ENTER to WIN a FREE Permaculture Water Conservation Garden Audit on your property

ENTER TO WIN a FREE 

Permaculture Water Conservation Garden Audit on your property (Open to Gardeners and Hobby Farmers in the Koksilah Watershed)

Six lucky home owners will receive an audit of their property this August, 2019. From this group of 6, one homeowner will have the chance to transform their property this summer through a one day Permaculture Blitz. Note all hard costs will be paid for by the property owner, design and labour will be courtesy of a permaculture expert and a team of youth volunteers. 

To complete the application please fill out the form below and submit to info@cowichanestuary.ca 

For questions, email info@cowichanestuary.ca or call 250.597.2288

To confirm if you are in the Koksilah Watershed

Koksilah Watershed map

Koksilah Watershed map streets 1 of 2

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Enter to Win A Permaculture Water Conservation Garden Audit

 

Thank you Rotary Club of Duncan for their amazing effort staining our building

It takes a village to maintain the Nature Centre, and all it’s programs, interpretive displays, fundraising and and and…

Which is why it was so wonderful to have the incredibly focused, dedicated energy of the Rotary Club of Duncan to come stain our building in a morning.

We are deeply grateful.

Some photos from the day!

We are hiring! Project Assistant, Part time, 24 month contract

We are hiring! Project Assistant, Part time, 24 month contract

Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre (CENC) Project Assistant 

Hours:18 hours a week

Rate: $17/hr

Anticipated start date: As soon as possible

Contract: 24 months

 

Project Description: The “Conserving & Protecting Cowichan Fresh Water for a Climate Resilient Future” project is aimed at engaging youth and communities in the  Cowichan Valley to produce measurable results in conserving and protecting freshwater aquatic habitat and building climate resilience in the Cowichan and Koksilah Watersheds through leadership training, educational workshops, awareness-­raising activities, and effective hands­-on water conservation and restoration projects in the two watershed that converge at the Cowichan Estuary

Project Support Job Description: The CENC Project Assistant works under the direction and supervision of the CENC Coordinator and the CENC Board President. They will function as a key resource for the project’s success by means of working on project administration, program and workshop organization and support, co-coordination of conservation and restoration action days and tracking data to measure project success through evaluations and other metrics (including volunteer hours, areas of restoration work completed, survival of riparian plantings over two years, etc.). They will assist in overall project communications and outreach, and volunteer support.

Duties

  • Project-related CENC website (WordPress) updates.
  • Assist with communication and outreach, including creating event posters and other graphic communications, slide shows and reports.
  • Update media contacts, draft media releases, and track earned media.
  • Assist the coordinator in planning and implement action days and workshops.
  • Communicate with members and supporters via email using MailChimp & Sumac software.
  • Maintain information systems: monthly statistics, member,supporter and volunteer lists, and ensure data is entered into the database.
  • Assist with financial recordkeeping, and reporting pertaining to the project.
  • Maintain CENC supplies and equipment for the project.
  • Respond to phone calls, emails and general inquiries.
  • Assist the project education team as needed.
  • Assist with maintenance of CENC databases.
  • Communicate with project volunteers, ensure volunteer coverage for assistance with the project.
  • Assist with other Nature Centre activities and duties as needed and time is available.

Qualifications

  • Experience working in non-profit administration in either a volunteer or professional capacity.  Diploma in Office Administration or a related discipline an asset.
  • Education, or work experience relating to ecological restoration or citizen science, permaculture, marine/coastal ecosystems.
  • Experience working or volunteering in a non-profit environment.
  • Demonstrated organizational and planning skills, ability to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Flexibility, initiative, creativity and problem solving skills.
  • Proficiency with MS Office including Excel, Word, Access, Publisher and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to design and create simple and attractive posters and graphics.
  • Experience with online newsletter platforms such as MailChimp.
  • Experience with social media and online engagement.
  • Experience with donor management software, such as MS Dynamics, Salesforce, or Sumac.
  • Website experience, preferably on a WordPress platform.

