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Education and Sample Collection Assistant
Deadline to Apply:
April 8, 2021
Term: May 2021 to August 2021
Compensation: $15/hour (max 120 hours per month, pending funding)
Location: Columbia Lake, BC
Eligibility: Must be between 15 and 30, a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial legislation and regulations.

The Columbia Lake Stewardship Society is looking for a young person

who is passionate about water stewardship

to be our Education and Sample Collection Assistant this summer

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 print media,

  • 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. Over the past eight years 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 Education and Sample Collection Assistant will work alongside trained scientists and citizen scientists. S/he will assist in the collection of water quality and quantity samples and measurements, provide educational materials to community members and tourists through community outreach, and promote our initiatives at various community events. The successful candidate will also educate boaters about invasive species.

The Assistant will work up to 30 hours a week, with some evening and weekend shifts required.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct lake water quality monitoring including preparation, equipment maintenance, conducting field sampling, and data entry.

  • Work with volunteers and ensure consistency and accuracy in water quality monitoring procedures on the lake during sampling days.

  • Assist in the collection of water quantity measurements.

  • Educate homeowners and visitors about good shoreline practices, good boating practices, and how to prevent the spread of invasive species.

  • Help with management and analysis of water quality and quantity data.

  • Prepare and run a community event and / or educational programs in Canal Flats.

  • Assist in maintaining communications via email, Facebook and our website

Required Qualifications:

  • Self-motivated

  • Strong Interest in Environment and Science

  • Passion for Water Stewardship

  • Strong Public Communication Skills

  • Ability to work independently and with a team

  • Current Vulnerable Sector Check (necessary when dealing with children)

Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Enrolled in Post-Secondary Schooling related to Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Biology, Environmental Resource Management, or similar field

  • Valid driver’s license and access to personal vehicle

  • Pleasure Craft Operator Card

  • Secured housing/accommodation within the Columbia Valley


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

Nancy Wilson, Chair, Columbia Lake Stewardship Society
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