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Position: Stewardship Assistant
Term: late-August/early-Sept through mid-December 2018, 24 hours/week
Organization: Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship 
Penticton, BC

About Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship Society:

Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship exists to support landowners and communities in conservation, stewardship and enhancement of important habitats throughout the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys of BC. Currently we support over 80 Wildlife Habitat Stewards in the conservation of over 3550 acres of important wildlife habitat.


Based out of our head office in Penticton, the Stewardship Interns will work with OSSS staff on habitat improvement, outreach, and land management projects throughout the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys. The work is focused on supporting local landowners and communities in habitat stewardship and on-the-ground conservation initiatives. Specific training provided through this position includes workplace and fieldwork safety, landowner contact training, invasive species identification and management, and native plant and wildlife identification.

Key Responsibilities:


  • Maintain website & social media
  • Prepare dynamic public information displays and presenting at community events including Open Houses, Farmer’s Markets, Reading Clubs, and other local events etc.
  • Assist with newsletter articles, press releases, and information sheets or brochures.
  • Assist with community stewardship events (i.e. outdoor workshops), including coordination, implementation, and evaluation.

Habitat Improvement and Threat Mitigation:

  • Assist Wildlife Habitat Stewards with manual invasive species control (identification, weed pulling, and preparing management recommendations) to improve important wildlife habitat.
  • Assist with habitat restoration and enhancement projects, including planting, maintenance of completed projects, watering, mulching and fencing
  • Engage local communities in habitat clean ups and green ups
  • Residence creation, installation and monitoring of owl nest boxes, swallow boxes and bat boxes
  • Promoting use of FrogLog escape ramps by in-ground pool owners along amphibian migration routes


  • Assist with landowner contact data collection
  • Assist with file organization and records storage
  • Maintain records as related to activities completed
  • Collaboration with other local projects (eg. Burrowing Owl Conservation Society, Osoyoos Desert Centre Society, Okanagan Community Bat Project)

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Highly motivated, enthusiastic, adaptable, and self-starting.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; comfortable interacting with the public.
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Well-rounded knowledge and understanding of environmental issues and wildlife of the Okanagan and Similkameen.
  • Minimum of one year post-secondary education in related field.
  • Valid emergency first aid or willing to meet this criteria prior to start date.
  • Valid Class 5 Driver’s License.Applicants with Class 7N may be considered.
  • Able to work evenings and weekends, including but not limited to: September 7-9 and 15.


  • Previous volunteer or paid work with environmental non-profit organization
  • Experience with website maintenance
  • Database development and maintenance
  • Computer skills and knowledge of Wix, Google Drive, Google Earth, MS Office, Dropbox and webmail.
  • Ability to drive a manual transmission truck.
  • Knowledge of cities/towns/geography of the Okanagan and Similkameen

Location: Based out of Penticton office. Work will be throughout the Okanagan & Similkameen.

Hours worked: Approximately 24 hours/week

Hourly wage: $13.50 – 15 /hour commensurate on experience

Term: late-August/early-September through mid-December 2018

Open until a suitable applicant is found.

Application Instructions:

To apply, please fill out our online application and upload your resume here:

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GoodWork ID: 46094       Date posted to Jun 14 2018