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We're Hiring! Program Assistant - Intern

Posted September 9, 2018 by LSC

Position Description

Reporting to the Executive Director, and working closely with Land Stewardship Centre (LSC) staff, the Program Assistant – Intern (12 month term position with the possibility of extension) will support several of LSC’s community outreach and engagement initiatives. the Program Assistant – Intern will work to increase the organization’s presence in the community and will build relationships with individuals, stewardship groups and other organizations in support of LSC’s work. The Program Assistant – Intern will be responsible for supporting projects that directly contribute to increasing community awareness of and support for the organization and its programs and services.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Assist with the design and delivery of community outreach workshops and webinars in support of LSC programs.
  • Assist with grant applications, reporting and project evaluations.
  • Assist with special events, trade shows and other projects.
    Liaise with community stewardship groups, environmental organizations and program partners in support of LSC and its programs.
  • Develop and deliver presentations as required.
  • Perform minor administrative tasks.
  • Travel within the province of Alberta.

Qualifications

  • Ability to communicate effectively with individuals and/or groups.
  • Excellent organizational, written and oral communication skills.
  • Proficient with social media platforms and utilizing analytic tracking tools.
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Detail oriented and committed to meeting objectives.
  • Skilled in managing multiple priorities, projects and deadlines.
  • Computer proficiency and strong research skills.
  • An understanding of ArcGIS is an asset.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends.
  • Class 5 license (GDL is acceptable) and clean driver’s abstract.
  • Reliable transportation and insurance coverage is an asset.
  • Understanding and/or knowledge of the environment, conservation, stewardship sectors is a definite asset.

The position is based in Edmonton, and is full-time (35 hours per week) for a twelve-month period from October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019. People who wish to apply should have recently completed their post-secondary studies and are eligible for the Eco Canada Wage Subsidy Program. We welcome applications from students with concentrations in all major areas. Some in-province travel may be required. Previous experience is preferred.

Those interested in being considered for this position should send a covering letter and resume to:

Land Stewardship Centre
17503 – 45 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T6M 2N3
Fax: (780) 486–9599
Email: info@landstewardship.org

No phone inquiries please.

The deadline for applications is September 21, 2018.

We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified individuals. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

LSC is an independent, not-for-profit organization that brings people and organizations together to work on common priorities for achieving sustainability on the landscape. LSC facilitates stewardship by improving understanding of healthy ecosystems, supporting community stewardship initiatives and strengthening policies that affect resource and land use.


Three Things You Should Know About the ESBN

Posted May 9, 2018 by LSC

Land Stewardship Centre is a partner in the Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity Network (ESBN) which is a multidisciplinary group of experts working to build the knowledge required to assist with the implementation of an ecosystem services (ES) approach in Alberta. Get to know more about who they are and what they do.

1. Who We Are

The ESBN is a multidisciplinary group of experts working to build the knowledge and capacity required to implement ecosystem services and biodiversity markets in Alberta. The Network is led by a working group whose partners include Alberta Innovates, Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute, Government of Alberta (Environment and Parks), Innotech Alberta, Land Stewardship Centre, and Silvacom. Our coordinated efforts are creating a system of information sharing and collaboration across all sectors, as we work together to create ecosystem services and biodiversity markets in Alberta.

2. What We Do

The ESBN strives to advance knowledge surrounding ecosystem services and biodiversity, and the use of market-based approaches to enhance these services.

Ecosystem services are the benefits that humans receive from nature, such as water purification. Ecosystem services and biodiversity markets are markets in which the transactions take place with the goal of improving or maintaining environmental quality or minimizing environmental degradation. Through this approach, we see the costs of our actions on the environment, and the benefits of preserving it.

We have developed the knowledge and capacity to better understand ecosystem services, and how we can best manage the land to get the most value out of those services. By working together, we have the potential to bring Alberta to the forefront of economic diversification, environmental excellence and sustainable development.

