OWC is hiring! - PLEASE SHARE!

(Editor's Note: Please share this job posting in your circles! The OWC has created a NEW POSITION and we are excited about extending our outreach in the greater watershed community. If you've got great people skills ... this one's for you!)
The Oldman Watershed Council is a not-for-profit organization of southern Albertans that maintains and improves the Oldman watershed by:  
  • Improving and sharing knowledge
  • Building and strengthening stakeholder partnerships
  • Promoting and facilitating community and institutional action and stewardship
  • Developing and implementing integrated land and water plans
Position Description:   The OWC is seeking an outgoing, dynamic leader to create and implement OWC's science based Education and Engagement Strategy for mainly adult audiences. OWC's challenge is to raise awareness about watershed issues and encourage people to adopt solutions, which requires communicating scientific information in an engaging manner.

This exciting, permanent position requires exceptional people skills and time management skills.  This position is challenged with setting priorities and creating new initiatives. This is a great opportunity for you to let your leadership and management skills shine! The successful candidate will work 36.25 hours/week from our office in Lethbridge and is eligible to receive up to 3 weeks paid vacation per year and our optional benefits package, including a Health Spending Account and Learning and Wellness Account.

As a small organization, the OWC offers a flexible, friendly work environment with 4 other staff members who will work closely with the Education Program Manager to achieve our goals.
Salary: $60,000 - $65,000 per year depending on qualifications and experience.

  • Training and experience which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work.
  • A minimum of 5 years of work experience related to adult education and engagement, preferably in a field related to the natural sciences.
  • A Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Education, Education, Social Science, Environmental Studies, Psychology or related field.
  • Experience motivating, encouraging and empowering others to take action.
  • Extremely personable with very strong verbal, written and face to face communications skills.
  • Proven track-record of previous success with education and engagement programs based on scientific information.
  • Must be comfortable building new relationships and making cold calls to potential partners or volunteers.
  • Strategic thinking and leadership skills.
  • Project management, planning and prioritization skills.
  • Proficient with MS Office, internet use, common IT issues and ideally Smartsheet and Photoshop.
  • Demonstrated ability to research, design and implement adult education and engagement programs.
  • Experience recruiting and managing volunteers and partners from other organizations.
  • Experience hiring consultants to assist with work as needed.
  • Very well organized and able to manage time and deadlines effectively.
  • An appreciation for the environment, familiarity with the local environmental community and understanding of environmental science.
  • Experience managing budgets of around $100,000 per year.
  • A valid driver's licence and willingness to travel throughout the watershed.
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends as required.
Key Duties and responsibilities:
  • Oversee the development and implementation of OWC's current engagement program focused on recreationalists on public land along the Eastern Slopes that form the headwaters of the Oldman watershed.
  • Develop and implement a new Education and Engagement Strategy for the next 3 years with clear outcomes and performance measurements, focused on adult audiences and based on scientific content.
  • Evaluate past projects and events and determine their suitability for including in the new strategy.
  • Work closely with the Communications Manager in particular and other staff to achieve educational goals.
  • Regular blog submissions, social media postings, newsletter articles and other written materials.
  • Recruit volunteers and partners to assist with implementing new strategy and serve on Project Teams.
  • Collaborate with staff, Board of Directors, partners and volunteers on all work.
  • Apply for grants, complete grant reports, ensure recognition to funders and maintain strong relationships with funders of projects.
  • Oversee budgeting and accounting for education and engagement programs.
  • Other related duties as needed.

If you are interested please call Shannon Frank, OWC Executive Director at 403-382-4239 to discuss further.

Please email your cover letter and resume to shannon@oldmanbasin.org.

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

Oldman Watershed Council | 100, 5401 - 1st Avenue South | Lethbridge | Alberta | T1K 4V6 | Canada