Summary of Position
The community partner for this Summer Student Intern position through the Clean Leadership program will be Valley Waste-Resource Management, reporting to Andrew Garrett, Communications Manager. In this position, you will be mainly responsible for coordinating and implementing waste audits and characterization studies for various service sectors the organization provides roadside services to. The position requires working with private contractors and Valley Waste staff to coordinate collection, weighing, auditing and analyzing data. The successful candidate needs to have strong leadership and organizational skills for this position.
The Valley Region Solid Waste-Resource Management Authority is a body corporate formed under an Inter-Municipal Services Agreement encompassing the Municipality of the County of Kings, and the Towns of Annapolis Royal, Berwick, Kentville, Middleton and Wolfville. Valley Waste-Resource Management manages all solid waste services for the 6 municipalities as well as 3 First Nations Communities. These services includes roadside collection, landfill disposal, recycling processing, organics processing, the operation of two transfer station and education and enforcement programs.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Becomes familiar with general VWRM programs and services;
- Becomes familiar with the VWRM By-law and Provincial Regulations pertaining to source separation of waste-resources;
- Observes and learns how waste-resources arrive and are handled at the Management Centers;
- Coordinates with other VWRM staff and Valley Waste contractors to develop an audit work plan and schedule to capture waste compositions from specific sectors generating waste at roadside in the region;
- Performs waste audits of solid waste collected roadside;
- Becomes thoroughly familiar with VWRM Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) policies and Safe Work Practices, especially those pertaining to waste-resource inspection, operation of relevant vehicles and equipment, management centre operations, etc.
- Customer services and organizational promotion – through promoting effective service and contact with contractors and customers, promotes the VWRM team and organization, as well as partner municipalities, to the community.
- Assists with promotional ideas and community outreach events.
- Prepares reports and data spreadsheets;
- Maintains accurate records of work;
- 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;
- Able to plan and efficiently execute an independent work plan;
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills, preferably with experience communicating compliance related environmental issues with the public;
- Able to communicate effectively with a wide range of people including the general public, seniors, university students/faculty, high school students, and elementary school children/teachers;
- A thorough knowledge of “Microsoft Office” word processing and spreadsheet computer software
- Familiarity with maps and mapping systems;
- A valid drivers license
Work consists of working in a variety of work locations:
Smelly and unpleasant areas
Solid waste transfer stations
Moderate lifting required
All applications will be assess equally; in support of our Indigenous Leadership stream, in some cases, preference will be given to those students who self-identify as Indigenous.
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