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Position: Youth Programs Assistant
Type: summer job 
Organization: Waterlution - A Water Learning Experience
Location: anywhere in Northwest Territories / work from home

Waterlution is Hiring in the Northwest Territories for Summer/Fall 2020!

Seeking Youth Programs Assistants for mid-July – mid-Oct 2020 (flexible see below)

  • 30 hrs per week for 8 weeks preferred, but flexible start date or hours per week for the right candidate
  • Hourly-rate is $16 per hour
  • Work from home with virtual support and mentorship from the Waterlution team
  • The position will last 8-16 weeks depending on the hours per week the selected candidate is available to work.
  • Some short evenings and weekends hours may be required for online special events. Time off during regular working hours will be given when evening/weekend work is completed.

About Waterlution:

Since 2003, Waterlution has catapulted its facilitation practice into a multi-stakeholder 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.

Waterlution’s youth programs engage students and young professionals (ages 19-29) as volunteers, they receive training to educate schools across Canada, working with students ages 7-18. In the 2020 school year, engagement will be conducted online and focused on water-storytelling.

Job Description

  • Work under the supervision of the Project Lead along with a network of summer staff across Canada to develop Waterlution’s new water-storytelling project (activities, webinars, workshops, guide books) and a contest entirely designed for youth across Canada
  • Pilot these activities via video chat with youth and youth groups in your region/networks.
  • Recruit, train, and onboard volunteers from across Canada to prepare them in facilitating the storytelling project and contest to school groups to start in Autumn 2020.
  • Receive training from the Project Lead on storytelling and creative writing techniques to create guidebooks for youth to share stories about water, facilitate this training to volunteers in your region.
  • Research and recruit strategic partnerships and prizes.
  • Recruit schools and youth groups to participate in the project and contest.
  • Prepare website content, write a blog and craft social media posts.
  • Attend weekly team meetings and support the administrative needs of the storytelling project. Work via phone/zoom/what’s app and google docs with the Project Lead and other summer staff throughout the week.
  • Support the administrative needs of the project.
  • Support and participate in the Water Innovation Lab Global online course on Thursdays, upon request.

Required Skills/Experience:

  • Must be passionate about storytelling, youth leadership & water education
  • Prefer some post-secondary education in a related field (environmental studies, English/French literacy majors, cultural studies, water management, education, etc.)
  • Committed to life-long learning, personal growth and professional development.
  • Strong computer skills, experience using email (25+ emails per day), google docs or Microsoft word.
  • Video making and editing skills, photography, graphic design are considered an asset, please highlight these if you have them.
  • Work from home, you will need reliable internet access, and quiet comfortable desk space to work.
  • Must have a personal computer with a webcam and mic built-in, and a personal cell phone to use throughout the duration of the position.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to remain motivated, responsive and focused in a work-from-home setting.

Desired Additional Skills/Experience:

  • Experience working with youth and children in an educational setting.
  • Experience working on water-related projects.
  • Experience writing stories (for children is an additional asset).
  • Previous participation in creative writing/storytelling workshops.
  • Secondary language skills (French or an indigenous language).
  • Comfortable being features on social media in videos and photos to promote the program.

Preparing Your Application:

Submit your cover letter (include the number of hours per week you are available, and when you would be available to start), with a resume and a ~ 100-200-word (fiction or non-fiction) written story or oral storytelling video sharing a story that includes water.

Apply by the end of the day Sunday, July 5th to:

Olivia Allen - Project Lead for Youth Programs (replace AT with @)

No phone calls please, those selected for an interview will be contacted- we thank all those who apply!

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jun 23 2020    ID: 56895