Staff Opportunities

Thanks for your interest in working with Sustainable Waterloo Region.  If you are interested in applying for a particular position, please follow the application instructions included in the individual position posting below.

 

Microforest Project Coordinator

Program Development Coordinator

Program Coordinator Co-op

Business Division Manager (Maternity Leave Coverage)

Microforest Project Coordinator

Sustainable Waterloo Region is hiring a Microforests Project Coordinator to work directly with our Executive Director, Tova, to launch the pilot stage of our microforests project.

The pilot stage will involve planting microforests on two local school properties and is part of a larger initiative to plant microforests on lands in Waterloo region that are undevelopable for other purposes.

A microforest is an area of land (as small as a 50×100 foot city residential building lot) that is returned to a natural state by planting native trees and shrubs. Environmentally, these microforests will naturally sequester carbon emissions, play a role in returning natural habitat and restoring some of the natural infrastructure of the region, reduce heat island effect, reduce stormwater runoff, and slow down wind; all playing a role in our climate adaptation and mitigation activities in the region.

You will play a role moving this innovative community project forward :

As Microforests Project Coordinator you will:

  • Collaborate with school board officials and school staff to identify microforest site needs/preferences, finalize legal requirements and coordinate planting days.
  • Work with external legal support to develop any legal documentation required for the project.
  • Perform site visits with a Grand River Conservation Authority representative to develop microforest site plans.
  • Coordinate ordering and delivery of required trees, plants and supplies for onsite planting.
  • Develop processes and instruction materials for planting days.
  • Recruit and lead adult corporate partner volunteers on planting days.
  • Document and share learnings from the pilot stage of this project.
  • Track expenditures to budget.
  • Collaborate with SWR internal teams (staff and volunteer) for various project needs (ex. Communications)

To be great you:

  • Are passionate about environmental sustainability and community-based leadership
  • Are resourceful and innovative in overcoming challenges
  • Have outstanding relationship management and communication skills
  • Bring strong project management skills
  • Look forward to working outdoors on planting days
  • Model and enforce health and safety practices with partners and volunteers
  • Have a valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle/transportation means to Cambridge locations
  • Are knowledgeable about forestry and/or plant ecology a strong asset
  • Have experience planning and executing land management projects a strong asset
  • Have experience coordinating and leading teams of volunteers an asset
  • Fulfill all funder requirements for this internship opportunity including:
    • Not previously employed in a paid role by Sustainable Waterloo Region
    • Under 31 years of age
    • Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person to whom refugee status has been granted in Canada*
    • Legally eligible to work according to relevant Ontario and Canadian legislation/regulations
    • Available to work for at least six months
    • *Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.

View the detailed job description at this link.

This position starts late August and continues for 3 months. Extension is possible pending funding. 

Compensation: $18.27 per hour

To apply:

  • Submit your resume and cover letter addressed to Payton to recruitment@sustainablewr.ca

Program Development Coordinator

Are you a post-secondary graduate keen to leverage your talents, and passion for environmental sustainability and community-based leadership to help facilitate the collaborative transformation of our community? We have an exciting six-month Program Development Coordinator internship opportunity. In this role, you will work directly with our Executive Director, Tova, and community stakeholders to help actualize project ideas through community engagement, business plan development and initial project execution.

You will play a role moving the portfolio of exciting new community projects forward including:

  • Positioning Waterloo Region as a Hydrogen Hub that supplies hydrogen to local industry and the transportation sector
  • Developing a Green Building Network that will bring together developers, contractors, equipment manufacturers, builders, renovators, and engineers in the local development sector to encourage adoption of sustainable building practices
  • Bringing together a group of building owners to aggregate retrofit projects, lowering retrofit costs through economies of scale, and creating business opportunities for contractors and suppliers.

As Program Development Coordinator you will:

  • Convene with experts across project industries to develop partnerships and learn about both the industry challenges and best practices
  • Develop business cases and execution plans for each of the proposed projects for presentation to SWR’s board of directors
  • Coordinate and execute all aspects of project implementation activities such as community consultation events
  • Research apply for third-party funding opportunities to get these initiatives off the ground

To be great you:

  • Have outstanding relationship management and communication skills
  • Bring strong research and project management skills
  • Are fantastic at leading effective and productive meetings
  • Have experience developing strong business cases for net-new projects
  • Quickly and independently grasp new concepts
  • Fulfill all funder requirements for this internship opportunity including:
    • Post-secondary graduate
    • No more than 30 years of age at the start of the internship position
    • Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person to whom refugee status has been granted in Canada*
    • Legally eligible to work according to relevant Ontario and Canadian legislation/regulations
    • Available to work for at least six months
  • Educational course of study in business and/or environmental sustainability is an asset
  • *Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.

View the detailed job description at this link.

This position starts August 23, 2021 and continues through April 29, 2022.