 

How to Apply: Ensure that your resume shows how your skills and experiences apply to the qualifications (above). Please submit your resume, cover letter and references via email by 11:59pm on July 17, 2019

Email resume to Alicia Taylor at alicia@cowichanestuary.ca with subject heading: Project Assistant Application. Use this format for your resume filename: LastName_FirstName_Application_2019.

 

We thank all those who apply for their interest in our organization; only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

 

Project Assistant – Posting ECO Action

July 25/26th LakeKeepers Workshop – Buy your tickets soon!

The wonderful Cowichan Land Trust is hosting a LakeKeepers Workshop
Together with the British Columbia Lake Stewardship Society (BCLSS) and the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society, The Cowichan Land Trust is running a two-day LakeKeepers workshop for citizens to learn how to care for, monitor, and manage our beautiful BC lakes.
Facilitated by Dr. Rick Nordin of BCLSS, this workshop will take place on July 25th from 9-4pm and July 26th from 9-noon at the Duncan Community Lodge on Quamichan Lake.
Check out the poster below for more info on the lessons and information covered in the course!
It is available to everyone 14+, and is free for students and $25 for adults.

Eelgrass Transplanting June 2019, over 5000 plants were transplanted!

Eelgrass Transplanting June 2019, over 5000 plants were transplanted!

We send out a HUGE Thank you to all the volunteers who assisted in the eelgrass restoration project this week

We had an amazing 4 days of participating in the restoration of eel grass beds. BIG thanks Cheri Ayers and Cowichan Tribes, Sea Change and to all the volunteers including Alistair MacGregor MP and Chief Seymour for their participation and love of the estuary.

Over 5000 eelgrass rhizomes were transplanted

Cowichan Tribes, with support from the Federal Coastal Restoration Fund, teamed up with the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre to re-plant over 5000 eelgrass plants in the Cowichan Estuary.  Eelgrass restoration was being overseen by biologist Cheri Ayers and a team of experts from SeaChange Marine Conservation Society who worked with divers and many volunteers to restore eelgrass meadows in the estuary.

“For many years the northern side of the estuary has been lacking eelgrass while the southern side near Hecate Park has continued to thrive” said Chief Seymour of Cowichan Tribes. “In historic times the elders tell of fields of eelgrass across the whole estuary where they raked crabs and harvested seafood. When the tide was out the table was set”.  The team re-planted two pilot areas – one on the extreme northern edge of the estuary and one with the Western Stevedoring lease area along the WesCan Terminal Causeway. The pilot areas will be monitored in 6 months and if successful additional planting will take place over the next two years.

Email alicia@cowichanestuary.ca to add your name to the restoration list for future projects

 

July 17th 6-9pm: Water Conservation in the Koksilah Watershed, a Community Conversation @ the HUB – free

 

SAVE THE DATE: July 17th 6-9pm

Join us for an evening on Water Conservation in the Koksilah Watershed –
 Responding to our Changing Climate: A Community Conversation at the HUB in Cowichan Station

With speakers David Slade & Tom Rutherford from the Cowichan Watershed Board, and 16 year-old Sierra Robinson, permaculture teacher

AND a chance for Gardeners  and Hobby Farmers in the Koksilah Watershed to apply to have a permaculture water conservation garden audit on their property and win a one-day permaculture water conservation garden Perma-Blitz transformation.  

Volunteer Position – Nature Interpreter – Now inviting new volunteers

The Nature Centre is a heart beat in the Estuary, with a flow of students, visitors, and soon to be camp attendees, all exploring the magic of  hands on exploration of life from the estuary. The vitality of the centre is upheld by our volunteers, individuals with a love for nature, a curiosity to learn and a delight in sharing discoveries with visitors. Its a pretty perfect place to spend two hours a week or a month, and a great way to connect with nature and community.

