Career opportunities with Raincoast
Position Name: Outreach Assistant
Position Type: Full-time (30 hours per week)
Duration: 8 weeks (July 2 – Aug 23, 2019) – subject to slight change
Location: Greater Victoria, BC
Deadline for applications: May 31, 2019
The Raincoast Conservation Foundation is seeking an Outreach Assistant for our 2019 summer events and community outreach activities in Greater Victoria.
The successful applicant will represent Raincoast’s campaigns, areas of focus and spread the learning through community events and compelling social media posts.
Other tasks may include volunteer recruitment, retention, and interaction. The outreach assistant may also be required to support with small-scale event/education planning and other relevant responsibilities.
This position will allow the successful applicant to get experience and training on understanding Raincoast’s programs and projects (i.e. recovering the endangered Southern Resident killer whales, restoring wild salmon habitat in the Lower Fraser River, engaging youth with inspiring hands-on education). It will also allow the successful applicant to develop excellent communication, time-management, and small-scale project management.
Training and ongoing support will be provided by the Volunteer Coordinator. The position offers a wide range of learning opportunities and room for creativity.
Applicants must have a valid BC Driver’s License and access to a vehicle (the position will frequently require transporting outreach display boards and other relevant materials for events; vehicle use and parking will be reimbursed).
The duties of the Outreach Assistant include:
- Research and versed on Raincoast background, campaigns and projects/programs to effectively communicate to the public
- Represent Raincoast at public outreach events
- Set up and manage displays at local businesses, events and other locations
- Work with staff/volunteers to plan general outreach strategies
- Help identify public events and plan and coordinate logistics
- Help recruit and coordinate volunteers
- Gather and enter data
- Create posts for Raincoast’s Instagram and interact with followers
- Assist staff with occasional administrative and clerical tasks
- Conduct research as required
The ideal candidate will possess the following core competencies:
- You have demonstrated experience in a communications, science/research, or educational role (preferably in a conservation-based or similar organization)
- You have some knowledge or experience with issues facing coastal BC’s land, waters and wildlife (e.g. wild salmon, endangered Southern Resident killer whales, coastal carnivores of the Great Bear Rainforest) and comfortable as an advocate for their protection.
- You are thorough, hard-working, professional, and make valuable contributions to the teams you work with.
- You are organized, self-motivated, and understand your role within the broader goals of our organization.
- You have high standards for communication and are adept at conveying important messages to your colleagues and to members of the public.
- You are motivated and can work independently.
- You think creatively and react positively to challenging and changing circumstances.
- You are flexible and a problem-solver.
Eligible applicants must satisfy all of the following criteria:
- Desired level of education: Post-secondary (community college, CEGEP, technical institute, university).
- Must have a valid BC Driver’s License and access to a vehicle (work requires moving tables, a large tent, and other materials for events; vehicle use and parking will be reimbursed).
- Must have their own laptop and cellphone.
**This is a Canada Summer Jobs position and all candidates must**:
- 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.
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’. As a charitable, non-profit conservation science organization that operates a research lab, research field station and a research/sailing vessel, we are unique in Canada. Our on-the-ground presence coupled with our rigorous peer-reviewed science, unique among environmental groups, has given us a deep-rooted understanding of this vast coastline, its processes and its people.
Mission: To protect the land, water and wildlife of coastal British Columbia.
Vision: Our vision for coastal British Columbia is to protect the habitats and resources of umbrella species. We believe this approach will help ensure the survival of wildlife and ecological processes at all levels. Central to our efforts are long-term relationships with Indigenous governments that are rapidly regaining agency over conservation decisions.
Mandate: investigate, inform, inspire
Submit a cover letter that expresses why you are interested in this position and that clearly outlines how you meet the core competencies and required qualifications. Submit a resume that clearly outlines all relevant work experience and includes 3 references.
Please email your resume and cover letter on one PDF to Maureen Vo, Development Coordinator with “Outreach Assistant” in the subject line. When submitting your application please name and save your PDF application with your first and last name in the title, example: “Ann_Smith_Cover_Letter_and_Resume.pdf”.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. No phone calls please.
Want to volunteer?
Contact us about volunteering as well. Our fieldwork is generally two weeks of every month and you can join us for a day or a week. We start early so being mainland-based is easier than coming from the island.