Summer Job Posting: Outreach & Engagement Assistants
Position Name: Outreach & Engagement Assistant
Position Type: Full-time (37.5 hours per week)
Duration: 16 weeks (May 6 – August 31, 2019)
Deadline for applications: April 5, 2019
Watershed Watch Salmon Society is seeking Outreach and Engagement Assistants for our summer events and community outreach activities in greater Victoria.
The Engagement Assistants will interact with citizens on Watershed Watch’s campaigns and areas of focus, through community events and compelling social media posts.
They will support the Engagement Manager with tasks related to volunteer recruitment, retention, and interaction. The Engagement Assistants will also provide support with small-scale event planning and other relevant responsibilities.
Through this position, the successful applicants will receive training and experience in Watershed Watch’s campaign issues (restoring salmon habitat, water management, fishery management, defending from threats such as open-net aquaculture), as well as skills in environmental communication, interpretation, community engagement, and small-scale event / project organization and implementation.
Training and ongoing support will be provided by the Engagement Manager. The position offers a wide range of learning opportunities and room for creativity.
The Engagement Assistants must have a valid BC Driver’s License and access to a vehicle (the position will frequently requires moving tables, a large tent, and other materials for events; vehicle use and parking will be reimbursed).
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)
The duties of the Outreach & Engagement Assistants include:
- Learn about and proficiently communicate the issues Watershed Watch works on
- Attend public events on behalf of Watershed Watch
- Set up and manage displays at local businesses and other locations
- Work with staff to plan our general outreach strategies
- Help identify public events and coordinate our attendance
- Help coordinate volunteers
- Gather and enter data
- Support social media strategy and online correspondence with fellow non-profits and supporters
- Create posts for the Watershed Watch Instagram and interact with followers
- Assist staff with occasional administrative and clerical tasks
- Conduct research as required
The ideal candidate will possess the following core competencies:
- You have demonstrated experience in a communications, science/research, or educational role (preferably in a conservation-based or similar organization)
- You have some knowledge or experience with issues facing BC’s wild salmon and the waters they swim in and are comfortable acting as an advocate for wild salmon
- You are thorough, hard-working, professional, and make valuable contributions to the teams you work with
- You are organized, self-motivated, and understand your role within the broader goals of our organization
- You have high standards for communication and are adept at conveying important messages to your colleagues and to members of the public
- You think creatively and react positively to challenging and changing circumstances.
- You are flexible and manage unforeseen outcomes in a cool and collected manner
Eligible applicants must satisfy all of the following criteria:
- Desired level of education: Post-secondary (community college, CEGEP, technical institute, university)
- Must have a valid BC Driver’s License and access to a vehicle (work requires moving tables, a large tent, and other materials for events; vehicle use and parking will be reimbursed).
- Must have their own laptop and cellphone
- This is a Canada Summer Jobs position and all candidates must:
- be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
- be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment*; and,
- have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with “Victoria 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.