ERA Summer Youth 2021


Job Description

The Elk River Alliance (ERA) has a 2021 summer youth position for someone passionate about the Elk River Watershed, education and environmental science! We are looking for a dynamic and enthusiastic person who can work in collaboration with our team to deliver on a range of environmentally focused projects and programs including the Elk River Discovery Camp (Ages 7+), water monitoring, fieldwork, restoration and enhancement projects, community outreach (Fernie Summer Market and in-person surveys), and office-based work. The successful applicant will be adaptable and comfortable learning new skills. The position will require a flexible workweek including weekends and possibly early mornings and/or evenings.

Student status is NOT required for this position, however, applicants must be under the age of 30 as of July 1st, 2021.

Operating since 2010, ERA is a community-based water charity that connects people to the Elk River using science, education and community collaboration to ensure sustainable stewardship of the Elk River watershed. ERA is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining an inclusive working environment and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender identity or religion. Where possible employment is offered to minority and equity-seeking groups including indigenous and racialized people, women, LGBTQ2S+, young professionals and recent immigrants.


Apply to [email protected] by 9am Mountain Time June 15, 2021. 

We thank all applicants for their interest. We will only contact those shortlisted for the position. No telephone inquiries please. In your application email please include:

  • The position you are applying for
  • Your resume or CV
  • One or more references with contact information


Assist ERA staff and contractors in:

  • Elk River Watershed Discovery Camp 2021. Includes program development, marketing, camper care, delivery and evaluation. 
  • Water monitoring activities
  • Raise community awareness on Elk River Alliance activities including attending local community events and markets (Sundays required)
  • Conducting in-person and online survey/interviews
  • Social media posts and curation
  • Data management
  • Assist with restoration, stewardship and research activities


  • 15 - 30 years of age (July 1st 2021)
  • Criminal record check (or able to pass one)
  • Comfortable in and around water
  • Must have an interest in environmental science and the Elk River ecosystem
  • Strong work ethic, able to take initiative and work independently and in a team environment
  • Comfortable with physically demanding fieldwork (digging, carrying equipment, off-trail hiking, stream crossings etc)
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment
  • valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations

Asset skillsets and qualifications

  • Environmental science background
  • Education experience (children and/or adults)
  • Strong communication skills
  • Swiftwater/lifesaver training an asset
  • Current first aid certification an asset
  • Able to work within a team environment
  • Class 4 or 5 driver’s licence and reliable personal vehicle
  • Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Canva, etc)
  • Fieldwork experience
  • Freshwater fisheries, fish and fish habitat experience
  • Water quality monitoring

Term of employment:

8 weeks- Late June to Late August (some flexibility in start date)

Hours per week:

35 hrs/week

Rate of pay

$20.20/hr plus MERCS



This position is funded by the Government of Canada through the Canada Summer Jobs program



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