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Thames Talbot Land Trust is hiring

Fundraising and Communications Coordinator
Are you a creative thinker with a knack for fundraising and event planning? Would you like to be part of a team dedicated to environmental conservation? A challenging and exciting position is available with the Thames Talbot Land Trust for a Fundraising and Communications Coordinator.

About the role
We are seeking a dynamic individual who is inspired by our cause and wants to use their unique set of skills in a role that is challenging and offers potential for growth. The ability to balance diverse workloads and to meet deadlines despite pressure and periodic interruptions is critical as is the desire to make a contribution in a team environment.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities
Fundraising and Event Planning

  • Plan, organize and execute annual fundraising events
    Manage donor information in the database and use that data to perform data analysis
  • Contribute to campaign strategy
  • Create case statements for future land acquisition campaigns, draft proposals for support, make person-to-person donor contact
  • Perform prospect research and take on development duties to secure major gift donations to support TTLT

Website/Marketing/Communications

  • Manage website content and oversee social media accounts (including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
  • Create content for digital communications (e-newsletter, e-blasts) and print materials (campaign brochure, newsletter, direct mail campaign)
  • Act as the staff liaison for the Membership and Marketing committee

Administration

  • Work with the Treasurer and Executive Director to manage the financial stewardship of the
    organization
  • Act as staff liaison for Finance Committee

Qualifications
The successful candidate will have a degree in Marketing, Communications, Business Administration or Diploma in Not for Profit Management or the equivalent combination of related skills and experience. Strong verbal and non-verbal communication skills with the ability to deal with people sensitively, tactfully, diplomatically and professionally at all times.

  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience with accounting software (Quickbooks) an asset.
  • Experience with Nationbuilder an asset
  • Experience with Graphic Design software an asset
  • Expertise using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram

Annual Salary
$31,987

Hours
Hours of Work: Monday to Friday 9am – 3:30pm.
Some evenings and weekends required.

Other Information:
This positing is for a permanent position working 30 hours per week.

Application Instructions:
Please send CV and Cover letter (in one document) to Suzanne McDonald, Executive Director by 4pm on December 15, 2017. Please reference the job title in the Subject Line. Suzanne McDonald
thamestalbot@ttlt.ca
519 858-3442

Effective Start Date:
January 2nd, 2018

Resilient Cities Conference

Resilient Cities Conference: Preparing London for a rapidly changing future

In the context of urban environments, resilience can be defined as the capacity of individuals, neighbourhoods, businesses, institutions, and cities as a whole to bounce back and even become stronger after acute events such as hurricanes or chronic stresses such as smog.

The Resilience Cities Conference will explore how London can build adaptive capacity to weather the “storms” of this new century by inviting cutting edge thinkers from our city and beyond. Participants will be challenged to consider the changes they can initiate in their personal and social spheres of influence. We hope that the conference will mark the beginning of a long journey for London as it transforms itself into one of the most resilient and sustainable cities in Canada.

Date: Saturday November 18th 2017, 9-4pm
Location: Central Library, 251 Dundas St. London Ontario.
Time: Conference is 9-4:00pm followed by a special Pints and Politics on Resilient Cities at the Fox and Fiddle from 4:00pm onwards.
Partners & Organizers: London Public Library, Advisory Commitee on the Environment, London Environmental Network, TREA

Registration will be on the Library’s website – and will soon be posted. Stay tuned!

See PDF of Workshops and times: Resilient Cities Plan – Sat Workshop + Speakers 

Partners in Climate Action Grant Program

Ontario is launching Partners in Climate Action, a grant program designed to identify and support the development, testing and evaluation of innovative ideas to accelerate the adoption of low-carbon choices by Ontarians. The program will provide funding to projects that:

  • help Ontarians understand how their actions contribute to climate change;
  • identify and remove barriers to behaviour change;
  • motivate Ontarians to make low-carbon choices; and
  • evaluate behaviour-based approaches to achieving greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

The program is looking to fund projects that implement and evaluate behaviour-based, action-oriented approaches to achieving greenhouse gas reductions in Ontario. The program will not fund awareness raising campaigns, pure research projects, or investments in capital assets or infrastructure.

