Assistant Environmental Manager

Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society Published: July 2, 2020
Nelson, British Columbia
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The Assistant Environmental Manager (Intern) will support the organization through lake stewardship initiatives including education and outreach, shoreline restoration, lake planning, and environmental monitoring. The Assistant Environmental Manager will be responsible for supporting the Program Manager with all aspects of the day-to-day operation of Friends of Kootenay Lake (FOKLSS), including fundraising, project administration, board support, and program planning and implementation.

FOKLSS mission is to improve the health and stewardship of Kootenay Lake through monitoring, habitat restoration, capacity building and the empowerment of local communities and stakeholders.

FOKLSS achieves excellence in stewardship through collaboration and evidence-based decision-making in its project development and management. FOKLSS works to develop community participation, passion, and pride in lake stewardship and provides a voice for the lake’s stewardship community to regional and international management and governance bodies.

The Assistant Environmental Manager will help FOKLSS achieve the above mission by leading our monitoring projects for 2020. This will specifically involve assistance in managing our Kokanee Fish Habitat Restoration Project and our Kootenay Lake Watershed Monitoring Program in 2020/21.

Duties and responsibilities

The Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society Assistant Environmental Manager will carry out the following activities to support the Program Manager and the success of the organization:

  • Co-lead shovel ready restoration and water monitoring projects ( e.g liaising with contractors, biologists, landowners, First Nations and volunteers)
  • Support the development of relevant stewardship projects (e.g., water quality monitoring, control of invasive species, habitat restoration, wildlife monitoring etc.).
  • Promote Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society initiatives through social and traditional media
  • Represent Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society through the Kootenay Lake community.
  • Conduct public outreach to increase understanding of the lake ecosystem and stewardship opportunities
  • Participate in board meetings and development
  • Organize and deliver workshops, open houses, and public meetings to provide information and solicit input.
  • Recruit, orient, train, and supervise volunteers
  • Conduct administrative duties to support day-to-day and long term operations, including budget management, bookkeeping oversight, grant reporting, and work planning
  • Raise funds for the program through memberships, sponsorships, events, and grants
  • Support and liaise with partner organizations

Knowledge and skills

Candidates must have a minimum of three years’ experience working in an environmental or related field. Preference will be given to candidates with skills in nonprofit management and administration, documented experience in community engagement and outreach, facilitation, water stewardship, local knowledge and grant application writing and reporting.


Required Qualifications:

  • Strong communication and engagement skills including: facilitating meetings, public speaking, coordinating and recruiting volunteers, publicizing events and programs, managing website and social media.
  • Experience with fundraising including grant writing and reporting.
  • Nonprofit administration, management and governance.
  • Strong administrative skills including: meeting logistics, record keeping, budget management, and organizational skills.
  • Experience working with water stewardship and fish and wildlife habitat restoration projects.
  • Capable of completing assigned tasks on time and with minimal supervision.
  • Able to solve problems as they arise.
  • Excellent oral and written English language skills.
  • Must be under 30 years of age.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Project Management experience including overseeing contractors, budgets, staff and deliverables.
  • CABIN stream monitoring certification
  • Experience with GIS, including ability to create maps.
  • Event organization and logistical skills.
  • Demonstrated interest and experience in environmental monitoring as well as ecological restoration.

Education required

Successful completion of a diploma or degree in environmental sciences, environmental education or a related field.

Certification required

Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Invertebrate Network ( CABIN) training


Eligibility criteria

Career-Launcher Internships are funded by the Government of Canada under the Youth Employment Strategy. For program criteria information visit their website.


Qualified interns are:

  • Between the ages of 15-30 (inclusive) at the start of the internship
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada*
  • Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
  • Available to work for at least six months
  • Not previous participants of a federal youth employment program
  • Not employees of the hiring employer prior to the start of their internship (does not apply to previous coop students or student interns, although this must be clearly indicated by the employer)

*Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.

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