Applications for the 2014 Homegrown Park Ranger program are now closed.
Who can participate?
Homegrown Park Ranger applicants must live, work or play within the 2014 Homegrown National Park boundaries — which includes Toronto municipal wards 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21.
We will accept applications from individuals as well as two person teams. All participants must be 18 years of age.
If you don't live, work or play in the area but still want to be involved, please contact us. There may be select roles for folks outside the park boundaries.
How long does the program last?
The Homegrown Park Ranger program runs from March until October. Successful applicants must commit to volunteer for the entire period. The program begins with the Park Ranger training program on March 1st and 2nd.
Homegrown National Park events will take place throughout the summer, with a closing event in early October.
While the project is in its second year and we anticipate continuing for at least the next two years, our hope is that the Homegrown National Park project will continue enriching these neighbourhoods for years to come!
What is the time commitment?
Following the two-day training workshop, Park Rangers should expect to dedicate between 5-10 hours per week to the project, including participation in community events. Time investment will vary based on the nature of activities chosen.
Can you give me an example of activities that Park Rangers will be supporting?
The goal of this program is to get people outside creating and restoring urban green space and spurring creative green interventions and activities. From experience, we know that participants in the project will dream up amazing projects that engage their communities in meaningful ways.
Here are some examples of potential community projects:
- A business or institution can plant an employee garden on their property
- A group of neighbours can create a pollinator corridor by adding native plants and flowers to each property on their block
- A group of students can recruit volunteers to clean up a local park or plant trees
- Restaurant staff can use locally grown produce to create a 'homegrown' special for their seasonal menu
- A team of Park Rangers can rally condo residents to plant balcony gardens or create a rooftop garden or green roof
There are a number of homegrown events planned for 2014, like the outdoor screening at Fort York, pizza nights in Christie Pits and the Park Crawl that you can be involved in. And remember, DSF staff is here to support and mentor Park Rangers in their outreach activities.
What are the selection criteria for participating teams?
Because space is limited, we need to ensure participants can commit to the full program. Here's what we'll be looking for:
- Connection to your neighbourhood and community;
- Creativity and enthusiasm;
- Leadership and communications abilities;
- Ability to inspire others to take action;
- A commitment to bringing nature home to the city.
Does the program cost anything for participants?
No. While Park Rangers may end up fundraising for their projects, the Park Ranger program is free of charge for participants thanks to the support of generous supporters.
What are the benefits of participating?
- Be a part of an innovative leadership program;
- Gain extensive and valuable training in community organizing, urban nature restoration, and environmental activism;
- Expand your networks and develop meaningful roots in your community;
- Learn about native plants and wildlife and the diverse benefits access to green space can provide;
- Receive the Park Ranger training manual and planning guide and resources from local community organizations;
- An official David Suzuki Foundation Neighbourhood Park Ranger t-shirt;
- Meet like-minded people, be a force for good, and, most importantly, have fun!
When will I find out if I'm selected?
The application deadline to become a 2014 Homegrown Park Ranger is February 10, 2014. Staff will consider applications carefully as they are received so apply early. Selected applicants will be contacted by telephone for an informal interview.
All applicants will receive notification as to the status of their application by February 24th, 2014.
Who can I contact if I have questions about the program?
Please email Aryne Sheppard, Senior Public Engagement Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org.