Local recruitment: Watershed Resilience Coordinator via GoodWork

Severn Sound Environmental Association

Port McNicoll, ON, Canada 🇨🇦

Position: Watershed Resilience Coordinator
Organization: Severn Sound Environmental Association
Location: Port McNicoll/Midland, Ontario
Term: 8 month contract / internship (age 30 & under, see below)

Do you want to share your passion for protecting biodiversity?  Are you looking to work with a small dedicated team around the shores of Georgian Bay?  If your answer is yes, then our friendly, talented, welcoming team would like to meet you!

SSEA Overview:

The Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA) is a community success story. At the SSEA, we are committed to ensuring exceptional environmental quality and exemplary stewardship of the Severn Sound area through sound science, collaboration and partnerships. The SSEA is a Joint Municipal Service Board under the Municipal Act that serves eight municipalities in the Severn Sound watershed area (severnsound.ca).

Position Overview:

The SSEA is seeking a motivated, enthusiastic individual with climate resilience knowledge to be a part of our talented team as Watershed Resilience Coordinator. You will gain valuable experience assisting with development and delivery of climate resilience initiatives in the Severn Sound watershed critical for improving and protecting aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, as well as human health and property.

This position, based in Port McNicoll Ontario, offers a 35-hour work week, with some evenings and weekends required, for a period of 8 months starting ASAP with the possibility of extension (funding dependant).

Wage: $16.50 per hour, 35-hours per week.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate climate resilient projects
    • Projects will focus on activities that use nature-based solutions to respond to a changing climate (ex. improving pollinator habitat, reducing stormwater runoff, watershed permeability and low impact development techniques) enhancing habitat/environmental quality of streams and along shorelines.
    • Evaluate project success, write reports, map project locations, and develop/review best management practices
    • Plan and carry out a variety of climate resilience initiatives with focus on SSEA Depave and Pollinator projects
    • Develop, plan and implement best management practices, facilitate the removal of invasive species, create pollinator habitat and/or habitat restoration and enhancements
    • Identify, track, liaise with partnership groups, the public, contractors and clients with various tasks related to climate resilience initiatives
  • Communication, Outreach and Education
    • Engaging with landowners, municipalities, and community groups
    • Develop engaging and creative social media content to share project information/results with stakeholders
  • Develop leadership skills
    • Recruit and coordinate volunteers
    • Assist with supervision of seasonal contract staff
  • Fundraising
    • Research and apply to external grant funding to secure funds for project success
  • Carry out other duties as assigned and/or required including supporting climate mitigation and adaptation project activities as related to the SSEA’s Climate and Sustainability programming (ex. Municipal PCP program)

Duties will be modified to comply with COVID-19 safety protocols as outlined by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and provincial restrictions. Staff will be required to work remotely when possible and/or necessary.

The ideal candidate would have the following qualifications and key skills.  For the right candidate, we offer the opportunity to build these with you!

Qualifications and Key Skills:

  • College and/or university education in natural resources management, environmental science, biology, ecosystem restoration, ecology, or a related area of study
  • Experience with project coordination, creating project budgets and writing grant applications
  • Experience implementing stewardship projects
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Strong presentation and communications skills – in person and virtual
  • Excellent judgement and decision-making skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Self-motivated, strong ability to work independently and to take initiative on projects
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills
  • Excellent computer skills including applications such as Zoom, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Knowledge of the principles of field work (ex. accurate data recording, technical equipment)
  • Ability to comfortably work outdoors in a variety of conditions
  • Reliable and willing to work a flexible schedule (overtime, evenings, weekends)
  • Valid Ontario Driver’s License (Class G)
  • First Aid and CPR certification are considered assets
  • Geographic Information Systems and Ecological Land Classification experience an asset
  • Must be 30 years of age or under as of contract start date

SSEA offers comprehensive health and safety training.

Submission Information:

Qualified candidates are invited to submit a resume and cover letter demonstrating how you meet the position requirements. Resumes and cover letters submitted via email must be in word or PDF format and include “Watershed Resilience Coordinator (Contract)”in the subject line.

Resumes and cover letters should be submitted, preferably electronically, by 4:30 pm on Friday May 6th , 2022 and be clearly marked to:

Human Resources
Severn Sound Environmental Association
489 Finlayson St.
P.O. Box 460
Port McNicoll ON L0K 1R0

Email: [email protected] 

We thank all applicants for your interest in the Severn Sound Environmental Association. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.  For more information about our organization and our policies please go to www.severnsound.ca

The Severn Sound Environmental Association is committed to a barrier-free recruitment and selection process. Please inform us should an accommodation be required at any point in the recruitment process. Information received relating to accommodation needs of applicants will be addressed co nfidentially. Personal information collected will only be used for candidate selection, in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act R.S.O., 1990, c.M.56.