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Position: Bilingual Youth Engagement Coordinator
Organization: Waterlution – A Water Learning Experience
Location: work from home, anywhere in Canada

Waterlution is hiring a Bilingual Youth Engagement Coordinator

  • Start Date: June 29, 2020
  • Hours of Work: 4 days per week (30 hrs)
  • Contract Length: June 29, 2020 – Feb 26, 2021, with the possibility of renewal
  • Hourly Rate: $20-22 depending on experience
  • Location: Work from home, anywhere in Canada (during and post-COVID restrictions), preference is Eastern Canada.
  • Application deadline: June 5, 2020, early applications are strongly encouraged.

About Waterlution:

Since 2003, Waterlution has catapulted facilitation practice into multi-stakeholder water dialogue, encompassing a broad network of engaged, diverse individuals, organizations and communities, with the understanding that everyone has a vested interest in water. For over 16 years, Waterlution’s dedication to promoting water awareness and opportunities for collaboration has been a catalyst in creating sustainable and innovative water management systems.

In practice, Waterlution provides immersive 21st-century leadership training, coaching, mentorship and social project-building/business creation opportunities customized for youth & young water and environmental professionals.

Youth Programs:

Waterlution’s Youth Programs are designed to engage students and young professionals (ages 19-29) as Youth Advisory Board volunteers, they receive training to lead and educate schools across Canada (students ages 7-18). In the 2020 school year, a new project will begin, focusing on training and engaging youth in water-storytelling activities and contests. If restrictions ease, workshops will be delivered in classrooms later into the school year.

Over the past four years, four cohorts of trained Youth Advisory Board volunteers have worked with the Youth Programs Project Lead to develop and deliver two grade-school education programs, the Great Waters Challenge (participants explored their community through a gamified water-history learning challenge) and the Great Canoe Journey (participants explore local waters through traditional indigenous canoes and indigenous water knowledge in their region). Combined, the projects engaged over 6000 youths across Canada. The projects also included the production of two children’s books and an educational calendar.

Waterlution is seeking to expand our reach, activities and other offerings in French-speaking communities and sees great opportunities for developing more bilingual projects, programming content partnerships.

Role and Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Project Lead for Youth Programs the Youth Engagement Coordinator will:

  • With support from the Project Lead, plan, develop and implement a new bilingual school education project centred around storytelling.
  • Develop bilingual project materials: curriculum-aligned activities, resources, and website content.
  • Conduct outreach to teachers and youth group leaders across Canada to engage them in the storytelling project, schedule and liaise with teachers as needed.
  • Support the development of strategic partnerships in French-speaking communities and with French/Bilingual organizations.
  • Lead educational webinars (and workshops when safe) focused on water storytelling for school groups (in French and English- depending on the school’s request), coordinate volunteers to lead webinars.
  • Support the coordination and delivery of professional development training and volunteer program for young professionals/students (ages 19-29); mentor and coordinate them in delivering Waterlutions school education projects.
  • Write your own water stories, social media posts and blog posts around the art of storytelling & environmental education (in both languages).
  • Assist with other administrative tasks relating to Waterlution’s Youth Programs.

As the Youth Engagement Coordinator grows into their role and with the Waterlution team, the coordinator will take on more responsibilities in training coaching and mentoring Youth Advisory Board volunteers and supporting with the Youth Program’s funding applications.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience:

  • A bachelor's degree in environmental studies, education, languages or cultural studies (or related degree).
  • Bilingual (preference will be given to those with French as a first language).
  • 1-3 years of experience delivering environmental education programs to youth and/or children.
  • Strong written and verbal communication, confidence in public speaking, in both languages
  • Experience coordinating with teams, experts, partners, and/or stakeholders.
  • Experience using ZOOM meeting technology and google drive.
  • Experience or training in delivery storytelling workshops, contests or programs is considered an additional strength (please highlight in your application, but not a requirement)
  • Video-making and editing skills, photography, social media, graphic design are considered additional strengths (please highlight in your application, but not a requirement)
  • Self-starter attitude and demonstrated project leadership experience.

Work Details:

  • Work from home environment (during and post COVID restrictions), you will need reliable internet access, and quiet comfortable desk space to work and the ability to remain motivated, responsive and focused in a work-from-home setting.
  • Adequate privacy for an at-home work environment to have calls with team and others
  • Must have a personal computer with a webcam and mic built-in
  • Waterlution operates on 7.5-hour workdays. We prefer workdays to fit between 9 am and 5 pm. yet some flexibility can be offered to the selected candidate. Some flexibility will be required of the successful candidate when online events need to be delivered in the evenings or on weekends.
  • Applicants must but 30 years of age or younger and not have previously participated in a Government of Canada Youth Employment Strategy internship through EcoCanada or Career Launcher (previous participation in the Canada Summer Jobs program is acceptable).
  • Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations.

Preparing Your Application:

Please demonstrate how you meet the job requirements and any desired skills in your cover letter.

Submit your:

  • Cover letter, written in French
  • Resume in either language
  • A ~200-word story, fiction or non-fiction, in either language. Your original story should feature a favourite waterbody.

Apply by the end of the day June 5th 2020 (midnight Pacific time) to Olivia Allen - Project Lead for Youth Programs olivia.allen@waterlution.org

No phone calls please, those selected for an interview will be contacted soon after the application window closes. The first interview will be on ZOOM and in English.

We look forward to having the selected candidate join and grow with our team!

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: May 25 2020    ID: 56686