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Position: Assistant Coordinator
Organization: Colony Farm Park Association
Location: Coquitlam/Port Coquitlam, Metro Vancouver BC / home office

Compensation: $18-20/hour depending on experience
Total Contract Hours: 150 hours

Contract start date: March 2019
Contract end date: December 2019 (with possibility of renewal)

The Organization:

The Colony Farm Park Association (CFPA) is a non-profit community-based organization that works in partnership with Metro Vancouver Parks to manage Colony Farm Regional Park in a manner that respects the environment, the wishes of the general community and the principles of the area’s land use plan which recognizes wildlife values, passive recreation, and agriculture. CFPA has a number of well-established programs and events for which CFPA board members are seeking additional support.

The Position:

CFPA is seeking a part-time resource person to assist board members in:

  • the coordination and delivery of volunteer stewardship programs in Colony Farm Regional Park;

  • the coordination of a series of free public events on a range of themes and targeting different audiences;

  • and, building capacity, primarily through volunteer development.


The contractor is accountable to the full CFPA Board of Directors and will report through a designated board member.


Stewardship Volunteer Workparties

  • Deliver hands-on volunteer stewardship programs including invasive species removal, wildlife monitoring, and native planting workparties (approximately 5-6 workparties over the year)

  • Ensure activities operate in accordance with risk management and safety standards outlined by Metro Vancouver

  • Promote workparties and recruit volunteers through the Metro Vancouver Ecological Restoration Team MeetUp page and other suitable means

  • Coordinate equipment and invasive plant disposal with Metro Vancouver

Annual Education Events

  • Assist in coordination of our annual education events (4 maximum)

  • Provide support to board members as needed to arrange and confirm walk leaders

  • Attend events in a support role as needed (e.g. to greet tour leaders, volunteers, attendees and address any logistical details)

  • Assist the CFPA board with other components of event planning as needed (e.g. promotion, event set-up and take-down, etc.)

Community Events and Outreach

  • Recruit volunteers to support board members at the CFPA pop-up info booth in the parks and other community events.

  • Establish relationships with community organizations/groups to achieve CFPA volunteer recruitment goals (e.g. high schools, volunteer centres, service groups, community groups, etc.) and maintain a resource database of contacts

  • Attend events in a support roles as needed (e.g. to recruit volunteers, to support board member volunteers with logistics)

  • Establish a volunteer reporting system and help maintain volunteer and membership records

  • Social Media and Website Support

Other Duties as Required

  • May include general administrative support

  • Support volunteer coordination for heron counts or bat counts

  • Assist in maintenance and updating of CFPA display material

  • Maintain walk statistics and metrics: attendance numbers

  • Maintain a contact list of event attendees

  • Maintain a sign in/out sheet for equipment use (binoculars)


The contractor must be able to work at a home office with their own computer (with internet access) and cellular phone. The contractor must have their own transportation as a large portion of this work is on location. Meetings and activities take place primarily in Colony Farm Regional Park, in Coquitlam/Port Coquitlam, BC and Metro Vancouver Central Area Office in Burnaby, BC. The contractor will have access to information at Metro Vancouver offices as necessary.

Contract hours/terms:

The annual contract is to a maximum of $5,000.00 and the hours each month will vary according to the requirements of the tasks assigned.

Qualifications/skill sets:

  • Demonstrated experience in working with a non-profit Board of Directors

  • Ability to identify native and invasive plant species

  • Strong administrative, organization, and record-keeping skills

  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills

  • Computer skills (familiar with Microsoft Office programs, familiar with social media)

  • Public relations skills

  • Ability to work part-time with flexible hours including evenings and weekends


  • Knowledge of the region (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore, Belcarra)

  • Self-starter with a high level of motivation and an ability to thrive with minimal supervision, and work as part of a team

  • Enthusiastic and outgoing, with excellent people skills

  • Interest and commitment to regional parks, and an appreciation of nature

Other Requirements:

  • Criminal record check

  • Driver’s License and access to a vehicle

  • Level 1 First Aid training


  • You will have opportunities to work with key stakeholders in the Tri-Cities region, including elected officials, government staff, media, non-profit community based organizations, along with businesses and participants from the broader community. You will work closely with Tri-Cities Community Television, Arts Connect (the Regional Arts Council), and Metro Vancouver.

  • You will be part of a passionate group of citizens who help shape the future of Minnekhada Regional Park.

  • You will have an opportunity to learn from the expertise of Metro Vancouver staff as they provide guidance on stewardship projects.


Please submit a cover letter and resumé by email to the Contract Manager:

or mail to:

Colony Farm Park Association
9146 Avalon Avenue, Burnaby, BC V3N 4G8

For more information:

Contact Trina at 604-520-6442,
or Jane at

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Mar 11 2019    ID: 52025