Environmental Industry Expert

Position: Environmental Industry Expert
Location: Remote/Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Term: January 2023 ~ September 2023, 80 hours
Wage: $55/hr, for 80 hours

Company Overview
Coastal Restoration Society (CRS) is committed to supporting First Nations, Provincial and Federal Government in the fight against climate change. CRS projects develop and implement solutions which mitigate the effects of climate change and protect the long-term health and productivity of marine and aquatic habitats. CRS projects specialize in removing anthropogenic pollution from marine ecosystems, support the enhancement of marine habitat carbon sequestration, mitigate the effects of aquatic invasive species and reverse habitat degradation in shared environments with a focus on traditional First Nations territorial lands and waters.  Everyone at our organisation recognizes the importance of a healthy environment. Whatever your job with us, you’ll strive and innovate to achieve a better future. Our role is complex and our work can be challenging - important work usually is. But your contribution will count, and so will you.

Job Overview
The Indigenous Water Conservation and Restoration Education Initiative (IWCREI) is a new project that emerged from conversations between Indigenous communities and Coastal Restoration Society (CRS). This project aims to meet the needs of coastal Indigenous communities for a marine and aquatic focused conservation and restoration training program which centers Indigenous science and knowledge. The benefits of this project extend beyond the Nations and students directly involved and aims to improve water conservation efforts across the sector while improving co-management of marine and aquatic spaces.  CRS is looking for Environmental Industry Experts interested in developing this program. Our aim is to build a collaborative team who will meet frequently to identify priorities and share knowledge ensuring collective goals and needs are met throughout the development and implementation of the project. Course material and program design will be co-created by Knowledge Holders and Environmental Industry Experts to create a holistic and comprehensive educational package guided by Indigenous Knowledge. In years 2 and 3 of the project, 32 future Indigenous land stewards will be funded to participate in this training. Employment opportunities for instructors for this training will be made available to Environmental Industry Experts and Knowledge Holders as well. 

Job Responsibilities and Duties
Attend bi-monthly in-person and/or virtual workshops and meetings to contribute to course development
-Independently source resources/perform research for course development, where necessary
-Develop course material/curriculum relevant to your field of expertise
-Review course material and provide feedback 

Ideal Candidate
Interest and awareness of Indigenous land stewardship and/or environmental conservation/restoration
-Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills
-Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
-Ability to give recommendations/instruction
-Punctual, reliable and well organized Ability to be flexible and adaptive in response to challenge and/or adjusting needs

Required Experience
Certificate/Degree in Biology, Environmental Sciences/Studies, Environmental Monitoring, or a related field
-5+ years of experience working in an Environmental Field
-Awareness of Indigenous rights, laws, and protocols
-Experience in course development and/or delivery  

Experience working closely with Indigenous peoples/communities
-Experience working on restoration/conservation projects
-Experience working on/with marine and aquatic ecosystems  

In your application please include: 
-Cover Letter

We encourage people who feel unsure if their qualifications meet our requirements to apply.
Please send your resumes to admin@coastrestore.com, with “Environmental Industry Expert” in the subject line.
Due to our tight timeline we will only be contacting candidates we are interested in interviewing. In your application please indicate if you would like us to keep your resume on file for future opportunities.If you see this posting outside the time frame listed, please submit your resume as we may have ongoing opportunities.

Anticipated start date mid-late January.