Job Postings: Living City Organizer, Greenspace Protection Organizer and Community Organizer

Ecology Ottawa has three exciting opportunities to join our team as Living City Organizer, Greenspace Protection Organizer and Community Organizer. Please see details and how to apply for each position below.

Living City Organizer

Ecology Ottawa is looking for an enthusiastic organizer to join our growing Living City team. The chosen candidate will be working alongside and reporting to the Lead Organizer of the Living City program, on three exciting projects: Tree Ottawa; green infrastructure; and protecting vulnerable natural spaces. Your time will be divided between these three projects, each with competing deadlines and priorities. Excellent time management skills are a must for this position.

The Living City Organizer will be responsible for Ecology Ottawa’s summer tree distribution program, door-to-door community outreach in Britannia, as well as locating, training and managing a team of volunteers to help achieve our program deliverables. More specifically, the Living City Organizer will:

  • conduct public education on environmental issues in targeted neighbourhoods across Ottawa, reflecting Ecology Ottawa’s initiatives on green infrastructure and protection of area greenspaces and waterways;
  • door-to-door outreach in Britannia, knocking on every door at least once during the spring/summer/fall months;
  • organize and attend a number of outreach “boothing” opportunities, to distribute 12,000 trees to Ottawa area residents;
  • recruit, train and manage volunteers to help with achieving tree distribution and community organizing targets;
  • follow and maintain Ecology Ottawa’s data entry cycle;
  • help develop organizational tools and documents; and
  • any other duties deemed to be an organizational priority.

This position involves immersion in the tools and techniques of grassroots organizing, canvassing, volunteer management, data management and communications. It will also require some evening and weekend work (where needed, often season dependent).

Successful candidates will have some combination of the following:

  • experience working for an environmental not-for-profit or other social justice organization;
  • past community organizing experience;
  • ability to work independently, but also as part of a team;
  • familiarity with community organizing theory and practices;
  • a passion for environmental issues;
  • event organizing experience;
  • a G driver’s licence;
  • strong interpersonal skills;
  • a relevant educational, work and/or volunteer background;
  • attention to detail;
  • strong oral and writing skills (French language skills are a major asset); and
  • a good sense of humour.

French/francophone candidates, as well as candidates of an Aboriginal or visible minority background will be prioritized and are encouraged to apply.

If you are interested in working with Ottawa’s leading grassroots environmental organization, please send a cover letter outlining your motivation for applying along with your resumé to: velta.tomsons@ecologyottawa.ca

Compensation: $17/hour for the first 3 months. After this probationary period, the candidate will then receive a raise to $19/hour.

Period: 40 hours per week until December 31, 2019, with the possibility of extension. Starts immediately.

To apply:

Please send a cover letter outlining your motivation for applying along with your resumé to velta.tomsons@ecologyottawa.ca . Only complete applications sent by email will be considered. No phone calls please. Applicants will be considered as they apply and will be interviewed on a rolling basis. We thank all those who apply, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted. For further information about Ecology Ottawa, please visit our website at ecologyottawa.ca.

Greenspace Protection Organizer

Ecology Ottawa is looking for an enthusiastic organizer to join our growing Living City team. The chosen candidate will be working alongside and reporting to the Lead Organizer of the Living City program, on one of our newest campaigns: protecting vulnerable natural spaces. Ottawa is a city that has many green spaces, and for those residents who moved to be close to them it may be a shock when that community forest is bulldozed for development. This program will inform residents who live close to unprotected green spaces about how they can get involved to help protect them.

The Green Space Protection Organizer will be responsible for Ecology Ottawa’s summer door-to-door community outreach in two targeted communities (still to be chosen), as well as locating, training and managing a team of volunteers to help achieve program deliverables. More specifically, the Green Space Protection Organizer will:

  • conduct public education on environmental issues in two targeted neighbourhoods across Ottawa;
  • lead door-to-door outreach teams in two targeted neighbourhoods, knocking on every door at least once over the course of your contract;
  • recruit, train and manage volunteers to help with achieving community organizing targets;
  • follow and maintain Ecology Ottawa’s data entry cycle; and
  • any other duties deemed to be an organizational priority.

