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Eastern Region Solid Waste-Resource Management Committee

Application Deadline extended till March 29, 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Job Description – Clean Leadership 2021 Program

We are committed to Employment Equity and our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative at all job levels. We welcome applicants from Indigenous People, Visible Minority Groups, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented. If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on our pre-screening form as you may also be eligible for one of our specialized internship streams (inclusive of more tailored programming, supports and resources for each group).

Summary of the Program 

The Clean Leadership program (formerly Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps or Youth Corps) was established in 1989 to provide youth with training and employment opportunities in the environmental field. This program engages community partners across the province to hire students to carry out work in the summer months that fosters environmental stewardship. The Clean Leadership program provides youth with clean sector work experience; an enhanced appreciation of the environment and their community, with opportunity to give back; skills for life-long learning (including job-readiness and leadership skills); and knowledge for future employment and/or education ventures. 

Job Title

Waste-Resource Program Compliance Promotion Intern – 15-week internship

Summary of Position

The community partner for this Summer Student Intern position through the Clean Leadership program will be Eastern Region Solid Waste-Resource Management, reporting to Nicole Haverkort, Regional Coordinator/Educator. In this position, the candidate will mainly be responsible for the review and promotion of the Organics Green Cart Collection program and Backyard Composting, with emphasis on proper sorting and food waste reduction. Other duties will involve working with community members and partners to organize clean-up events through-out the region. The successful candidate must have a valid NS drivers’ permit, access to a vehicle, WHIMIS, a positive attitude towards visual green cart inspections, ability to work in various conditions such as changing weather and terrain, excellent communication skills, the ability to compile large amounts of data into a report and experience with social media platforms. 

Community Partner

The mission of the Eastern Region Solid Waste-Resource Management (ERSWM) Committee, hereafter referred to as ERSWM; is to work cooperatively with our municipal partners, government departments and other related organizations towards achieving provincial disposal goals and other responsibilities as they relate to solid waste-resource management. ERSWM has five members, one from each of the municipal councils in Antigonish and Guysborough counties, including the County of Antigonish, Districts of Guysborough and St. Mary’s, and the Towns of Antigonish and Mulgrave. ERSWM employs two full-time staff: a Regional Coordinator/Educator, and Compliance Officer. More information can be found at www.erswm.ca.

The ERSWM office is located at the Guysborough Waste Management Facility, 151 Waste Management Rd, Boylston, NS

Duties and Responsibilities

Review of the Municipal Organics Diversion Program 

This will involve creating a schedule, prior to undertaking the visual inspection of residential green carts for use and contamination along the 13 municipal collection routes. Observations are to be recorded for each civic address visited, education left when necessary, results compiled and analysed to identify the problem areas and top 10 contamination items. Then a second follow-up visit to a portion of the problem properties, results tracked and compared with a final report to Committee.  

Organics Facility Tour, Operator & Collector Survey

Arrange to visit the compost operation at the Guysborough Waste Management Facility and Beech Hill Waste Management Facility to survey the operator on organics contamination across all sectors (residential, commercial, institutions). Drivers of municipal and contracted collection vehicles to also be surveyed on the topic.

Food Waste Communication 

Develop a plan to educate residents using social media, and other methods to drawn attention to issues with use, contamination, and proper sorting requirements. The plan should include backyard composting awareness and the benefits of compost. It is also a requirement that the plan include food waste reduction tips related to our Region. This will require a review of the current Food Waste Reduction information and campaign messages from Divert NS, Love Food Hate Waste and others. Public outreach duties will include guided tours of the Guysborough Waste Management Facility and an information booth at the Antigonish Farmers Market or somewhere similar.

Litter Clean-Up Promotion and Event Coordination

ERSWM administers a litter clean-up incentive funding program and partners with Divert NS and Adopt A Highway to promote their program and the Great NS Pick Me Up. Participation has been low in the Region. The goal is to improve participation and to increase the awareness around issues related to litter. The expectation is that a plan be developed and executed to conduct four to five additional community litter clean-up events. Ideally, one in each municipality. The plan should also profile the clean-up events and draw attention to the litter collected from events. 

Illegal Dumpsite Clean-up

With the Compliance Officer, identify potential sites for the project. Create a list of criteria for site selection. Create a plan for the clean-up including a list of potential community minded sponsors and volunteer groups. Target contacts and determine if it is possible. If it is possible set a date and move forward with the clean-up, then prepare a final report. If it is not possible, identify the barriers or reasons why, suggest other opportunities and lessons learned.

Requirements/Qualifications

  • Must be a Canadian citizen or legally entitled to work in Canada; 
  • Must be between the ages of 15 and 30 years at time of internship;
  • Must be a full-time student and intending to return to school in Fall 2021;
  • Must not be an immediate family member 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 clean sector is considered an asset;
  • Must have a Nova Scotia Drivers’ Permit and regular access to a vehicle;
  • W.H.I.M.I.S.; and
  • First Aid.

Working Conditions

Conditions include both office work and outdoor activities, frequent stops in and out of a vehicle, odour and pests from green carts, picking up litter and traversing various terrain types.  

Physical Requirements

Ability to frequently get in and out of a vehicle, participate in litter clean-ups which often involves climbing up and down ditches, carrying litter bags and other small items. 

Application Deadline extended till March 29, 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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