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Positions: Two positions available: #1. Website Developer; & #2. Municipal Policy Engagement Intern
Organization: Watersheds Canada
Location: remote with some in person meetings as needed in Perth, Ontario

Watersheds Canada is a non-profit organization and charity committed to providing programs to communities across the country that work to engage and help shoreline owners enhance and protect the health of lakes and rivers. Our vision is for communities to come together to care for their waters, resulting in clean, healthy lakes and rivers that will support humans and wildlife for years to come. We work with landowners, communities, and organizations to protect lakes and rivers through developing effective, transferable, long-term solutions.

Two contract positions (30hrs/week) are available at Watersheds Canada! These positions are remote with some in person meetings as needed in Perth, Ontario. Positions available: #1. Website Developer; and #2. Municipal Policy Engagement Intern. Please see full job descriptions and requirements below. Submit cover letter and resume to by September 25, 2020.

1. Website Developer - anticipated contract 2020/10/05 - 2021/03/08

Watersheds Canada is looking for someone to join our team to work with us to develop a new website for a new collaborative project as well as update our current website including interactive media and integration to our contact management database and social media.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Create and write well designed, testable, efficient code by using best software development practices (we currently use WordPress)
  • Create website layout/user interface by using standard HTML/CSS practices
  • Integrate data from various back-end services and databases
  • Gather and refine specifications and requirements based on technical needs
  • Create and maintain software documentation
  • Be responsible for maintaining, expanding, and scaling our site
  • Stay plugged into emerging technologies/industry trends and apply them into operations and activities
  • Cooperate with web design to match visual design intent
  • Conduct tests and perform security and quality controls

Knowledge and skills

  • Proven working experience in web programming
  • Top-notch programming skills and in-depth knowledge of modern HTML/CSS
  • Familiarity with appropriate programming languages (PHP, ASP.NET, Javascript, etc.)
  • A solid understanding of how web applications work including security, session management, and best development practices
  • Adequate knowledge of relational database systems, Object Oriented Programming and web application development
  • Hands-on experience with network diagnostics, network analytics tools
  • Basic knowledge of Search Engine Optimization process
  • Aggressive problem diagnosis and creative problem solving skills
  • Strong organizational skills to juggle multiple tasks within the constraints of timelines
  • Ability to work and thrive in a fast-paced environment

Education required - BS in computer science or a related field

2. Municipal Policy Engagement Intern: anticipated contract 2020/10/05 - 2021/01/18

Municipalities need to have the tools they need including recommended policies, supporting legislation, and science to make good land use planning decisions. These decisions need to recognize the importance of lake health as well as local economies. The internship position will work under the direction of a project steering committee to create an online resource for rural municipalities to assist them in protecting the health of their lakes through land use planning informed by science. This project directly contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals. Local governments need to establish consistent regulations that recognize local, provincial, and national guidelines and best practices. Local decision-making is critical to the future health of our lakes, and many lakes are experiencing major planning issues with little regard for environmental health in planning application decisions.


Phase 1: Identify (1) the specific challenges, gaps and barriers faced by rural municipalities, and (2) the needs of rural municipalities in planning land use and making land use planning decisions for rural waterfront properties.

Phase 2: Compile existing policies, zoning standards and resource materials that achieve sustainable shoreline development, and that relate the policies and standards to the underlying science.

Phase 3: Create an online resource with examples of policies, by-laws, resource materials and discussion forum.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Develop questions to be provided to rural municipalities (councillors, planning staff) to determine needs assessment and send questionnaires to selected municipalities.
  • Develop questions to be provided to lake associations and send questionnaires to selected associations.
  • Compile existing progressive and defensible land use planning policies that achieve sustainable development around lakes, with a discussion of their supporting science, guided by the feedback from municipalities and lake associations.
  • Develop an online resource, accessible to rural municipalities, of policies, by-laws, supporting science and other resource materials. Incorporate an online discussion forum for users. Roll out to municipalities.

Knowledge and skills

The applicant must have an understanding of the municipal government process and with a sound knowledge of the structures, functions and interactions of all three levels of government in Canada.

  • Experience interpreting legislation, policies, and procedures
  • Excellent interpersonal skills for the purposes of building and maintaining positive working relationships
  • Strong written communication skills for the purposes of drafting a wide variety of documents and correspondence such as letters, memos, e-mails, and reports
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills for the purposes of identifying priorities and meeting deadlines
  • Superior verbal communication skills with the capacity to listen actively and relay information clearly and concisely
  • The ability to research, analyze, and synthesize complex information
  • The ability to be proactive, take initiative, and perform tasks independently while working under minimal supervision
  • Experience preparing, presenting, and facilitating meetings, workshops, presentations

Education required - A diploma or degree in municipal administration, political science, environmental science or a related discipline.

$18-24 per hour depending on experience


For either position, please submit cover letter and resume to by September 25, 2020.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date publiée : Sep 14 2020    Numéro : 57490