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SUMMER STUDENT JOB

Position: Stewardship Assistant
Type: summer job / summer student position
Organization: Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship Society
Location: 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 90 Wildlife Habitat Stewards in the conservation of over 5000 acres of important wildlife habitat. http://www.osstewardship.ca

Overview:

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:

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
  • Assist with construction, installation and maintenance of Burrowing Owl burrows
  • 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

Outreach:

  • 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.

Other

  • 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.
  • As a condition of funding, you must be under the age of 30.

Assets:

  • Previous volunteer or paid work with environmental non-profit organization
  • Experience with website maintenance
  • Computer skills and knowledge of Wix, Google Drive, 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: 36-40 hours/week

Hourly wage: $15.00/hour

Term: early-May through late-August 2019

Contingent on funding approval through Canada Summer Jobs.

Deadline for applications: March 18, 2019 at 8:00am

Application Instructions:

To apply, please fill out our online application and upload your resume here:
https://goo.gl/forms/9Cze9FE6VWuDl1uf2

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Feb 4 2019    ID: 51008