Applicants may request up to $200,000 per project from Partners in Climate Action. Projects with additional funding secured from other partners are encouraged.

Approved projects could plan to start as early as fall 2017 and must be complete by March 2019.

Applicants may submit an optional expression of interest (EOI) by Wednesday, June 28 2017, for early feedback on their project idea. Information on EOI requirements are found on page 17 of the attached application guide.

Partners in Climate Action grant program is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan to fight climate change, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition to a low-carbon economy. The action plan and cap and trade program form the backbone of Ontario’s strategy to cut greenhouse gas emissions to 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020.

Deadline: Wednesday, July 19, 2017

To be considered eligible to apply, organizations must be legal entities operating in Ontario. Applications will not be accepted from individuals or from provincial or federal governments or their agencies. Partnerships between organizations are encouraged.

Project proposals must meet the following eligibility criteria in order to be considered for funding.

o Eligible lead organization

o Appropriate project timeline (project and project evaluation must be complete by March 2019)

o Uses recognized or emerging tool(s) to motivate behaviour change that addresses a barrier to climate action

o Proposes appropriate metrics, such as:

  • Projected increased uptake in low-carbon choices amongst project participants (expressed as a per cent or a raw measure)
  • Projected direct and/or indirect GHG emissions reductions supported by project (in kg CO2)
  • Number of Ontarians engaged in a behaviour-based low-carbon project (the project’s participation rate)

Visit their website here for more details and how to apply.

Thames River Rally Board Member

We are seeking applicants for three positions on the Thames River Rally Board of Directors.

What does Thames River Rally do?

Thames River Rally is a volunteer group that organizes monthly clean-ups of the Thames River within the city of London.

We believe that a healthy river is the lifeblood of a strong community.
We strive to find the most direct way to help Londoners get involved with cleaning up the Thames. We target one area of the river per rally. Volunteers are welcome to spend as much or as little time as they can afford.

TRR recognizes that there are several groups and organizations likewise motivated to clean up the Thames, and seek to build greater collaborative efforts with these initiatives.

What does the Thames River Rally Board of Directors do?

The Board of Directors oversees direction of Thames River Rally, and it assists with the leadership, organizational development and sustainability of the organization. This is a hands-on Board made up of action oriented individuals.

Who makes up the Thames River Rally Board of Directors?

The Thames River Rally Board of Directors are comprised of engaged and environmentally minded individuals. We aim to have leaders from diverse sectors who share a common passion for the natural environment.

This Board of Directors is “lean & mean”, meaning we make the most of our resources and time. We prefer concrete action and direct results. If you prefer being on a Board that takes on work such as scheduling social media posts, sending out volunteer emails and organizing collaborative events, this is the board for you!

What’s in it for you?

  • the opportunity to have an impact on keeping the Thames River clean
  • the opportunity to use your strengths and skills to help cultivate a strong, cohesive and empowered non-profit
  • the opportunity to gain project management, leadership, collaboration and program development skills
  • the opportunity to develop relationships with a wide variety of dynamic concerned citizens
  • the opportunity to experience a sense of accomplishment, contribution and connection to the community
  • oh, and we like to have fun while we do all of these amazing things

Do you care about the environment and a clean river?

We are seeking strong leaders with a broad range of strengths, skills and experience who are committed to hands on work and direct action to keep the Thames clean.

Specifically, we are seeking individuals who have experience and skills in:

  • Communications & Marketing
  • Social Media & Websites
  • Fundraising
  • Governance

We believe diversity is valuable and strive to involve representatives that reflects our community.

