Community Outreach Assistant - Summer

Toronto Environmental Alliance is hiring two summer students as Community Outreach Assistants to help engage communities in Toronto's downtown core on our key campaigns.


Community Outreach Coordinator - Summer Job (Multiple Positions)

Hours: 30 hours per week

Duration: 8 weeks

Pay: $14.00 per hour

Start Date: The week of June 4th (or soon after)

Applications Due: Thursday, May 31st at 5 pm - submit earlier if possible as interviews will take place on a rolling basis.

Since 1988, the Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) has campaigned locally to find solutions to Toronto's urban environmental problems. A not-for-profit organization, TEA advocates on behalf of all Torontonians for a green, healthy and equitable city. We rely on our members to help us work with communities and we act as an environmental watchdog at City Hall.

TEA’s open concept office is located in the heart of downtown (30 Duncan Street), very close to public transit & bike lanes as well as other great amenities like parks, gyms, restaurants, entertainment and much more.

The Position:

TEA is hiring summer students to help with our public engagement and outreach work in the Spadina­-Fort York riding and other areas of the city to promote the following TEA initiatives:

  • Our Zero Waste High-Rise project focused on increasing recycling and composting in high-rise residential buildings
  • Our Climate Change campaign focused on engaging residents on the local impacts of climate change and developing community-based solutions
  • Our Air Quality on Construction Sites project focused on identifying best practices and creating resources that can reduce air quality impacts from construction sites in Toronto

Candidates must be prepared to work in the community, engaging residents about TEA’s vision of a greener city for all.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with TEA project outreach and engagement initiatives:
    • Liaise with community members and organizations in Spadina-­Fort York
    • Attend community events & festivals to promote TEA’s projects
    • Organize event details for presentations to community and resident groups
    • Coordinate volunteers, assemble outreach materials (flyers, sign up sheets, etc).
    • Outreach-related administrative tasks including new member data entry, event reporting and other tasks as necessary.
    • Assist in the development and modification of outreach materials for events
  • Students with photography, videography, graphic design and writing skills will have opportunities to assist with creating print & digital content that engages people on TEA's initiatives.
  • Support TEA projects with background research, transcribing notes and summarizing content as requested.
  • Attend community or council meetings to observe climate change and waste related agenda discussions and take notes for TEA staff as requested

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Candidates must meet the requirements of Canada Summer Jobs (see below)
  • Candidates must be post-secondary students
  • Able to begin work as early as June 4th.
  • Able to work some evenings and weekends (to attend community events and meetings)
  • Excellent communication skills and organizational skills
  • Enthusiastic and comfortable with engaging the public in face-to-face conversations
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team
  • A passion for environmental and social justice issues

Any of the following skills/experience will be considered assets:

  • Presentation skills including public speaking
  • Knowledge of zero waste or climate change issues
  • Additional spoken languages (especially Mandarin and Cantonese)
  • Photography, videography and/or graphic design skills
  • Experience using CRM databases such as NationBuilder
  • Currently, reside within the Spadina-Fort York riding (see map)

This is a position funded by Canada Summer Jobs and requires that the candidate be:

  1. be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
  2. have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;
  3. be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and,
  4. be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

Application Procedure

Submit a cover letter and resume by email to to the attention of "Heather Marshall".  In your cover letter, please include the following:

  • Acknowledgement that you fit the Canada Summer Jobs hiring criteria (as described above).
  • Identify if you have a particular interest in any of the above mentioned key projects
  • Identify if you have any of the assets described above

Applications are due Thursday, May 31st at 5:00 PM. Please submit earlier, if possible, as interviews will be held on a rolling basis.

Please do not call the TEA office to confirm the status of your application. We will confirm by email whether or not you are being invited for an interview. Thank you for your understanding.

Employment Equity

The Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) is committed to employment equity and creating a workplace that represents the diversity of Toronto. TEA is an equal opportunity employer and encourages members of equity-seeking groups to apply. Women, people of colour, people with disabilities, those who identify as LGBTQ2S and those who identify as Aboriginal are encouraged to apply for this position and self-identify. Unfortunately, the TEA office is not wheelchair accessible. TEA will make accommodations during the hiring process to applicants who request accommodation.