Raincoast/Tsawwassen First Nation Stewardship Program Lead

Job opportunity.

We are seeking an energetic, creative, and passionate candidate who will be working alongside Raincoast’s Education Coordinator to assist with the development and delivery of a field-monitoring/stewardship program for the Tsawwassen First Nation youth. The position initially involves remote development work, with delivery of the program in-person in Tsawwassen, BC.

Wage and details 

Job Type: Full time 12 week term
Anticipated hours: 40 hours per week
Wage: $25/ hour 
Application deadline: May 20th midnight
Start date: June 1st-June 15th, 2022

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.
  • Access to a personal computer and reliable internet connection
  • Willingness to secure First Aid certification and criminal record check.

*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. 

Desired skills & qualifications

  • Environmental or Indigenous studies degree 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.
  • Enjoy working outdoors, rain or shine.
  • Experience or willingness to work with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Knowledge of the Tsawwassen First Nation community is an asset
  • Knowledge of British Columbia’s wildlife, habitats, and conservation issues
  • Able to create engaging relevant environmental lesson plans, schedule guest speakers, and arrange outdoor activities.

Duties and responsibilities 

  • Assist with the research, development, and implementation of an 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.
  • 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.

Position background

Raincoast’s education programs aim to inspire, prepare, and empower the next generation of leaders. Through engaging virtual, classroom, field, and boat-based learning, we connect students to British Columbia’s coastal environment and conservation initiatives.

The education program blends Indigenous Knowledge and Western science using hands-on, interactive, and experiential learning in watersheds, forests, estuaries, and oceans to help youth understand their coast. Raincoast’s 68’ research sailing vessel, Achiever, serves as a floating classroom for our boat-based learning throughout the Salish Sea.

About Raincoast 

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.

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.

How to apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to prior to midnight by May 20, 2022.

Email applications with “TFN Stewardship Program Lead” 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 (e.g. Mark Smith.pdf).

The cover letter should express why you are interested in this position and clearly outline how you meet the required qualifications. Your supporting resume should outline all relevant work experience and identify two references.

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

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