positive relationships with staff
  • Demonstrated commitment to First Nations Reconciliation and building relationships with indigenous individuals and communities

How 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.


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