Meetings:

  • Board of Director meetings occur monthly (convenient dates determined as a group)

Expectations of the TRR Board of Directors:

Board of Directors are expected to be active participants in the Thames River Rally governance, activities, and support, committing to a minimum of 4 hours a month. This can be demonstrated through the following:

  • Participating in at least 75% of the BOD meetings each
  • Participating in a Thames River Rally cleanup at least once per
  • Working collaboratively and respectfully with other BOD members.
  • Communicating and promoting the Thames River Rally mission and events to the London community and public
  • Being alert to opportunities, funding and people that can benefit the Thames River Rally over the long term


Length
of term: BOD members serve 2-year terms, and may serve up to two consecutive 2-year terms. After a one-year break in service, former SC members become eligible to serve up to two additional 2-year terms.

Apply Online Now!

Application cut-off is June 30th 2017.

Seeking Steering Committee Members

 

What does the Steering Committee do?

The Steering Committee establishes and oversees policy and direction of the London Environmental Network, and it assists with the leadership, organizational development and sustainability of the Network.

Who makes up the LEN Steering Committee?

The London Environmental Network is made up of a combination of representatives of LEN organizations and the community at large. We aim to have a highly-skilled and knowledgeable leadership team that will both represent the membership of LEN and the diversity of our community to provide a strong foundation for the stability and growth of the network which exists to serve the environmental nonprofit sector in London.

What’s in it for you?

  • the opportunity to have an impact on building a healthy and sustainable city
  • the opportunity to use your strengths and skills to help cultivate a strong, cohesive and empowered non-profit environmental sector
  • the opportunity to gain project management, leadership, collaboration and program development skills
  • the opportunity to mentor and be mentored by community minded professionals and environmental leaders
  • the opportunity to enhance your knowledge of the environmental issues that impact all of us locally, provincially, nationally and globally
  • the opportunity to develop relationships with a wide variety of dynamic concerned citizens
  • the opportunity to experience a sense of accomplishment, contribution and connection to the community
  • oh, and we like to have fun while we do all of these amazing things

Are you experienced and do you have the time?

We are seeking strong leaders with a broad range of strengths, skills and experience who are committed to the role of a strong, cohesive and environmental non-profit community in building a healthy and sustainable community.

The long-term goal is for LEN to become incorporated, and that the Steering Committee would transition into a Board of Directors. It’s an exciting time to get involved!

Specifically, we are seeking individuals who have experience and skills in:

  • Communications & Marketing
  • Fundraising
  • Governance
  • Program growth and development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Employee/volunteer engagement
  • Networking and Collaboration

We believe diversity is valuable and strive to involve representatives that reflects our community.

LEN’s Role

Mission and Goals

Our Mission (What we do)

The London Environmental Network (LEN) connects over 35 local non-profits and community groups working with an environmental focus.

We work to build strong, resilient organizations so they can be more effective at creating positive environmental change over the long term. The London Environmental Network also acts as a doorway into the environmental non-profit sector so Londoners can more easily learn about environmental efforts in our city and how to get involved.

Our Vision (Why we do it)

We believe that by cultivating a strong, cohesive and empowered environmental non-profit community, we will engage more Londoners in growing a healthy, sustainable city.

Our Goals (How we do it)

  • Facilitate collaboration between environmental organizations
  • Provide training and shared resources to make groups stronger and more effective
  • Empower member organizations to communicate their stories better and become more effective at making change
  • Be a central source for Londoners to learn about environmental groups, events and activities
  • Recruit volunteers and supporters for member organizations

Major responsibilities:

  • Provide high level oversight to the implementation of the LEN strategic plan including monitoring of goals and approving adjustments when necessary
  • Ensure that Network is accountable to funding sources in terms of deliverables
    and reporting
  • Act as an ambassador of LEN communicating its purpose and successes to the community and identifying opportunities for partnerships and collaboration
  • Drive resources (funding, people, opportunities) toward the Network
  • Create and participate in ad hoc and sub-committees to address specific or ongoing Network
  • Engage in succession planning for the London Environmental N

Meetings:

