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Position: Community Outreach Coordinator
Organization: CPAWS Yukon
Location: the successful candidate for this position will ideally be based out of Whitehorse, although we welcome applications from people living in a Yukon community.

Strong preference will be given to applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit.

As part of the CPAWS Yukon team, the successful candidate will be responsible for engaging and building relationships with First Nation governments and citizens, community members and the Whitehorse public.

At CPAWS Yukon we believe that public awareness, engagement, grassroots community organizing, education and empowerment are key to achieving wilderness protection. Support, both for and from First Nations Governments and community members, is something that CPAWS Yukon will continue to dedicate time towards as we feel that wilderness conservation in the Yukon cannot be rightfully achieved without it. The Community Outreach Coordinator will play a key role in this work.

Reporting to the Outreach Manager, the Community Outreach Coordinator is a critically important member of the CPAWS Yukon team. They will perform the following duties:

Community Outreach (60%)

  • Work with colleagues on public engagement, and organizing and promoting Whitehorse-based events and meetings.
  • Help to ensure that CPAWS Yukon members and any interested members of the public are aware of events the organization is hosting, and updated on relevant campaigns.
  • Support First Nations communities with community and/or co-organized events, wilderness trips, and other projects as needed.
  • Reach out to and build meaningful relationships with staff and leadership (including Chief and Council) within First Nation governments in areas where CPAWS Yukon could offer support, but currently does not have strong ties.
  • Plan and organize visits or other types of communications - such as posters, info sheets, radio updates, phone calls, video updates for communities - in order to share information, present to Chief and Council, Elder’s Council, youth and community members, and meet with various departments in regards to a specific project or support for relevant campaigns.
  • Upon request, provide support to various organizations, governments, and community members on projects, initiatives, events and public engagement in regards to wilderness conservation in the Yukon.
  • Give updates as required to the Community Outreach Manager and Executive Director on various outreach initiatives.
  • Support campaign efforts, specifically where public engagement is required.
  • Support the communications team by writing blog posts and social media updates that keep the public updated and informed about the important issues we are working on.

Program Planning (20%)

  • Provide guidance to the organization on programming opportunities and issues, ensuring that we are actively integrating guidance provided by community members.
  • Identify new conservation targets, in consultation with First Nations.
  • Assist the Executive Director and Conservation Manager with conservation research and briefing notes as needed.
  • Contribute to campaign development and strategy as required.

Other (20%)

  • As required - and depending on your level of comfort - serve as one of the organization's spokespeople addressing media, supporters, other groups, and the public.
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings.
  • Develop annual work plans.
  • Other tasks - e.g. research, writing, and communications - that build on the candidate's skills and success, as agreed upon with the Outreach Manager and Executive Director.

Preferred candidate background:

  • Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to develop and foster enduring relationships in Yukon communities, with various levels of government, and the non-profit sector.
  • Knowledge of Yukon and Transboundary First Nations and Inuvialiut people and history.
  • Existing relationships in Yukon communities is beneficial.
  • Proven interest in conservation and the environment.
  • Excellent strategic thinker.
  • Strong presentation and messaging skills to decision makers and the public.
  • Work well as part of a team and individually with willingness to respond quickly and flexibly to changing events and work assignments.
  • Ability to take initiative, prioritize tasks, anticipate and express community needs to the team.
  • Ability to assess and balance the needs of the organization and the community.
  • Positive, results-oriented, problem-solving attitude.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft office suite of programs and Google Workspace.
  • Ability to travel and work occasional evenings and weekends as required.
  • A driver's license is strongly preferred.

Hours: This is a full-time (30-37.5 hrs/week) position. We’re open to discussing a shorter work week if the applicant desires this.

Pay: $27/hr + 4% vacation pay and paid Statutory Holidays. CPAWS Yukon offers a health & dental benefits plan after 3 months, and the option of joining a RRSP after 12 months.

Duration: This position is for 12 months. The start date is flexible and depends on the candidate’s availability. We are confident the position will extend beyond one year, but with all positions within the nonprofit sector, they are dependent on securing funding.

Schedule: Regular office hours are 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday. CPAWS Yukon offers flexible work arrangements, including the possibility to work from home.

About CPAWS Yukon’s office: The CPAWS Yukon team consists of seven passionate people with diverse backgrounds, and two office dogs. Our office is located near Main Street in downtown Whitehorse. Don’t expect a cubicle-environment: we’re located in an old house that’s been used as our home base for many years. With a couch room (a.k.a. meeting room), fully equipped kitchen and sunny front yard, this is a welcoming place to spend your workdays.

Pandemic note: CPAWS Yukon has a pandemic operating plan in place – this plan changes irregularly as we follow Yukon’s pandemic’s situation and update the plan as required. Depending on the pandemic’s situation, we reserve the right to adjust the position as necessary. It’s mandatory for the successful candidate to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as they’ll be working directly with vulnerable people in Yukon communities.

Hiring process and timeline: We want to hear from you right away if you think this position is a great fit! CPAWS Yukon reserves the right to close applications early for the right person. Otherwise, applications will close at midnight on Sunday October 31.

  • Applications are reviewed in the week of October 25 and interviews will be scheduled between November 8 and 19.
  • We aim to hire someone in the week of November 22nd.
  • There’s one round of interviews. Interviews take approximately one hour and can be in person at our office or online.

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Anyone who can legally work in Canada can apply for this job. If you are not currently authorized to work in Canada, we will not consider your job application.

How to apply: Please send your cover letter and resume by email to

Please indicate you saw this posting at GoodWork.

To make an inquiry about this position contact our Outreach Manager Joti by phone at 867-393-8080 or send an email to


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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Oct 1 2021    ID: 61499