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General News · 26th July 2021
FOCI - Max
We’ve got an evolving situation here at FOCI head-office. Two jobs in one!
We’re looking for 6 weeks x 12hrs/wk of a Summer Community Engagement and Conservation Assistant.
This position was being filled by Michelle this summer, but Michelle is moving on to pursue her career. So we are looking for someone to finish that contract.

Then, when that’s finished, we would like the same person to stay on to fulfil a flexible and rewarding role as an office assistant – filing and piling and entering and mailing all manner of documents and whatnots. Only 4hrs/wk at this point.

Someone who lives here and is fairly committed to continuing to live here would be super.
Please see job descriptions below.

To apply, send resume/cover letter in, ASAP to
We'd love to get started early August.
Please and thank you.

Summer Community Engagement and Conservation Assistant 2021

Job Description
Assist in the delivery of the FOCI Summer Events Program. Assist with promotion and planning of events and activities, register participants and support presenters. Welcome participants and collect payments. Collect and evaluate participant feedback.
Host FOCI promotional table at community events and summer markets. Help 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. Help collate past and present species and habitat records and monitoring data. Assist in establishing database and inputting records.
Citizen science projects Help promote citizen science projects 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 commensurate with the post, 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,
• 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
• 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.
Remuneration: $17/hr to start

Administrative Assistant - Main Responsibilities
Providing administrative support to the FOCI Executive Director to ensure the effective operation of the organization.
Finance – Handle weekly invoices and donations, prepare cheques and bank deposits, write and record tax receipts, record GST
FOCI Memberships – maintain and update membership lists, send out renewal reminders and organize Watershed Sentinel subscriptions
General admin tasks – assist Executive Director in other administrative tasks as required
Person Specification - Skills and Experience
IT skills including Microsoft Office
Book-keeping experience in particular Quick Books, would be an asset
Experience of Mailchimp and social media would be an asset
Good time-management and time-keeping
Personal Qualities
Self motivated
Hard working and conscientious
Attention to detail
Positive, can-do attitude
Job Details
Location: This position will be based at the FOCI office.
Line Management: Responsible to the FOCI Executive Director.
Term: 4hrs a week – flexible on which 4 hours.
Remuneration: $17/hr to start