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Pigeon Lake Watershed Association

Pigeon Lake, AB, CA

Job Title: PLWA Environmental Science Intern

Reports to: Executive Director

Hourly Wage: $16

Anticipated Start Date: May 11, 2020

Last Day of Summer Position: Aug 23, 2020

Number of Weeks: 15

Number of Hours per Week: 35.00

Important note: The physical work space and responsibilities for this position may change based on regional and provincial measures to reduce the spread of Coronavirus. While this role typically involves interacting with residents to promote healthy lake stewardship, Interns may be required to work exclusively from home this year.

Job Summary:

The Pigeon Lake Watershed Association (PLWA) is one of Alberta’s leading watershed organizations. We are working with the 12 municipalities in the Watershed, Maskwacis Cree, business community, and local volunteers to implement the Pigeon Lake Watershed Management Plan and deliver LakeWise outreach programming.

The PLWA is eager to welcome two new summer students in 2020. As part of the PLWA team, the Environmental Science Interns will be responsible for promoting watershed stewardship. PLWA Summer Students will be key in helping members of community to “Be Part of the Solution” – to learn, act, and ultimately live as healthy lake stewards. You will work with PLWA staff, working groups and volunteers on a number of summer programs, including:

Welcome to the Lake Program (For new residents)

  • Shoreline Naturalization
  • Clean Runoff Program
  • Healthy-lake Lawn Maintenance
  • Riparian and Littoral Health
  • Invasive Species Program – Aquatic Invasive Species, Prevention Strategy, Elimination of Noxious Weed
  • Promoting Native Plants
  • Lake Stewardship Education /Events/Programs
  • Love the Lake Family Fun Day
  • AGM / Open House

For information about the PLWA: |

Instagram: @PLWAED

Facebook: @PigeonLakeWatershedAssociation

Twitter: @PLWAInfo


As part of the PLWA team you help to develop stewardship and educational materials, update the website, implement program plans, meet objectives, inspire residents to take action and report on program deliverables. This includes working with PLWA staff and volunteers on a number of summer programs. Responsibilities include:

· Helping to develop Healthy-lake stewardship and educational materials such as presentations, resources for the website, display boards, signage, information flyers, and children’s educational activities to enhance watershed and environmental science knowledge and experience in the community

· Developing communications and virtual engagement activities (e.g. videos and webinars) for the website and social media to engage residents and visitors to ‘talk up’ the lake, its history, characteristics, current condition and what we are doing to support the health of the lake

· Posting on social media and website to support project-based communications and social marketing campaign

· Coordinating with the PLWA Board of Directors and community volunteers to support citizen science and water monitoring and data collection initiatives

· Documenting and track healthy-lake actions and helping to complete reports

· Working with the team to help organize and run community events and children’s programs to deliver stewardship and outreach programming. This may includes setting up, breakdown and delivering stewardship information and education materials at the PLWA event booth at the annual general meeting, farmers market, boat launch and at the local beaches and other community events (Events may be hosted online only based on Covid-19 social distancing measures.)


Enrolled in and completed (or completing) the second year of a post secondary degree or diploma in Environmental Education, Biological or Environmental Sciences or a related field

Required Skills:

· Some knowledge of water, lake and aquatic ecosystems

· Positive attitude, self-starter, highly motivated

· Ability to work from home

· Social media super users

· Experience with online-based presentation tool e.g. developing and posting videos

· Strong writer

· Excellent interpersonal skills

· Comfortable talking to general public and children

· Good verbal communication skills and active listening skills

· Excellent organizational skills

· Effective time-management skills

· Able to help create and carry out a simple action plan

· The ability to set and work to meet weekly goals towards fulfilling goals for the summer.

· Flexible, detail-oriented, capable of multi-tasking with several competing demands;

· Functions effectively in a team setting and independently

· Ability to learn quickly

· Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook)

· Willing to travel occasionally, work flexible hours

Other Requirements:

· Willing to work at Pigeon Lake

· Have a valid Class 5 Alberta driver’s license

· Use your own vehicle (you will be responsible for all insurance and maintenance of the vehicle)

· Able to work flexible hours including weekends, holidays and an occasional evening

· Use your own cell phone

· Use your personal Laptop (preferable)

· Have current Standard First Aid & CPR

· Youth eligible for the Canada Summer Jobs Program including:

– Youth between the ages of 15 and 30 at the start of the employment

– 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.

The PLWA will provide you with:

1. A reasonable (mutually agreed on) rate for your cell phone charges

2. Other normal on-going expenses that you will incur on the job as agreed to in advance

3. Cloud-based file folder for all PLWA files. File storage to be governed, with written agreement, by the PLWA information and privacy policy

4. Computer requirements to fulfill the job as needed (if a personal computer is not available)

5. WCB coverage

6. Training and coaching from experts, staff and healthy-lake partners as well as help to develop speaking notes or scripts on key points, whenever possible, before having to speak to members for the community

7. Health and safety workplace training

8. Support and supervision

9. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Mileage Rates to cover your gas and use of your own vehicle for use on the job from the PLWA office. Mileage must be agreed upon before it is incurred

Language Skills:

Excellent verbal, written communication and presentation skills in English

Application Process:

Application Deadline: April 10, 2020

Please forward your résumé and cover letter via email info at

Please indicate in the job title “PLWA Environmental Science Intern ” in the subject line. We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. Interviews will be scheduled in March.

PLWA staff and directors are committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourage applications from Maskwacis Four Cree Nations in particular individuals from Pigeon Lake. PLWA is committed to providing a respectful organizational culture, free from harassment.


  • Work from home opportunities

Job Types: Temporary, Internship

Salary: $15.00 to $16.00 /hour




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