3. Why our Work Matters to Albertans

We believe that ecosystem services and biodiversity markets diversify the economy, enhance environmental integrity, promote sustainable development and increase innovation and competitiveness. Well-designed and well-managed markets enable new business opportunities while providing a way to better protect and recognize the value of the ecosystem services that contribute to Alberta’s high quality of life. Markets help industry demonstrate social license to operate, while supporting growth, competitiveness and economic diversification.

To learn more about the ESBN and the great work being done across the province, visit their website and follow them on Twitter @EcoServicesAB.


Goodbye to Longtime LSC Staffer

Posted November 13, 2017 by LSC

We are sad to say goodbye to Jenna Curtis, longtime Land Stewardship Centre employee and Stewardship Program Coordinator. Jenna has accepted a position with Alberta Environment and Parks as the Community Engagement Lead, North Service Area in the Community Engagement Branch.

While we are sad to see her go, we are thankful for the time she spent with us and all the work she put into the Alberta Stewardship Network (ASN) and Watershed Stewardship Grant (WSG) programs. We are glad that she is moving on to a new position that will enable her put the skills she learned here to work and pleased she’ll have the opportunity to continue to grow as a young environmental professional. We wish Jenna all the best and know that she’ll do well in her new role.

So who’s looking after things now?

We are very pleased to announce that Alexandra Frederickson, our Outreach Coordinator, has now taken on the role of Stewardship Program Coordinator, in addition to continuing her work as Outreach Coordinator. As Stewardship Program Coordinator, Alex will now be looking after the WSG and ASN program. You can connect with Alex at alex@landstewardship.org.


Social Media Contest Continues

Posted September 19, 2017 by LSC

Meet our First Winner

Thanks to all who liked or followed us in this first round of our social media contest. We are happy to announce that Kirsten (@kvfalk) is the winner of our first social media contest and takes home the Avid Gardner’s gift package (valued at $250).

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More Chances to Win

Your chance to win isn’t over yet. We are launching our second social media contest, and we’d love to hear from you. Land Stewardship Centre is all about enabling people and organizations to be better stewards and we’d love to hear about how you or your group has made a positive impact in stewarding and protecting Alberta’s natural environment.

Share your photos, stores and experiences with us on Facebook, Twitter and by email.

Each submission receives an entry into a draw to win the Ultimate Stewards Prize Pack that includes a rain barrel, shears, gardening gloves and native species seed package to attract birds, bees and butterflies, as well as a copy of the Green Acreages Guide Workbook.

This next contest runs from September 11— November 31, 2017. Winner will be selected by random draw.


Annual Report Card 2016-2017

Posted June 27, 2017 by LSC

Strength in Numbers

Why are numbers so important? Numbers are everywhere; connected to everything we do. We use them to measure time spent and dollars earned. We track people engaged, resources distributed and pages ‘liked’. Numbers gauge effort and define results. Numbers help set us apart and make us strong. We find comfort in the numbers; they’ve had a definite effect on us this year, that’s for sure. We also count you among our ‘number’ and thank you for your support.

Here’s a snapshot of our past year by the numbers. You can also check out the print version of the 2016–2017 Report Card.

813 subscribers

Growing steadily in numbers since 2011, our loyal Grassroots News subscribers stay connected with what’s happening in Alberta’s stewardship community, learn more about the people and organizations behind grassroots stewardship efforts, and read about the positive and important impact stewardship initiatives are having on conserving and protecting the province’s natural resources. Join us; subscribe to Grassroots News today.

48 stewards

In March 2017, we partnered with Beaver River Watershed Alliance to help bring their Water Stewardship Forum to life. The successful event brought together representatives from Summer Villages, urban and rural municipalities, ENGOs, First Nations, WPACs to learn what various agencies and organizations are doing in the watershed, identify and prioritize relevant issues in the watershed and discuss how best to collaborate to address priority issues in the watershed. Learn more about Beaver River Watershed Alliance.

3 new board members

Our Board of Directors bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise from diverse backgrounds and experiences. This year we welcomed new directors Warren Noga, Corey Graham and Jodie Hierlmeier to the table. Learn more about all of our Board of Directors.

