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Georgia Strait Alliance - 2 summer student positions

Georgia Strait Alliance is a non-profit organization working to preserve and protect the Strait of Georgia and surrounding communities where 70% of British Columbian's live, work and play. We carry out public education, advocacy and stewardship activities throughout the Georgia Basin. Our main office is in Nanaimo with a program office located in Vancouver.  

Canada Summer Job for students aged 15 - 30 (inclusive).  Must have been in school last term and be planning to return to school in the fall. May 26 - August 30, $12.50/hr. (35 hrs. /week)   

Position 1
Clean Marine Outreach and Engagement Coordinator

We are looking for a summer student to join Georgia Strait Alliance's team and further our work to preserve and protect the Strait of Georgia and surrounding communities where 70% of British Columbian's live, work and play. The successful candidate will work closely with program staff to identify and coordinate opportunities to promote GSA's mission, with a focus on popular recreational activities such as boating, diving and beach-combing. Activities will take place primarily in communities in the mid to south Vancouver Island region, with some travel to the Lower Mainland.


Tasks and responsibilities include:


Clean Marine BC Outreach and Engagement:

  • Engage with recreational boaters around issues of environmental protection through direct contact such as "boat knocking" and "dock walking";
  • With program staff, develop appropriate narrative/messaging/script for use when engaging recreational boaters and other targeted audiences;
  • Distribute and promote educational materials such as the Guide to Green to recreational boaters and other targeted audiences;
  • Coordinate and schedule outreach and public education activities including tabling community events such as boat shows  and festivals - target audiences include community members, recreational boaters, and tourists;
  • Support work of Clean Marine BC Program Coordinator in recruiting marinas and boating facilities to adopt environmental best practices and become Clean Marine BC eco-certified;
  • Recruitment and training of volunteers - tracking of volunteers in database - promotion of events;


Marketing/Communications:

  • Promote GSA's attendance/participation at events and educational messaging through social media, including Facebook, Twitter, blogs and GSA/program website;
  • Promote upcoming special events, provide educational information about marine stewardship, and opportunities for community members to get involved;
  • Capture photographs for use in GSA publications/electronic media, such as, community engagement, educational displays;


Program Support:

  • Assist with providing timely information in response to requests from interested citizens;
  • Research issues of local community concern in communities where outreach and engagement activities being delivered;
  • Assist program staff with research as needed to make an informed/strategic decision regarding GSA's position on an issue;
  • Participate in and contribute at staff meetings;


Administration:

  • Assist with general administrative duties as required.

Skills Needed:

Special Requirements: A valid driver's license and use of a reliable vehicle is required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Some post- secondary education (University or College);
  • Experience using MS Office programs;
  • Comfort with social media and online tools;
  • Excellent communication skills - verbal and written;
  • Strong social skills with the ability to get people talking;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Ability to organize work and time effectively;
  • Neat and clean personal presentation;
  • A strong interest in natural environment of the Strait of Georgia;
  • Availability on weekends and evenings.

Skills that would be an asset:

  • Training or experience in local natural world and marine life
  • Boating experience
  • Knowledge of computer software other than Microsoft
  • Knowledge of databases
  • Writing for different mediums
  • Photography or filmmaking
  • First Aid Training

Please apply with cover letter and resume to jobs@georgiastrait.org by midnight May 14, 2014.  Please ensure your application files are named starting as follows:  "CMOEC_Lastname_...".  Thank you!



Position 2
Georgia Strait Outreach and Education Coordinator

We are looking for a summer student to join Georgia Strait Alliance's team and further our work to preserve and protect the Strait of Georgia and surrounding communities where 70% of British Columbian's live, work and play. The successful candidate will work closely with program staff to identify and coordinate opportunities to promote GSA's mission through a combination of participation at special events in communities on both sides of the Strait, and direct contact with targeted audiences.


Tasks and responsibilities include:


Outreach and Community Engagement:

  • Identify best strategic outreach and public education opportunities for GSA, based on data gathered from previous years' outreach summer programs and emerging/targeted opportunities;
  • With program staff, develop appropriate narrative/messaging/script for use when engaging targeted audiences;
  • Attend and promote GSA's work at a number of strategically identified special/community events in communities on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland;
  • Through outreach and engagement activities, support the work plans and goals of other GSA programs, as needed;
  • Work with GSA program staff on other initiatives, as needed;Recruit, train and track volunteers to help with public engagement and education at community/special events;
  • Develop interactive, educational strategies for engaging community members/tourists - ie. Free draws, games, activities for kids that promote their interest in the marine environment;
  • Maintain inventory of GSA materials and publications and their distribution.


Marketing/Communications:

  • Promote GSA's attendance at events and educational messaging through social media, including Facebook, Twitter, blogs and GSA/program website - promote upcoming events, provide educational information about marine stewardship;
  • With GSA's Waterfront Initiative Lead and Communities Atlas Coordinator, capture multi-media stories/vignettes about individuals' connection to the Strait and/or their local piece of it. Assist with electronic promotion/distribution of these stories as appropriate;
  • Capture photographs for use in GSA publications/electronic media, especially photos showing community engagement, public education activities, people interacting with one another and the Strait


Program Support:

  • Background research on local community issues of concern at scheduled community outreach events - tailor materials distributed, issues of focus for each event based local concerns/interests; 
  • Assist with providing timely information in response to requests from interested citizens;
  • Assist in the promotion of the Save the Salish Sea pledge through social media, blogs, discussion forums etc.;
  • Assist program staff with research as needed. This may include online research as well as emails and phone calls to request information;
  • Participate in and contribute at staff meetings.


Administration:

  • Assist with general administrative duties as required.

Skills needed:

Special Requirements: A valid driver's license and use of a reliable vehicle is required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Some post- secondary education (University or College);
  • Experience using MS Office programs;
  • Comfort with social media and online tools;
  • Excellent communication skills - verbal and written;
  • Ability to organize work and time effectively;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Comfortable with research;
  • Neat and clean personal presentation and polite phone manner;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Strong social skills with the ability to get people talking;
  • A strong interest in natural environment of the Strait of Georgia;
  • Availability on weekends and evenings.

Skills that would be an asset:

  • Training or experience in local natural world and marine life, an asset.
  • Knowledge of computer software other the Microsoft
  • Knowledge of databases
  • Writing for different mediums
  • Photography or filmmaking
  • First Aid Training

Please apply with cover letter and resume to jobs@georgiastrait.org by midnight May 14, 2014.  Please ensure your application files are named starting as follows: "GSOEC_Lastname_...".  Thank you!

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