Summer Youth Job Posting – Apply by May 31/24 for Event Coordinator

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: 10 weeks (35 hours/week) starting June 17, 2024

Number of Jobs: 1 position available

Wage: $16.00/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 scholarships, 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 Event Coordinator will be responsible for the development of a series of presentations about Sable Island’s cultural history and their delivery at free public events.

They will work closely with the Director of Education and the Director of History to prepare up to four events in the summer of 2024. Each session will celebrate a unique aspect of the island’s cultural history such as the Sable Island Humane Establishment (established in 1801) and the life of Trixie Boutillier who lived on the island in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The content will include details on the daily life and activities of the island’s occupants and the natural environment. The presentations will be recorded for sharing on our YouTube channel. 

Specific activities assigned to the Event Coordinator will include finalizing the list of topics and presenters, developing a script for the opening and closing of each event, creating a schedule, booking venues, developing a social media campaign, setting up the recording, managing the event, and preparing the recording for publication.

The live events and their recordings will be promoted as educational resources to be used as teaching aids in classrooms, especially for the lesson plans we are developing for Nova Scotia’s school curriculum from Primary to Grade 12. The future of Sable Island rests in the hands of our youth and educating them on its cultural importance will support its ongoing conservation and protection.

The Event Coordinator will work mostly independently between regular check-ins with a supervisor, a volunteer board member of Friends of Sable Island. Much of the work can be done remotely using regular check-ins with the supervisor.

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 (speaking, 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 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 May 31, 2024. Please quote “Summer Position – 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 Wednesday June 12, 2024).