Compensation: $18.27 per hour

To apply:

  • Submit your resume and cover letter addressed to Payton to recruitment@sustainablewr.ca

 

Program Coordinator Co-op

Are you a University of Waterloo student looking for your fall 2021 work term employer? Do you have a passion for environmental issues and collaborative change in Waterloo Region?

Sustainable Waterloo Region is looking for two passionate University of Waterloo students to join our office team for the Fall 2021 term!

As an environmentally-focused not-for-profit, we are committed to providing students with opportunities to develop their skill sets, network with an exciting community focused on sustainability, and see the impacts of their contributions.  Learn more about us from our website.

There will be some flexibility in focusing the specific tasks to the talents and interests of the Fall 2021 Co-op student.

As the SWR Coordinator Co-op you will support the following areas: 
Strategy and Governance
Work directly with the Executive Director to plan and execute a portfolio of tactical and strategic organizational projects
Conduct research and develop plans to bring the strategic vision to life
Coordinate and execute all aspects of project implementation activities such as community consultation events
Research and apply for third-party funding opportunities, working in consultation with the Fund Development team

ClimateAction 
Provide community engagement support (reaching out to local partners, arranging presentations)
Develop climate action resources (research and writing)
Coordinate Sector committees (prepare agendas, schedule meetings, record minutes etc.)
Assist with setting up a process to track progress on climate action strategy action items
May provide support to the GHG inventory that will be taking place at that time

Regional Sustainability Initiative
Develop and maintaining sustainability-focused educational and recognition content for the program’s newsletter, blogs, case studies, website, and social media
Manage member organization data on multiple platforms
Curate content to engage members on the program’s internal portal

TravelWise
Support with Commuter Survey Data Entry
Assist with TravelWise Member Meetings (meeting setup, agenda, minutes)
Assist with developing resources to help members with project implementation and mobility services (editing, formatting, possible research)

Communications and Events
Project manage communications materials re-creation project
Work with the Events Team to plan and execute events that educate the local business community on environmental sustainability and actions for their organizations
Participate in the hiring process for the next co-op work term

Perform other duties as required.

As a strong candidate, you bring:

  • Satisfy all funder qualification conditions
  • Must have a professional demeanour, and demonstrated ability to handle conversations with tact and diplomacy
  • The demonstrated ability to take initiative and see projects through to completion
  • The independence as an autonomous, self-driven worker
  • The ability to handle multiple projects effectively in a fast paced environment with rapidly changing priorities
  • Experience in the non-profit sector, an asset
  • Environment and Business program student preferred

Hiring Details:

Application: Send your resume and cover letter, along with your unofficial transcript to recruitment@sustainablewr.ca

Interviews: We will be conducting interviews virtually through video conference.

Term Dates:  September 7, through December 23, 2021

Compensation: $14.25 per hour, 40 hours per week

Location: Our office is located in the evolv1 building on the north campus of the University of Waterloo though in light of COVID-19 we are currently working remotely

Business Division Manager (Maternity Leave Coverage)

The Business Division Manager (BDiM) is a member of the Sustainable Waterloo Region leadership team with the Executive Director (ED) and the Program Division Manager, working to set direction for organizational operations, efficiency and success.

As BDiM you will be responsible for ensuring that the organization’s internal operations run smoothly, leaving other team members well supported and able to focus on their roles. You will have accountability and oversight of the following functional areas: human resources, finance, fund development, IT, events and the evolvGREEN office; managing a team of volunteers including individual contributors and Functional Area Managers (FAMs).

This is a maternity leave coverage position up to 18 months duration, starting approximately August 9, 2021.

For a detailed job description view the following link.

As a strong candidate you:

  • Get stuff done.
  • Pride yourself on running an efficient organization; whether rolling up your sleeves yourself or empowering your diverse staff and volunteer teams to achieve the results that matter.
  • Grow and develop your staff and volunteer team members to become better personally and professionally.
  • Are like a professional Swiss Army knife with tools in your back pocket ranging from basic accounting, human resources, fund development, PC troubleshooting, advanced numeracy and killer Microsoft Excel skills… just to name a few.
  • Have flexibility to support outside 9-5pm standard business hours for events and volunteer meetings.
  • Are passionate about environmental sustainability, community-based leadership, and Waterloo Region.
  • Provide a current, clear police records check prior to start date.

If your Swiss Army knife of tools also contains the following nice-to-haves be sure to mention them too!

  • Experience with QuickBooks, PayWorks, MailChimp, G Suite
  • Experience planning events
  • CHRP and/or CPA designation

Compensation: $55,000 annually

Benefits: Team members can access a discounted bus pass and a benefits package is available for this role following three months of employment.

To apply:

  • Submit your resume and cover letter addressed to Payton to recruitment@sustainablewr.ca