Peer Mentors

PEER MENTORS

 Applications for Peer Mentor positions are CLOSED for 2021. Check back in February 2022 for Spring openings!

WHAT IS A PEER MENTOR?

Looking to develop your leadership skills? Interested in environmental education and working with youth? Passionate about wildlife and plants? Apply to become an EYA Peer Mentor & work alongside experienced EYA staff to run our year-round Nature Stewards programs for youth and Wild Mind Field Trips for children at Strathcona Community Gardens in the Downtown Eastside.

Upon completion of the program you will gain community service hours to build your resume, and receive a certificate of mentorship from EYA.

We ask that Peer Mentors commit to supporting a minimum of…

  • 1 Nature Stewards program engaging high school students (1 program day weekly, free lunch provided) for 10 weeks, AND
  • 1 3-hour Wild Mind Field Trip engaging K-7 aged children (scheduled based on availability, Peer Mentors receive a $45 honorarium per field trip).

Ideally, we would like to see Peer Mentors return for future terms in the same year. We’re eager to invest in your growth as a facilitator and nature-concerned human being!

*Volunteers must also attend a free training day in mid-June (date & time TBC based on Peer Mentor availability)*

As a Peer Mentor volunteer, you will: 

  • Deepen your knowledge of native plants and wildlife 
  • Learn about environmental education & facilitation
  • Gain experience working with children and youth facing barriers
  • Lead activities relevant to program content
  • Mentor & support program participants 
  • Develop leadership & communication skills 
  • Facilitate basic activities (with support from  your Program Coordinator)
  • Help with program set-up & clean-up
  • Take photos for EYA’s social media channels
  • Help maintain wildlife habitat areas – weeding, watering, planting
  • Gain volunteer hours & experience for your resume 
  • Position yourself for potential job opportunities (many EYA peer mentors have gone on to become paid EYA staff) 

EYA’S SUMMER PEER MENTORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

We’re looking for Peer Mentors to support 5 programs this Fall:

Seed Generation (run in partnership with Red Fox Healthy Living Society)
Youth learn about Indigenous land stewardship, traditional foods and medicines, decolonization and Indigenous cultures and histories. Youth also help to restore wildlife habitat along Still Creek – one of the only streams left in Vancouver. Youth also go on two camping trips (optional for Peer Mentors)– one overnight in the city at the UBC Farm, and a second two-night trip outside of Vancouver!

  • Saturdays, September 11th – November 20th, 11am – 3pm

Rewilding Still Creek (Wildlife Focus)
Participants learn about ecological restoration and work with a team of youth to restore habitat for salmon and birds along Still Creek in Renfrew Ravine, one of Vancouver’s only remaining urban streams. Youth gain skills that can help them get a job, including how to remove invasive species, plant native species, and identify plants and wildlife. Youth also connect with Indigenous Knowledge Keepers, meet new friends and grow their leadership skills.

  • Saturdays, September 18 – November 20, 10:30am-2:30pm
  • Sundays, September 19 – November 21, 10:30am – 2:30pm

Land Guardians
The Land Guardians program is a partnership with the Urban Native Youth Association’s Cedar Walk and Aries alternate school programs for Indigenous youth. Through hands-on activities guided by Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and EYA facilitators, participants build relations, make medicines and prepare foods with native plants of Coast Salish territories. They also help to steward the environment by growing native plants from seed to seed, removing invasive plants, restoring habitat, and monitoring wildlife. Through the program, youth have an opportunity to connect with nature and cultural teachings while building life skills and growing as leaders in their communities.

  • Thursdays, September 16 – November 18, 10:30am-2:30pm

Native Plant Nursery
Participants learn about plants native to coastal British Columbia and how they support birds and pollinators. Working in EYA’s plant nursery and greenhouse, youth gain horticultural skills including native plant care, soils, propagation, seed-saving, and environmental stewardship. We will also take field trips to Still Creek where we’ll help restore habitat for salmon, birds, and other wildlife.

Sundays, September 19 – November 21, 10:30am-2:30pm

Wild Mind K-7 Field Trips
Elementary school classrooms visit Strathcona Community Gardens to discover the wonders of native plants, bees, insects, and other urban wildlife at EYA’s teaching gardens, plant nursery, and rewilding areas.

  • Scheduled on an ad hoc basis

HOW TO APPLY

Our Peer Mentor volunteer positions are primarily open to EYA program alumni and youth ages of 18 – 25 with equivalent experience in gardening or facilitation are also welcomed!

To apply, complete the online application here.

At EYA, we lift up diversity in both humans and non-humans alike! We encourage and prioritize applications from individuals who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour), LGBTQ2S+ and those who are facing other societal barriers. 

If you have any questions relating to our Peer Mentorship offerings, please email our Program Manager, Erica at erica@eya.ca or phone 604-689-4446.

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  • Categories: Birds, Native Plants, Pollinators, Rewilding, Volunteer, Wildlife

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