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Job title: Equipment & Training Officer

Reports to: Program Manager

Job location: 6080 Young Street, Halifax NS

Wage: $19.30/hour 

Hours: 35 hours per week

Start Date: Expected May 13, 2024


Application Deadline:
March 19th 2024 11:59pm

About Atlantic Water Network

Atlantic Water Network (AWN), a project of the MakeWay Shared Platform, is Atlantic Canada’s hub for community-based water monitoring. For nearly two decades, AWN has supported a growing network of over one-hundred community partner organizations throughout Atlantic Canada in all aspects of water quality monitoring. AWN achieves this by creating shared learning opportunities, offering tailored technical supports, and promoting local water priorities at both regional and national scales. AWN works throughout all Atlantic provinces with a main office at 6080 Young Street, Halifax. 

Summary of position 

The Equipment & Training Officer will build capacity for community-based water monitoring organizations in Nova Scotia. They will coordinate our Halifax water monitoring equipment bank and find innovative ways to support new and existing communities who rely on our resources to conduct water quality monitoring.  The Equipment & Training Officer is a pivotal role to AWN and will help ensure our partners are safely collecting the highest quality data possible in order to be used by data end-users such as governments, researchers, and community members. Their work will help raise the profile of community groups and contribute to community buy-in of water monitoring activities.  

Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Manage Atlantic Water Network’s Halifax-based water monitoring equipment bank. This includes maintaining and calibrating water monitoring equipment, scheduling and executing equipment loans with community partners, maintaining professional relationships with 20-30 Nova Scotia-based watershed organizations, and managing relationships with coordinators of AWN’s regional equipment hubs throughout the Maritime Provinces
  • Develop and implement a summer equipment training strategy. This includes analyzing the needs of our current network, developing a training strategy, and creating in-field, online, or printed training resources for community-based water monitoring participants
  • Develop communication material to showcase the equipment bank and its users. This includes running social media and newsletter campaigns, communicating equipment bank improvements and lessons learned to AWN staff and stakeholders, and performing outreach to potential equipment users
  • Attend and assist with a choice of virtual or in-person outreach events throughout the summer that are run by AWN Community Partner organizations, such as water quality monitoring runs, BioBlitzes, and workshops


  • Have an aptitude for safe work practices and the ability to multitask 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;
  • Coursework in science, including environmental science, ecology, or geography; 
  • Adept in both teamwork and working independently: takes initiative but knows when and how to get guidance, support or direction. Demonstrates a highly collaborative ethos.
  • Strong organizational skills including including the ability to set goals and prioritize diverse workloads and the flexibility to adapt to changing needs;
  • Effective communication skills with ability to communicate difficult scientific concepts to lay audiences; 
  • Experience working with nonprofits, environmental organizations or previous water monitoring experience will be consisted an asset 

Clean Leadership Program Requirements

This position is funded through the Clean Leadership Summer Internship program, which helps grow the clean economy by matching interns with employers. Interns will receive paid hands-on experience, mentorship opportunities, and professional development training.

  • Must be a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, person who has been granted refugee status in Canada or legally entitled to work in Canada; 
  • Must be between the ages of 15 and 30 years old (inclusive) at the start of internship;
  • From and/or will be residing in Nova Scotia for the duration of the internship;
  • Must not be an immediate family member of host employer;

Working Conditions
This position will require working with the public from both our office in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and outdoors in a variety of weather conditions. The intern must be available to work in-person for three days per week, with options for remote work available otherwise. Willingness to travel within the province and to other Maritime provinces is required.

Physical Requirements
The position will require the frequent use of small handheld monitoring equipment and may require maneuvering over uneven terrain outdoors.

Atlantic Water Network-MakeWay is an equal opportunities organization and welcomes applications from underrepresented communities such as Indigenous and Aboriginal People, 2SLGBTQ+ persons, African Nova Scotians and other Racially Visible Persons, or women in occupations or positions where they are underrepresented. Applicants are encouraged to self-identify in their submission.

MakeWay is a national charity and public foundation with a goal to enable nature and communities to thrive together. We do this by building partnerships, providing solutions, grants, and services for the charitable sector across the country.

For more information about MakeWay, please visit: http://makeway.org/approach/shared-platform/