With the busy summer ahead we are now inviting new volunteers to join our community. And we welcome individuals and pairs of volunteers – couples, friends, grandparents/grandchild.

To begin your exploration of volunteering at the nature centre call 250.597.2288 or fill out our  contact form

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“For three years my granddaughter and I were volunteers for two hours on Sunday afternoons at the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre.  We did this from when she was 10 until she was 13. These were wonderful times for both of us, meeting people when the centre was busy and working together or just hanging out and talking during the quiet times.  For her, it was an opportunity to show off her amazing abilities with technology while developing excellent customer service, child management, and retail sales skills. Together, we learned a great deal from researching answers to visitors’ questions.  She describes it as our quality time together.” J. Scull. Volunteer at the Nature Centre

 

Volunteer Position – Nature Interpreter – Now inviting new volunteers

The Nature Centre is a heart beat in the Estuary, with a flow of students, visitors, and soon to be camp attendees, all exploring the magic of  hands on exploration of life from the estuary. The vitality of the centre is upheld by our volunteers, individuals with a love for nature, a curiosity to learn and a delight in sharing discoveries with visitors. Its a pretty perfect place to spend two hours a week or a month, and a great way to connect with nature and community.

With the busy summer ahead we are now inviting new volunteers to join our community. And we welcome individuals and pairs of volunteers – couples, friends, grandparents/grandchild.

To begin your exploration of volunteering at the nature centre call 250.597.2288 or fill out our  contact form

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“For three years my granddaughter and I were volunteers for two hours on Sunday afternoons at the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre.  We did this from when she was 10 until she was 13. These were wonderful times for both of us, meeting people when the centre was busy and working together or just hanging out and talking during the quiet times.  For her, it was an opportunity to show off her amazing abilities with technology while developing excellent customer service, child management, and retail sales skills. Together, we learned a great deal from researching answers to visitors’ questions.  She describes it as our quality time together.” J. Scull. Volunteer at the Nature Centre

 

July 2nd – Natural Leaders – Youth Leadership Training

2019 Youth Leadership and Team Building Training

On Tuesday, July 2nd, we will be hosting our annual Youth Leadership and Team Building Training for youth ages 14-18. Training will take place at the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre from 9-4pm. Lunch is included. The cost is $25-$45 (sliding scale).

This day-long interactive workshop for budding change-makers will provide lots of opportunities to learn and practice leadership and team building skills. Our focus this year is “engagement for healthy watersheds and climate action.” The day will include First Nations perspectives and stories from elders. There will be opportunities to explore and practice group leadership and team-building skills in a natural setting. Our facilitation team includes Laura Cuthbert from Organize BC and Kim Lagimodiere, Cowichan Watershed Board educator and Cowichan Tribes biologist.  It’s going to be an amazing interactive day.

There will also be pre and post-workshop opportunities to put leadership and team building skills into action on water conservation and watershed restoration projects in the Cowichan and Koksilah Watershed.

How to Register

If you would like to pay $45 on the sliding scale, you can pay online through Eventbrite (to choose another amount on the sliding scale or ask for a bursary, see below):

  • Please indicate your preferred payment method on the application form below and email the completed form to Karlie at camps@cowichanestuary.ca, drop it off in person at the Nature Centre, or mail it to:                     Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre, Box 5

    Cowichan Bay, British Columbia, Canada V0R 1N0

  • You can pay online here through the Eventbrite page  or pay in person at the Nature Centre by debit or cash, or by cheque made payable to Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre.
  • Eventbrite doesn’t offer a sliding scale option, so to pay less that $45 on the sliding scale you’ll need to mail your application or come into the Centre to register (or ask us about an e-transfer).

If you would like to apply for a bursary it’s easy:

  • Please check “yes” when you fill out the application form below to apply for a bursary. Tell us in a sentence or two why a bursary would be helpful to you.  We want this workshop to be accessible, so please ask, and get your application to us as described above!!

Application Form: Youth Leadership Training Application

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