We're Hiring! 2017 Seasonal Outreach Assistants

Do you want to spend your summer in the backcountry, engaging in face-to-face conversations and boots-on-the-ground stewardship? Do you relish the challenge of communicating scientific information to diverse audiences? If you are looking to improve your outreach & communications skills, while making a difference in your watershed, read more about this exciting position and how you can apply.

Position Description:

Who: The OWC is seeking three (3) outgoing, dynamic leaders to increase our outreach this summer.

WhatOutreach Assistants will assist with the implementation of OWC’s Engaging Recreationists project and other outreach programs.

Why: OWC’s challenge is to raise awareness about watershed issues and encourage backcountry off-roaders and random campers to adopt solutions, which requires communicating scientific information in an engaging manner.  This exciting position requires exceptional communications skills. 

When: The successful candidates will work 40 hours/week, under the direction of the team lead and reporting to the Education Program Manager.

Where: The positions are based in downtown Lethbridge but will require extensive travel throughout the watershed. Weekends (Friday-Sunday) will be spent in the backcountry, camping in tents, with few facilities and little to no cell service. 

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Approach random campers and motorized recreationists, conduct questionnaires, converse about watershed issues, and data collection.
  • Assist with restoration & stewardship activities in the backcountry, possibly including (but not limited to) weed pulls, garbage pickups, willow harvesting & planting, bridge & sign installation, and bioengineering.
  • Attend outreach events, organize and lead educational activities, and deliver presentations.
  • Write blogs, social media postings, newsletter articles, reports, and other written materials. Photograph activities and add to digital archive. Some data entry/management as needed.
  • Additional related duties as needed.

Salary: $19-21/hour, depending on qualifications and experience, at the discretion of the OWC


  • Must be willing to work all weekends and some evenings in May-August.  
  • Comfort and experience with backcountry conditions: travel by vehicle and on foot, navigating, and camping in variable weather. Familiarity with southwestern Alberta—and the eastern slopes particularly—is an asset. Detail your backcountry experience in cover letter.
  • Experience operating off-highway vehicles (OHV) and knowledge of Alberta off-roading/random-camping community required.
  • Must be hard-working, take direction, able to problem-solve, take initiative, and work with minimal supervision.
  • Must be organized with strong attention to detail, ensuring high quality of data collection.
  • Physically fit, able to spend long hours standing, walking, or in a vehicle.
  • Experience listening to, motivating, encouraging, and empowering others.
  • Experience related to public engagement, particularly in outdoor, informal settings.
  • Extremely personable with very strong face-to-face, verbal, and written and communication skills.
  • Experience working with a broad range of audiences, including youth.
  • An appreciation for the environment, familiarity with the local environmental community, and basic understanding of environmental science. Experience with environmental education/outreach an asset.
  • A valid driver’s license and willingness to travel throughout the watershed. Defensive Driving certificate is an asset.
  • Proficient with MS Office, internet use, social media, photography, common IT issues.
  • Standard First Aid & CPR/AED is required prior to commencing employment. Additional safety training and supplies will be provided.
  • Completion of high school required; post-secondary (current or complete) an asset, with preference for studies in natural sciences, biology, environmental sciences, resource management, or a related field. In your cover letter, please specify if you are a full-time student under age 30, and whether you intend to continue your studies in the fall.
  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

How to Apply

Please specify your availability (start and end dates) as well as your plans for the fall (September-October).

Please email your cover letter and resume to OWC’s Human Resources Consultant, Wendy Giuffre, at Wendy@wendyelleninc.ca as a single PDF file entitled “OWC Outreach Assistant YOUR NAME.”   

Thank you for your interest. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.