About CVC

Specialist, Environmental Outreach

12 Month Part-Time Contract

The Credit Valley Conservation Authority (CVC) is a partnership of the municipalities within the Credit River Watershed. We are dedicated to the conservation, protection, restoration and sustainable development of the natural resources of our watershed. Together we have a long and successful history of ensuring a clean supply of water for human and environmental needs. At this time, we are seeking to fill the position of:Specialist, Environmental Outreach

Summary of Functions

Who are we?

Credit Valley Conservation is one of Ontario’s 36 conservation authorities dedicated to protecting, restoring and enhancing our local natural environment. We care for the Credit River, its streams and tributaries from the headwaters in Orangeville to the shores of Lake Ontario in Mississauga. We are scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, environmentalists, stewards, planners, foresters, recreation experts and much more. We create connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. We inspire appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. We’re leaders and explorers. We are professional and we’re inspired. We know our stuff, and we work every day to make a difference.

Who are you?

You want to be part of an organization with an environmental goal. You get up every day and go to work with purpose. You accept that you may not change the world, but you’ll try to make an impact in your corner. You like to partner with skilled people across many professions. It’s as natural for you think about the outdoors as it is to think out of the box. You’re passionate, responsible and approachable. You do what’s right, not just what’s easy. You care, and it shows.

Why work for us?

We offer competitive public sector pay. We have a good employee benefits program. We’re members of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) pension fund. We have flexible work hours for many positions. We find time to have fun and celebrate successes. You’ll have free access to our parks and discounts on recreational equipment rentals. You’ll know your co-workers by name and will make fast friends. You’ll like being at work.

Summary of Functions

This position provides outreach and communications support to CVC’s Urban Outreach Section, in particular the Greening Corporate Grounds and Your Green Yard programs.  The Environmental Outreach Specialist helps advance private land stewardship and inspire environmental action in the urbanized parts of the Credit River watershed by developing, implementing, and maintaining innovative outreach and communications tools, resources, campaigns and activities that foster behaviour change.  The specialist works closely with senior program coordinators to support their individual program needs and liaises with CVC and partner marketing and communications divisions.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Post-secondary education with a specialization in environmental sciences/studies, ecology, natural resource management or a field appropriate to the area of specialization
  • Training or experience in communications, marketing, public relations, social sciences or related area
  • Minimum of three years’ experience related to major tasks
  • Experience coordinating adult environmental education programs and events
  • Experience in or knowledge of Community Based Social Marketing
  • Experience performing research, data collection, analysis, and report preparation
  • Experience preparing and managing budgets and project work plans
  • Experience working with committees, external partners, business communities and volunteers
  • Experience engaging with members of the public, business leaders and stakeholder groups
  • Experience in special event coordination and planning
Knowledge, Skills and Ability
  • Minimum of three years’ experience related to major tasks
  • Knowledge of ecological principles, stormwater management, local ecosystems and environmental conservation principles and practices
  • Ability to develop and implement engaging and effective outreach, communications and promotional materials and tactics
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills; ability to research and write a variety of different communications materials including articles, e-publications, reports and PR materials
  • Knowledge and proven expertise using social media and digital communications tools to reach landowners and encourage stewardship
  • Strong organizational and project management skills; ability to effectively manage multiple projects with overlapping tasks and within deadlines
  • Experience in MS Office, database management and Outlook
  • Sales experience an asset
  • Valid class ‘G’ Driver’s License
  • Able to work some weekends and evenings

Summary of Major Tasks

Development and coordination of outreach, communications and promotional strategies that foster behaviour change
  • Lead the development and implementation of outreach tactics that foster behavior change.
  • Generate and lead implementation of outreach ideas and strategies to enhance and expand reach to landowners in the urban watershed.
  • Conduct/coordinate social market research to inform program development, respond to emerging needs and measure program performance.
  • Lead the development and implementation of new promotional strategies to increase awareness and uptake of urban outreach programs in collaboration with marketing and communications division.
  • Lead the programs’ use of new media tools including e-newsletters, Twitter and Facebook in collaboration with marketing and communications division.
Development and distribution of landowner outreach and educational materials
  • Coordinate production and distribution of newsletters, factsheets, articles, landowner profiles and other outreach materials in collaboration with marketing and communications division.
  • Write content for newsletters, landowner profiles and other outreach materials.
  • Develop strategies, write content and coordinate production and distribution of promotional materials for the urban outreach programs in collaboration with marketing and communications division.
  • Review and update content on program web pages; develop new content as needed in collaboration with marketing and communications division.
Development and delivery of educational events for landowners
  • Plan, coordinate and deliver presentations and workshops to landowners, committees, community groups and other stakeholders on issues facing the watershed and actions landowners can take to protect watershed health.
  • Coordinate special events such as landowner appreciation events and bus tours of stewardship projects.
  • Coordinate display booth for use at selected trade shows and events; assist with scheduling and staffing display booth at events.
Administration and support
  • Prepare funding proposals for urban outreach program initiatives.
  • Manage expenditures within a fixed budget.
  • Track outreach accomplishments and behaviour changes.
  • Prepare project proposals and reports; maintain project records and contacts.
  • Act as liaison between urban outreach section and marketing and communications division for development, production and distribution of section’s outreach materials and services.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Additional Information

  • 28 hours per week
  • Anticipated Start and End Dates:  July 3, 2018 to June 30, 2019 (28 hours/week)

Salary starting at: $51,020

Forward resume by May 30, 2018 to:

Credit Valley Conservation
Fax: (905) 670-5613 or Email: hrcvc@creditvalleyca.ca

Please quote "Specialist, Environmental Outreach" on resume/letter. Resumes/letters submitted electronically must be submitted in Microsoft Word format.

We thank all applicants for their interest. However only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

CVC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005), CVC will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. If you require disability – related accommodations, please inform the Human Resources (HR) staff. All personal information is collected under the authority of the municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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