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Positions: Watershed Stewardship Assistants
Type: summer jobs (student & non-students)
Organization: Oldman Watershed Council
Location: Lethbridge, Alberta. Positions are based in Lethbridge with extensive travel throughout the watershed required.

Position Description:

OWC is seeking 2 outgoing, dynamic leaders to assist with restoration and education throughout the Oldman watershed. These exciting positions require exceptional communications skills and a willingness to engage in hands-on stewardship actions.

Reporting to the Education Program Manager, Watershed Stewardship Assistants will work full-time 5 days/week, with 2 consecutive days off (e.g. Sunday-Monday). The positions are based in Lethbridge with extensive travel throughout the Oldman watershed attending outreach events and assisting with restoration and stewardship activities, possibly without cell service. Occasionally, 1-2 nights/week of tenting at campgrounds may be required. Satellite communication devices, safety equipment, 4WD vehicles, and some camping gear will be provided.

If funding permits, Watershed Stewardship Assistants will also conduct stream sampling; training (CABIN Field Technician certification) will be provided - a great addition to your résumé! There may be an opportunity for extension into the fall months for fieldwork - please indicate your fall availability in your cover letter.

Salary: $20-21/hour, depending on qualifications and experience, at the discretion of the OWC.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with restoration and stewardship activities, including (but not limited to) bioengineering/willow staking, weed pulls, installing fences, garbage pickups, bridge & sign installation, and tree planting.
  • Assist with delivery of OWC’s educational programs, including attending public events and engaging passersby in conversation and interactive educational activities.
  • Data collection and record-keeping, including tracking metrics and keeping a log/journal.
  • Write blogs, social media posts, articles, reports, journals, and other written materials. Photograph activities and add to digital archive. Videorecording. Some data entry/management as needed.
  • Follow COVID pandemic policies and procedures.
  • Additional related duties as needed.

Note about COVID-19:

The Oldman Watershed Council is committed to providing a safe work environment. OWC has established pandemic protocols for office and fieldwork, which align with and are updated according to national and provincial standards and restrictions, to minimize the risk of contracting or spreading the virus when performing work duties. The seasonal positions, activities, duties, and responsibilities outlined in this posting are subject to change - or in a worst case scenario, cancellation - in response to pandemic restrictions.

General Requirements:

  • Preference will be given to applicants aged 18-30; please indicate if this applies to you (if not you are still encouraged to apply).
  • Preference for studies in natural sciences, biology, environmental sciences, resource management, education, communications, or a related field.
  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • A valid driver’s licence and willingness to travel throughout the watershed is required; experience with rural and backcountry driving is an asset.
  • Standard First Aid & CPR/AED is required prior to commencing employment. Additional safety training and supplies will be provided.
  • Must be willing to work most weekends and some evenings. Occasionally 1-2 nights of tenting at campgrounds may be an option. Some camping gear will be provided.
  • Must be hard-working, take direction, able to problem-solve, take initiative, and work with minimal supervision. A willingness to learn and try new things is a must!

QUALIFICATIONS

Restoration & Stewardship Activities:

  • Must be physically fit: able to spend long hours standing, walking, or in a vehicle; digging, pulling weeds, swinging a sledgehammer, lifting and carrying heavy loads.
  • Comfort and experience with rural and remote conditions: driving a truck in 4WD, hiking, navigating, and camping in variable weather.
  • Experience with tasks such as riparian restoration, fencing, weed control, using hand tools and power tools is an asset.
  • Familiarity with the Oldman watershed is an asset.
  • Plant identification skills are an asset.

Education/Outreach:

  • Experience with environmental education/outreach and public engagement is an asset.
  • Strong verbal and writing skills required; experience communicating for a non-scientific audience is an asset.
  • Proficient with MS Office, internet use, social media (Facebook, Instagram, TikTok), photography.
  • Benthic macroinvertebrate identification skills an asset.

Additional Assets for aquatic sampling:

  • Able to follow detailed sampling and decontamination protocols.
  • Organized, strong attention to detail.
  • Experience using scientific equipment to collect data in the field and working in streams are assets.

How to apply:

Email your cover letter and resume to OWC’s Education Program Manager, Sofie Forsstrom ( sofie@oldmanwatershed.ca ) as a single PDF file entitled [YOUR NAME].pdf

Please specify your availability (start and end dates) and your plans for the fall (September-October).

Please indicate you saw this posting at GoodWork.

*Note: Filling these positions is dependent on OWC successfully securing grant funding.


 

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jan 11 2022    ID: 62380