  • Steering Committee meetings occur monthly (convenient dates determined as a group)
  • Ad hoc and sub-committees meet as needed for their work

Composition of Steering Committee:

  • Thames Talbot Land Trust Executive Director
  • ReForest London Executive Director
  • Director, Environmental Programs & Solid Waste, City of London
  • 4 representatives from LEN Member groups
  • 4 additional community members with appropriate experience and fit

Expectations:

Steering Committee members are expected to be active participants in the London Environmental Network’s governance, activities, and support, committing to a minimum of 4 hours a month. This can be demonstrated through the following:

  • Participating in at least 75% of the Steering Committee meetings each
  • Serving on at least one ad hoc or sub-committee of the Steering Committee.
  • Participating as a London Environmental Network representative in at least one public event per
  • Working collaboratively and respectfully with other Steering Committee
  • Communicating and promoting the London Environmental Network’s mission and Member organizations in the London community and public
  • Communicating and promoting to LEN Member organizations the value of membership both for individual groups and for the whole sector
  • Being alert to opportunities, funding and people that can benefit the London Environmental Network over the long term
  • Becoming familiar with the London Environmental Network’s finances, budget, and financial/resource needs.

Length of term: Steering Committee (SC) members serve 2-year terms, and may serve up to two consecutive 2-year terms. After a one-year break in service, former SC members become eligible to serve up to two additional 2-year terms.

Apply Online Now!

Application cut-off is June 5th 2017. New members will be presented to the public on June 14th 2017.

Summer Job Posting for the London Environmental Network

Summer Job Posting for the London Environmental Network

Job title: Communications & Outreach Assistant

Hourly wage rate: $11.40/hour for 37.5 hours a week. 16 week contract.

Position Details:

We have funding for a 4 month contract (16 weeks) starting May 8th 2017 to Friday August 25th 2017. We do have some flexibility on the start and end dates however – so don’t let that be a deterrent! You must also meet the following Canada Summer Job requirements; must be between 15-30 years old, currently registered as a full-time student and returning as a full-time student and must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or official refugee.

The Organization:

The London Environmental Network (LEN) is a network of local environmentally focused non-profits and community groups. LEN works to strengthen these groups internally so they are better able to make positive change over the long term. The LEN also works to raise the profile of the environmental non-profit sector so we attract more volunteers and supporters in growing a healthy, sustainable city.

The London Environmental Network is currently seeking a 4 month summer student to be our Communications & Outreach Assistant from May-August 2017. The successful candidate will help us with our external communications, outreach booths, events, and with certain research projects and reports.

The Overview:

  • You’ll be responsible for curating content for the London Environmental Network’s Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts for 4 months (both scheduled and in person posts)
  • You will attend member events to take photos and promote
  • You will be responsible for setting up and staffing a few outreach booths throughout the 4 months
  • You will help the Network Coordinator with compiling information for certain projects. You’ll also do a little bit of work on the social media analytics for the organization.
  • You will help with event management, including event invites, coordinating food, and event setup
  • Your days will be a mix of office work and event/outreach work.

Our Culture:

Small but mighty is our trademark! If you are the successful candidate you will be working in a team of two as you would be working closely with our Network Coordinator to achieve both your personal goals and the organizational goals. We want you to succeed just as much as we want to benefit from your work at LEN.

We encourage Woof Wednesdays (if you have a trained dog you can bring it to work on Wednesdays). We love potlucks (usually once a month). We also encourage you to take advantage of the beautiful nature surrounding the office by taking walking breaks throughout the day.

Preferable Experience:

Preference will be given to candidates that have the following experience:

  • Ideally in a program related to marketing, communications, event planning, non-for profit or community development
  • Demonstrated use of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for non-personal use
  • Ability to write clear and engaging content
  • Setting up and staffing outreach booths
  • Some experience with program implementation, evaluation or development
  • Reporting skills (budgets, tracking, evaluation etc.)

