Background: Protect Our Winters Canada is a non-profit organization that is working to mobilize the outdoor community against climate change.
POW’s Theory of Change: If we can inspire outdoor enthusiasts to become climate activists by leveraging outdoor brands, professional athletes and major resorts, then we will create climate policy reform because the outdoor enthusiast community is massive and therefore yields great economic and political power.
History: Founded by professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones in 2007 in the USA, POW works against climate change by turning passionate outdoor people into effective climate advocates. We are a community of athletes, thought pioneers and forward-thinking business leaders working to affect systemic political solutions to climate change.
The Opportunity: We are looking for an individual to work closely with our Program Director for 35 hours per week in Revelstoke, British Columbia. This multifaceted position will be responsible for assisting across multiple programs, from the Campus Program, Ambassadors Program and our education program, Hot Planet, Cool Athletes.
The candidate will work with the Program Director to develop and implement strategies that will help POW engage members, build brand exposure and inspire outdoor enthusiasts to take action and demand policy change. Further, the candidate will partner with educators, schools, and school districts in an outreach capacity to engage youth in climate advocacy and action.
The ideal candidate will be highly organized, have excellent communication skills, be able to juggle multiple tasks, manage their own workload and take personal responsibility for all assignments.
Duties and responsibilities
Description of Responsibilities:
- Develop POW climate change outreach materials for secondary school programs, specifically the Hot Planet, Cool Athletes (HPCA) program
- Align educational activities and lessons with curriculum-specific learning standards
- Network, communicate, and collaborate with multiple stakeholders such as educators, schools, school districts, professional athletes, outdoor organizations, climate change groups, and the general public
- Aid in the development of local/B.C. climate change educational programs for middle and high school students and teachers
- Design and generate written, visual, audio/video, engaging and empowering content
- Develop a Campus Kit and Activation Guide that can be distributed to University Students, Outdoor and Ski Clubs that want to get involved with POW
- Aid in the development of an organization-wide Diversity and Inclusion Policy
- Participate in POW committee and partner meetings
Knowledge and skills
The Ideal Candidate will possess:
- A Bachelors’ degree in Social Sciences with a strong understanding of environmental issues, science education, and outreach
- Teaching experience and/or content creation and delivery experience
- A commitment to conservation and climate action with a focus on youth engagement
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- A strong understanding of climate science, policy, and solutions
- Ability to work both independently and in a team environment
- Comfort with Google Drive and associated programs (Google Docs, Sheets, Powerpoint, Google Classrooms)
- Bilingual (English/French) (preferred but not a requirement)
- Excellent organizational and time management skills
- An interest in the outdoors, skiing or snowboarding and hiking
- Ability to work in a fast-paced, mission-driven organization
- A creative, forward-thinking mindset
A Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences with a good understanding of environmental issues, science education, and outreach.
Qualified interns are:
- Between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the internship
- Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada1
- Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
- Available to participate in an ImpAct internship for a flexible duration of up to 6 months by March 1, 2021
- 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)
1Refugee 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.