(Pending confirmation of funds)
We are hiring! Oakvillegreen is currently accepting applications for the Environmental Outreach Assistant.
Gain some hands-on community greening and environmental outreach experience and help our programs grow and adapt to COVID regulations.
Overview of Position
The youth will support Oakvillegreen’s ongoing nature restoration, environmental education and outreach activities. Specialized work includes the development of rain garden, water conservation, urban forest and pollinator-friendly garden activities including developing new outreach materials. Will be expected to recruit, train and guide community members to become volunteer environmental stewards, whether in person or via virtual platforms.
What youth participants are eligible
To be eligible, youth must:
This is a 14 week paid position commencing on or around May 25th, 2020. Evenings and weekends are required.
Please send a cover letter outlining your qualifications and eligibility, and a resume via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm, May 24th, 2020.
COVID has hit us just like the Dr. Seuss tale, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. But in the same way that stealing all the presents couldn’t keep Christmas from coming, Spring is Back, bringing optimism and renewal!
For we humans, COVID is a game changer, and this is a time we never could have imagined. We hope that you and your family are staying safe and adapting to the challenges created by a worldwide pandemic.
The good news is that there are still a lot of environmental things that you can do, even if we can’t do them together!
Oakvillegreen’s ONLINE Native Plant Sale is still happening.
Click to shop at our online store that has 20+ choices! Store
This will be welcome news to those who have been dreaming of working in their gardens or planting pots of native wildflowers for busy pollinators.
Deadline to order is April 27th
Pickup will still take place in Oakville on May 9th(location & details TBD).
Be assured, that those who purchase online and have prepaid orders, will receive an email confirming exact Contact-free pickup details before May 9th.
Evolving circumstances will dictate the details, so please bear with us!
Nature still needs your help during this difficult time. For Oakvillegreen, everyday is Earth Day!
Garlic Mustard is already very noticeable along trails & natural areas and NOW is a perfect time to remove it. Take a bag & gloves and pull it up easily by the taproot and dispose in your garbage. (Do not compost it!)
Read more here: https://www.ontarioinvasiveplants.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/OIPC_BMP_GarlicMustard.pdf
Spring is normally an extremely busy time for Oakvillegreen.
As of today, we have had to postpone all of our events for April and May and June (stay tuned for rebooking dates!).
Normally, Oakvillegreen would be preparing for their numerous events like the community wide clean-up, tree plantings and invasive species pulls that are favourite boots-on-the-ground citizen activities that we have become well known for. But this year is different!
I am incredibly proud of our two staff members, Beatriz and Anelia who have been working reduced hours, but are truly committed to keeping up the “green” work that we do for our community. Oakvillegreen does not have an office, so we are accustomed to working together remotely.
We have been planning innovative ways to adapt our Green Roots curriculum-based school programming and community education. We are sharing positive messaging about how to you can “keep greening” and support biodiversity in your very own neighbourhood and backyard.
Maybe you are planting a Victory Garden this year, filled with veggies & flowers.
Try planting a native milkweed plant and invite Monarchs to your backyard with this easy-to-grow host plant. Buy milkweed at our *online* native plant sale.
We are proud of our Oakvillegreen Youth Stewards (OCAYS) who have committed their volunteer time to work in our community to increase biodiversity. This program is currently on hold but we are eager to reconnect with our youth again soon! They have been training to become TD Tree Captains, (thanks to a TD Friends of the Environment Foundation grant) to play a valuable role during our large community events that promote restoration of our local woodlots, river valleys and greenspaces.
Biodiversity and the climate crisis are inextricably linked and we are more devoted than ever, to address both of these issues for a healthy future.
We look to our members and followers, and ask you to share nature-filled pictures or inspirational stories from your vantage point! We are especially aware that not everyone has a large home or a backyard, so we will find fun ways to appreciate nature from inside your homes or from windows or balconies, or while walking the dog!!
Send your photos & stories to email@example.com us to post on our website and social media.