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Pigeon Lake Watershed Association

Westerose, AB, Canada 🇨🇦

Full Job Description

Pigeon Lake Watershed Association Summer Employment Opportunity

Title: Environmental Program Coordinator

Reports to: General Manager
Location: Pigeon Lake, AB (rural placement)
Application Deadline: February 15, 2023
Hourly Wage: $17.00

Anticipated Start Date: Monday May 8, 2023
Last Day of Summer Position: August 18, 2023
Number of Weeks: 15
Number of Hours per Week: 40
Work Week: Tuesday to Saturday

About the Organization:
The Pigeon Lake Watershed Association (PLWA) is one of Alberta’s leading watershed stewardship groups. We work with the 12 municipalities in the Watershed, the
Maskwacis Cree Nations, the local business community, and local volunteers to implement the Pigeon Lake Watershed Management Plan and deliver stewardship outreach, environmental research and reporting. Our mission is to enhance, preserve and protect Pigeon Lake and its watershed as a healthy and environmentally sustainable ecosystem for current and future generations.

Job Summary:
As part of the PLWA team, the Environmental Program Coordinator will be responsible for promoting watershed stewardship. This is a summer term position. The Coordinator will be key in helping members of the community to “Be Part of the Solution” – to learn, act, and ultimately live as healthy lake stewards.

The tasks and responsibilities involve helping the General Manager of the Pigeon Lake Watershed Association to deliver stewardship programs to promote best practices for a healthy lake, watershed and community. The Environmental Program Coordinator will:

● Recruit, train, and coordinate volunteers, including:

  • Volunteers for community science projects including the LakeWatch Mussel Monitoring Program, Secchi Dip-In, and LakeObserver
  • Community captains to promote the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup
  • Participants for community weeding days to maintain local clean runoff gardens and increase awareness about nuisance and invasive weeds

● Talk to, educate, and work with local residents and businesses to:

  • Conduct residential clean runoff property assessments to help land owners implement beneficial land use management practices including shoreline naturalization projects
  • Coordinate activities for Lake Appreciation Month
  • Promote the invasive species awareness program including gathering data from boaters at local boat launches
  • Share information about sustainable practices and the local environment

● Organize and deliver community events including:

  • Community planting events and clean runoff garden demonstrations
  • Love the Lake Day
  • Kids programming at summer camps and parks
  • Presentations to Summer Villages and other groups

● Collect and report on water quality monitoring data
● Collaborate with partner groups including the Pigeon Lake Watershed Management Plan Steering Committee, Alberta Lake Management Society, and the Alberta Citizen Science Community of Practice

● Develop and distribute social media and educational stewardship materials:

  • Resources and updates for the PLWA website
  • PLWA Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter posts
  • Display boards, signage, information flyers, and children’s educational activities
  • Email newsletters

Work Location:
The Pigeon Lake Watershed Association office is in the Village at Pigeon Lake. This position has the option to work from home up to 2 days per week if there are no tasks or events that need to be in-person. Some activities will require day travel to other locations around the Lake and watershed.

Enrolled in and completed (or completing), at a minimum, the second year of a post-secondary degree or diploma in Environmental Sciences or a related field.

Required Skills:
● Some knowledge of water, lake, and aquatic ecosystems and the local environment
● Proficiency with Microsoft Office and/or Google Suite
● Excellent interpersonal skills and comfortable talking to the general public
● Good verbal communication and active listening skills
● Strong writer
● Ability to work independently and from home – self-motivated, good time management and goal setting skills
● Positive attitude and flexible to changes
● Organized and capable of multi-tasking with several competing demands;
● Functions effectively in a team setting and independently
● Ability to learn quickly

Additional Assets:
● Experience with social media management
● Knowledge of community science programs (eg. iNaturalist, eBird, water quality monitoring)
● Graphic design experience
● Event coordination experience
● Current Standard First Aid and CPR

Other Requirements:
● Valid Class 5 driver’s license
● A reliable vehicle (you will be responsible for all insurance and maintenance of the vehicle, PLWA will pay mileage for travel around the Lake)
● Able to work flexible hours including weekends, holidays and an occasional evening (typical work week is Tuesday to Saturday, 8:30 to 4:30)
● Willing to provide a Police and Vulnerable Sector Check
● Use of a personal Laptop is requested
● Youth eligible for the Canada Summer Jobs Program. Must:
a. Be between the ages of 15 and 30 at the start of the employment,
b. 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,
c. 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.

The PLWA will provide you with:
● Cloud-based file folder for all PLWA files. File storage to be governed, with written agreement, by the PLWA information and privacy policy
● Workers Compensation Board coverage
● Supervision and mentoring, training, and coaching from staff and subject matter experts
● Health and safety workplace training and PPE for all standard operating procedures. All relevant public health measures will be followed and documented.

Language Skills:
Excellent verbal, written communication, and presentation skills in English.

Application Process:
Application Deadline: February 15, 2023

Please submit your resume online through Indeed and indicate the job title “Environmental Program Coordinator” in the subject line. We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. Interviews will be scheduled for late February.

PLWA staff and directors are committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourage applications from members of the Maskwacis Cree Nations and the Métis Nation of Alberta. PLWA is committed to providing a respectful organizational culture, free from harassment and grounded in equity and inclusion.

For information about the PLWA, please visit our website.
● Instagram: @PLWAED
● Facebook: @PigeonLakeWatershedAssociation
● Twitter: @PLWAInfo

Job Types: Full-time, Fixed term contract, Seasonal
Contract length: 15 weeks

Salary: $17.00 per hour


  • Casual dress
  • Work from home


  • 8 hour shift
  • Weekend availability

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Westerose, AB: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)

Application question(s):

  • Are you comfortable talking to strangers, giving presentations, and leading children’s activities?

Work Location: Hybrid remote in Westerose, AB

Application deadline: 2023-02-15
Expected start date: 2023-05-08




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