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Get Outside BC Regional Coordinator - Kelowna

Get Outside BC Regional Coordinator - Kelowna
Short-Term Contractor Position

Join a collaborative team working to get more of BC’s youth outside!

CPAWS-BC is seeking a dynamic Regional Coordinator to lead our Get Outside BC program in the Okanagan. Based in Kelowna, the Regional Coordinator ensures the smooth delivery of the program objectives and positive participant experience. The Regional Coordinator will work closely with CPAWS-BC’s Community Engagement Coordinator.

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

Get Outside BC Program Description

Get Outside BC is a collaborative youth leadership project that aims to strengthen youth attachment to B.C.’s wilderness by empowering young leaders, aged 14-18, across the province. The project is a collaborative effort between CPAWS-BC, BC Parks, Mountain Equipment Co-op and Child and Nature Alliance of Canada.

The goal of the 3-phase project is to provide both a gateway experience for youth engagement with B.C.'s outdoors, subsequent opportunities for engagement through youth-led follow-up events, and the creation of a supportive youth network of natural leaders. For more information about the project visit: www.getoutsidebc.ca

The Regional Coordinator will recruit applicants from their community and, once applicants are selected, will support the participants before and after the Get Outside BC Youth Leadership Camp.

Phase I – Youth Outdoor Leadership Camp (July 10th-14th)
For 5 days/4 nights 10 youth will come together for an outdoor getaway camp at Conkle Lake Provincial Park where they will participate in leadership and outdoor skill building workshops, try new outdoor activities, and learn how to plan outdoor adventure for when they return home.

Phase II - Youth-led Community Initiatives and Outdoor Adventures (July 14th -October 21st 2017)
This phase includes bi-weekly gatherings to ensure youth stay connected, continue building leadership skills, and are getting outside. Further, the youth lead events that inspire their peers to engage with and protect wild spaces. Our aim is to generate youth environmental activism within a supportive community-oriented culture.

Phase III - Celebration (October 21st 2017)
Participants, alumni, mentors and GOBC staff will gather to celebrate their achievements, offer feedback on each other’s projects and for a final outdoor adventure together, This will be a one day gathering on October 21st.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Promote the program throughout the greater Kelowna area, including but not limited to school and youth group presentations, outreach at community events, and postering
  • Recruit 10-15 applicants from the greater Kelowna area
  • Host a guardian information night in June to review the program and address any questions
  • Lead all activities related to the second program phase, including facilitate bi-weekly group meetings and leading outdoor activities (e.g. hiking, snowshoeing, canoeing, etc.)
  • Mentor youth leaders throughout their outdoor event planning and delivery
  • Coordinate and complete administrative tasks relating to program activities;
  • Update Get Outside BC social media channels
  • Send monthly report to the Community Engagement Coordinator
  • Track expenditures and manage program budget; and
  • Serve as an ambassador for CPAWS-BC, leaving all with a positive perception if the organization and its staff.


  • Problem solver and solutions based thinker, who is able to demonstrate a passion for community engagement
  • Must have a strong understanding of privilege and oppression and how it impacts community engagement/community work
  • Flexibility/ adaptability. Tolerant of a constantly changing work environment and adjust quickly to changing priorities and conditions
  • Experience in the fields of environmental stewardship, environmental education, and curriculum development is considered an asset
  • Experience working with high school aged youth
  • Experience organizing and facilitating groups
  • Reliable access to e-mails and able to respond to inquiries from participants in a timely manner

Note: This position may include working with vulnerable people and therefore a successful Criminal Records Check will be required. CPAWS-BC will conduct the records check for the successful candidate. Please do not apply for a Criminal Records Check in advance of being offered the position as CPAWS-BC has a specific system that we are required to use.

Compensation & Time Commitment: The Regional Coordinator position runs from April to November 2017 and involves approximately 8-12 hours per month depending on the time of year.  A $2,000 honorarium will be paid

Start Date: Early April

Application Process

Applications: Please send a cover letter and resume with the subject line: “Get Outside BC Regional Coordinator – Kelowna Position” to the attention of the CPAWS-BC Hiring Committee at getoutsidebc@cpawsbc.org.

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

Deadline: March 26th 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.

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