45% more Twitter followers

We’re reaching out to people through social media and people are joining in. Last year we promoted over 50 municipalities and community groups, environmental programs, funding opportunities and events to support the stewardship community in Alberta. We also hosted our first ever social media contest encouraging people to follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

18,728 new web visitors

We are really happy that so many new people took the time to learn more about who we are and what we have to offer. This tells us that websites still matter, so we’ll continue to grow and refresh landstewardship.org to keep you coming back.

$925,000 multi-year stewardship funding

After some uncertainty, in December 2016, we were happy to announce that the provincial government reinstated financial support for the highly successful and in-demand Watershed Stewardship Grant program. This multi-year funding will enable grassroots stewardship groups to help protect Alberta’s water resources in communities across Alberta.

$35,000 creative sentencing grant

Alberta Environment and Parks, Justice Liaison directed these funds to our Watershed Stewardship Grant program so they could be allocated to on-the-ground projects to protect, improve or restore aquatic and riparian habitat throughout the province. These funds supported five projects from four stewardship groups: Clear Water Landcare, Eagle Point―Blue Rapids Parks Council, Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society and Ridge Reservoir Working Group.

4 months

With funding from Alberta Culture and Tourism’s Community Facility Enhancement Program, we were able to renovate the garage of our historic office space, Imrie House, into a fully functional boardroom and meeting place. This transformed space, with its stunning view of the North Saskatchewan River and the natural river valley landscape, is available to non-profits and others to use for meetings, workshops and more.

100 leaders engaged

On behalf of the Ecosystem Services Biodiversity Network, we facilitated a series of six workshops in an effort to support the development of a recognized, comprehensive ecosystem services approach that can be adopted by governments, resource-based industries, landowners and land managers, and conservation organizations. Leaders from provincial and municipal government, forestry and agriculture industries, and several ENGOs gathered at these workshops to discuss the building blocks required to successfully apply an ecosystem services approach as identified through the Ecosystem Services Roadmap.

630 acreage and rec property owners

With funding from Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment Solutions, in partnership with the Alberta Onsite Wastewater Management Association (AOWMA), and with the support of 18 host stewardship groups and municipalities across Alberta, we delivered 19 Septic Sense workshops to 630 acreage and rec property owners from January through March 2017. At the workshops, landowners received the information, resources and support they need to help them responsibly manage their septic systems.


Breathing New Life into Old Space

Posted May 18, 2017 by LSC

Blog by Alexandra Frederickson, Outreach Coordinator, Land Stewardship Centre

With some much needed renovations and improvements, Land Stewardship Centre is now able to make our culturally historic office, Imrie House, available to other non-profits and community groups to use for meetings and gatherings.

Hidden gem

Nestled quietly in a suburban area in west Edmonton, not many people are aware of the existence of Imrie House. However, if you maneuver your way through a confusing cul-de-sac and drive down a small dirt road, there you will find Imrie House, surrounded by trees, bristling with wildlife and offering a very beautiful view of the North Saskatchewan River valley.

Imrie House (which was originally called Six Acres) was designed and built in 1957 by architects Mary Louise Imrie and Jean Wallbridge, who were partners in Canada’s first all-female architectural firm. These women were ahead of their time; not only were they were trailblazers in architecture and business, they also understood the importance of preserving and enjoying Alberta’s natural heritage.

Old space, new purpose

Today, there are few places like Imrie House, which represents and respects the architecture of a by-gone era. The house is located in a stunning natural setting which preserves the indigenous landscape once so common in Edmonton. With the history and importance of the property in mind, as the long-time tenant and caretaker of Imrie House, LSC wanted to harness the uniqueness of the property and create something which would directly support Alberta’s volunteer and non-profit community.

With funding from Alberta Culture and Tourism’s Community Facility Enhancement Program, LSC was able to renovate the garage of Imrie House into a fully functional boardroom/meeting place. This transformed space, with its stunning view of the North Saskatchewan River, is available to non-profits and others to use for meetings, workshops and more. Naturalist clubs, stewardship groups, community associations, art and culture clubs, architectural and history societies, social enterprises and support organizations – groups and organizations from across all sectors – can benefit from this new space.

