Summer Youth Job Posting – Apply by Jun 11/23 for Co-ordinator, Special Events

Are you a student or graduate between 15-30 years of age with an interest in planning and organizing special events to help people learn more about Sable Island? We’re looking for you!

Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Position Details: 8 weeks (35 hours/week) starting June 26, 2023

Number of Jobs: 1 position available

Wage: $15.50/hour

Organizational Background:

Friends of Sable Island Society is a charitable volunteer-based organization dedicated to the preservation of Sable Island. We promote awareness and education through our website, annual scholarship, and public events such as the bi-annual “Sable Island Conference”. We believe that the island has an amazing capacity to teach people about our world and we seek ways to provide a variety of learning opportunities.

Position Details:

The Special Events Co-ordinator will work closely with the Event Planning Committee to prepare for the next Sable Island Conference to be held in Nova Scotia in October 2023. Specific activities will include reviewing submissions from potential presenters, assisting in the selection of presenters, contacting potential sponsors, designing an event program, developing a social media campaign, and assisting with attendee registration activities.

The two-day conference will feature a series of curated presentations about Sable Island. Contributors will be selected using an open call for abstracts/presenters. Topics are expected to include science, cultural history, tourism, indigenous connections, environment, art, and park management. The future of Sable Island rests in the hands of our youth, and young researchers and recent graduates will be strongly encouraged to participate as both presenters and attendees.

The Special Events Co-ordinator will work mostly independently between regular meetings of the Event Planning Committee. Much of the work can be done remotely using regular check-ins with the supervisor, a volunteer board member of Friends of Sable Island.

Position Requirements:

  • Creative thinker
  • Self-starter who is comfortable taking steps to remove obstacles before seeking assistance
  • Ability to work independently
  • Well organized and comfortable setting daily and weekly work goals
  • Proficiency with the English language (reading and writing)
  • Provide own access to a computer and internet for accessing a shared on-line workspace
  • Between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) on the work start date
  • Student in or graduate of a secondary, post-secondary, vocational or technical program
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations
  • Not immediate family of a member of the Board of Directors for Friends of Sable Island

Position Assets:

  • Currently studying or a graduate of a program with a project or event management component
  • Experience using Google services, especially shared Google drives
  • Experience coordinating special events of any size
  • Experience working with volunteers

We are committed to the principles of diversity and employment equity and seek to reflect the diverse nature of Canadian society in our hiring process. We encourage Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and members of a visible minority group to self-identify when you apply.

To Apply:

Please email a resume and cover letter (preferably merged into one file) to by 11:59pm on Friday June 9, 2023. Please quote “Summer Position – Special Events” in the subject and body of all communications.

Candidates selected for interviews will be asked to provide contact information for at least two references at their interview. Please note that only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted (no later than Friday June 16, 2023).