This position involves immersion in the tools and techniques of grassroots organizing, canvassing, volunteer management, data management and communications. It will require evening and weekend work.

Successful candidates will have some combination of the following:

  • familiarity with community organizing concepts and techniques;
  • a passion for environmental issues;
  • ability to work independently, but also as part of a team;
  • a G driver’s licence (essential for this position);
  • strong interpersonal skills;
  • a relevant educational, work and/or volunteer background;
  • strong oral and writing skills (French language skills are a major asset); and
  • a good sense of humour.

French/francophone candidates, as well as candidates of an Aboriginal or visible minority background will be prioritized and are encouraged to apply.

If you are interested in working with Ottawa’s leading grassroots environmental organization, please send a cover letter outlining your motivation for applying along with your resumé to: velta.tomsons@ecologyottawa.ca .

Compensation: $17/hour.

Period: 40 hours per week from May 21 to August 16, 2019

To apply: Please send a cover letter outlining your motivation for applying along with your resumé to velta.tomsons@ecologyottawa.ca by 5:00 p.m. on March 27, 2019. Only complete applications sent by email will be considered. No phone calls please. We thank all those who apply, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted. For further information about Ecology Ottawa, please visit our website at ecologyottawa.ca.

Community Organizer

Ecology Ottawa is a local, not-for-profit, volunteer-driven environmental organization working to make Ottawa the green capital of Canada. We mobilize Ottawa residents who care about the environment and promote environmental leadership at City Hall through our work advocating for our greenspace, water, sustainable transportation, and climate change actions.

Ecology Ottawa is looking for a Community Organizer. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Community Organizer will provide support for Ecology Ottawa’s outreach campaigns on climate change. This goal is pursued by:

  • Maintaining and expanding Ecology Ottawa’s base of grassroots support through door-to-door outreach and community events (60% of time);
  • Mobilizing supporters of Ecology Ottawa campaigns to take action at strategic moments (10% of time);
  • Processing, entering and updating supporter data into Ecology Ottawa’s database (10% of time);
  • Creating and promoting campaign-related communications materials (10% of time); and
  • Providing support to staff for campaign-specific events and activities (10% of time).

This position is for 40 hours/week. The vast majority of this time includes outdoor work on evenings and weekends in targeted areas of the city.

Successful candidates will have the following:

  • Demonstrated experience in political or community organizing;
  • A passion for environmental and political advocacy, and strong commitment to social and environmental justice;
  • Strong oral and written communications skills;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Ability to work independently and meet targets;
  • Working knowledge of NationBuilder or other CRM is an asset;
  • French language skills are a major asset;
  • A valid driver’s license is an asset;
  • A good sense of humour.

The successful candidate will be conducting outreach in Kanata. Candidates living in Kanata or nearby areas, therefore, are encouraged to apply.

If you are interested in working with Ottawa’s leading grassroots environmental organization and contributing to our efforts to make Ottawa the green capital of Canada, please send a cover letter outlining your motivation for applying along with your resume to: vi.bui@ecologyottawa.ca. We thank all those who apply, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted. 

Compensation: $19/hour

Period: 40 hours/week. Starts ASAP. This contract runs from April to October.

To apply: Please send a cover letter outlining your motivation for applying along with your resume to: vi.bui@ecologyottawa.ca. We thank all those who apply, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted. 

One Comment on “Job Postings: Living City Organizer, Greenspace Protection Organizer and Community Organizer

  1. I can help somehow I’m a great learner and am done my program as of Friday March 22 and would love to help the environment somehow. I don’t have my liscencse or speak French I did take medical office administrator 2 years ago and have that. I would be willing to learn more go door to door.

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