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Communications and Events Coordinator, Ocean Program

Mira Oberman

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) Manitoba Office is recruiting a full-time Communications and Events Coordinator to advance our Western Hudson Bay campaign and to work with the National Oceans Program team to support the planning of IMPAC5. Our mission is to protect at least 30% of Canada’s ocean by 2030 through the establishment of effective, well-managed marine protected areas (MPAs), Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs) and other conservation tools. We are partnering with the Government of Canada to plan the 5th International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC5) in Vancouver, BC in June 2022.

Salary range: $40,000 to $45,000 a year.

About you:

You are a strategic and creative communicator with a desire to harness your talents to protect nature. You have demonstrated success using core social media platforms for advocacy and outreach and excel at explaining complicated issues succinctly and motivating people to take action. You can respond quickly to emerging issues and like being challenged to learn new skills. Resourceful and self-motivated, you have experience juggling competing priorities with tight deadlines and limited budgets. 

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Working with the chapter Executive Director, chapter Communications Manager and Ocean Program staff across the country to develop and implement communications campaigns.
  • Producing impactful content for web, social media and print, including press releases, op-eds, e-newsletters, and online action pages.  
  • Monitoring impact and using web analytics to maximize reach, conversions, and engagement.
  • Drafting, reviewing and editing funding proposals and reports, briefing notes, technical reports and other communications materials.
  • Collaborating with partners to develop communications plans, messaging and collateral 
  • Working with National Office staff and partner organizations to support the planning of IMPAC5, including communications and promotions, program development, and planning side events. 
  • Support planning and hosting events, workshops, activities, and meetings for IMPAC5 and other projects.

You will have (required qualifications):

  • Superior oral and written communications skills, with an eye for detail and strong creative flair.
  • Excellent logistical and organizational skills.
  • Relevant educational experience, or equivalent training and/or experience in the fields of environmental education, science communication, journalism, or marketing (please describe how your education and/or experience is relevant to this role in your cover letter and resume). 
  • Minimum three years professional experience coordinating communications initiatives.
  • Experience planning and managing successful events and outreach activities.  
  • Familiarity with social media platforms, design software, WordPress, and Content Management Systems for distributing emails.
  • An inclusive, collegial, and collaborative work ethic.
  • A commitment to Indigenous reconciliation and anti-racism.

You may have (the following would be beneficial but are not essential):

  • Experience working with Indigenous Peoples and engaging decision makers and stakeholders from diverse sectors and backgrounds.
  • A passion for ocean conservation and knowledge of marine protected areas. 
  • Non-profit experience, preferably with an ENGO or advocacy group.
  • A background in science communications.
  • Experience supporting successful coalitions and collaborations.
  • Data visualization and GIS/Cartography skills. 

CPAWS is committed to Employment Equity and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates including Aboriginal and Metis persons, women, members of visible minorities, persons with disabilities, individuals of diverse gender and sexual orientation and all groups protected by the Human Rights Code.

Why work for CPAWS?

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is Canada’s only nationwide charity dedicated solely to the protection of our public land, ocean and freshwater, and ensuring our parks and protected areas are managed to protect nature. In the past 57 years, we have played a leading role in protecting over half a million square kilometres – an area bigger than the entire Yukon Territory! Our vision is to protect at least half of Canada’s public land and water in a framework of reconciliation – for the benefit of both wildlife and humans.

Application Submission

Please submit a cover letter, resume and two samples of your work saved as PDFs.

Submit applications using our online form below or by email to [email protected]  no later than January 17, 2021, indicating the position title in the subject line.

We thank all candidates for their interest. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. 

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