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"Junkyard Playground" Playworker

Availability 

  • Duration of the position June 16- September 3, 2018
  • Shifts will occur at 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM or 1:30 - 4 PM, 7 days a week
  • must be available for 1-2 shifts per week, at minimum
  • Mandatory volunteer orientation, June 16 10 am - 4 pm
  • Mandatory Playworker training will occur between June 17th-21st

Position Description

At TELUS Spark, we are always innovating, and testing out new ideas. This summer, TELUS Spark will be building it's first "Adventure Playground". 

Adventure Playgrounds are celebrations of child-directed play, stocked with loose parts (such as cardboard boxes, fabric, tape and string) and staffed by playworkers.  Adventure playgrounds introduce themes of risk and freedom by welcoming people of all ages and abilities to play together. And best part? No adults allowed (with the exception of playworkers).

Here is a link to "The Land", a short film about an Adventure Playground in Wales

Key Responsibilities

  • Ensuring parents know how the "adventure playground" operates
  • Providing tools to children when asked for (if applicable)
  • Ensuring safe play is adhered to
  • Communicating with other playworkers to ensure safety of children
  • May include communicating potential unsafe areas, things to watch for, etc.

Skills 

  • Energetic and outgoing
  • Good communication skills
  • Motivated, self-starter, doesn’t require daily supervision
  • Flexible/adaptable
  • Willing to take risks – to get in there and “look silly”, play with, or manage a group
  • MUST be comfortable with being uncomfortable
  • MUST be available for playworker training (to be held sometime between June 17th- June 21st)
  • MUST be prepared for all weather conditions, rain or shine

Requisites

  • Police Clearance
  • Mandatory volunteer orientation, June 16 10 am - 4 pm
  • Mandatory Playworker training will occur between June 17th-21st