Stewardship and Engagement Assistant

  • Volet de programme : Jeunesse Canada au travail dans les deux langues officielles
  • Titre de l'emploi : Stewardship and Engagement Assistant
  • Nom de l’organisme : Nature Trust of New Brunswick
  • Lieu de l’emploi : Fredericton, Nouveau-Brunswick
  • Durée de l'emploi : 2017-05-08 à 2017-08-25 (11 semaines)
  • Salaire horaire : 12,00 $

This student will work closely with the Engagement Organizer and Stewardship Coordinator to plan public engagement events across New Brunswick for our 30th Anniversary of land conservation. Assist with the coordination of voluntary land stewards, field work, and maintenance on 46 land preserves throughout NB; prepare and participate in preserve events with land stewards and general public, particularly canoeing and stewardship events to celebrate Canada's 150th. Public outreach to engage more voluntary land stewards and adjacent landowners in upcoming stewardship group workshops. Assist with engagement organizing, and coming up with a public engagement strategy for 2017-18, along with pathways of reaching these goals. Record data and events in Salesforce CRM software as needed.

Outcomes:

• Partners engaged and partnerships strengthened during the Great Fundy Coastal Cleanup

• Promotional materials developed for public engagement

• Public involvement in nature preserve events

• Successful events planned and executed, final reports written for each

• Preserves visited and maintenance completed by stewardship team as needed

• Outline of Engagement strategy for 2017-2018 drafted

Training

• receive training and introductions to partners, Stewardship Committee or Board members, volunteers, workshop hosts, etc.

• visit some of the Natural Heritage of New Brunswick sites

• Review Nature Trust policy and guidelines and Stewardship Guidelines documents

• Assist in the drafting of an Engagement Strategy for 2017-18


Steward Contact

• Contact land stewards for workshop planning or event planning

• Assisting in the formation of and communications with new youth and other stewardship groups

Events

• Event planning for stewardship workshops or volunteer work days as needed to target invasive species, installation of signage/necessary boardwalks, host clean ups, learn about bird monitoring; engaging volunteers of all ages

• Consulting with multicultural groups, landowners, and other community groups about their potential involvement and participation in land conservation and stewardship.

• Event planning for grand opening events of new nature preserves

• Working with Canoe/Kayak NB to plan logistics of upcoming paddling workshops

• Contacting potential sponsors/workshop hosts

• Draft briefs and press releases for media before events

• Final reports for summer events


Other Tasks

• Record minutes during event planning meetings

• File all new documents and correspondence relevant to public events

• assist with public engagement needs, providing info to new e-news sign-ups, conducting surveys post events

Employability skills to be gained:

• Field work/ baseline report writing for new or potential nature preserves.

• Ability to communicate with the public on issues about natural heritage.

• Improved spoken and written communication skills in both official languages.

• Ability to work independently AND collaboratively.

• Understanding of the challenges that organization face in order to function in both official languages.

• Professional contact gained through interaction with the Nature Trust staff, Board members, Stewardship Committee, land stewards, volunteers, Stewardship Groups, media, potential funders, workshop hosts, etc.

• Gain experience in non-profit organization; attending a Board meeting, report writing, organizing/filing, drafting funding applications.

• Improved concept of budgeting, event management, and organizational skills

• Basic training of Salesforce CRM, computer skills using Office Suite


The ideal candidate will be a college or university student studying in one of the following areas: environmental studies, forestry, environment and natural resources, biology, event planning. They must have a keen interest in outdoor recreation, public speaking, and promoting nature enjoyment. Individuals must be computer literate, Microsoft suite, photography skills an asset.

We will be interviewing candidates with our Engagement Organizer, Stewardship Coordinator, and Executive Director to see how comfortable they might be with public speaking, taking on the lead of large outreach projects, and assisting with other tasks as needed.

Supervision:

Mentored by their supervisor, the Engagement Organizer. The first couple of weeks will be a training session where assistant will be monitored on a daily basis. Followed by weekly, then as needed and/or requested by both parties. Student will also attend Stewardship Committee (steering committee) meetings and update the committee on their work.

The Nature Trust is well-equipped with current Stewardship policies for field work, and the student will be obligated to read and abide by these policies before any event. First Aid certification of at least 1 staff member while out in the field is mandatory at all times.

Must have the ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment.


Fredericton is the capital of New Brunswick, a small city (50,000 people) with excellent diversity and opportunities for recreation, career development, and heritage activities. English is most commonly spoken, however many organizations and business are actively working on making their business accessible to both Anglophone and Francophone communities.


Biking trails in excess of 80 km run through Fredericton and the surrounding area, along the scenic Saint John and Nashwaak Rivers. There is a thriving local food and crafts community at the popular Boyce Farmers Market in downtown Fredericton. Musicians frequent the city for live shows.


During free time, interns will have the opportunity to enjoy all that Fredericton and surrounding area has to offer, especially the beautiful nature preserves around the province.


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