Georgian Bay Forever is a team of innovative, dynamic, and empowered people working hard to effect change for the health and vitality of the local environment as part of a global mission to preserve and protect our natural spaces.
Conservation and Restoration Technician
Summer Student Employment Opportunity (5) Locations: 1) Honey Harbour, Township of Georgian Bay 2) Waubaushene, Township of Tay and Matchedash Bay, Township of Severn Georgian Bay Forever (GBF) is a Canadian Charity focused on aquatic ecosystem research, education and protection. Invasive Phragmites has been identified as one of the most destructive plant species in North America and is a great threat to native biodiversity and wetland habitat in Georgian Bay. GBF is hiring five (5) Conservation and Restoration Technicians across Georgian Bay, of which positions are based out of the two regions around southeastern Georgian Bay, as listed above. Under the supervision of the GBF Project Manager, Conservation and Restoration Technicians will safely navigate the waters of Georgian Bay in the prescribed areas collecting scientific data, removing invasive Phragmites and educating the public in environmental protection. Data collection involves identifying the presence of invasive Phragmites along the coast and recording exact location (i.e., latitude, longitude), size, density and more. Throughout the summer, technicians will be removing the invasive Phragmites using manual cutting methods. The Conservation and Restoration Technicians will also be responsible for aiding in the recruitment and organization of volunteers, as well as planning and attending community events to spread education and awareness on invasive Phragmites in Georgian Bay. The position will involve teaching the public about how to identify and eradicate invasive Phragmites on their coastal property, or where permitted, public property. GBF works with Townships/Municipalities, community associations and stakeholder groups such as Ontario Parks, Parks Canada, MTO and the Ontario Phragmites Working Group and Ontario Invasive Plant Council. GBF will ensure all Ontario public health advisories are followed by its staff in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Skills, Qualifications, and Competencies Required: •Must possess and maintain a valid Ontario driver’s license and Pleasure Craft Operator Card. •Must have access to a vehicle. •Must be a Canadian citizen between the ages of 15 and 30. •Must be confident in/on the water and a competent swimmer with an excellent knowledge of water safety practices. •Must be available to work some weekends, long days and in varying weather conditions. •Competency operating a motorized boat, marine navigation, charts and GPS systems. •Good knowledge of the coastal waters of Georgian Bay, especially the above noted areas is an asset (i.e., southeastern Georgian Bay). •Must have good interpersonal skills and competently represent GBF in the online and physical community. •Demonstrated ability to manage time and co-ordinate the community to take action. •Comfortable public speaking and able to create and make public presentations online and offline. •Have access to a smartphone, laptop/computer and WIFI to use Google Maps, FieldMaps, camera, emails, Microsoft Office, Excel and Google Drive. •Familiarity with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and/or drones for mapping is considered an asset. •Be in good physical condition and able to operate manual and powered cutting tools. •Keep excellent records and documentation on all activities and participants; and provide reporting on activities, map and record co-ordinates of invasive Phragmites stands. •Must have accommodations in the area and be able to get to Honey Harbour, Victoria Harbour or Waubaushene at the start of a workday, depending on the location you are hired for. •Be enrolled in or have completed a university degree, college diploma or a combination of relevant experience in environmental science/studies. Salary: $18 per hour Contract dates: Entry-level full-time contract position (14 wks): May 29th - September 1st, 2023. Hours: A normal workweek will be 35 hours. This position will require some weekend work. Application Deadline: If you are interested in joining our team for the summer, please email your resume and cover letter in a single PDF indicating “Conservation and Restoration Technician” in the subject line to Nicole Carpenter via email: firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, February 27th, 2023. If you have preference on one of the 2 areas, please indicate in your application. We thank everyone who applies for their interest but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Divert and Capture
Plastic Pollution Program Assistant (Environmental Program Coordinator)
Summer Student Employment Opportunity (4) Location: Home base will be located in Collingwood with some travel around Georgian Bay including as far north as Pointe au Baril on the eastern side and Tobermory on the western side. Georgian Bay Forever (GBF) is a Canadian charity focused on aquatic ecosystem research, education and protection. Plastic pollution is a major environmental concern in Georgian Bay and the entire Great Lakes Basin. More than 10,000 tonnes of plastic end up in our water and tributaries every year. Beyond visible litter, microplastics are less than 5mm in size, and are present in extremely high concentrations throughout Georgian Bay and the Great Lakes system. Georgian Bay Forever’s Divert and Capture and Diversion 2.0 projects, are working to fight macro and microplastic pollution in Georgian Bay through community engagement, shoreline cleanups, waste characterizations and public education programs. Position Description: Under the supervision of GBF Project Managers, the Plastic Pollution Program Assistants will contribute to the planning, organization and delivery of GBF’s Divert and Capture and Diversion 2.0 Project objectives, goals and activities. Responsibilities (include but not limited to): - Build and sustain relationship with community groups who will assist in delivering key activities; - Organize and participate in weekly shoreline cleanups and oversee onsite volunteers; - Manage, educate and oversee volunteers for characterizations of waste being diverted through Seabins, Gutter Bins and Trash Traps; - Assist in developing and delivering, for both online and in-person activities, education programs and workshops to local school and youth groups, community partner organizations, and attending local events; - Communicate effectively with the public about GBF’s projects, missions, and values; - Communicate with and recruit local businesses and schools to join GBF’s Plastic-Free Georgian Bay campaign; - Assist with research components, database management, analysis, report writing and training in data collection protocols as needed, specifically related to waste characterizations and deep dive protocols of plastic pollution being captured within the diversion technologies - Other duties as assigned Skills, Qualifications, and Competencies Required: ● Must be a Canadian citizen between the ages of 15 and 30; ● Must have good interpersonal skills and competently represent GBF in the online and physical community; ● Demonstrated ability to manage time and co-ordinate the community to take action and communicate safety protocols; ● Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking and presentation skills; ● Excellent at motivating and overseeing volunteers of all ages in activities; ● Strong computer skills using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Google Drive; ● Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team; ● Motivated, independent, and detail-oriented with the ability to work with minimal supervision; ● Must be available to work some evenings and weekends; ● Ability to work outdoors in varying weather conditions and navigate various terrain; ● Have access to a smartphone, laptop/computer and wi-fi to use Zoom, camera, photo archives, emails, Microsoft Office and Google Drive; ● Keep excellent records and documentation on all activities and participants; and provide reporting on activities, waste characterizations and volunteer logs; ● Must possess a valid driver’s license and have access to a vehicle daily; ● Be enrolled in or completed a university degree, college diploma or a combination of relevant experience in environmental science/studies. Salary: $18 per hour. Contract dates: Entry-level full-time contract position will begin May 29th and end September 1st, 2023. Hours: Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week. This position will require some weekend and evening work. Application Deadline: If you are interested in joining our team for the summer, please email your resume and cover letter in a single PDF indicating “Plastic Pollution Program Assistant” in the subject line to Ashley Morrison via email: email@example.com by Monday, February 27, 2023. We thank everyone who applies for their interest but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.