CPAWS

Are you interested in helping people connect to nature and parks?

Do you want to practice your communications, education, or science skills?

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – New Brunswick Chapter (CPAWS NB) is the provincial branch of a national conservation organization. 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 enthusiastic young leaders with a passion for nature and the ability to work as a key part of our environmental organization’s team this summer.

The job will be based out of Fredericton, with some travel in New Brunswick throughout the summer, accompanying other staff members to events and activities – according to all safety restrictions.

Responsibilities include:

  1. a) Participating in training to learn basic skills in conservation education, engaging people in nature-oriented activities, outdoor safety, and event promotion;
  2. b) Helping to organize and promote nature-focused events, outreach and activities for the public during the summer of 2021. These may include setting up CPAWS NB booths at existing events, fairs or markets, or organizing special environmental education activities in parks, or online or virtual outreach,
  3. c) Helping staff develop COVID adaptation plans for our Watch Your Paws Program and Get Outside Program; and helping to develop general contingency plans for summer outreach in terms of physical distancing,
  4. d) Traveling to event sites (appropriate to COVID-19 recovery procedures, and following safety protocols), to assist with outreach,
  5. e) Writing reports on each event to track outcomes, results and feedback received from participants,
  6. f) Finding ways to promote CPAWS NB’s work in the community, by placing our newsletter in business locations (with prior permission of the owners/managers), setting up information tables at various events / locations; distributing postcards displays, posters or other promotional/educational materials, and writing and posting on our social media channels,
  7. g) Helping to revise or update CPAWS communications, awareness and educational materials, and helping prepare materials for our school program,
  8. h) Helping with projects to recruit, train and engage volunteers.

Required Qualifications are:

  • A current post-secondary student, under the age of 30, who is studying Environmental Studies, Outdoor Education, Natural Sciences, Communications, STEM, or a related field with an interest in working in the conservation sector. One position requires the student to be planning to return to school full-time in the fall,
  • Experience and interest in conservation issues, communicating with the public, or event management and promotions,
  • Basic understanding of conservation and parks issues in New Brunswick,
  • Ability to communicate fluently in both of New Brunswick’s official languages is a strong asset for this position. One of our summer positions requires a student who is very comfortable engaging with the public directly in French, and will need at least intermediate verbal and written communications skills in French, another position requires English fluency,
  • Proficiency with Word, Publisher, Excel, PowerPoint and/or other similar software, and well-developed communications skills online, with various social media,
  • Exceptional organizational skills and ability to track and report on the details of various aspects of the project,
  • Proven leadership abilities, ability to take initiative, ability to work independently with limited supervision and to develop own work plan to achieve assigned project tasks,
  • A valid New Brunswick driver’s license is required, as is the ability to drive a rental car, and the employee must be able to legally work and travel throughout New Brunswick,
  • Priority will be given to Indigenous peoples, women studying in the STEM fields, LGBTQ+ persons, persons with disabilities and students who are members of visible minorities, and candidates have the option of identifying themselves as one of these groups if they so choose.

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 who know your work. Please, no phone calls or drop-ins. Please apply, by email only, before April 20, 2021 to: rclowater@cpaws.org

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