Community Outreach Assistant - Summer (Spadina-Fort York)

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


Community Outreach Assistant - Summer Job (Multiple Positions)

Hours: 34 hours per week
Duration: 10 weeks
Pay: $11.40 per hour
Start Date: May 23rd or soon after

Applications Due: May 17th at 12 pm - submit earlier if possible

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.


The Positions:

We are hiring summer students to help with community outreach in the Spadina­-Fort York riding, including public engagement at events and festivals, speaking to community groups, residents of high rise buildings, and helping to coordinate volunteers.

The outreach will promote key TEA initiatives:

  • INHALE, the Initiative for Healthy Air & Local Economies which focuses on measuring and improving air quality

  • Zero Waste Toronto which focuses on increasing recycling and composting, especially in high-rise communities

  • Climate Change Campaign which focuses on educating residents on the local impacts of climate change and low­ carbon solutions.

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

Tasks and Responsibilities:


  • Liaise with community members and organizations in Spadina-­Fort York such as residents’ associations, condo boards, and businesses on behalf of TEA.
  • Attend annual summer festivals and local community celebrations to promote TEA’s projects and recruit TEA supporters.
  • Organize events and deliver presentations to community and resident groups on INHALE, Zero Waste Toronto and Climate Change.
  • Develop outreach strategies that will successfully engage residents living in high-rise condominiums and apartments, which make up the majority of Spadina-Fort York’s constituency.
  • Coordinate outreach event details including organizing volunteers, assembling outreach materials (flyers, sign up sheets, etc).
  • Assist in the development and modification of outreach materials for events, and assist with content development for social media posts and website, when needed
  • Students with photography, videography and graphic design skills will have opportunities to create visual content that engages people on TEA's initiatives.
  • Help recruit residents as volunteers and keep them engaged in TEA’s projects.
  • Train and support interested volunteers from diverse communities to be ‘citizen scientists’ for the INHALE Project. Train volunteers to collect air quality data in their neighbourhood and engage in solution oriented discussions about how we can clean our air by greening neighbourhoods, promoting active transportation, and reducing emissions.
  • Outreach-related administrative tasks including new member data entry, event reporting and other tasks as necessary.


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 May 23rd.
  • Able to work some evenings and weekends (to attend some 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:

  • Demonstrated experience coordinating volunteers and events
  • Presentation skills including public speaking
  • Knowledge of air quality, zero waste or climate change issues
  • Additional spoken languages (especially Mandarin and Cantonese)
  • Photography, videography and/or graphic design skills
  • 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 "Jolene Cushman".  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 Wednesday May 17th at 12:00 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 with disabilities. If contacted, please advise us if you require any accommodations in the hiring process.

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