Valley Region Solid Waste-Resource Management Authority

Job Description – Clean Leadership 2022 Program

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Summary of the Program  

The Clean Leadership program (formerly Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps or Youth Corps) was established in 1989 to provide youth with training and employment opportunities in the environmental field. This program engages community partners across the province to hire youth to carry out work in the summer months that fosters environmental stewardship. The Clean Leadership program provides youth with clean sector work experience; an enhanced appreciation of the environment and their community, with opportunity to give back; skills for life-long learning (including job-readiness and leadership skills); and knowledge for future employment and/or education ventures. Interns will benefit from experiential work experience, a professional development training and leadership conference, networking opportunities and new connections.  

Job Title

Solid Waste Analyst – 15-week internship 

Job Location

90 Donald E. Hiltz Connector Rd., Kentville, Kings County 

Hours

Full time – 35 hours per week 

Summary of Position  

The community partner for this Summer Student Intern position through the Clean Leadership program will be Valley Waste-Resource Management, reporting to Andrew Garrett, Communications Manager. In this position, you will be mainly responsible for doing an analysis of traffic flow and customer needs at the Transfer Station in Kentville by studying incoming material flows to increase waste diversion and efficiencies. Additionally, this position will perform waste audits of beach litter accumulated along the Fundy shore to capture waste composition and support a network of volunteers. The successful candidate needs to have strong leadership and organizational skills for this position  

Community Partner 

The Valley Region Solid Waste-Resource Management Authority is a body corporate formed under an Inter-Municipal Services Agreement encompassing the Municipality of the County of Kings, and the Towns of Annapolis Royal, Berwick, Kentville, Middleton and Wolfville. Valley Waste-Resource Management manages all solid waste services for the 6 municipalities as well as 3 First Nations Communities. These services include roadside collection, landfill disposal, recycling processing, organics processing, the operation of two transfer station and education and enforcement programs. 

Duties and Responsibilities  

  • Becomes familiar with general VWRM programs and services; 
  • Becomes familiar with the VWRM By-law and Provincial Regulations pertaining to source separation of waste-resources; 
  • Observes and learns how waste-resources arrive and are handled at the Management Centers; 
  • Coordinates with other VWRM staff to develop an analysis of traffic flow and customer needs at the Eastern Management Centre (Transfer Station). 
  • Studies incoming material flows to increase waste diversion and efficiencies at the transfer stations.  from specific sectors generating waste at roadside in the region; 
  • Performs waste audits of beach litter accumulated along the Fundy shore to capture waste composition and support network of volunteers. 
  • Becomes thoroughly familiar with VWRM Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) policies and Safe Work Practices, especially those pertaining to waste-resource inspection, operation of relevant vehicles and equipment, management centre operations, etc. 
  • Customer services and organizational promotion – through promoting effective service and contact with contractors and customers, promotes the VWRM team and organization, as well as partner municipalities, to the community.  
  • Assists with promotional ideas and community outreach events. 
  • Prepares reports and data spreadsheets; 
  • Maintains accurate records of work 

Requirements/Qualifications

  • Must be a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, person who has been granted Refugee Status, 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 community partner; 
  • Have an aptitude for safe work practices and the ability to multi-task 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; 
  • Able to plan and efficiently execute an independent work plan;  
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, preferably with experience communicating compliance related environmental issues with the public; 
  • Able to communicate effectively with a wide range of people including the general public, seniors, university students/faculty, high school students, and elementary school children/teachers; 
  • A thorough knowledge of “Microsoft Office” word processing and spreadsheet computer software  
  • Familiarity with maps and mapping systems; 
  • A valid drivers license. 

Wage  

$16/hour 

Working Conditions

Work consists of working in a variety of work locations: 

  • Smelly and unpleasant areas 
  • Administration office 
  • Roadways  
  • Remote locations 
  • Solid waste transfer stations 
  • Special events 

Physical Requirements

Moderate lifting required 

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