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Get Outside BC Program Coordinator

Are you passionate about protecting B.C. wilderness? Are you excited by the opportunities and challenges that come with working for one of Canada’s oldest environmental organizations? The BC Chapter of Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS-BC) is hiring a summer student to be the Get Outside BC Program Coordinator.  As one of Canada’s oldest non-profit conservation groups, we protect wilderness in every corner of B.C.’s land and deep into the ocean. We have been protecting B.C.’s nature since 1978. We are dedicated to keeping B.C.’s public land and water wild forever.

CPAWS-BC’s hiring practices give priority to Aboriginal youth and youth who face barriers to employment.

*Please note that priority is given to youth that have been involved with the Get Outside BC program in the past. This ensures that the program continues to be for youth by youth and gives alumni further opportunities within the program. This youth also has a clear understanding and passion for the program.
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Position Description

Primary Responsibilities: The Get Outside Program Coordinator works closely with the Community Engagement Coordinator to support the development of the 5-day program for the 7th Annual Get Outside BC Leadership Program. The student will be responsible for a variety of duties and responsibilities ranging from moderate to high levels of complexity.

Get Outside BC (GOBC) is a three phased program aimed at connecting youth to nature so they are inspired to take other youth outside.  GOBC is the youth component of our Connecting Canadians to Nature Campaign which aims to get people outside to create lasting bonds to nature and become advocates for its protection. 

The GOBC 2017 is made up of two community projects in Kelowna and Kimberley, with 10-15 youth coming from each region. The GOBC Coordinator will be responsible for developing the program for the 2017 Youth Outdoor Leadership Camp, training volunteers, among many other responsibilities. This role is ideal for students looking to gain hands on experience in outdoor education, community mobilization, and program coordination through the lens of conservation

Roles and responsibilities:
Social media and outreach:

  • Send professional emails to funders, hub coordinators, promotional volunteers, participants, parents, and other community members
  • Develop surveys for participant and staff feedback
  • Update GOBC blog

Program Coordination:

  • Recruit, train, and manage team of GOBC volunteers. This includes:  
    • Promotion volunteer
    • GOBC Alumni Interns from each region
    • Other volunteers as needed
  • Coordinate and invite speakers and partners for GOBC Phase I – Camp, including for the GOBC “Green Job Fair”
  • Assist in finalizing GOBC camp agenda
  • Facilitate the GOBC camp (including introducing guest speakers, leading workshops, ensuring smooth transitions between activities, etc.)
  • Develop feedback and preparations for next year’s summit
  • Apply for sponsorship to support  GOBC program
  • Other tasks as needed by CPAWS-BC pertaining to GOBC


Core Requirements/Competencies

  • Excellent organizational and problem solving skills
  • Self-motivated, ability to work within a team and independently
  • Experience in leading youth groups and facilitating workshops
  • Experience with event planning and creating promotion plan
  • Proficient use of Microsoft word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to engage with public in a professional and engaging manner.

Must have:

  • Have been a full time student in the term prior to this position and intend to return to school in the fall.
  • A clear criminal record with respect to working with youth and vulnerable populations (the actual criminal check will be done using our system after the interview – do not do in advance)
  • Ability to work in Canada, without restrictions
  • Fluency in English

  Additional Asset Qualifications include:

  • Passion/keen interest in conservation, environmental stewardship
  • Experience volunteering and/or working in the NGO/ENGO sector
  • An ability to work in a fast paced, high distraction environment


Employment Dates: June 12th - August 11th (if we are awarded additional funding, there is a possibility to extend the contract)

Application Process:

Applications: Please send a cover letter and resume with the subject line: “Get Outside BC Coordinator Position” to the attention of the CPAWS-BC Hiring Committee at hiring@cpawsbc.org. No phone calls or inquiries please.

Please ensure that your cover letter indicates how you meet the CPAWS-BC’s Core Requirements, as well as how your past experience will make you successful with this position’s Primary Responsibilities and Core Requirements.

GOBC Alumni please touch on the following points in your cover letter:

  • What did you learn from participating in the Get Outside BC program
  • What have you done since participating in GOBC
  • Why do you want to be the Get Outside BC Coordinator?
    • What are skills you would like to learn?
    • What are you hoping to get out of this position?
    • Does this position help to give you skills to add to your degree life path?


Deadline: 11:59pm on May 14th 2017.

Please note that we will not be able to respond to applicants until after the deadline, with the exception of an auto-response that you will receive immediately to indicate that your application has been received.

For more information on:
Get Outside BC visit our website http://www.getoutsidebc.ca/ or connect with us on twitter and facebook: Get Outside BC


CPAWS-BC visit our website at www.cpawsbc.org and sign-up on our mailing list, or connect with us on Twitter and Facebook: cpawsbc