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2022 Spring-Summer Employment Opportunity with Birds Canada- Atlantic Region

Beach Ambassador – Barrington Municipality, NS

Birds Canada is seeking applicants for the for up to 3 Beach Ambassador positions starting late May (13-14 wks x 40 hr/wk @ $16-17/hr depending on experience and funding) and based out of Barrington Municipality. Reporting to the Nova Scotia Program Coordinator, you will be mainly responsible for engaging with members of the public about coastal conservation using a variety of outreach activities. A typical day will be spent either on the beach interacting with people and promoting stewardship of important coastal habitats or reviewing and preparing program materials for the next field day. The successful candidate needs to be outgoing and approachable but able to work independently and outdoors in a variety of conditions.

This position is funded in part by Clean Foundation’s Clean Leadership Program. Applicants must apply using their system. Eligible applicants must be between 15 and 30 years old at the start of the internship, be a full time student and intending to return to school in Fall 2022, be eligible to work in Canada, and must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of have refugee status. For more information visit: https://cleanfoundation.ca/clean-leadership-summer-internship/

 

Under the supervision of the Nova Scotia Program Coordinator, the Beach Ambassador will:

  • Assist in the creation and development of community-based stewardship activities that promote coastal conservation
  • Engage and educate public about beach and coastal conservation
  • Collect data on engagement, beach use and site conditions
  • Work with project partners to develop, coordinate, and lead events/activities that engage youth, community members, and tourists in coastal stewardship actions
  • Public engagement will predominately take place on the beach in a variety of conditions during peak use times (weekends and holidays)
  • Carefully enter and proof all data in Excel database
  • Communicate with and provide regular written and verbale updates to NS Program Coordinator and project partners
  • Communicate with and provide regular written and verbal updates to biologist

 

Position Requirements:

  • Must be a full-time student and intending to return to school in Fall 2021;
  • Reliable means of transport to remote beaches (eg. Valid driver’s license, access to a car); mileage to field sites will be reimbursed at $0.45/km.
  • Your own accommodation in Shelburne County (Please note: reasonably priced accommodation during spring/ summer is difficult to find in this area, so position is best suited to someone with local housing).
  • Experience working in engagement, outreach, and/or education
  • Outgoing and willing to speak with the general public
  • Available to work weekends, holidays, and some evenings
  • Be able to work productively as part of a team while responding to feedback

 

Position Assets:

  • Knowledge of coastal wildlife, ecosystems, and beaches in SW NS
  • Experience in biology, environmental studies, psychology, sociology, or related

 

Most of the work will be split between field work and a home office. Regardless, a successful candidate must be able to work successfully independently and remotely. The stewardship assistant will report to the Nova Scotia Program Coordinator who is based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and is accessible regularly by phone and email but is not always on site as field work takes place at key beaches in Barrington Municipality

 

Field work is weather dependent, but the successful candidate can expect to spend several hours at a time outside in varying conditions with unreliable access to shelter, shade, or other facilities. Field work will correspond to highest human use of the sites which is often weekends, holidays, and occasional evenings. While in the field the Beach Ambassador will be expected to engage with the public and collect stewardship data.

COVID-19 STATEMENT: Fieldwork and in-person activities may be impacted by Covid-19 restrictions. Additionally, all staff entering Birds Canada workplaces are required to have proof of vaccination.

 

To apply:

Applicants must apply through Clean Foundation’s Clean Leadership Program: https://cleanfoundation.ca/clean-leadership-summer-internship/  

Birds Canada is committed to improving levels of diversity among its volunteers membership, staff, and board to reflect the diversity of Canada. In an effort to do so we are actively tracking and seeking to improve our ability to reach all candidates with our job advertisements. Applicants belonging to racialized groups; who identify as Indigenous, LGBTQ+; or who have differing abilities are therefore invited to self-identify in their cover letter.

 

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