Posted By: Shannon McGinty

Are you passionate about lake stewardship and conservation?

Do you want to learn more about community based water monitoring?

Is engaging your community in watershed leadership something that excites you?

Working for the Ambassadors was like stepping onto a launch pad for me. Through working for them, I began to see the value water has in a community. Being a summer student for them immensely grew my knowledge about water science, the importance of citizen science, and most of all it made me realize how big an asset Lake Windermere is to the community. In this position my confidence grew as well, and I’ve met countless like-minded individuals with a similar passion for water stewardship. I can genuinely say that working for the Ambassadors introduced me to the world of water stewardship, and the position helped me to develop skills that I will find valuable for the rest of my life.   
– Katie Watt, Water Stewardship Intern 2016, 2017


Deadline to apply: April 25, 2019 – DEADLINE EXTENDED

Desired Start Date: May 27, 2019

Organization Background:

The Lake Windermere Ambassadors (LWA) are a community-based environmental stewardship NGO working in the East Kootenay region of BC. The Ambassadors have a vision of an ecologically healthy Lake Windermere with balanced management approaches that support recreation and traditional uses, high fish and wildlife values, and economic prosperity in the region.

The organization is directed by a Board representing a diversity of stakeholders in the Lake Windermere watershed. The LWA are currently directing lake water quality monitoring and conducting water-related education and stewardship programs. They also encourage the implementation of policies & guidelines in the Lake Windermere Management Plan in their appointed role as Lake Management Committee. The LWA have received accolades for their collaborative initiatives and are being used as a model for community-based water stewardship by Living Lakes International, Living Lakes Network Canada, and Friends of Kootenay Lake.

The Water Stewardship Assistant will be an outgoing, adventurous student who is passionate about the environment and is looking forward to a summer spent working outdoors. Their main roles are to provide support to our water quality monitoring program and offer public stewardship education about Lake Windermere and the Columbia River Basin.

The ideal candidate will enjoy working within the community and will have a strong interest in water resources and the environment.

Position Requirements:

– Must be between 16-25 years old.
– Must be willing to live in or near Invermere BC for the duration of the employment period.
– Must be a Canadian citizen and legally able to work in Canada.

Job Description:

– Assist with collection of water quality data from the lake and tributary streams.
– Assist with the care and calibration of scientific instruments.
– Help identify key fish and bird species.
– Help give watershed stewardship tours via canoe or kayak.
– Write weekly science reports for the local newspaper.
– Interact with the public, especially visitors and youth.
– Assist with planning and hosting summer camps
– Create content for, and regularly update all of, our organization’s social media channels including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
– Assist with general office duties such as filing and data entry.

The Water Stewardship Assistant will report to the Program Coordinator, who is also available to provide training and mentorship to the student. The student will work approximately 5 days a week (Tuesday – Saturday), for a total of 30-35 hours a week. Anticipated employment is from May 27 to August 30, 2019 (14 weeks) but there is some flexibility to start or end at a later date. The final schedule can be worked out with the right candidate.

This job will require:

– Attention to detail.
– Being reliable and on time.
– Strong communication skills (oral & written).
– A passion for science and the environment.
– A willingness to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
– Use of a printer, email, phone, and word processing/spreadsheet programs.
– A class 5 or class 7(N) drivers license and occasional access to a personal vehicle.
– Ability to lift up to 40 lbs.

The following skills and certifications will be considered assets:

– Pleasure Craft Operator Card (BoatSmart or similar).
– First Aid training.
– Past experience with water sampling or field data collection.
– Ability to identify freshwater fish species such as salmon, trout, and bass and/or to identify waterfowl and other bird species.
– Familiarity with Snorkel Survey procedures.
– Ability to swim.
– Ability to use a 10hp outboard motor and/or to navigate a paddle board, canoe, or kayak.
– Confidence in public speaking and interacting with the public.

Please submit your cover letter and resume no later than April 25th, 2019 with the subject “Summer Student Position”.

Please clearly indicate in your application how you meet the above Requirements.

JOB LOCATION: Invermere, BC.   Please note that preference will be given to candidates currently residing in the Columbia Valley.

HOURS & WAGE: The student will work approximately 5 days a week (Tuesday – Saturday), for a total of 30-35 hours a week. Anticipated employment is from May 27 to August 30, 2019 (14 weeks) at a rate of $15/hour

TO APPLY: Please submit a brief cover letter describing how you meet the above qualifications and your CV or resume, AS ONE FILE, electronically (.docx or .pdf only) to:

Hiring Committee, Lake Windermere Ambassadors Society
info@lakeambassadors.ca
Subject line : “Summer Student Position”

For more information about our organization, please visit the “About Us” page.

Please note that due to the volume of applications received, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.