We are looking for a passionate water steward and community leader to join our organization. Please read the full job description below and follow the instructions at the bottom of the page for how to apply.
Thank you for your interest in working with the Lake Windermere Ambassadors!
The Lake Windermere Ambassadors are a community-based water stewardship organization 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.
A Board of Directors representing a diversity of stakeholders in the Lake Windermere watershed guides the organization. The Lake Windermere Ambassadors are currently leading water monitoring and conducting water-related education and stewardship programs. They also support and encourage the implementation of recommendations in the Lake Windermere Management Plan in their appointed role as Lake Management Committee. The Ambassadors have received accolades for their collaborative initiatives and are being used as a model for community-based water stewardship by Living Lakes Network Canada, Columbia Lake Stewardship Society, and Friends of Kootenay Lake.
The Coordinator position provides an exciting opportunity to help foster community-based water stewardship work through grassroots initiatives aimed at watershed monitoring, planning, and community engagement. Reporting to a Board of Directors, the Coordinator is responsible for overseeing and implementing all aspects of the program, including water monitoring, public outreach and education, restoration and maintenance, and program administration.
We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace, we encourage all qualified applicants to apply. If you require any accommodations to make this application accessible please contact us.
|What you’ll do:|
|Grant writing, tracking, and reportingManage organization budgetOrganize monthly meetings of the Board of DirectorsEffectively engage with the Board on implementing the work plan and developing its strategic directionRepresent the organization to the media, local government, community groups, regional stewardship groups and planning committeesAttend trainings and conferences to increase capacity of the organizationSupervise Program Assistant and Water Stewardship Assistant|
|Facilitate community conversations about the watershedWork with local governments to implement the non-regulatory recommendations in the Lake Windermere Management PlanResearch water policy and use this information to help inform local water management regulations|
|Manage lake, creek, and beach water monitoring and data analysisImplement additional scientific research on a project basisMaintain accurate and precise records, including coordinating data uploads to Columbia Basin Water Datahub Complete annual reportsInterpret scientific information for decision-makers and the public|
|EDUCATION AND OUTREACH|
|Coordinate education programs with school-aged youthWrite a monthly column and education articles in the local newspaperRecruit and train volunteers for citizen science projectsCommunicate with the public and partners through presentations, e-newsletters, website, and social mediaEducate homeowners and visitors about good shoreline practices, green boating practices, and how to prevent the spread of invasive speciesRecruit new members and volunteers|
|What you bring:|
|At least two years’ work experience in a leadership positionBudget management and grant writing experienceExperience in nonprofit management and administrationHigh level of organization and understanding of time management toolsExceptional interpersonal skillsHighly self-motivated, and able to work without supervisionVery strong written and oral communication skills (English essential)Ability to communicate positively and effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and interestsWillingness and ability to conduct field work on land and waterValid driver’s license and access to personal vehicleCanadian Citizen or Permanent ResidentWilling and able to pass a Criminal Record Check for working with youth and vulnerable populations|
|Additional Desired Qualifications:|
|Training in group facilitationA passion for water stewardship and sustainabilityFamiliarity with watershed governance models throughout CanadaExperience and/or training in water quality monitoring or environmental data collectionKnowledge of basic statistics and environmental data analysisPrior experience driving a boat and using an outboard motorCABiN Certification|
|This is an independent contractor position, as contractor, you may set your own hours (a typical workweek varies from 20-40 hours, depending on the time of year and current granting cycle) and your own work location (an office space is provided for your use). Some evenings and weekends may be required.|
|Please complete application form below, including a Cover Letter and Resume to Hiring Committee, Lake Windermere Ambassadors Society|