The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - New Brunswick Chapter (CPAWS NB) is the provincial branch of a national conservation charity. We encourage the protection of our province’s wild ecosystems in protected areas, and work to ensure that nature comes first in parks management. CPAWS NB is looking for an enthusiastic self-starter to help develop and promote protected areas campaigns for the land and ocean in New Brunswick. The successful candidate will be someone who can effectively work independently with little supervision, and who is able to quickly identify solutions to problems.

Duties
If you are the successful applicant, you will develop your skills in communicating nature conservation issues to the public, and building relationships to advance protected areas campaigns. The Conservation Assistant’s duties will include, but not be limited to, the following:
a) Undertaking research to contribute to communications materials regarding our ocean conservation, wilderness conservation and park management work;
b) Writing content for and designing materials for our educational and awareness programs;
c) Promoting, scheduling and leading our Watch Your Paws educational program (in English and French) in schools and with youth groups;
d) Organizing, promoting and attending meetings, outdoor activities and events with volunteers, community organizations, and community leaders in various parts of New Brunswick;
e) Helping to coordinate the activities of summer students and volunteers;
f) Writing reports on research findings, taking minutes at meetings, and writing briefing notes, backgrounders, content for newsletters, websites and social media;
g) Assisting with grant proposals and other fundraising activities.

The successful applicant:
a) Has a post-secondary degree from a college or university, from any of these fields: Environmental Studies, Natural Sciences, Environmental Policy, Environmental Education or a related field with an interest in working in the conservation sector;
b) Is currently under-employed and living in New Brunswick, or willing to relocate to New Brunswick;
c) Has experience and interest in nature conservation issues, communicating with the public, volunteer management or community outreach;
d) Has strong research and writing skills;
e) Has proficiency with Word, Publisher, Excel, PowerPoint and/or other similar software, and well-developed communications skills online, with various social media;
f) Has exceptional organizational skills and ability to track and report on the details of various aspects of projects;
g) Has proven leadership abilities, ability to take initiative, ability to work independently with limited supervision and to develop own work plan to achieve assigned tasks;
h) Has a valid New Brunswick driver’s license, and the ability to travel throughout New Brunswick;
i) Has Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or has been granted refugee status in Canada and is legally entitled to work in New Brunswick.
j) The ability to communicate in both English and French are strong assets for this position.

This position will be based out of Fredericton, with some travel throughout New Brunswick. The position will be 30-37.5 hours per week, for at least 6 months, with the potential for extension.

To apply for this position, please submit a resume and cover letter, describing how you meet the qualifications for this position. We require the names and contact information of three professional references. Please, no phone calls or drop-ins. Please apply, by email only, before September 21, 2017 to: rclowater[at]cpaws.org (replace at with the symbol).

For more information about CPAWS NB, please visit our web site: www.cpawsnb.org   


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Action Alerts

Have your say on Draft Water Strategy!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017
by Conservation Council of New Brunswick
A Water Strategy for New Brunswick

On October 6, 2017, the department of Environment and Local Government released a draft water strategy for comments. The draft strategy is available on the government website. Comments can be submitted by email to: waterstrategy-strategiedeleau@gnb.ca or by mail to: Department of Environment and Local Government, Policy and Planning Division, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, N.B., E3B 5H1. Comments will be accepted until November 20, 2017.

In order to help groups with their submissions, the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, in cooperation with watershed groups, has put together key elements of a watershed strategy and a sample letter to send to the Department.

Summary​ ​of​ ​8​ ​Key​ ​Elements​ ​of​ ​a​ ​Strong​ ​Water​ ​Protection​ ​Strategy

New​ ​Brunswick​ ​deserves​ ​a​ ​water​ ​protection​ ​strategy​ ​that:
    1. is​​ ​​science-based;​ ​(involving​ ​baseline​ ​data,​ ​tracking​ ​and​ ​taking​ ​into​ ​consideration cumulative​ ​impacts,​ ​environmental​ ​flows)
    2. sets​ ​water​ ​quality​ ​standards​ ​within​ ​a​ ​working,​ ​legal​ ​mechanism;
    3. conserves​ ​all​ ​water​ ​within​ ​​watersheds​ ​including​ ​surface​ ​waters​ ​(lakes,​ ​streams,​ ​rivers) and​ ​groundwater,​ ​by​ ​developing​ ​good​ ​conservation​ ​plans,​ ​policies​ ​and​ ​practices,​ ​and uses​ ​the​ ​precautionary​ ​principle​ ​as​ ​a​ ​guiding,​ ​legally​ ​enforceable​ ​tool;
    4. protects​ ​our​ ​marine​ ​coastal​ ​areas​ ​in​ ​law;
    5. has​ ​a​ ​meaningful​ ​form​ ​of​ ​​co-governance​ ​with​ ​First​ ​Nations;
    6. includes​ ​the​ ​development,​ ​implementation​ ​and​ ​enforcement​ ​of​ ​watershed​ ​protection plans,​ ​developed​ ​in​ ​a​ ​transparent​ ​manner,​ ​involving​ ​government,​ ​businesses,​ ​watershed organizations,​ ​farmers,​ ​municipal​ ​officials,​ ​and​ ​citizens;
    7. is​ ​accountable,​ ​which​ ​includes​ ​ongoing​ ​monitoring​ ​and​ ​annual​ ​reporting​ ​to​ ​the​ ​public​ ​on the​ ​progress​ ​of​ ​goals​ ​and​ ​objectives​ ​outlined​ ​in​ ​the​ ​water​ ​protection​ ​strategy;​ ​and,
    8. is​​ ​enforceable​ ​through​ ​a​ ​modern​ ​legal​ ​framework
Sample Letter
 My name is ______, and I am writing to express my support for a strong Water Strategy in New Brunswick.

I live near ______ OR I live in ___________ watershed

Describe your favourite spot to fish/swim/paddle etc.

Share your favourite water memory.

Clean, healthy water is important to me because _____________.

Have you recently experienced a boil water order? Blue-green algae? Extreme weather? Describe what is of concern to you.

I applaud the provincial government for moving forward on its commitment to protecting our water; however I believe the draft strategy does not go far enough to ensure healthy water for my watershed.

We need a water protection strategy that (Insert one or multiple key elements).

I am afraid that if left unattended, my watershed will face ongoing and increasing treats from (pollution, wetland and coastal estuary loss, loss of adequate environmental flow to sustain aquatic life, and increasing climate change impacts such as floods, droughts, and high temperatures.)

Please protect my watershed by implementing a strong water protection strategy with modern legislation that (note key element(s)) to ensure the health of our water and people.

Thank you,
Your name.

For more information, visit the CCNB's website.

Call for nominations for the NBEN Awards - 2017

Monday, 31 July 2017
by Annika Chiasson
Every day people and environmental groups take action to protect and restore New Brunswick’s environment.  

Over this past year, who stands out in your mind? 

We invite you to nominate a group or individual deserving of one of the NBEN awards which will be presented in style at Eco-Confluence 2017.  Send an e-mail to nben@nben.ca describing your nominee’s work.  Nominees must be members or associates of the NBEN*.

Nomination deadline is September 13, 2017.

*Current NBEN Steering Committee members are not eligible for awards.