Summer Student 2019 job opportunity

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The Columbia Lake Stewardship Society is looking for an Education and Sample Collection Assistant 2019

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 and check for those species.


NOTE: This job could lead to long term employment

LOCATION: Columbia Lake, BC

HOURS:  30 hrs/week. May include some evenings and weekends

SALARY: $15/hr

QUALIFICATIONS: Preference will be given to individuals with post-secondary schooling in environmental science, environmental studies, biology, environmental resource management or a related program. Students with other academic backgrounds and relevant work experience will also be considered.

The Successful Candidate will be self-motivated, have a strong interest in the environment and science, love lakes, enjoy interacting with the public, have good communication skills, be physically fit and be able to work independently or with others. Added assets would be having a driver’s license, owning a car and holding a pleasure craft operator card. Training will be available for students without a pleasure craft card.

Priority will be given to students of aboriginal heritage, belonging to visible minorities or with disabilities.

Applicants will be responsible for finding their own housing.

The education and sample collection assistant will:

  • 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 in Canal Flats
  • Assist in researching and applying for funding grants
  • Assist in maintaining communications via email, Facebook and the CLSS website

TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter and your resume electronically (.doc or pdf only) to: Nancy Wilson, Chair, Columbia Lake Stewardship Society at

ELIGIBILITY: Must be between 15 and 30, and be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial legislation and regulations.

Resume can be sent to

The Columbia Lake Stewardship (CLSS), established in 2013, promotes the health of Columbia Lake through the development of a water quality and quantity data base and the provision of public education.


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