Youth Engagement Coordinator

Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology

Calgary, AB, CA

Engage and empower the next generation of global citizens. Join an international organization and make a difference at home and overseas by engaging educators and youth on local and global water issues. We are looking for a dynamic, creative and engaging self-starter with a passion for youth, experiential learning and global water issues.

The Position: Youth Engagement Coordinator.

Reports to: Director, Communications.

Type: Full Time. Permanent position.

Location: Calgary (Canada), with occasional 2-4 day trips within Alberta and BC.

Position start date: As soon as possible.

Application due date: This position will be open until filled.

Position Summary

The Youth Engagement Coordinator is part of a two-person team within the Communications department and helps to deliver CAWST’s Youth Wavemakers Program. The Wavemakers program is offered to elementary, junior high and high schools to educate, inspire and catalyze action on global water and sanitation issues. This school-year Wavemakers is expanding its strategy to include more direct-to-youth services, including the development of a youth council and volunteer opportunities. In this role, you will support the design of this strategy and be responsible for its execution. You have the ability to engage youth and motivate them to take meaningful action and get involved with CAWST. You will also deliver services to educators and support them to engage youth.


  • Schedule and deliver workshops to schools and youth groups in the Calgary area.
  • Coordinate the annual Wavemakers Summit in November and support the execution of World Water Day celebration in March.
  • Recruit and mentor K-12 Canadian youth teams to carry out action projects and manage the associated action grants (where applicable).
  • Host booths at events that target youth, such as the Mayor’s Environmental Expo.
  • Engage youth through various channels, including volunteer positions, online social media, and other Wavemakers programs for youth.
  • Form CAWST’s first Youth Council (a team of dedicated high-school youth who will participate in helping CAWST achieve its vision through public engagement and fundraising).
  • Support the design and revision of educator’s resources targeted to elementary, junior high and high school audiences.
  • Recruit and manage volunteers to assist with workshops, booths and other program activities as required.
  • Deliver professional development support and workshops to educators.
  • Increase the profile of the Wavemakers program and CAWST within Alberta.
  • Other duties as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in education, teacher’s certificate or equivalent.
  • Environment or social studies background an asset.
  • Applicants without an education degree but with significant experience working with youth and/or educators may be considered.


  • Minimum four years’ work experience in a related discipline.
  • Experience public speaking or facilitating workshops.
  • Experience coordinating events and/or program administration.
  • Experience engaging youth outside of the school context.
  • Experience working or traveling in developing countries and asset.

Skills and Attributes

  • Passion for CAWST and our cause!
  • Excellent written and verbal English.
  • Ability to develop concise and effective messaging for youth.
  • Creative and entrepreneurial in developing new ways to engage youth.
  • Organized and enjoys handling multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment with competing priorities.
  • Ability to see the “bigger picture” without losing the attention to details.
  • Interpersonal: Build rapport to engage and motivate youth and establish long-term relationships.
  • Mentorship: Ability to work closely with youth to develop their skills and capacity to take meaningful action.
  • Service oriented: Supporting educators and youth who participate in the Wavemakers program.
  • Team player: An accomplished professional who can work well both independently and within a team.
  • Analytical capability: Assess opportunities and make recommendations.
  • Problem solver: Able to think creatively about challenges, resolve issues and seek support when necessary.
  • Computer skills: Proficient in Microsoft Office and social media. Knowledge/use of graphic design tools (Photoshop, In-Design) considered an asset, but not necessary.

Additional Requirements

  • A valid driver’s license and vehicle are required.
  • The successful candidate must provide a criminal record check before employment begins.


Discussed in the personal interview.


You must be legally able to work in Canada.