If you are interested in experiencing Imrie House’s unique setting, learning more about the rich cultural history of the property or booking the meeting space for your next function, please contact us.

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New Green Acreages Guide Primer Now Available

Posted May 15, 2017 by LSC

Hot off the presses

We’ve refreshed and reprinted our popular Green Acreages Guide Primer.

In addition to new and updated links in “Further Resources”, the Primer now includes information for acreages owners on “Resource Development and Extraction” and “Easements and Rights-of-Way”.

Order your free hard copies today – you just pay shipping and handling (Green Acreages Guide Primers are shipped in bundles of 25). They are available in our online store.

Or download a copy of the updated Primer in PDF from our website.


Work for Nature Alberta and Land Stewardship Centre this Year

Posted April 26, 2017 by LSC

Come work with us!

Nature Kids Program Coordinator

On behalf of Nature Alberta, Land Stewardship Centre is currently looking to hire one (1) Nature Kids Program Coordinator to lead the delivery of Nature Alberta’s Nature Kids program. The Nature Kids Program Coordinator will be responsible for the day-to-day planning and implementation of the Nature Kids program, liaising with partners and volunteers and supervising seasonal staff on an as-need basis. Deadline for applications is May 12, 2017.

Download the Nature Kids Program Coordinator job posting and apply today.

Nature Kids Program Assistant

Nature Alberta is hiring one (1) Nature Kids Program Assistant to assist with the delivery of Nature Alberta’s Nature Kids program. The Nature Kids Program Assistant will be responsible for helping the Program Coordinator in the day-to-day implementation of various elements of the Nature Kids program. Deadline for applications is May 5, 2017.

Download the Nature Kids Program Assistant job posting and apply today.


Only 4 Days Left to Vote!

Posted October 24, 2016 by LSC

Thank you to everyone who has voted for us so far! If you haven’t voted yet, we hope you still will.

Over the years, the Aviva Community Fund has donated over $6.5 million in project funding to deserving charities across Canada who have an idea to create positive change within their local community.

This year, Land Stewardship Centre is participating in the Aviva Community Fund competition – and we could sure use your support.

About our project

Assistance from the Aviva Community Fund would enable Land Stewardship Centre, the long-time tenant and caretaker of the culturally significant Imrie House, to transform the building’s garage into an amazing meeting space that community groups and other non-profit organizations will be able to access.

Why it matters

Imrie House, surrounded by nature and overlooking the North Saskatchewan River, is a unique and beautiful place and we want the broader community to be able to experience and benefit from this hidden gem. Non-profits, volunteer community groups and individuals alike will be welcome to utilize the new Imrie House meeting space for meetings, workshops, field trips, art classes and more.

We can’t do it without you

We need your help. The application with the most votes will make it to the Aviva Community Fund finalists round. All you need to do is cast your vote between October 11–28. You can vote up to 18 times for a single project.

Your vote matters

Every vote you cast for our project will go a long way in helping us assist community groups in Edmonton and beyond. Click on the image below to view our full application and to vote. Thank you!


Vote for Us!

Posted October 13, 2016 by LSC

Over the years, the Aviva Community Fund has donated over $6.5 million in project funding to deserving charities across Canada who have an idea to create positive change within their local community.

This year, Land Stewardship Centre is participating in the Aviva Community Fund competition – and we could sure use your support.

About our project

Assistance from the Aviva Community Fund would enable Land Stewardship Centre, the long-time tenant and caretaker of the culturally significant Imrie House, to transform the building’s garage into an amazing meeting space that community groups and other non-profit organizations will be able to access.

Why it matters

Imrie House, surrounded by nature and overlooking the North Saskatchewan River, is a unique and beautiful place and we want the broader community to be able to experience and benefit from this hidden gem. Non-profits, volunteer community groups and individuals alike will be welcome to utilize the new Imrie House meeting space for meetings, workshops, field trips, art classes and more.

We can’t do it without you

We need your help. The application with the most votes will make it to the Aviva Community Fund finalists round. All you need to do is cast your vote between October 11–28. You can vote up to 18 times for a single project.

