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Position: Water Internship Program Trainer/Community Coordinator
Organization: Water First 
 northwestern Ontario or southeastern Manitoba/Winnipeg (see below)
Term: 6 month contract with strong potential for extension to 24 months. 

Looking for a meaningful job addressing a pressing contemporary challenge in Canada? Water First addresses First Nations’ drinking water and environmental challenges through education, training and meaningful collaboration. As a non-profit organization experiencing significant growth, we’re looking for a vibrant individual who can further develop, implement, and grow our water education and training programs in close collaboration with First Nations communities.

The position involves supporting a water science internship training project in partnership with a dozen First Nations communities associated with the Bimose Tribal Council, based out of Kenora, Ontario. Most of the work can be facilitated from home, in northwestern Ontario or southeastern Manitoba/Winnipeg, however significant travel to the participating First Nations 20 - 30% of the time, is mandatory.

Water First supports progressive labour policies including flexible hours and generous vacation time that respects work-life balance, and a benefits package.

Title: Water Internship Program Trainer/Community Coordinator

Salary: $55,000 - $75,000 full-time annual salary range, commensurate with credentials & experience

Start date: As soon as available, no later than Jan 15, 2020.

Duration: 6 month contract with strong potential for extension to 24 months. 

Location: Winnipeg/Kenora


  • Delivering water science focused training sessions

    • Including fundamentals of water chemistry, parameters, sampling & monitoring techniques & data management regarding drinking water and environmental water quality

  • First Nations community relations & project coordination

    • Coordinating project components with partners and communities (e.g., band office managers, water treatment plant operations, Chief and Council, etc.)

  • Coordinating intern hiring process, daily work tasks, exam preparation, post-secondary school and post internship support

  • Evaluations and internal/external reporting

  • Internship manualing and documenting for future program iterations



  • Related degree, diploma or certification in one or more of the following fields: drinking water or wastewater treatment, water engineering, hydrology, water chemistry, environmental science

  • Experience in teaching mature students (running workshops, developing curriculum)

  • Experience in drinking water, wastewater, and surface water sampling, monitoring and laboratory testing

  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills

  • Experience in coordinating community projects and working with multiple stakeholders

  • Regular access to a vehicle & willingness to travel to northern First Nations communities approximately 20 - 30% of the time

    • Class G (or MB equivalent) drivers license in good standing

  • Ability to work from home in the Winnipeg/Kenora area

    • Must be able to travel by vehicle to Kenora regularly

  • Strong cultural sensitivity and awareness

  • Ability to learn new skills and adapt to a changing work environment


  • Advanced degree in one of the fields of study above

  • Experience with ArcGIS mapping software

  • Operator-in-training (Water and Wastewater) and Water Quality Analyst Certification (or MB equivalent)

  • Demonstrated track record of leadership experience and excellence

  • Experience with First Nations community engagement.

Qualified First Nations applicants are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter to Carli Lang carli.lang mask* at Water First by 5pm on Dec 20, 2019. Applicants are encouraged to apply early for advanced consideration.

Questions? Call Carli Lang at 1-800-970-8467 ext. 102

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Dec 4 2019    ID: 50401