Looking for a contract Aquarium Maintenance Tech – Application Deadline Extended – Apply by Aug 21st.

We’re looking for a contract Aquarium Maintenance Technician to do care and maintenance for the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre’s salt water intertidal observation tank and aquarium, and its intertidal creatures, as well as our seasonal freshwater salmon fry tank (part of the DFO’s Salmonids in the Classroom program), supported by a core team of volunteers.

Previous knowledge of aquariums required, either through work experience (nature interpretive centre, pet store, aquarium store) or schooling, with preference given to those candidates with BOTH freshwater and saltwater aquarium knowledge and equipment know-how.

Compensation will be based on experience: range $20 -$24 per hour. Average hours 18 – 20 hours/month. Timing of work hours is flexible, so this could be a perfect position for a student with appropriate qualifications.

We are also currently looking for contract marine and watershed educators to deliver programs to school groups this coming fall and spring. Aquarium maintenance candidates with additional experience in delivering nature education programming may also be interested in applying to be an educator with us, as part of a more extensive combined contract.

Our intertidal observation tank and aquariums are a big draw for school classes and visitors. We’re also currently looking for contract marine educators to deliver school programming this coming fall and spring. Aquarium maintenance candidates with experience in delivering marine education programming may be interested in also applying to be a contract educator at the Nature Centre, as part of a combined contract.

Located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Quw’utsun’ People, the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre is a volunteer-led charitable non-profit providing programs and classes to children, youth, and the public on the subjects of the Cowichan estuary, its marine and bird life, its natural and cultural history, the Cowichan and Koksilah watersheds, and other natural ecosystems. We also work with youth to restore, protect, and enhance the quality of the natural environment in the Cowichan estuary and its adjacent watersheds.

We are accepting applications now. Please apply by August 21st to admin@cowichanestuary.ca with resume and references.  Start date: as soon as possible.


We’re Hiring – Nature Centre Administrative Coordinator – Apply by Aug 14th


The Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre is looking for an Administrative Coordinator (Coordinator) with strong communication and administrative skills and a passion for nature education, conservation and restoration.

The Coordinator is accountable to and works under the direction of the Centre’s Executive Director and with the support of the Board and our team of volunteers. 

This position is 25 – 30 hours a week.  Salary range is $25 to $30 per hour, based on skills and experience. This could be a full-time position for a candidate who also has experience as a nature educator in developing and leading nature-based education programs for children and youth.  

The Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre is a charitable non-profit. Our purpose is to advance education by providing programs and classes to children, youth, and the public on the subjects of the Cowichan Estuary, its marine and bird life, its natural and cultural history, the Cowichan and Koksilah Watersheds, and other natural ecosystems, and to protect, restore and enhance the quality of the natural environment in the Cowichan Estuary and its adjacent watersheds.

Located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Quw’utsun’ People, the Nature Centre engages people of all ages in hands-on learning and watershed restoration opportunities in the Cowichan estuary, and the Cowichan and Koksilah watersheds, creating opportunities for children and adults alike to fall in love with this special ecosystem and feel interconnected with the natural world. We believe these experiences motivate people to share their love and knowledge of nature, and act to care for and protect natural ecosystems here and throughout the Cowichan Valley.  

See the full Administrative Coordinator Job Description here.

Please submit applications by August 14th at midnight to admin@cowichanestuary.ca.
Anticipated start date: between August 29 and Sept 6, 2022 (an earlier start date is also possible).


We are hiring contract educators for fall school programs!

We are hiring contract educators for fall school programs!

Are you an educator or energetic retired educator interested in working with children in grades K-9? We are looking for inspiring nature educators to join our team and bring the Cowichan Estuary to life for school groups in K-9  at our Centre on the shores of the Cowichan Estuary this fall! Join us and get a chance to delve into an amazing community doing great work here in the Cowichan Valley.

Job Title: Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre Educator

Term: Contract position with flexible term beginning Sept 2022

Hours:  dependent on school bookings and restoration programming, typically 2.5 hrs- 4 hrs weekday mornings.

Position Overview:.

As a Nature Centre educator you would lead or co-lead (dependent on class sizes) 1hr – 1.5hour nature and ecology programs for learners predominantly in Grades K-9. Our programs focus on hands-on experiential learning, include time outside in nature and covers topics such as: estuary wildlife, watershed health, climate change, environmental science, nature conservation, biology, etc., and may include social studies and historical content. At low tide activities may include mud digs, micro-plastic surveys and beach seines in the intertidal zone to explore resident sea life.

For the full job description click Nature Educator Position Description 2022

How to Apply: 

Email your resume and references by August 21st to admin@cowichanestuary.ca with subject heading: Nature Centre Educator 2022

We thank all those who apply for their interest in our organization!

Open Letter to PM Trudeau to halt nature loss

Nature has never needed us more!

Today we joined 200 nature groups from across Canada in calling on Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau to halt and reverse nature loss by 2030, support Indigenous-led conservation, restore ecosystems and advance environmental justice. Help us amplify this call to action by sharing this letter!


Water use restricted on Koksilah River to protect fish populations

“The Province is restricting water use by select users on the Koksilah River to protect fish populations, which are under threat due to low water flows in the river.

The Koksilah River is located south of Duncan on Vancouver Island and supports significant aquatic ecosystems and fish species, including steelhead, coho salmon and trout. These fish populations are important to local First Nations and provide economic benefits.

Ministry biologists have determined that current flow levels are so low that habitat conditions are severely degraded and fish populations may be threatened. The flow of water in the Koksilah River has dropped below 180 litres per second (less than 2% of mean annual discharge) and may be trending downward.

From now until Sept. 30, 2019, specified licences that authorize water use directly from the Koksilah River and its tributaries, and users of wells in aquifers that are hydraulically connected to the river, must cease all diversion and use of water for industrial purposes and for irrigation of forage crops, such as hay and corn.

Ministry staff will be conducting compliance checks in the Koksilah River watershed for the duration of the fish population protection order.

By restricting water use for irrigation of forage crops, such as hay and corn, but allowing water use for stock watering and irrigation of perennial crops and vegetables, water flows should be restored to a level sufficient to maintain fish populations while minimizing effects on users, such as the agricultural sector.

Steps toward developing a water sustainability plan for the Koksilah River watershed are being taken, which is anticipated to help with overall water management in the area. In the event water flows recover to above 180 litres per second on a sustained basis following any significant precipitation events, the Province may revoke the order.”


Source: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2019FLNR0215-001616

Celebrating Water – Beer And Burger Fundraiser at Cow Bay Pub

Celebrating WATER- Rejoice together in the gift of Water and support The Work of The Cowichan Nature Centre, with an evening of songs, stories, and memories about Water- plus beer and burgers!

We’re gearing up for a busy fall season of nature education and restoration and need YOUR help.

Join us for a Beer & Burger fundraiser at the Cow Bay Pub featuring great food, a silent auction, fantastic live music from Paul Ruszel AND storytelling from local naturalists and nature lovers all in Celebration of WATER

Do you have a local Water story to share? It can be personal, epic or amusing, poem, song or story – email alicia@cowichanestuary.ca before September 20th and be included in the storytelling circle.

Don’t miss our silent auction featuring local art, gift certificates from local businesses, and more.

Tickets includes a burger (chicken, beef, or veggie), side of fries or salad, and a drink (domestic beer, wine, or cider).

$25 per ticket, available online, or at Volume One Books, the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre (1845 Cowichan Bay Road).

An evening of stories, music, a silent auction, and delicious food – all for a good cause! Hope to see you there!

All proceeds will support local nature education and restoration at the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre.

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