Your vote matters

Every vote you cast for our project will go a long way in helping us assist community groups in Edmonton and beyond. Click on the image below to view our full application and to vote. Thank you!


Join our Board of Directors

Posted September 1, 2016 by LSC

Our Board of Directors bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise from diverse backgrounds and experiences. With representatives from both corporate and non-profit organizations across several industry sectors, the Board is responsible for the effective governance of the organization.

Committees are also established to help inform and guide the Board of Directors in the areas of governance, finance, fund development and Director recruitment.

We are currently seeking candidates for a three year term for our Board of Directors – individuals who are committed to advancing stewardship efforts. If you are interested in becoming a Director, please complete the online application.

Have questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.


Check out our 2014-2015 annual report card

Posted June 30, 2015 by LSC

It’s short and sweet. And it’s all about you. Because it’s only with help from you that stewardship becomes a reality.

Here at Land Stewardship Centre we may develop the tools, but it’s because of your involvement that we can collectively make responsible stewardship of our ecosystems possible.

When we look at the numbers, here’s what you – the PEOPLE who matter – did to help bring stewardship to life.

Check it out >>


Land Stewardship Centre Launches Online Store

Posted February 17, 2015 by LSC

Land Stewardship Centre is excited to introduce you to our new online store!

Launched late last week, this new online store offers instant access to an assortment of Land Stewardship Centre resources, publications and merchandise.

“In the past you had to call our office or email us to buy our publications or to request copies of our resources,” says Brian Ilnicki, Executive Director. “We’ve invested in this online store to make it easier for people to access everything we have to offer.”

As a non-profit organization, proceeds from the sale of its publications and merchandise will go directly to support the continued development and delivery of Land Stewardship Centre programs and resources.

Visit store.landstewardship.org and start shopping today!


Seasons Greetings

Posted December 19, 2014 by LSC

On behalf of all of us at Land Stewardship Centre, thank you for your continued support of our organization this past year.

We wish you all the best this holiday season and look forward to serving and working with you – our partners in stewardship – in the coming year.


Meet Our New Outreach Coordinator

Posted August 7, 2014 by LSC

Land Stewardship Centre (LSC) is taking its outreach and community relations efforts to the next level and we’ve hired a new staff member to help us get there. We’re excited to introduce you to Alexandra Frederickson, our new Outreach Coordinator.

With a degree in Natural Resource Conservation from the University of British Columbia, and as a recent graduate of the environmental management program at Niagara College Canada, Alexandra is eager to engage and promote environmental awareness to people everywhere to encourage the use of sustainable practices. Her interest in sustainable forestry and knowledge in resource conservation aligns well with LSC’s efforts to support the stewardship ethic and promote sound land stewardship practices.

To start, Alex’s efforts over the coming months will focus on liaising with community stewardship organizations and other key stakeholders, attending special events and trade shows to promote LSC and its programs, and assisting in the planning and implementation of our Stewards in Motion events that will take place this fall and winter.

You can connect with Alex at alex@landstewardship.org or 780–483-1885 extension 225.


We're Hiring! Join the LSC Team

Posted June 26, 2014 by LSC

Outreach Coordinator

Reporting to the Executive Director, and working closely with other Land Stewardship Centre (LSC) staff, the Outreach Coordinator will assist in the development of and be responsible for the implementation of projects and initiatives which raise awareness of LSC and market its programs and services to community stewardship groups and other key stakeholders. This is a 12 month, full-time (up to 35 hours per week) paid intern position that starts August 1, 2014 (or sooner if possible).

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Implementing the Community Stewardship Visitation Program;
  • Liaising with community stewardship organizations and other key stakeholders;
  • Attending special events and trade shows to promote LSC and its programs;
  • Assisting with event planning and implementation;
  • Assisting with fund development activities such as preparing cases for support and donor recognition activities;
  • Assisting with public relations activities such as preparing website content, and developing and delivery presentations;
  • Assisting with research and development of promotional brochures, fact sheets and other information materials;
  • Maintaining LSC’s suite of relevant and current stewardship resources;
  • Performing minor administrative tasks;
  • Travel within the province of Alberta.

