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General News · 17th May 2021
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FOCI is pleased to invite youth to apply for our Summer Community Engagement and Conservation Assistant position.

Apply soon!

Read on for more info.

Friends of Cortes Island Society Summer Community Engagement and Conservation Assistant 2021

Job Description

Assist in the delivery of the FOCI Summer Events Program.
- promotion and planning of events and activities, welcome/register participants and support presenters
-collect and evaluate participant feedback.
Host FOCI promotional table at community events and summer markets.
-design, set up and host promotional table and displays, answer enquiries from the public, and promote FOCI events, activities and projects
-sell FOCI merchandise, and record sales. Act as ambassador for FOCI and our vision / values.
Collate biological data.
-collate past and present species and habitat records and monitoring data. Assist in establishing database and inputting records.
Citizen science projects
-promote and encourage recording of sightings by the public. Support collection of citizen science records, including undertaking species surveys and monitoring with volunteers and validating records.
Stewardship project delivery
-assist Executive Director in development and delivery of FOCI stewardship projects, and undertake other duties, as required.

Here is a list of the experience, knowledge and personal qualities that are desirable for this post.

We recognise there will be ample opportunity to learn on the job too. And that not everyone will have all these qualities. To some extent the job can flex around strengths and weakness and we welcome personal growth through exposure, that’s one of the goals of the program.

• Experience working with the general public and environmental education
• Experience managing your own schedule, being punctual, working with colleagues, solving problems

• Familiarity / knowledge of Cortes Island
• A basic knowledge of local wildlife and habitats, human impacts, ecology,
• Basics of environmental monitoring, conservation or remediation
• Marketing principles, interpersonal dynamics and approaches, critical thinking
• Interest and passion for public engagement and the environment.

• Good communication skills orally and in writing
• Good IT skills including knowledge of social media, Microsoft Office, Apple computers
• Ability to transport a small amount of gear and yourself around the island

Personal Qualities:
• Self-motivated
• Polite, personable and approachable
• Considerate and tactful
• Enthusiastic and willingness to learn and try new things
• Hard working and conscientious
• Positive, can-do attitude
• Patient with self/others
• Comfortable working alone


Location: The Summer Community Engagement and Conservation Assistant will be based at the FOCI Office in Mansons Landing, Cortes Island. Travel to other parts of the island will be required. Access to transport would be an asset.
Line Management: Responsible to the FOCI Executive Director. The assistant will also be expected to work alongside FOCI volunteers, including members of the FOCI board.

Terms: 12 weeks, 22.5 hours a week, starting June 2021, possibly going into September – some flexibility on start/end dates.

Pay rate: $17 / hour
Other: Weekend and evening work be required occasionally.

Please send a Resume and covering letter outlining your relevant skills, knowledge and experience to by Friday, May 28, 2021. And we'll be in touch shortly thereafter!