Our project's main goal is to rapidly plant 150,000 baby tree seedlings along trails in Winnipeg as quickly as possible in response to 3 pressing needs:
- as climate change mitigation.
- a catastrophic loss of trees in an unprecedented early October 2019 snowstorm
- a longstanding need for windbreaks/shade along bikeway spines in Winnipeg and the surrounding area
Secondary goals of the project include providing outdoor learning and volunteer opportunities for youth to be outside (his includes biology, nature studies and forestry, but also Indigenous languages and cultural learning) as a result of the pandemic or more broadly a lack of foresthood and opportunities for connecting to nature.
This project is being made possible with funding from the Province of Manitoba's Green Team, Building Sustainable Communities program, City of Winnipeg and Winnipeg Foundation's Youth in Philanthropy program.
Duties and responsibilities
The role of the project manager will be to establish a work plan that will cover for the October 2020 - March 2021 phase. It includes outreach to potential partners in the school and business community, preparing innovative campaign materials, developing a volunteer program, managing seedling procurement and budgets.
Knowledge and skills
Candidates should be familiar with or willing to learn Slack (for internal communications), Spreadsheet software especially Google Docs and Sheets for budgeting, with good communications skills and email etiquette. Candidates should be familiar with how a project charter works and be ready and willing to speak to the media.
Interest in trees and plant identification is obviously appreciated, commercial tree planting experience and knowledge of/currently learning an Indigenous language is a bonus.
Completion of high school is a must, some university or college experience preferred.
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.