Qualifications

  • Ability to public speak and/or communicate effectively with individuals and/or groups;
  • Excellent organizational, oral and written skills;
  • The ability to work independently on multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Computer proficiency and strong research skills;
  • Marketing, public relations and event coordination education and/or experience is an asset;
  • A proven communicator, problem-solver, critical thinker and contributor in a team environment;
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends;
  • Class 5 license (GDL is acceptable) and clean driver’s abstract;
  • Reliable transportation and insurance coverage is an asset;
  • Understanding and/or knowledge of the environment, conservation, stewardship sectors is a definite asset.

Opportunities

The Outreach Coordinator will be exposed to a wide variety of applied stewardship programs and partnerships. LSC will provide on-the-job training and mentorship by senior professional staff. Many elements of this internship will be advanced through training and demonstration of technical skills required, with the opportunity to advance these skills through direct application. The Outreach Coordinator will be mentored in all aspects of community relations, communications, project management and evaluation. LSC staff will work with the Outreach Coordinator on defining tasks to complete the work and measuring results. LSC staff will also provide orientation to land stewardship, stewardship programs, and organizations in Alberta and nationally with the intent to attend and participate in events, trade shows courses and conferences and workshops.

Work Environment

LSC is a small, not-for-profit, charitable organization that operates within a professional, collegial and flexible workplace environment. All employees are expected to perform their duties in a professional, respectful, cooperative and courteous manner. Employees are provided with appropriate orientation to both the organization and their job. Employees are provided with the training and resources they need to do a good job with attention to quality, safety and production. Employees are provided with remote access to all necessary files and information required to do their job. Employees are provided with continuous feedback regarding their performance, and receive coaching and assistance as required.

Please Note

The successful applicant must meet IEYC Intern Eligibility Criteria, including:

  • Be under the age of 30.
  • Have graduated from a post-secondary institution (i.e. College, University, Technical School).
  • Be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant.
  • Be unemployed or underemployed (i.e. work outside their field of study, work under contract, or work part-time).
  • Be eligible for full-time employment (i.e. not returning to school).
  • Have not previously participated in a Federal youth employment/education program (previous participants of summer employment programs are still eligible).

Please ensure you are eligible prior to submitting an application to LSC.

Send Us Your Resume

If this sounds like a fit for you, please email your cover letter and resume to Jenna Curtis, Stewardship Program Coordinator at jenna@landstewardship.org by end of day July 11, 2014.


New Alberta Environmental Farm Plan Website Goes Live

Posted May 22, 2014 by LSC

The Alberta Environmental Farm Plan’s (EFP) new website is now live and mobile friendly.

“The website features farmer stories, articles, videos and twitter feed,” says Ashley Steeple, EFP communication’s manager, Agricultural Research and Extension Council of Alberta (ARECA). “The new site makes it easier to find an EFP technician in your area and get started on completing an EFP.”

The EFP process helps producers identify and address environmental risks and opportunities in their operation by completing an EFP workbook. “Maintaining a healthy environment is essential to the success of Alberta’s agricultural producers and an EFP shows a commitment to stewardship,” adds Steeple.

A web version of the EFP Workbook will be released later this spring.

For more information on the Alberta Environmental Farm Plan call 310-FARM (3276), email info@albertaefp.com or go visit www.albertaefp.com


North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance is Hiring

Posted January 22, 2014 by LSC

The North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance (NSWA) is now seeking a professional to work with the Executive Director, staff and NSWA Board of Directors in the role of Watershed Planning and Management Coordinator.

For more information download the job description or visit the NSWA website


Oldman Watershed Council is Hiring

Posted March 9, 2012 by LSC

The Oldman Watershed Council (OWC) is a not-for-profit organization that is working in partnership with communities and residents to improve the Oldman River Watershed.

The OWC is currently looking to hire a Program Coordinator for a one year, term position (maternity leave).

The Program Coordinator participates in communication, volunteer organization, environmental education, project management and community liaison functions for the OWC. The Program Coordinator also works directly with OWC volunteers to oversee and provide support to a wide variety of projects.

