CLSS looking for a Program Coordinator

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Program Coordinator
Deadline to Apply:
April 30, 2021
Term: April 2021, ongoing, full time or part time, pending funding
Compensation: $25/hour (max 120 hours per month, pending funding)
Location: Columbia Lake, BC

The Columbia Lake Stewardship Society is looking for a passionate water steward to join our team as

Program Coordinator. Please read the full job description and instructions on how to apply.

Thank you for your interest in working with the Columbia Lake Stewardship Society.

Organization Background:

Our vision is to preserve the relatively pristine nature and ecological health of Columbia Lake for the benefit of present and future generations. Our mission is to act as stewards by:

  • Conducting water quality and quantity measurements and recording data,
  • Disseminating information and our reports to decision makers as well as lake users
  • Providing education about the lake through school and community programs as well as literature,
  • Working and sharing information with other groups that have similar objectives,
  • Encouraging others to join us in our vision.

The Columbia Lake Stewardship Society was formed in 2013. Since then, we have been able to acquire baseline water quality data on Columbia Lake, conduct education and outreach throughout the Columbia Valley, implement water quantity monitoring programs, and build relationships and partnerships with community organizations, other water stewardship organizations and government. The information Columbia Lake Stewardship Society collects helps us understand how residential and human development, climate change, invasive and problematic species and recreational activity may be impacting the lake. Our work will help improve our community’s knowledge of water resources and the steps that we can all take to protect them.

Job Description:

The Program Coordinator will work alongside trained scientists, citizen scientists and our summer Education and Sample Collection Assistant. They will be the face of our organization, take on administrative tasks, find unique and secure funding opportunities, receive guidance from the Board of Directors, provide guidance to volunteers and the summer assistant, assist in the collection of water quality and quantity samples and measurements, provide educational materials to community members and tourists through community outreach, promote our initiatives at various community events, and provide education to boaters about invasive species.

Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Coordinate the organization, conduct training and ensure consistency of volunteers that will conduct lake, creek, and beach water quality monitoring
  • Conduct water quality monitoring
  • Compile data and conduct data analysis
  • Conduct flow/water quantity monitoring and data analysis
  • Implement additional scientific research on a project basis
  • Maintain accurate water science database
  • Maintain and calibrate equipment
  • Complete annual reports
  • Interpret scientific information for decision-makers and the public


  • Facilitate community conversations about the watershed
  • Conduct watershed planning workshops for diverse stakeholder groups
  • Research water policy and use this information to help inform local water management regulations


  • Conduct education programs with school-aged youth
  • Write education articles for local news outlets when applicable
  • Recruit and train volunteers for citizen science projects
  • Communicate with the public through e-newsletters, website, and social media
  • Educate homeowners and visitors about good shoreline practices, green boating practices, and how to prevent the spread of invasive species
  • Recruit new members and volunteers


  • Oversee the program’s grants, including grant writing and reporting
  • Manage the program’s budget
  • Organize meetings of the Board of Directors
  • Effectively engage with the Board on implementing the work plan and developing its strategic direction
  • Represent the organization to the media, local government, community groups, regional stewardship groups and planning committees
  • Attend trainings and conferences in order to increase capacity of the organization
  • Maintain website and email accounts
  • Supervise summer interns

Required Qualifications:

  • Located in the Columbia Valley, BC
  • Successful completion of a diploma or degree in environmental science or a related field
  • Willingness and ability to conduct field work on land and water
  • At least two years’ work experience in a leadership position
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Very strong written and oral communication skills (English essential)
  • Ability to communicate positively and effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and interests
  • Highly self-motivated, and able to work without supervision
  • Highly organized and competent at managing a budget
  • Valid driver’s licence and access to personal vehicle
  • Access to home office
  • Current Vulnerable Sector Check (necessary when dealing with children)

Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working for an NGO
  • Experience in non-profit management and administration
  • Training in group facilitation
  • A passion for water stewardship and sustainability
  • Familiarity with watershed governance models throughout Canada
  • Experience and/or training in water quality monitoring or environmental data collection
  • Knowledge of basic statistics and environmental data analysis
  • Prior experience driving a boat and using an outboard motor
  • Pleasure Craft Operator Card
  • CABIN Certification

TO APPLY: Please send a Cover Letter and Resume electronically (.doc or pdf only) to:

Nancy Wilson, Chair, Columbia Lake Stewardship Society
Re: Program Coordinator

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