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Summary of Position
The community partner for this Summer Student Intern position through the Clean Leadership program will be Town of Port Hawkesbury, reporting to the Manager of Engineering and Public Works. In this position, you will be mainly responsible for assisting town staff with:
• responding to solid waste management inquiries from residents,
• assisting with curbside collection inspections,
• assisting with solid waste management education and public engagement efforts,
• assisting operations staff with water quality sampling, monitoring and data collection,
• assisting operations staff with review and updating of treatment plant manuals and regulatory reporting,
• assisting staff with light maintenance as required.
• Other duties the town may require from time to time.

A typical day would involve visiting various treatment plant facilities and assisting operations staff with routine tasks, administrative assistance with data collection and record keeping and responding to inquiries from residents related to the towns solid waste management service delivery. The successful candidate needs to have skills and personal attributes in the following areas:
• Customer service
• Safety
• Computer skills
• Flexible
• Problem solving
• Teamwork
• Time management
• Organization
• Interpersonal

Community Partner
Port Hawkesbury is a town located on the southwestern end of Cape Breton Island, on the north shore of the Strait of Canso in Nova Scotia. The Town is largely a service centre for western Cape Breton Island. Many of its residents work in large industries in an industrial park located in the adjacent community of Point Tupper, Richmond Country.

Port Hawkesbury is a major service centre, and offers a unique blend of economic, cultural and lifestyle opportunities to those living and visiting the area. The town has a population of approximately 3,200 but services a region of approximately 30,000.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Responding to solid waste management inquiries from residents and providing guidance and support with waste sorting and curbside pickup scheduling.
• Assisting town staff with curbside collection inspections for proper sorting of waste and organics.
• Assisting staff with solid waste management education and public engagement efforts by providing support with group presentations and door to door education.
• Assisting operations staff with water quality sampling, monitoring and data collection by visiting treatment facilities and documenting readings from inline monitoring equipment, flow meters and in-house sampling results.
• Working with the facility operator, you will assist staff with the review and updating of treatment plant manuals and regulatory reporting requirements. This may involve contacting utility customers, vendors, laboratory service providers and data entry.
• Assisting staff with light maintenance at treatment facilities such as small repairs, grounds maintenance and instrument calibrations.
• Other duties the town may require from time to time.


 Must be a Canadian citizen or legally entitled to work in Canada;
 Must be between the ages of 15 and 30;
 Must be a full-time student and intending to return to school in fall 2020;
 Is not a member of immediate family of community partner;
 Have an aptitude for safe work practices and the ability to multi-task in a busy work environment;
 Be able to work productively as part of a team while responding to feedback;
 Demonstrated interest in future employment in the environmental or ‘green’ sector is considered an asset;

Working Conditions
While performing the responsibilities of this role, these work environment features may be experienced: office environments, noise, air quality, machinery, vehicle traffic, treatment chemicals and interacting with coworkers and public.

Physical Requirements

These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for the employee to successfully perform the essential functions: vision, hearing, motion, lifting, bending, may be required to stand for periods of time.

This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the role.

All applications will be equally assessed; in support of our Indigenous Leadership stream, in some cases, preference will be given to students who self-identify as Indigenous

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