Job opportunity: TFN/Raincoast Stewardship Program Assistant

If you are interested and you meet the selection criteria, please respond to with your cover letter and resume prior to midnight, May 20, 2021.

Position overview 

We are seeking an energetic, creative, and passionate candidate for the TFN/Raincoast Summer Student work program. The project this summer is to create and develop a new park space located on Tsawwassen First Nation lands, along with the delivery of a field-monitoring/stewardship program with assistance from Raincoast’s Education Coordinator. 

The position involves delivery of the program in-person in Tsawwassen, BC.

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 peer-reviewed science and community engagement to further our conservation objectives. We achieve our goals through our mandate to investigate, inform, and inspire.

About Tsawwassen First Nation

Our land base is deeply connected to our identity. Our traditional territory is bordered on the northeast by the watersheds that feed into Pitt Lake, down the Pitt River to the city of Pitt Meadows, where they empty into the Fraser River. It includes Burns Bog and part of New Westminster, following the outflow of the Fraser River just south of Sea Island. From Sea Island, it cuts west across the Salish Sea to Galiano Island and includes all of Saltspring, Pender and Saturna Islands. From there, our territory continues northeast to include the Point Roberts Peninsula and the watersheds of the Serpentine and Nicomeckl rivers.

Duties and responsibilities 

  • Implementation of the environmental stewardship program with the Tsawwassen First Nation youth.
  • Working within the Tsawwassen First Nation and natural science community to involve relevant program partners, Knowledge Holders, and Cultural Experts as guest educators.
  • Researching and developing educational program activities and resources.
  • Supporting and supervising the TFN Summer Student work program youth in their park restoration summer program (e.g. invasive species removal, driftwood removal, planting, etc.).
  • Organize and set up base camp for summer.
  • Arrange rentals for relevant and need equipment. 
  • Coordinating logistics associated with activities and outings (e.g. reserving transport, organizing lunches, purchasing activity and research supplies, organizing honorariums, etc.).
  • Conducting program site visits, boat trips, and research collaborations.
  • Delivering educational programming to participants and community.
  • Coordinating meetings, administrative duties, and other project-related tasks as required.
  • Public outreach and community engagement at events as they arise.
  • Evaluation and report-writing.

Qualifications, skills, and abilities

  • Environmental, Indigenous studies or related post-secondary education preferred.
  • Strong interest in local environmental conservation, Indigenous culture, and stewardship 
  • Excellent communications skills with people of all ages.
  • Experience delivering hands-on and experiential environmental education with youth.
  • A self-starter with the ability to work independently and problem-solve.
  • Organized and resourceful with a demonstrated ability to time-manage and appropriately prioritize projects.
  • Willingness to secure First Aid certification and criminal record check.
  • Enjoy working outdoors, rain or shine.
  • Experience or willingness to work with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Someone with extensive knowledge of the Tsawwassen First Nation community an asset.
  • Knowledge of British Columbia’s wildlife, habitats, and conservation issues are an asset.
  • Able to create engaging relevant environmental lesson plans, schedule guest speakers, and arrange outdoor activities.
  • Class 4 driver’s licence

If nature and conservation is something that fuels your passion, then this unique opportunity is for you.  It will allow you to be deeply involved from the ground up in all aspects of an exciting new program while providing you with a rich background on BC’s important ecosystems and conservation issues.


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.

*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. 


Job Type: Contract
Total number of weeks:12
Hours per week: 37.5 hours per week
Location: Tsawwassen, BC 

Anticipated date range

June 1st – August 28, 2020 (start and end dates may vary slightly)

Application deadline

May 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM (PST)

How to apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to

Email applications with “TFN Stewardship Program Assistant” in the subject line. Attach a single PDF file for your cover letter and resume – name it your first and last name (e.g. Mark Smith.doc).

We thank all applicants but only those receiving an interview will be contacted.

Raincoast Conservation Foundation (Raincoast) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind

Raincoast is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. Raincoast will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of the characteristics outlined within The Employment Equity Act.

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