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The British Columbia Conservation Foundation (BCCF) is seeking youth aged between 15-30 years for 2 seasonal positions as Cowichan River Fisheries Ambassadors.

Location of Job: Lake Cowichan

Term: Beginning of June to September 4th, 2023

Salary: $20/hour (plus 4% vacation pay paid out hourly)

Schedule: 8 hours per day, 32 hours of work per week (typically, Friday to Monday)

Note: This position requires weekend work. Days off will primarily be weekdays, with a minimum of three consecutive weekdays off per week (typical days off will be Tuesday-Thursday). Specific questions about required time off and scheduling can be discussed 

The Cowichan River Fisheries Ambassadors will work together with BC Conservation Foundation staff, the Cowichan Lake and River Stewardship Society, Town of Lake Cowichan, and Cowichan Tribes staff to provide fish protection and river stewardship education to residents and visitors in the Cowichan watershed. These positions will be approaching the public and imparting knowledge regarding the effects of UV filters from sunscreen on aquatic life. You will be creating and utilizing visual aids such as posters and brochures to educate the public. Engagement will include a booth set-up as well as roaming the public beaches around Lake Cowichan.

The ideal candidates for these positions will be located in Lake Cowichan, with access to some form of vehicle transportation within the community. Work-related mileage from the meeting location (Saywell Park) will be reimbursed at a rate of $0.55/km. This position is geared towards high school or university students with an interest in biology, ecology, or education.

Position Requirements:

  • Weekend availability, including some Long Weekends/Statutory holidays
  • A valid driver's license (minimum "N" license) with a reliable vehicle you can use for work
  • Comfortable approaching the public and imparting education information
  • Comfortable working around water, with a proven ability to swim
  • Canadian resident or legally able to work in Canada
  • Between 15-30 years old during the period of employment

Asset qualifications (non-required, but beneficial):

  • An interest and familiary with the Cowichan River
  • Experience presenting to the public (e.g. performing arts, drama/music, public speaking)
  • Experience working independently
  • Knowledge about the natural environment (e.g. fish, plants, wildlife, water quality)
  • An interest in learning new skills
  • Valid OFA Level 1 First Aid
To apply for this job: 

1. In the application form below, enter your name and email information

2. Upload your resume in the resume form field below

3. Write a brief cover letter explaining how your experience/qualifications match the above job description

4. Upload your cover letter in the cover letter field below

5. Once all the files are uploaded, use the submit button to send your completed application. A bright green notification box will appear at the top of the page, confirming your application has been received

Position Open Until Filled. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Due to the large number of applications we receive, only those applicants who follow the steps outlined above and clearly demonstrate they have the qualifications we are looking for will be contacted for the short-listing/interview process.

BCCF reserves the right to cancel or postpone recruitment to this position based on project priorities, funding and other staffing considerations.

We recognize the importance of a diversified workforce and encourage Indigenous People(s), First Nations, Métis candidates, women, members of visible minorities and persons with different abilities to apply.

The BC Conservation Foundation respectfully acknowledges that we operate on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of many Indigenous Peoples throughout British Columbia


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