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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Community-Based Monitoring Co-op Student

Are you passionate about freshwater stewardship and community-based solutions? We’re seeking an enthusiastic, organized, team player to be our Community-Based Monitoring Co-op Student!

Based out of Winnipeg with travel throughout southern Manitoba, this full-time term position is 40 hours per week, $18.40/hour, from Jan. 8 – Apr. 26, 2024.

If you’re detail-oriented, excited about environmental sustainability and looking for hands-on experience in water monitoring, apply to join our team and help us restore and protect the health of our great lake! 


Reporting to the Program Coordinator, the Community-Based Monitoring Co-op Student will support planning, sample preparation and field work activities of the Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network. Tasks will include:

  • Tracking inventory and preparing sample packs for volunteers and partners
  • Tracking sample and volunteer data and maintaining an up-to-date sampling database
  • Assisting with volunteer recruitment and relationship building
  • Assisting with delivery of sample packs and in-field training sessions for new volunteers
  • Monitoring water levels online through the Water Survey of Canada website
  • Communicating with volunteers and partners to coordinate sampling activities across the network
  • Conducting weekly water sampling activities in southern Manitoba, using LWCBMN protocols and equipment (pending spring melt)
  • Supporting the collection of flow and water level data in southern Manitoba (pending spring melt)
  • Supporting the communication of program outcomes to network volunteers and partners
  • Assisting with the planning and execution of a pilot virtual data-sharing event
  • Representing LWF in a manner consistent with its mission, vision and values
  • Other duties as required


The successful candidate will have:

  • A combination of education/experience in a relevant field (e.g. science; environmental science; engineering)
  • Exceptional organizational skills and proven attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong problem-solving skills and adaptability
  • Energy, enthusiasm and resourcefulness
  • Ability to work well in a diverse team environment
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Word and Excel
  • Ability to undertake physical field work activities
  • Experience conducting field work and managing data is an asset
  • Knowledge of the Lake Winnipeg ecosystem and issues affecting lake health is an asset
  • Registered driver’s licence and comfortable driving in rural Manitoba

Applicants must be current Canadian post-secondary students.

This position is open to students who hold Canadian citizenship, Canadian permanent residency status, or Canadian refugee status.

We recognize that racism and colonialism – past and present – are contributors to water-quality degradation and impede our collective efforts to protect Lake Winnipeg. These same forces create barriers to employment for historically, persistently and systemically marginalized groups.

Effective environmental advocacy must be anti-racist and decolonial. LWF is committed to building diversity, equity and inclusion into our board, staff team and membership base.

We believe that a diverse team with unique perspectives and backgrounds makes us stronger. We encourage BIPOC and LGBTQIA2S+ candidates to self-identify when applying for this position.

Hiring, promotion and compensation decisions are based on assessment of employee skills, experience and abilities with respect to the requirements of the position. All LWF staff must be vaccinated against COVID-19 to the full extent possible based on provincial eligibility and access (including boosters). 

Applications are due by end of day on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023. Interested applicants should forward their resume and cover letter by email to claire@lakewinnipegfoundation.org (Subject: Community-Based Monitoring Co-op Student).

We thank all candidates who apply, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Your gift makes a healthy Lake Winnipeg possible.

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