Are you keen to work with children and pass on your love of nature? Would you love to create and deliver environmental workshops for youth? Would you like to learn new skills while working in a beautiful riverside setting? Could you imagine yourself working for a grassroots watershed group advocating for the health of the Alouette River?
For almost 30 years, the Alouette River Management Society has been working hard to sustain and enhance the integrity of the Alouette Watershed. In 1993, ARMS was one of the key drivers in advocating for increased river flows for all 5 species of Pacific salmon and other aquatic species. ARMS became the first group in British Columbia to obtain a Water Use Plan and successfully increased water flows in the South Alouette River.
We are a leader in the community for river education, salmon habitat enhancement, watershed advocacy and much, much more! We are a small but mighty team of 3 staff and a volunteer board of directors! Our office and interpretive centre is located on the ancestral, unceded territories of the Katzie First Nation and Kwantlen First Nation. Our work takes us into local parks, classrooms, and riverside. We work with many amazing people and other like-minded community and environmental groups.
Job Title: Environmental Education Coordinator
The Environmental Education Coordinator (EEC) is responsible for leading and delivering the Alouette River Management Society’s class and outdoor programs. The EEC also develops science-based program content, is involved in community engagement activities, and is a highly motivated individual who loves working with children. The EEC works with a small but dedicated team to ensure that all programs meet ARMS’ standards.
- Develop engaging and educational science-based content for workshops aimed at elementary school children and older youth
- Deliver environmental science-based lessons in both classroom and field settings
- Design and lead outdoor science themed camps for youth
- Engage youth, teachers, and the public in developing environmental awareness
- Design and lead virtual STEM-based workshops and webinars for the public and school classes
- Manage budgets, write grants, and complete reports to funders
- Use digital skills to promote environmental initiatives, programs, and issues
- Attend festivals and community events to promote the importance of the Alouette River and salmon as a keystone species
- Work closely with volunteers and liaise with schools, community groups and other potential partners on environmental education opportunities
- Work outdoors in all weather conditions
PREFERRED EDUCATION AND/OR EQUIVALENT WORK EXPERIENCE
- Completed diploma or degree in an environmental science-related field e.g. biology, ecology, forestry, environmental science OR a completed degree or diploma in education or arts
- Experience working children and/or older youth
- Passionate about working with children and willing to learn about the Alouette watershed
- Comfortable speaking to the public in a face-to-face situation about ARMS mission, vision, and activities.
- Class 5 Driver’s License with a clean driver’s abstract and own transportation.
- As the position involves working with children, a police information check will be required prior to commencement of the position.
SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES
- Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
- Excellent organization skills, initiative and reliability
- Strong understanding of childhood development
- Committed to facilitating environmental awareness in youth
- Digitally savvy with a variety of social media platforms or willing to learn
- Strong understanding of British Columbia’s ecology or willing to learn
- Comfortable working alone and in a small team setting
Location: Maple Ridge, Metro Vancouver / Lower Mainland BC
Starting: October 11, 2022 (anticipated but could start earlier)
Contract: 52 weeks (any extension pending future funding)
Schedule: 35 hours p/week, schedule will include some weekends and some evenings.
Wage: $19.50 – $22 p/hour with 4% vacation pay. Rate of pay will be determined based on applicant’s education, skills, and experience.
Benefits: Flexible work environment (hydrid: in-office, in-classroom, field and occasional remote work depending on the seasonal needs); cell allowance, professional development, paid wellness days, paid sick days, work in a small enthusiastic team, ability to create own projects of interest and as relates to ARMS vision and mission.
Probationary period: 90 days
Closing Date: When the position is filled.
Please send a cover letter clearly explaining your interest in and suitability for the position and your resume which shows how your background matches the job description. Please label your documents: (YourName_EnviroEducCoordinator_letter) and (YourName_EnviroEducCoordinator_Resume) .
Address it to: The Executive Director, Alouette River Management Society – arms(at)alouetteriver.org
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For questions regarding this position, please email Greta at arms(at)alouetteriver.org or call on 604 467 6401. While we thank all applicants for their interest in this employment opportunity, only short-listed applicants will be contacted.