Job Title: Watershed Stewardship Coordinator

Terms: $25/hr, 15 hrs/week, 5 month contract with possibility of extension

Location: Based from home – Nelson and rural Kootenay Lake/River

Posting closing date: February 23, 2020

Are you committed to excellence in ecosystem based planning, super organized with excellent communication and collaboration skills? Do you have a degree in natural resource management and a flair for creating graphic public outreach materials and writing grants? Knowledge of the Kootenay Lake area is highly desired. The West Kootenay EcoSociety, supervised by an Advisory Committee of Area E residents, is seeking a part-time watershed outreach coordinator for Electoral Area E of the RDCK. The position is 15 hours per week to start for a period of 20 weeks with possibility of an extension.

Duties are to are to provide outreach, education, support and networking opportunities for water-users and water systems in the area surrounding Nelson BC and to coordinate experts in multiple disciplines with the purpose of supporting the development of ecosystem-based conservation plans that provide for the protection and/or restoration of natural water quality, quantity, and timing of flow.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate Watershed Groups in RDCK Area E
  • Establish a vision mission goals and value statements to guide watershed planning
  • Identify allies and partners
  • Prioritize next steps in creating a coalition of an Area E water-users group
  • Write grants to further the goals of the collective
  • Create unified messaging and outreach materials
  • Act as a liaison with scientists, forest companies, community members, lawyers, academia, funders, non-governmental non-profits, and provincial government representatives to establish policy governance and decision making structures for the management of consumptive watersheds
  • Work towards Ecosystem Based Conservation Planning and Management for community and domestic watersheds in Area E
  • Assist with public outreach and messaging regarding the goals and benefits of Ecosystem Based Conservation Planning and Management

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • Post secondary education in any of the following disciplines: hydrology, forestry, environmental sciences, outdoor recreation or resource planning
  • 3 years minimum experience in project coordination and or project management
  • Training and experience carrying out media and community campaigns

Essential Skills

  • An unwavering commitment to the rights of citizens, ecosystems, wildlife and fish to benefit from the Protection of water resources ensuring the quality and quantity of water flows in a changing climate
  • Excellent skills working with electronic communications and social media
  • Excellent public presentation skills
  • Proven fundraising skills
  • Strategic thinking in a changing work environment
  • Multi-tasking is a specialty
  • Collaborative and non-confrontational communication style
  • Ability to take direction from and keep multiple partners updated on changes that affect them
  • High regard for reconciliation with First Nation communities
  • Aware of the three levels of government responsible for water policy, their platforms and positions as it relates to domestic drinking water and ecosystem services

Position will take place from a home office. The contractor is expected to have insurance, Work Safe BC coverage, and office equipment capable of carrying out the position. $600.00 budget for outreach materials and meetings. Travel around Area E is required. To apply: jobs @ ecosociety.ca by Feb 23.