Eco-Camps & Outreach Assistant
Alouette River Management Society
Maple Ridge, BC

Job Posting: Canada Summer Jobs 2019

Job No.: AR002

Position Name: Eco-Camps & Outreach Assistant

Position Type: Full-time (30 hours per week)

Wage: $16 per hour

Duration: 8 weeks (240 hours)

Start Date: 25 June, 2019 (1 position)

End Date: 20 August, 2019 (or earlier depending on start date)

Deadline for applications: Accepting now until the positions are filled

Position Description:

The Alouette River Management Society (ARMS) is seeking four (4) Eco-Camps & Outreach Assistants for our youth camps, special events, and outreach activities in Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows region. The Eco-Camps & Outreach Assistants will:

  • Assist ARMS Environmental Education Department and Eco-Camps Supervisor to plan, prepare and deliver a wide variety of environmental summer camps and workshops for children aged 6 to 13 years
  • Assist and lead short 2-hour environmental activities such bat-house building projects and pollinator garden enhancements
  • Assist and lead outreach activities, attendance at local festivals including the Canada Day Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Country Fest and Golden Meadows Honey Farmers Market, promoting fundraising activities for Environmental Education program
  • Assist with tasks such as camp planning, camp promotion using social media and community outreach, environmental event and activity planning and participation, maintaining the Rivers Heritage Centre native plant garden, recycling, setting up and cleaning up after events
  • Assist the Adopt-a-Block Coordinator to meet volunteers on sign-up days and hand out equipment, handout program information, planning events and participating in outreach activities.

Position Responsibilities:

The duties of the Eco-Camps & Outreach Assistants include:

  • Become familiar with:
  • Alouette River Management Society, Allco Fish Hatchery and Allco Park, ecological importance and history of the Alouette Watershed, some local flora and fauna of the Alouette Watershed
  • Threats to the Alouette Watershed, current issues and how the public can help
  • Plan and coordinate environmental community workshops or events.
  • Community outreach including setting up event equipment, manning booth, speaking with the public about the Alouette River Management Society and our mission
  • Coordinate with Eco-Camps supervisor to create youth Eco-camp schedules and purchase all necessary materials
  • Co-lead, implement, manage, assess each day camps for successful experience for children
  • Resource past camp plans for activities ideas using age-appropriate lens
  • Liaise with professional and/or non-profit group speakers for camps e.g. wildlife speakers
  • Lead high school camp counsellors, offering support and assistance
  • Daily debriefs of camps with Eco-Camp supervisor
  • Clean up and set up of each day for camps
  • Conduct environmental stewardship activities in the community may include storm drain painting, water quality surveys, and invasive plant removals or other related activities
  • Represent the Alouette River Management Society in a professional, reliable, and enthusiastic manner
  • Complete other duties and activities as deemed necessary by the Executive Director and other supervising ARMS staff as assigned by the Executive Director
  • Work outside, rain or shine

Benefits:

  • Receive valuable employment experience in camp and education planning and delivery, environmental stewardship skills, leadership, marketing, and event planning
  • Gain experience working with children of various ages
  • Enhance your communication, interpretive and public education skills
  • Receive training on the ecology and history of the Alouette Watershed
  • Contribute to the community by working for a charitable not-for-profit organization

Requirements:

  • Preferred working toward a degree or diploma in education (early education or elementary) or degrees such as biology, earth sciences, ecology, natural resources, environmental sciences, or geography
  • Must be between the ages of 15 and 30
  • Clear criminal record check for working with vulnerable minors (mandatory)
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm and experience working with children (mandatory)
  • Experience planning and delivery of youth camps or similar (highly desirable)
  • Demonstrated professional and mature attitude in dealing with the public
  • 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 equipment, event gear; vehicle use/parking will be reimbursed)

In addition, preference will be given to candidates with:

  • Current first aid certification
  • Post-secondary education

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 “Eco-Camps & Outreach Assistant_AR002” 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.

Job Types: Full-time, Temporary

Salary: $16.00 /hour

Experience:

  • youth camp or other related activities: 1 year (Preferred)

Licence:

  • BC and your own car is required (Required)
  • First Aid & CPR Level C or similar (Preferred)