Environmental Projects & Community Engagement Assistant

Job Posting:                               Canada Summer Jobs
Job No.:                                      AR001
Position Name:                          Environmental Projects & Community Engagement Assistant
Position Type:                           Full-time (30 hours per week)
Wage:                                         $16 per hour
Duration:                                   8 weeks (May 27 – July 19, 2019)
Deadline for applications:        May 16, 2019

Position Description:
The Alouette River Management Society (ARMS) is seeking two (2) Environmental Projects & Community Engagement Assistants for our summer field work, special events, and community engagement activities in Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows region.  The Environmental Projects & Community Engagement Assistant will:  assist with the implementation of field work components of our Morse Creek Restoration project which aims to restore a section of an inner-city creek and educate youth about the importance of caring for freshwater ecosystems to benefit salmon and other wildlife.  Another project they will assist with is our Plentiful Pollinators project which seeks to increase the amount of pollinator habitat in Maple Ridge and raise awareness of challenges facing them.

Teamwork is an essential component of this position.  The Assistant will regularly interact with all members of the Alouette River Management Society team as well as board directors, school children, volunteers, and other members of the public.  They will develop important project management skills working together with other staff members to ensure tasks are completed effectively and on time.  The ability to clearly communicate and understand work plans and everyone’s roles will be strengthened.  They will learn how to effectively manage their time and prioritize activities under deadlines.

The Environmental Projects & Community Engagement Assistant will provide support in coordinating volunteers and other staff for field activities, including restoration and monitoring.  They will develop leadership skills through learning about effective volunteer engagement, team management, project and event planning.

Working with the Alouette River Management Society, the Environmental Projects & Community Engagement Assistant will learn a great deal about specific issues around freshwater, salmon habitat, fish passage, receive valuable employment experience in community outreach, event and workshop planning and delivery, environmental stewardship skills, leadership, marketing, fundraising and contribute to the community by working for a charitable not-for-profit organization

The Environmental Projects & Community Engagement Assistant will learn fundamental skills pertaining to their post-secondary education and develop problem-solving skills, decision-making skills and skills directly related to this position. The employee will also learn the importance of community services such as environmental protection and habitat enhancement in the Alouette Watershed.

 Position Responsibilities
The duties of the Environmental Projects & Community Engagement Assistant include:

  • Assist Environmental Projects and Communications Coordinator to plan, prepare and implement a variety of environmental projects and community workshops e.g. beekeeping clinics, invasive plant pulls
  • Work with the Adopt-a-Block Program Coordinator to plan, prepare and deliver clean-up projects and promote these events
  • Support the ARMS staff with community engagement by preparing for and attending local festivals e.g. Father’s Day Fish Release, Pitt Meadows Canada Day
  • Work with Environmental Coordinator to plan and implement the “Morse Creek Restoration” project activities with local schoolchildren
  • Assist the ARMS staff to train volunteers to conduct surveys on juvenile fish, aquatic insects and invasive species
  • Produce a schedule of activities, arrange materials and supplies necessary to complete project milestones, and coordinate with community volunteer groups
  • Plan, set up and attend various community engagement events at municipal parks to raise awareness of ARMS environmental work
  • Conduct research project on ARMS and Allco Fish hatchery
  • Learn about the Alouette River Management Society, Allco Fish Hatchery, and Allco Park and key issues of concern in the Alouette Watershed
  • Plan and coordinate a pollinator habitat activity for a community or school group
  • General maintenance and upkeep of the Rivers Heritage Centre and gardens.
  • Other related office or outdoor work as required by the Executive Director
  • Represent the Alouette River Management Society in a professional, reliable, and enthusiastic manner.
  • Work outside, rain or shine

Required Qualifications:

  • Preferred degree or diploma in education or degrees such as biology, earth sciences, ecology, natural resources, environmental sciences, or geography. Communications, marketing and event planning programs also considered.
  • Must be between the ages of 15 and 30 at time of hiring
  • Clear criminal record check
  • Has prior field work experience
  • Creativity, enthusiastic and passionate about freshwater ecology, salmon habitat and pollinator issues
  • Keen to learn
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated professional and mature attitude in a variety of work conditions
  • Flexibility in scheduling; some weekend days you will be required to work
  • Own laptop is required for this position
  • Valid and clear BC driver’s license and own vehicle a must (work requires moving field equipment, event gear; vehicle use/parking will be reimbursed)

In addition, preference will be given to candidates with:

  • Current first aid certification

About us:

ARMS is a not-for-profit registered charitable organization committed to the protection and enhancement of the Alouette River Watershed in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, BC.  We are dedicated to public awareness and education concerning the Alouette Watershed and environmental issues.  ARMS is an equal opportunity employer that respects the individual human rights in Canada, including the values underlying the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as other rights.  We are a small but dedicated group of local people who are passionate about making a difference to our waterways, ecological health and the quality of life for all species that depend on the Alouette River.  The Executive Director and/or the Environmental Projects & Communications Coordinator are available at all times for staff to discuss any issues or conflicts they are experiencing.  We also value and strive to foster a healthy work/life balance for all staff.

To apply:

Please submit a cover letter that expresses directly why you are interested in this position and that clearly aligns with how you meet the core competencies and required qualifications.  Submit a resume that clearly outlines all relevant work experience (paid or unpaid) and include your references.  Please email your resume and cover letter to Greta Borick-Cunningham, Executive Director at arms(at)alouetteriver.org with “Environmental Projects & Community Engagement Assistant_AR001” in the subject line.  When submitting your application, please name and save your attachments with your first and last name in the title, for example; “John_Sample_Cover_Letter_AR001.doc” and “John_Sample_Resume_AR001.pdf”.

While we thank all applicants for their interest in the Alouette River Management Society and this position, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.  No phone calls please.

 These positions are funded by the Government of Canada Summer Jobs program.


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