The application deadline is March 25, 2012. Resumes can be emailed to shannon@oldmanbasin.org.

For more information visit the Oldman Watershed Council website or phone Shannon at 403–382-4239.


Alberta Ecotrust Now Accepting Letters of Intent

Posted January 16, 2012 by LSC

Is your non-profit or charity working on an environmental project on the themes of air, climate, energy, water or wilderness conservation? Would $30,000 help you towards achieving your project goals?

Apply today to Alberta Ecotrust Foundation’s Major Project grant program! Click here for more info.

Alberta Ecotrust supports grassroots organizations working on meaningful projects that seek to improve Alberta’s environment. Applying organizations must be based in Alberta. See our website for addition eligibility requirements. We fund operational costs!

Alberta Ecotrust offers the following grants:

Major Grants
Receive funding up to $30,000 for projects that will lead to meaningful change. These grants are for projects or programs with a broad scope or work towards long-term change. Visit our website for all the guidelines and forms. Deadline to submit a Letter of Intent to apply is February 15, 2012. Only successful applicants for our Letter of Intent process will be invited to submit full proposals.

Community Grants
Smaller, grassroots, community-based environmental projects are encouraged to apply for up to $7500 through our Community Grants program. The deadline to submit a Community Grant is April 17, 2012. Visit our website for more information, the guidelines and forms.

Did you Know?
We also provide applicants with a half-hour of coaching FOR FREE on developing your proposal or project. However, to receive the coaching you must contact us prior to February 10 if you plan to submit a Letter of Intent. Please contact us prior to April 10 for Community Grant coaching.


We're Hiring!

Posted October 11, 2011 by LSC

Office Administrator

Land Stewardship Centre (LSC) has a challenging and rewarding part-time opportunity for a detail oriented and well-organized individual as the organization’s Office Administrator.
LSC is an independent, not-for-profit organization that brings people and organizations together to work on common priorities for achieving sustainability on the landscape.

LSC helps people and organizations become better stewards by improving their understanding of healthy ecosystems, supporting community stewardship initiatives and strengthening policies that affect resource and land use.

Located in Edmonton, the Office Administrator will be responsible for:

  • Processing incoming and outgoing correspondence, general mail and courier requirements;
  • Assisting with bookkeeping and accounting including invoicing, coding and processing accounts receivable and payable;
  • Making weekly bank deposits;
  • Assisting in maintaining financial records consistent with organizational policy and procedures;
  • Maintaining project and general filing system, and electronic databases;
  • Tracking office supply inventory and placing supply orders;
  • Providing logistical support for workshops, conference calls and meetings, including making reservations and travel arrangements for staff;
  • Providing support for Board of Directors meetings;
  • Coordinating office maintenance contracts;
  • Other related duties as required.

LSC is looking for a motivated, professional individual who has:

  • Strong organizational and efficiency skills;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office products, Simply Accounting and excellent computer skills;
  • Familiar with basic finance and administration;
  • Well-developed organizational and time management skills;
  • Ability to multitask and meet changing deadlines;
  • Must be self-directed and able to complete projects with limited supervision.

The position is part-time (up to 20 hours per week, Monday – Friday). LSC supports and encourages flexible schedules and time management in all its positions. Expected start date is November 21, 2011.

Previous experience is preferred. Those interested in being considered for this position should send a covering letter, resume and salary expectations to:

Land Stewardship Centre
17503 – 45 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T6M 2N3
Email: info@landstewardship.org
No phone inquiries please.

LSC welcomes diversity and encourages applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The deadline for applications is October 31, 2011.


Have your Say on Advice for Southern Alberta Regional Plan

Posted May 10, 2011 by LSC

The Government of Alberta has posted an online workbook available at www.landuse.alberta.ca for you to share your feedback on the South Saskatchewan Regional Advisory Council’s (RAC’s) advice on developing a regional plan for southern Alberta. We encourage you to participate in phase 2 of the regional planning process. The workbook will be available until December 19, 2011 at 4:30 p.m.

