Summer Job Posting: Field & Engagement Assistant

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Position Name: Field & Engagement Assistant
Position Type: Full-time (37.5 hours per week)
Wage: $15/hr
Duration: 16 weeks (May 6 – August 31, 2019)
Deadline for applications: April 5, 2019

Position Description:
Watershed Watch Salmon Society is seeking a Field & Engagement Assistant for our summer field work in the lower mainland of BC. The Field & Engagement Assistant will: assist with the advancement of the field work components of our Connected Waters campaign which aims to restore and reconnect salmon habitat in the Lower Fraser River watershed.

Teamwork is an essential component of this position. They will regularly interact with all members of the Watershed Watch team as well as coordinating volunteers. They will develop important project management skills working together with other staff members to ensure tasks are completed effectively and on time. The ability to clearly communicate and understand work plans and everyone’s roles will be strengthened. They will learn how to effectively work with team members face to face as well as remotely.

The Field and Engagement Assistant will support in coordinating volunteers and other staff for field activities, including restoration and monitoring. They will develop leadership skills through learning about effective volunteer engagement, team management, and project and event planning.

Through the nature of our organization, the Field and Engagement Assistant will learn a great deal about salmon, habitat, challenges they face, and potential solutions. They will develop a greater appreciation of how a small non-profit operates – being effective on the ground in the lower mainland, and across the province. All staff will be encouraged to stay up to date on current issues relating to salmon and their habitats and will be supported in sharing their opinions and experiences through blogs on our website and social media. Learning opportunities will include: engagement organizing, team coordination, building professionalism, time management, writing and editing, building meaningful relationships with community members, organizing events, habitat restoration, researching specific topics, and public engagement.

Note that this position is contingent upon receiving funding through the Canada Summer Jobs program and all candidates must meet those eligibility requirements (see below)

Position Responsibilities:
The duties of the Field & Engagement Assistant include:

  • Work with the Field Coordinator in executing water quality and fish data collection of identified waterways impacted by dike infrastructure
  • Assist with other field work such as clean-ups, plantings, and site tours at key waterways we are seeking to protect and restore
  • Gather and enter field data
  • Support the Engagement Manager by attending community events and educate the public about salmon habitat and Watershed Watch’s efforts to protect salmon
  • Gather and enter petition data 
  • Conduct research as required
  • Assist staff with occasional administrative and clerical tasks


Required Qualifications:

  • Has prior field work experience
  • Understanding of using a GPS/mapping unit
  • Excellent data entry skills
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Able to work independently
  • Keen to learn
  • Demonstrated willingness and ability to perform repetitive work in all weather conditions
  • Creativity, enthusiasm and interest in ecology and the environment
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
  • Flexibility in scheduling
  • Own laptop is required for this job
  • Must have a valid BC Driver’s License and access to a vehicle (work requires moving field equipment; vehicle use and parking will be reimbursed)
  • Must be between the ages of 18 – 30 at the time of hiring


About us:
Watershed Watch is a registered charity working for the conservation and restoration of BC’s wild salmon and their habitats. We use scientific expertise, strategic alliances, public education, citizen engagement, and innovative projects to tackle threats to salmon and promote solutions.

Watershed Watch Salmon Society is an equal opportunity employer that respects individual human rights in Canada, including the values underlying the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as other rights. We are a small, but diverse team that makes every effort to foster an open and transparent work environment. The Executive Director and/or Operations Director are available at all times for staff to discuss any issues or conflicts they are experiencing. We also value and strive to develop a healthy work/life balance for all staff.

To apply:
Submit a cover letter that expresses why you are interested in this position and that clearly outlines how you meet the core competencies and required qualifications. Submit a resume that clearly outlines all relevant work experience and includes references.

Please email your resume and cover letter to Trish Hall, Operations Director at with “Field & Engagement Assistant” in the subject line. When submitting your application please name and save your attachments with your first and last name in the title, such as: “Ann_Smith_Cover_Letter.doc” and “Ann_Smith_Resume.pdf”.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. No phone calls please.

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