Job Opportunity: Program Coordinator (1-Year Contract Position), CPAWS Northern Alberta

Program Coordinator
Application Deadline: 
Friday, August 31, 2018

CPAWS Northern Alberta is seeking an enthusiastic, environmentally focused person to act as Program Coordinator to manage the chapter’s Climate Education Program, member and public engagement activities and communications, and assist staff in conservation work.

Engagement and Communication duties include:

  1. scheduling and leading outreach and education activities related to parks and wilderness in northern Alberta;
  2. managing event volunteers;
  3. developing materials for outreach activities in the community;
  4. managing the chapter’s social media accounts;
  5. liaising with community groups to organize participation in community events in and around Edmonton, and
  6. coordinating incorporation of Climate Education Program priorities and messaging into all campaigns.

In addition, the Program Coordinator will complete administrative duties including assisting the Executive Director with fund development and grant reporting. The Program Coordinator will work primarily on-site at the CPAWS Northern Alberta office under the supervision of the chapter’s Executive Director.

The role of the Program Coordinator is to support CPAWS Northern Alberta’s conservation programs as defined by the Board of Directors in collaboration with the Chapter Executive Director and members of the conservation team. The conservation team is defined as the Board’s Conservation Committee, the Chapter Executive Director, and dedicated conservation staff (chapter and across the CPAWS organization where appropriate).

Through its conservation programs, CPAWS Northern Alberta works collaboratively with industry, government, and local communities towards achieving a protected, intact parks and protected areas system, parkland region, headwaters region, and boreal forest ecosystem network in northern Alberta.


1. Coordinate public education focused on climate change, and other CPAWS Northern Alberta conservation initiatives, outreach activities and events, communications, member engagement activities and other efforts (75%). Potential activities include:

  • Writing articles for the Chapter and other CPAWS newsletters or publications;
  • Developing materials for and working at the CPAWS outreach table at community events;
  • Creating and delivering public education programs for schools, universities, and community groups;
  • Organizing and supporting chapter events;
  • Managing CPAWS Northern Alberta’s communications with members and the public;
  • Writing media releases and engaging media on conservation issues pertinent to northern Alberta;
  • Briefing the Chapter Executive Director on relevant issues in advance of speaking or media engagements;
  • Researching and writing grant applications for fund development for the Chapter; and
  • Supporting other fundraising initiatives undertaken by the Chapter as appropriate.

2. The Program Coordinator provides assistance with the Chapter’s conservation programs (25%) including:

  • Helping develop the Chapter’s wildlife conservation programs;
  • Completing administrative duties in the office, including, but not limited to, responding to general e-mail inquiries, assisting with grant applications and grant reports to funders.
  • Conducting on-going research on Alberta conservation issues using academic and non-academic sources, including media, to ensure the Chapter’s work is current and relevant;
  • Provide support to the chapter’s work with various industry and conservation working groups;
  • Work with members of the conservation team to design and implement specific campaigns and initiatives to achieve conservation objects based on changing priorities, threats, and opportunities;
  • Work with other members of the CPAWS conservation team to provide well-researched and balanced input to government public consultation processes related to conservation in northern Alberta; and
  • Support the work of the Chapter on all conservation programs, including but not limited to the forests, headwaters, caribou, climate change, and parks campaigns.


Candidate must have:

  • Minimum level – Bachelor’s Degree with a focus on biology, conservation sciences, environmental sciences. Education or communications degrees will also be considered;
  • Knowledge and experience working with environmental issues, in particular those regarding conservation and parks;
  • Knowledge and experience delivering education programs;
  • Experience developing communications materials and plans;
  • A demonstrated passion for wilderness and conservation;
  • Strong research skills;
  • Strong written, and verbal communication skills;
  • Experience with public advocacy campaigns; and
  • The ability to organize, prioritize time, and work independently.

Additional Assets Include:

  • An understanding of the public policy process in Alberta;
  • Experience using Adobe Creative Suite, Engaging Networks, and ArcGIS;
  • An understanding of wildlife issues and climate change issues in Alberta;
  • Experience working with Aboriginal stakeholders and an understanding of Aboriginal culture;
  • Ability to drive and access to a vehicle; and
  • Availability on some weekends and evenings.

Instructions to Submit your Application

Please forward Cover Letter and Resume as a single PDF by August 31, 2018 to CPAWS Northern Alberta via email at [email protected].

Please use “Application for Program Coordinator” as your subject line. While all applications are appreciated, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

When applying, please indicate that you saw this posting on the AEN website.