Looking for a meaningful job with a great team that’s addressing a pressing challenge in Canada? Water First addresses First Nations’ drinking water and environmental water challenges through education, training and meaningful collaboration. As a non-profit organization experiencing consistent and significant growth, Water First is expanding and looking for a vibrant individual who can further develop, implement, and grow our water science training programs in close collaboration with Indigenous communities in Ontario, Quebec, Labrador and Manitoba.
Our Environmental and Drinking Water Internship programs focus on addressing the gap in access to water science training in Indigenous communities by integrating technical training with hands-on, project based learning in partner communities. Project development and delivery is done in collaboration with community and/or tribal council partners and aims to address specific community goals (i.e. strengthen technical abilities in a band office, recruit and train young drinking water operators, develop a network of water quality monitors). This position will support the delivery and expansion of our technical programming in line with this philosophy.
Water First supports progressive labour policies including flexible hours, a benefits package, pension plan and generous vacation time that respects work-life balance.
Title: Technical Trainer and Project Coordinator
Salary: $52,000 – $70,000 full-time annual salary range, commensurate with credentials & experience
Start date: May, 2021
Duration: Regular, Full-time
Location: Ontario – A full time desk is available in the Creemore office or if located remotely, the applicant should be able to work from home and attend critical meetings in the Creemore, Ontario office.
- Delivering water science-focused training sessions
- Including fundamentals of water chemistry, hydrology and aquatic ecology; sampling & monitoring parameters, water treatment and distribution, site instrumentation and field protocols; data management & mapping of drinking water and environmental water quality data.
- Facilitating technical training sessions in a respectful, hands-on, project based manner to learners with diverse backgrounds.
- Project management and design
- Creating and adapting work plans, tracking deliverables, monitoring budgets, troubleshooting and adapting project plans in an anticipatory fashion.
- Developing sampling plans and coordinating sample analysis.
- Indigenous community collaboration & project coordination
- Developing projects in collaboration with community partners
- Supporting student recruitment, training, tutoring, and ongoing engagement with project partners and community members (e.g., band office managers, water treatment plant operators, environmental/lands and resources staff, Chief and Council, etc.)
- Coordinating daily work tasks (field based and in treatment plant), exam preparation, communication with students, mentoring students..
- Evaluations, internal/external reporting, permit applications.
- Program refinement, manualing and documenting for future program iterations
- Related degree, diploma or certification in one or more of the following fields: drinking water or wastewater treatment, water engineering, hydrology, water chemistry, aquatic ecology and/or environmental science
- Minimum of 2 years technical field project experience
- Teaching or training experience with mature students (facilitating workshops with hands-on, project based learning, developing curriculum, mentoring learners during work experience etc.)
- Willingness to continually expand one’s professional skill set, to learn on the job, and to respond to and thrive in a dynamic work environment
- Experience in drinking water, wastewater, surface water sampling, monitoring and/or laboratory testing
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Experience in coordinating community projects and working with multiple stakeholders
- Regular access to a vehicle & willingness to travel to northern Indigenous communities approximately 20-25% of the time (Travel time will be seasonal)
- Class G driver’s license in good standing
- Ability to work from home and on the road
- Strong cultural sensitivity and awareness
- Enjoys working in a team environment but also works well independently
- Advanced/graduate degree in one of the fields of study above
- Experience with environmental restoration
- Experience with ArcGIS mapping software
- Experience in designing water quality and/or hydrological sampling plans
- Experience in data analysis and interpretation.
- Operator-in-Training Certification (Water and Wastewater) and Water Quality Analyst Certification
- Certified to teach BEAHR, CABIN or OSAP
- Demonstrated track record of leadership experience and excellence
- Experience with Indigenous community engagement.
Qualified Indigenous applicants are encouraged to apply.
How to Apply
Please submit your resume and cover letter to Jen Atkinson (firstname.lastname@example.org) at Water First by 5pm on March 19, 2021. Applicants are encouraged to apply early for advanced consideration.
We thank all candidates who apply. Please note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Water First Education and Training strives to ensure that all recruiting processes are non-discriminatory and barrier-free. If you require accommodation, please advise in advance of attending an interview.
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