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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
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.

Meet the 2011 Watershed Stewardship Grant Recipients

Posted September 8, 2011 by LSC

Grass roots watershed stewardship groups are making a difference in communities across Alberta.

Read on to learn how these groups will be putting their 2011 Watershed Stewardship Grant to work in a variety of community-based stewardship projects. Then click here to learn more about the Watershed Stewardship Grant (WSG) Program.

Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition
The Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition will focus on increasing the number of volunteers and stewards by providing numerous stewardship training courses, setting up field days for youth to understand the importance for caring for watersheds and wild lands. In addition, in an effort to recruit new volunteer stewards, the group will attend a variety of public events, from festivals and hikes to school outreach.

Clear Hills Watershed Initiative
The Clear Hills Watershed will continue to monitor water quality within the county to add to an ongoing database of watershed information. They will also raise awareness of the watershed through various public events such as Alberta Water Quality Awareness (AWQA) day, where children will be engaged in water related activities such as restocking fish in a lake.

Clear Water Landcare
Clear Water Landcare is in the process of building their awareness and education group locally. The group intends to help revitalize stewardship groups and share Landcare concepts more broadly by bringing an expert from Australia to speak to Landcare practices in that country, and discuss how they can be applied to Alberta situations.

Cochrane Branches and Banks Environmental Foundation
This group will restore habitat at Bighill Creek, plant 500–1000 native trees to stabilize slopes at Cochrane Ranche, and work with the Cochrane Environmental Action Committee (CEAC) to plant trees in a highly impacted wetland area. The group will also raise awareness with and engage the public and youth to assist at planting days.

Elbow River Watershed Partnership
Elbow River Watershed Partnership is developing and implementing a pilot groundwater monitoring program using wells drilled for a wastewater treatment plant. Their findings will be used to support the recommendations set out in the Elbow River Water Management Plan and the Bow Basin Watershed Management Plan, as well as determine what activities in the watershed are still contributing to decreasing water quality in the Elbow River.

Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society
The Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society have are involved in various projects including water and wildlife monitoring, invasive weed control, beaver management, speakers’ series, park watch, and park and trail care. They are going to expand their public outreach to engage the larger community, which will allow them to involve more volunteers in all of their projects.

Friends of Kananaskis Country Cooperating Association
Post-secondary students have been trained to deliver watershed protection programs to elementary, junior and senior high students. The intention is to teach students about sustainable watershed management and how to care for the water systems. The group is also planning a stewardship day during which students will plant willow stakes along the Elbow River.

Friends of Little Beaver Lake Society
The Friends of Little Beaver Lake Society are developing a visual gallery which includes locally made videos, tabletop displays, posters, photographs and a parade float. The group aims to use these resources to increase awareness and knowledge of local watershed issues, which will lead to increasing community support and the adoption of practices to help protect the watershed.

Ghost Watershed Alliance Society
Working with Cows and Fish, 42 riparian health inventories will be carried out over 109 kilometers of riparian areas and wetlands in the Ghost Watershed. The results of these inventories will be used as baseline data for management planning within the watershed, and to provide groups members, volunteers and the general public with a better understanding of the importance of riparian health.

High Prairie Riparian Action Team
The High Prairie Riparian Action Team plans to conduct three riparian health assessments, two at new sites and one site reassessment. The group will use the assessment sites as a measurement of progress and change in the riparian areas during and after restorations. The results of these assessments will determine if the sites may require offsite watering systems or exclusion fencing.

Highwood Water Management Plan Core Group
The Highwood Water Management Plan Core Group is working with a consulting firm to perform a surface water and groundwater quality assessment, which will provide the group with an overview of the ground and surface water quality, and illustrate the interactions between the two sources. The results will be used to advise stakeholders, revise a management model, and used to build a technical memorandum.

Keepers of the Water-Pembina River Watershed
The Keepers of the Water are consulting with a water ecologist to continue a water monitoring and watershed assessment, which will be used to help develop an outreach program for the community. The group wants to encourage citizens to take responsibility for observing and reporting on the health of the water and wetlands to the Keepers through a toll free number.

Lac La Nonne Watershed Stewardship Society
The Lac La Nonne Watershed Stewardship Society project includes creating The Nakamun Handbook, which will include site-specific details such as lake boundaries, environmental reserves and zoning, recreational features and more. The group is also hosting a weed education day, which will enable residents to identify noxious and invasive weeds around the lake, and help them understand why controlling noxious and invasive weeds is important for the health of the watershed.

Love the Lake
The Love the Lake group at Pigeon Lake will hire summer students to patrol the shoreline and remove the invasive Himalayan Balsam, educate lakeshore homeowners, encourage volunteers to participate in invasive plant removal, and present at the Summer Villages Annual Information Meetings. Students will be trained on proper invasive plant removal and handling by Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, and they will also document the results of their shoreline patrols.

Mayatan Lake Management Association
The Mayatan Lake Management Association will be documenting and summarizing all of the current information available about Mayatan Lake in a State of the Watershed Report. The report will include information such as history, watershed characteristics, water quality and aquatic ecological information. The report will then be used to develop a Mayatan Lake Watershed Management Plan in the future.

Milk River Ranchers Group
The Milk River Ranchers Group will be designing invasive weeds awareness signs to address the concern of the spread of invasive weeds throughout the watershed, and to create a learning opportunity for watershed residents, group members and visitors to Milk River.

Moose Lake Watershed Society
The first part of their project is a Watershed Show & Share, which consists of a daylong workshop that allows local watershed groups to gather in one place and share their programs, concerns and successes. Moose Lake Watershed Society will also coordinate the Walking with Moose day-long field trip for Grade 5 students to learn about the local ecosystem and watershed and understand how every-day decisions affect the watershed.

Nose Creek Watershed Partnership
The Nose Creek rehabilitation project involves many volunteer-based restoration activities including native tree and shrub plantings, weed pulls and clean-ups. These activities all focus on educating basin residents about how they can contribute to a healthy watershed. The group also delivers water, riparian, erosion and fisheries monitoring programs, the results of which are presented to the community and elected officials for decision making purposes.

Pigeon Lake Watershed Association
Pigeon Lake Watershed Association offers many stewardship programs including environmental workshops, home site assessments, shoreline clean-ups, as well as various publications for residents to learn about reducing their impact on the lake. The group will to provide information for homeowners and visitors about reducing nutrient loading in the lake which results in blue-green algae outbreaks.

Society of Grassland Naturalists-Medicine Hat Interpretive Program
The Society of Grassland Naturalists is planning a digital storytelling workshop where participant will learn to produce educational videos that will use personal stories and experiences to teach people how to live with beavers in a shared environment. The videos that result from the workshop will be used in displays and posted online.

Tawatinaw Watershed Stewards
The Tawatinaw Watershed Stewards propose to monitor riparian areas damaged by livestock and human activity, and then restore these areas through invasive plant species removal, implementing grazing management systems, and continuing monitoring started in 2010. The group will engage Cows and Fish to help them with assessments and to design the grazing management systems if needed.

Weaselhead/Glenmore Park Preservation Society
The Weaselhead/Glenmore Park Preservation Society is aiming to maintain and restore the natural ecosystem within the park through invasive plant removal and to raise public awareness of invasive species in the watershed. They will host outdoor education programs, which reach 4500 children and 500 adults a year, and attend public events to raise awareness and recruit volunteers.

Wizard Lake Watershed and Lake Stewardship Association
The Wizard Lake Watershed and Lake Stewardship Association will complete their State of the Watershed Report, which highlights the current conditions of the watershed. They plan to use the report to develop action plans for the future, and improve the health of the watershed by raising awareness with local residents.

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