JOB TITLE: Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen WildSafeBC Community Coordinator
LOCATION: Based in Penticton
Are you passionate about wildlife in your area?
Do you want to contribute to human-wildlife conflict reduction in a meaningful way?
Are you detailed oriented, do you thrive on diverse project work and do you enjoy bringing people together to find common ground?
Are you detail-oriented, thrive on diverse project work, and enjoy bringing people together to find common ground?
WildSafeBC is the provincial leader in preventing conflict with wildlife through collaboration, education and community solutions. The WildSafeBC message of "keeping wildlife wild and communities safe" emphasizes the important role humans play in reducing our impact on wildlife and increasing community safety. Our work focuses on actions we can take to avoid attracting wildlife into our communities, raising awareness of human-wildlife conflict issues and seeking solutions to reduce conflict and increase public safety.
The WildSafeBC Community Coordinator position is a unique opportunity to make a difference in reducing human-wildlife conflicts where you live. Professionalism, good communication and community engagement skills are essential for this position as well as an ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
Community Coordinators will attend group training sessions to learn WildSafeBC conflict-reduction information relating to BC wildlife species, and effective engagement and delivery techniques, which they can bring into their communities.
Tasks of the Community Coordinator are dependent on community needs and may include:
- Delivering WildSafeBC presentations to community groups, service clubs, and schools.
- Arranging, setting up and presenting public displays during community events and special functions.
- Conducting door-to-door campaigns in neighbourhoods where wildlife conflicts are present.
- Developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with local Indigenous communities and knowledge keepers.
- Developing and maintaining a working relationship with local Conservation Officers, Bylaw Officers, local municipalities and community groups.
- Working with the local media (print, radio, television and social media).
- Working with all groups and individuals within the community, regardless of their views or personal positions regarding wildlife.
- Performing garbage tagging at night using educational stickers.
- Maintaining an active presence on local WildSafeBC Facebook pages.
- Providing bear spray workshops.
- Identifying wildlife attractants that are causing problems within a community.
- Developing human-wildlife conflict reduction plans based on community needs and desires.
- Volunteer recruitment and direction to assist with various functions of the program.
- Working with local businesses and campgrounds.
- Recording of specific data as requested by the Provincial program development staff.
- Regular reporting of your activities to BCCF staff.
- Production of an end-of-season Annual Report for the community program.
- Must have a valid Class 5 driver’s licence.
- Must have a reliable vehicle that can be insured for work purposes and pass daily vehicle inspections.
- Must be willing and able to successfully pass a Criminal Record check.
- Have a good understanding of local human-wildlife issues.
- Must have a proven ability to write clear and concise reports.
- Must have demonstrated public speaking skills.
- Must be able to build relationships with partners and collaborators.
Post-secondary education, which may include:
- Bachelor of Science in Biology or a suitable equivalent
- Natural Resource Management: Wildlife and Fisheries
- Renewable Resources: Fish, Wildlife and Recreation
- Renewable Resources Management
- Bachelor of Education or a related equivalent
- Strong interpersonal skills and willingness to engage with the public.
- Strong communication skills (both oral and written).
- General computer proficiency and a good working knowledge of virtual meeting platforms, cloud-based filing systems and Word and Excel.
- Good working knowledge of social media platforms.
Note: All short-listed applicants will be required to complete a Word and Excel competency test prior to interviews.
Part-time: 570 hours over the duration of the contract with a potential for additional hours based on funding.
Term: May 15, 2023 – November 30, 2023, with the possibility of extension
Wage: $20-22 per hour, dependent upon experience and funding.
Closing date: Posting closed when filled. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Apply as soon as possible!
*Hours and wages are dependent on funding. BCCF reserves the right to cancel or postpone recruitment to this position based on project priorities, funding and other staffing considerations.
*There will be an initial training period for successful candidates, starting on Monday, May 15, 2023. *All candidates are required to have a home-based office with access to a computer with video and audio capabilities along with internet access.
*Preference will be given to local candidates.
Using the form below, please submit a cover letter and a complete resume including 3 references with contact information. These must be submitted as two separate documents.
Please submit in .pdf format with your name in the file title (e.g. FirstName_LastName_Coverletter.pdf).
Please clearly state how you meet the qualifications for this position in your application, as only candidates deemed qualified will be contacted for interviews.
The British Columbia Conservation Foundation (BCCF) is committed to achieving and maintaining a workforce that is representative of women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with different abilities and members of visible minorities.
BCCF undertakes to identify and remove any discriminatory policies and practices found in the recruitment, selection and hiring, promotion, training, retention and termination of employees in all levels and categories of employment.
COVID-19: While we at BCCF do not currently have a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy in place, some of our clients have enacted mandates that stipulate vaccination requirements be met by both their workers and their contractors. In light of this, some BCCF workers, contractors and volunteers—i.e., those who are or will be conducting work in spaces where our clients’ mandates are enforced—will be required to be fully vaccinated before they will be allowed to enter any of the mandate-affected worksites or risk being prevented from conducting the work, unless a properly supported Human Rights exemption applies.
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