Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary Society is hiring for a part-time, one-year contract Community Relations Assistant.

 

About Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary:

The Nature Sanctuary Society is a registered non-profit charity organization that fosters understanding and appreciation of nature through direct experience. For 47 years the Sanctuary lands have provided a conserved space for an incredible array of native plants and animals, and educational programming for millions of people to forge deeper connections to nature.

We acknowledge that the Nature Sanctuary is on the ancestral territories of the lək ̓ʷəŋən peoples, represented by the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples, represented by the W̱JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip), BOḰEĆEN (Pauquachin), SȾÁUTW̱ (Tsawout), W̱SIḴEM (Tseycum) and MÁLEXEȽ (Malahat) Nations.

We respect the vital relationships of First Peoples with these lands and waters for countless generations. We are honoured to invite and welcome Indigenous guidance and collaboration in stewardship and appreciation of the Nature Sanctuary.

The Nature Sanctuary lands are owned by Saanich, except for two small parcels which are Nature Trust BC Lands.  The lands are governed by the Board of Directors of the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary Society, a non-profit and Registered Charity organization, under the terms of a Land Management Agreement between the Society and the Municipality of Saanich.

 

Read more about the Nature Sanctuary by navigating the links at the following URL.

 

About the position:

You will support marketing and communications initiatives as well as offer some administrative support across the organization. You will be creative, self-directed as well as an excellent team player. As this is a communications role, being pleasant, friendly and outgoing is important, as are the ability to multi-task, and the capacity to manage unexpected events as they arise.

The Community Relations Assistant will support the organization’s conservation, restoration and education goals as outlined in our Strategic Plan, linked at the following URL.  A main focus of this position is communications with our members, donors, visitors and other stakeholders.

This position is a good fit for you if you are interested in working in the non-profit, environmental or community engagement sectors. You will be part of a small team and work most closely with our education and administrative teams. This role requires excellent communication and collaboration skills. You are well-organized, can follow directions and are able to problem solve and innovate independently. Having a deep interest in water and land conservation is a plus too!

 

Specifications:

  • One position available on site in Victoria, BC
  • Part time 14 hours/week, one year contract, with possibility of extension. Probationary review at three months.
  • Work schedule to be determined with successful candidate. Team schedule is generally Monday – Friday 8:30-4; half hour unpaid lunch, and some flexibility required for workshops or other events
  • Hourly wage: $22-24/hour, depending on experience.
  • Our total compensation packages represent socially responsible wages. In addition to the hourly rate, other benefits of Nature Sanctuary employment include: 12 observed paid holidays with optional time off between Dec 25 and Jan 1, professional development opportunities, 70h paid vacation, 70h paid personal time, and 10% paid benefits allowance for extended health and dental coverage.

Duties include:

  • Research, strategize, create and publish social media, website, e-newsletter and print content with consistent branding and messaging across all communications
  • Regularly connect with other team members to understand communications needs
  • Maintain a communications calendar to ensure that essential assets are available in a timely fashion
  • Assist with the regular distribution of key communications (e.g. e-newsletters, annual membership campaign)
  • Support the preparation of funding proposals, reports, cases for donor support and other materials with clear graphics and other visual assets
  • Assist with metrics and analysis for internal and external communications
  • Support creation of Nature House displays and signage as well as other educational multi-media

 

Qualifications

  • High school diploma with additional certification in graphic design, or equivalent in skills and experience
  • Proven experience with marketing and communications initiatives (print, web and social media)
  • Comfortable and experienced using PC computers, including modern communications and collaborative computing programs, and applications (e.g. Word, Excel, Zoom), as well as proficiency with graphic design software (e.g. Adobe Creative Cloud)
  • Professional attitude
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to be creative, resourceful and proactive
  • Excellent organizational skills with exceptional ability to manage time and multi-task

 

Assets

  • Anti-oppression training or skills
  • Class 5 driver’s license and reliable transportation to get to events and other programs off site
  • Experience working in the non-profit setting
  • Fluent in written French
  • Strong feelings about typography

 

Eligibility

The above job description represents generally what we are seeking for this position, however we are open to folks who may have other skills to share. If you find either this position or our workplace of interest, please consider applying!

To learn more about our workplace and possible accommodations, please email Dr. Cara Gibson – cgibson [at] swanlake.bc.ca

Candidates must be eligible to work in Canada. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary requires all staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Individuals who cannot be vaccinated for medical or for reasons recognized by the BC Human Rights Act may request accommodations.

Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary Society is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion as a community-focused organization. We centre human dignity and growing our connections to each other and to our environment. We believe that each of us is responsible for addressing discrimination and that we co-create peace and good relationships. We are committed to building a diverse staff and will be hiring through an equity lens.

We are grateful to all applicants, however, due to the volume of applications we receive and the size of our staff team, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

To Apply:

Please use our online portal.

Application deadline: Open until filled.  Interviews begin: Nov 28, 2022

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of this work however the list is not exhaustive and other duties and responsibilities will occur. The Nature Sanctuary retains the right to amend responsibilities.

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