Job posting: Summer Stewardship Program Assistant

We are seeking a summer employee to assist with an environmental education program for Tsawwassen First Nation youth.

We are seeking an energetic candidate who will be working alongside Raincoast’s Summer Stewardship Program Lead to assist with the delivery of an environmental education and stewardship program for Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN) youth ages 14-25. This project is a collaboration between Raincoast and the Tsawwassen First Nation.

The successful candidate will help the Program Lead in leading and delivering hands-on activities and field excursions, and assist with group management and supervision. 

Salary and details

Job Type: Temporary (summer contract)
Anticipated hours: 35 hours/week for 8 weeks
Start date: July 4th, 2023
Salary: $18/hour
Location: On-site in Tsawwassen, BC

Application deadline

June 19, 2023.

Position requirements

Funding for this position is provided through the Canada Summer Jobs Program. To be eligible, you must meet the following funding criteria:

  • Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment*,
  • be 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.
  • Able to work in person in Tsawwassen, BC. 
  • First Aid Certification (CPR Level 1 or CPR-C) or a willingness to obtain it.
  • Clean criminal record check or a willingness to obtain it.

*The youth must be 15 years of age at the beginning of the employment period. The youth may be more than 30 years of age at the end of the employment period as long as the youth was 30 at the beginning of the employment period.

**International students are not eligible participants. International students include anyone who is temporarily in Canada for studies and who is not a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada. Youth awaiting a refugee status ruling, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, youth visa or work visa are ineligible. 

Duties and responsibilities

  • Assist with the behavioral management of the group.
  • Assist the program lead during field work and excursions, including group supervision.
  • Provide other types of support to the Program Lead as needed, such as coordinating field trip logistics.
  • Able to motivate and inspire young people while providing accountability to the Program Lead.
  • Provide mentorship and support to the youth.

Desired skills and qualifications

  • Strong interest in local environmental conservation, Indigenous culture, and stewardship. 
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Experience working with children and youth. Experience delivering hands-on education with youth is an asset.
  • Strong group management skills.
  • Knowledge of the Tsawwassen First Nation community is an asset.
  • Enjoy working outdoors, rain or shine.
  • Unrestricted Class 4 license is a strong asset.
  • No post secondary education is required for this position, but it would be an asset.

About Raincoast Conservation Foundation

Raincoast is a team of conservationists and scientists empowered by our research to protect the lands, waters and wildlife of coastal British Columbia. We use rigorous, peer-reviewed science and community engagement to further our conservation objectives. We call this approach informed advocacy. Since 1996, Raincoast has been making progress toward our habitat and wildlife protection goals. 


Raincoast’s Salish Sea Emerging Stewards education program aims to inspire, prepare, and empower the next generation of conservation leaders. Through engaging virtual, classroom, field, and boat-based learning, we connect students to British Columbia’s coastal environment and conservation initiatives. Our education programming blends Indigenous Knowledge and Western science using hands-on, interactive, and experiential learning in the watersheds, forests, estuaries, and waters of the Salish Sea to help youth understand and protect their coast. 

How to apply

Please send a cover letter and your resume to pascale [at] raincoast [dot] org, by June 19, 2023. Email applications with “Stewardship Program Assistant” in the subject line. Attach a single PDF file for your one-page cover letter and your resume – name it your first and last name. The cover letter should express why you want this position and identify how you are qualified. We thank all applicants, but only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Raincoast welcomes applications from all interested and qualified candidates. Our organization is the product of diverse visions and perspectives and we welcome the unique contributions that you can bring. Raincoast is committed to fostering and maintaining a workplace culture that is inclusive and does not tolerate or accept discrimination or harassment.

You can help

Raincoast’s in-house scientists, collaborating graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and professors make us unique among conservation groups. We work with First Nations, academic institutions, government, and other NGOs to build support and inform decisions that protect aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, and the wildlife that depend on them. We conduct ethically applied, process-oriented, and hypothesis-driven research that has immediate and relevant utility for conservation deliberations and the collective body of scientific knowledge.

We investigate to understand coastal species and processes. We inform by bringing science to decision-makers and communities. We inspire action to protect wildlife and wildlife habitats.

Coastal wolf with a salmon in its month.
Photo by Dene Rossouw.