Title: Research and Engagement Coordinator

Start Date: No later than October 17th, 2022

Terms: Full-time, 40 hours per week, 1 year contract with possibility to extend; $41,600-45,500 annually (dependent on experience)

Location: Remote; any location in BC, West Kootenay location preferred

Job description

Neighbours United, (formerly known as West Kootenay EcoSociety) is a non-profit community-driven organization that brings together local residents to protect the natural environment while building just, equitable, healthy, and livable communities. Neighbours United coordinates hundreds of volunteers and outreaches to rural residents each year to build sustainable communities and protect our natural world. 

The internship will be focused on community engagement and will support research of sustainable forestry management solutions for carbon sequestration and engage with rural residents across BC on these potential solutions to raise awareness for implementation. This engagement will largely be through phone calls, with periodic opportunities for in-person interaction.

Neighbours United practices employment equity and is dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of our community. We welcome applications from Indigenous Peoples, Black People, People of Colour, women, people with disabilities, youth, members of the LGBTQ2SAI+ communities, new immigrants, refugees, or members of other minorities. 

Neighbours United is committed to a safe work and volunteer space for everyone. All staff and board members have completed anti-oppression training. All new staff are required to complete anti-oppression training upon starting with Neighbours United if they have not previously completed similar training in the past two years.

Neighbours United is a Living Wage Employer. Currently, this is a hybrid work position, and a quiet space to work from is required part-time. Candidates living in the West Kootenays will be asked to work at the Castlegar office at least 2 days a week.

Employment benefits:

  • 4 weeks paid vacation (prorated), with flexibility around dates to accommodate staff needs
  • Supply technology needs for work from home, as required
  • Paid sick days
  • Paid Statutory holidays including Boxing Day and Easter Monday, and additional consideration for days of cultural or religious significance
  • Flexible work hours/work life balance
  • Paid time for leadership and organizer trainings
  • Paid time for organizational justice, equity, diversity and inclusion trainings
  • Hours tracking and time off enforced

Responsibilities: 

  • Research current forestry practice in BC and other recommended best practices from experts to maintain biodiversity values and sequester carbon
  • Develop materials and communications around potential solutions
  • Coordinate with community members to educate members of the public and businesses on potential sustainable forestry solutions
  • Organize and deliver outreach presentations to community groups and stakeholders 
  • Maintain data within CRM database
  • Support website development and content updating
  • Participate in leadership development and anti-oppression trainings
  • Meet regularly with supervisor and supporting staff

Qualifications:

  • 15-30 years old as of February 20th, 2022
  • Bachelor of Science, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience in community organizing (preferred)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Comfort respectfully navigating interpersonal relationships
  • Experience efficiently working independently and in teams
  • Ability to summarize information clearly and communicate to various audiences
  • Ability to use databases, CRMs, spreadsheets, and support website backend updates
  • Understanding of forestry practices in BC, including the OGSR, Forest District land use plans, and landscape ecology principles

To apply:

Applicants are encouraged to identify in their applications if they are Indigenous Peoples, Black People, People of Colour, women, youth, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ2SAI+ communities, new immigrants, refugees, and/or are members of other visible minorities.

Please send a cover letter and CV to arlo@neighboursunited.org with the subject line reading “Research and Engagement Coordinator Application.” We thank all who apply and only those considered for the position will be contacted for interviews.