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Climate Anxiety-to-Action Workshop Series

Mental wellbeing is incredibly important in the resiliency of local communities, especially in the face of climate change and maintaining the capacity to adapt and coordinate altogether. The stressors to our global society these past four years during the global COVID-19 pandemic coupled with climate anxiety from climate change and impending impacts can lead to feelings of apathy, and in some cases symptoms of burnout.

EOS staff developed a climate anxiety-to-action workshop series which pulls from local expertise and resources in art, indigenous knowledge, and professional counselling.

Introduction to Plein Air Workshop

Fine art painter Christeen Awad will be leading a 3-hour workshop in Sackville’s Waterfowl Park, which will introduce participants to the plein air process. The workshop will involve painting in reverence to nature, with an emphasis on self-expression and will focus on essential plein air techniques such as mark making, shape, texture, and atmospheric perspective.

Information about future Climate Anxiety-to-Action workshops will be posted here and on EOS’s social media accounts

EOS is looking for a Community Garden & Green Spaces Coordinator!

EOS is an award-winning charitable organization focused on helping communities address climate change in southeast New Brunswick and beyond. We’re looking for an outgoing, dynamic, organized individual to coordinate activities with the Sackville Community Garden and the array of community green spaces such as food forests and green roofs that EOS has planted over the years. The Community Garden and Green Spaces Coordinator will coordinate community-based projects for the Sackville Community Garden and EOS Eco-Energy. The Coordinator will work out of the Sackville Community Garden and EOS office in beautiful Sackville, New Brunswick.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Sackville Community Garden Steering Committee and be a point of contact for Sackville Community Garden members
  • Plan and host community workshops on topics such as sustainable gardening practices, trellis-making, invasive species management, soil health, food preparation (including the use of the stone pizza oven on-site), and seed harvesting
  • Coordinate, promote and host community work parties at the Sackville Community Garden and food forests (weed, prune, mulch)
  • Develop a maintenance plan with partners and coordinate maintenance at the community green spaces made by EOS such as the Municipality of Tantramar’s green roof, and the food forests at the Sackville Community Garden, Dorchester Consolidated School, Marshview Middle School, and Port Elgin Regional School
  • Coordinate the installation of solar energy at the Sackville Community Garden
  • Coordinate with Tantramar staff to plant vegetables on Tantramar Town Hall green roof and provide food from the green roof to the Sackville Community Cupboard
  • Work with EOS staff to host workshops on food forest tree care and pruning, how to can/preserve the harvests, and/or recipe ideas to use the foods found in the food forests
  • Order additional plants, trees, shrubs, mulch as necessary
  • Coordinate watering, weeding, and plantings as necessary
  • Develop communications materials such as posters and infographics to share with partners and the general public, develop and share promotional materials for community events at the Sackville Community Garden
  • General help with office tasks, public inquiries, attend EOS meetings, write and submit funding proposals, project budgeting, report writing, liaise with funders and partners, communicate with EOS members and volunteers, contribute to EOS newsletter and social media, assist with administrative tasks, etc.

Experience, Knowledge, Skills:

  • Understanding and appreciation of gardening, permaculture, and community garden programs.
  • Knowledge and/or experience in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency, GHG emissions reduction, climate change adaption and mitigation, sustainable development and public outreach especially within a community-based context.
  • Excellent presentation, and facilitation skills. Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Community outreach and engagement experience, ability to establish/maintain effective working relationships.
  • Experience working with the public.
  • Strong multi-tasking, organizational skills.
  • Eagerness to learn new skills and participate in training opportunities.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting on a variety of assigned tasks.
  • Computer skills with knowledge of various computer software packages including Apple, Microsoft Office and the Adobe Suite of programs, Canva, WordPress websites, and effective social media skills.

Qualifications:         

  • Experience in gardening, green infrastructure, public green spaces, community garden programs, environmental non-profits, environmental planning, sustainable development, or related field.
  • Fluency in English (French an asset).
  • Well organized project management and coordination.
  • Valid Class 5 driver’s license and access to a vehicle would be helpful as we work across a rural region.
  • The successful applicant enjoys small town living, is outgoing, engaging, creative, confident, responsible, energetic, has excellent time management and interpersonal skills, good judgement, and is self-motivated.
  • Being 30 or under; unemployed, underemployed, or a recent grad; a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or have refugee status is not mandatory but could allow for additional internship funding.
  • Experience writing funding applications and final reports are assets.

Position Details:

Start by late April 2024 to September 2024. The position is 35 hours a week with a flexible schedule. Become part of our energetic EOS team and enjoy a fun, relaxed atmosphere in our beautiful Main Street office overlooking the Bay of Fundy. The position will be paid $18 per hour for a total of 15 weeks. Potential for extension, depending on further funding.

Application Procedure and Deadline:

Please forward a cover letter, resume and two references to eos@nb.aibn.com by 5pm Atlantic Time Monday, April 19th, 2024. EOS thanks everyone who applies, but only those granted an interview will be contacted. If you don’t possess all of the experience and qualifications listed, we still encourage you to apply. We may begin interviews as we receive applications, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

A Change of Executive Director at EOS

EOS is happy (and also sad) to announce that our long-time Executive Director Amanda Marlin has recently accepted an offer to be the new Climate Change Adaptation Learning and Training Coordinator at ClimAtlantic. Starting in mid-November she will be working with communities across the Atlantic region to build capacity for climate adaptation. We wish Amanda all the best in her new position!

We are also excited to share that Brittany Cormier, our current climate change projects manager, will be the new Executive Director at EOS. Brittany has been working with EOS coordinating municipal climate action projects for the municipality of Tantramar, and leading the watershed monitoring and climate change adaptation projects. She has previous ED experience, many years working in the environmental non-profit sector, and will work hard to continue the EOS initiatives in our communities. Congrats Brittany!

Brittany and Amanda preparing to plant trees at La Solitude in Memramcook this past spring. Congrats to both on their new positions!