Please keep in mind as you fill out the workbook that you’re commenting on the RAC‘s advice, not a government document. This is an important building block in the development of the regional plan – your input during all three phases of the consultation process and the RAC‘s advice will influence the development of the final plan.

But this isn’t the only way you can share your thoughts – stakeholder sessions will be held this fall in the South Saskatchewan Region so you can speak directly with government staff. Once the dates are set, we’ll let you know via email, advertisements and through our website when the sessions will be held.

We hope to see you there, and in the meantime, please have your say and fill out the workbook.

For more information contact:

Dave Bartesko
Senior Consultation Manager
Land Use Secretariat
Phone: 780–422-4871


20th Annual Emeral Awards Call for Nominations

Posted February 17, 2011 by LSC

The Emerald Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of Albertans committed to
protecting, preserving, enhancing and sustaining our environment.

The Alberta Emerald Foundation is thrilled to be hosting the 20th Annual Emerald Awards in June 2011. Nominations for the 20th Annual Emerald Awards are now open! Again this year, there are ten categories:

  • Individual Commitment
  • Government Institution
  • Youth
  • Education: School or Classroom
  • Education: Non-Formal
  • Business
  • Community Group
  • Nonprofit Association
  • Emerald Challenge – Alberta’s Oilsands
  • Emerald Certified Shared Footprints Award

Nominate yourself or someone you know and be a part of the 20th Annual Emerald Awards. Nominations close at 4 p.m. on Friday, February 25, 2011.

The 20th annual Emerald Awards will take place on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 in Edmonton.

For more information or to nominate your Environmental Idol, please visit our website


Senate Finance Commitee Protects the Environment

Posted July 12, 2010 by LSC

MEDIA ADVISORY

Edmonton, AB, 9 July 2010 – In the past few months, the Environmental Law Centre (ELC) has been actively involved in campaigning against amendments that could render the environmental assessment process ineffectual, needlessly exposing the environment, the Canadian public, and future generations to unknown and potentially irreversible risks by providing the Minister of Environment with discretion to reduce the scope of activities for which an assessment is conducted.

On July 8th, the Senate Finance Committee voted to delete amendments related to environmental assessments from the government’s budget bill. The Environmental Law Centre (ELC) is pleased with the Senate Finance Committee’s decision.

“The Senate Finance Committee members have taken a stand for due process.” says Laura Bowman, Staff Counsel with the ELC. “Now any proposed amendments can be subject to consultation through the House review later this year: a more open and accessible process.”

The amended budget will be subject to a further vote by the full Senate on Monday. “We hope that the Senate will respect the Finance Committee’s decision” says Laura Bowman, “Restoring the amendments would undermine the full review and put environmental groups at a serious disadvantage in seeking environmental protection for Canadians.”

Contact: Adam Driedzic, Staff Counsel, Environmental Law Centre, 1–800-661–4238 or adriedzic@elc.ab.ca.

Environmental Law Centre


2010 Rs of Excellence Awards Call for Nominations

Posted July 12, 2010 by LSC

The RCA is seeking nominations for its 2010 Rs of Excellence Awards.

If you know a person, program or organization that has made an outstanding contribution towards waste reduction, please let us know.

Application is simple! Submit a brief description of the nominee’s achievements and why you think they deserve an award. Considered criteria include:

  • Environmental impacts (i.e. quantified reductions in waste)
  • Innovation and progressiveness
  • Leadership
  • History and track record
  • Overall environmental commitment

Please include contact information for the nominee as well as yourself. Also, please include two letters of support with your nomination.

You can use the electronic submission form or fax your nomination to 1–403-843–4156.

2010 Applications will be accepted until Friday, August 13, 2010. Awards will be presented at the RCA’s Waste Reduction Conference Building Tomorrow, October 13–15, 2010.


Green Jobs and Social Innovation Retreat

Posted April 7, 2010 by Lift

Are you interested in “greening” your current job?

Are you wondering how to launch a small business or not-for-profit project with an environmental and social mission?

How can you line up your values with the way you make a living?

Then you should attend this inspiring residential workshop, from Friday, April 30 to Sunday, May 2, 2010 at the Kananaskis Wilderness Hostel.

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