Employment Opportunity, Education Program Coordinator

Job Title: Education Program Coordinator

Remuneration: $25-$28/hour as an independent contractor or $22-$24 employee (based on experience) plus travel expense @ $0.55/km for use of personal vehicle

Term: 24 hours/week, from May 4th-September 30th, 2015

Location: Regional District Central Kootenay or Regional District Kootenay Boundary Area A and B

Conditions: Regular travel is required throughout the region and evening and weekends will be required.

Closing Date: April, 27th, 2015

Interview Date: April, 30th, 2015

Summary of Postion

CKIPC is a non-profit society that was formed by a group of residents and company/agency representatives who were interested in promoting collaborative approaches to invasive plant management in 2005. The Committee includes representatives from non‐profit societies, utility companies, government agencies, and local companies. On behalf of its partner organizations, CKIPC delivers an invasive species program throughout the central Kootenay region, which includes Electoral Areas A through K of the Regional District Central Kootenay (map available from: www.rdck.bc.ca/corporate/electoral_areas.html), and areas A and B of the Regional District Kootenay Boundary (map available from: http://www.rdkb.com/Default.aspx).

CKIPC program activities include education and awareness; prevention and early detection of new species introductions; coordinated and collaborative management; inventory, control and containment of invasive plants; and applied research.

Under direction from the Executive Director, the Education Program Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of education and outreach programs, communication activities (media updates, social media, website updates, outreach tools) and the delivery of invasive plant education program and events.

Education and Experience

  • Diploma or Bachelor’s Degree in applied/natural science, biology, education or related program
  • Working knowledge of invasive species management (ISM) and the principles of integrated pest management
  • Understanding of the social, economic and environmental factors surrounding ISM
  • ISM training and on-the-ground experience (preferred)
  • Ability to manage projects from start to finish, on time and within budget
  • Effective use of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, social media platforms
  • Proficiency in preparing technical and professional documents, report and news articles
  • Ability to plan, prepare and deliver effective oral presentations to a wide variety of audiences, including public, industry, community groups, youth and school groups, and private and public agencies
  • Ability to research and convey technical information to stakeholders
  • OFA Level 1 or First Aid with CPR or willingness to train
  • Creative, independent, flexible, reliable and self-motivated to set priorities, manage multiple projects and meet deadlines under pressure with minimal supervision
  • Experience working with large groups of children and youth groups
  • High level of interpersonal, organizational and communication skills
  • A valid BC drivers licence, use of a personal vehicle, clean criminal record check, access to office space, including high-speed internet and cell phone.
  • Organizing and developing educational projects including fact sheets, web profiles, and a Five Year Educational Framework
  • Coordinating and delivering outreach and awareness activities including but not limited to Don’t Let it Loose program, Clean-Drain-Dry program, Community Pulls, PlantWise program and restoration events
  • Writing “Weed of the Week” articles and providing information to local media on all CKIPC events
  • Giving presentations to local groups and the public about CKIPC
  • Supervise summer student and work closely with the Operations Program Coordinator and Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator
  • Provide support to the Executive Director

Required Technical Skills

Required Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Specific Functions

Education and Outreach Activities (80%)
Project Coordination (20%)

Please email a cover letter and resume to: jvogel@ckipc.ca