The Details:

The Communications & Outreach Assistant will be working on the development and delivery of the London Environmental Network (LEN) communications strategy along with updating and evaluating current LEN material.

Responsibilities of the Communications & Outreach Assistant will include:

  • Development and posting of social media content
  • Design, development and implementation of LEN monthly e-newsletter for Londoners
  • Design of event invitations, surveys and other updates for email community as required
  • Assisting with the development of material for the LEN website
  • Monitoring and responding to questions on the email group
  • Assistance in the development of outreach material for LEN and network organizations
  • Participating in local events put on by LEN and network organizations as a photographer/blogger
  • Creation of analytics report to evaluate the performance of LEN communications
  • Outreach booth setup and staffing at certain events
  • Researching and setting up a CRM database to track LEN members
  • Researching grant opportunities for environmental groups
  • Assisting with creating a streamlined way to access municipal, provincial and federal environmental projects, programs and news on a regular basis
  • Maintaining a daily log of activities and achievements
  • Performing other similar and related activities as required
  • Reporting project progress to the Network Coordinator in a timely manner
  • Creating a transition manual to be delivered to the next Assistant

Supervision and Mentoring Plan:

The Communications & Outreach Assistant will report directly to the Network Coordinator of the London Environmental Network. Orientation to the London Environmental Network and the position will be provided at the beginning of the position and will include an overview of the London Environmental Network organizational structure, mandate, policies, procedures and properties.

Project training and supervision will be provided by the Network Coordinator who will communicate the specific goals, tasks and expectations of individual projects. The Communications & Outreach Assistant will work with the Network Coordinator directly most days and be in contact on a daily basis when working independently.

The Network Coordinator will meet with the Communications & Outreach Assistant once per week to review progress on projects, update work plans accordingly, and discuss new ideas and challenges.

How to Apply:

Email londonenvironnetwork@gmail.com by Thursday April 27th 2017 with a cover letter and resume. Interviews will occur on Friday April 28th, Monday May 1st and Tuesday May 2nd. Start date May 8th ideally.

Trails Open October 1 & 2 – Westminster Ponds

 

The London Environmental Network is pleased to be hosting this year’s Trails Open event at Westminster Ponds. Trails Open is part of Doors Open, a province wide cultural event where people are invited into places they might not normally access. These include cultural ‘treasures’ of all descriptions. Trails Open is a part of London’s 15th annual Doors Open and Cultural Days October 1 & 2 and focuses on celebrating our natural heritage.

The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority describes the area as follows. “At approximately 200 hectares, Westminster Ponds / Pond Mills Environmentally Significant Area (ESA) is the largest publicly-owned ESA in London. The ESA is significant for its size and for its great variety of natural habitats within the boundaries of a major urban centre. The site is also designated as a Provincially Significant Wetland.”

LEN member groups will be offering a variety of activities at Trails Open to introduce the citizens of London to this natural gem in our community. Activities include guided hikes, presentations on future conservation plans for Westminster Ponds, native species planting, and a tree depot (free trees!) and tree cycling event (giving native species a new home).  LEN is proud of the collaboration between the environmental groups in putting on a program that features a broad range of the area’s most features.

For the most up-to-date information on what Nature London, Thames Valley Trail Association, Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, ReForest London, and Thames Talbot Land Trust have in store check the trails-open-2016-schedule.

Access to the activities at Westminster Ponds beginning at 10:30 a.m. each day is via Western Counties Road (off Commissioners Road east, across from LHSC).

This is a family friendly event. Due to the large number of visitors expected and to keep disturbance of the natural areas to a minimum we ask that dogs be left at home.

Free Volunteer Management Workshop

HotDOCs is presenting a free workshop on volunteer management in London.

The session includes The Basics of a Volunteer Program and the Value of Supervision: Training your Staff on how to Work with Volunteers. This second session is also applicable for training senior leadership volunteers to work with volunteers under their supervision.

Date: August 30, 2016 from 2:00 P.M. —  5:00 P.M.
Location: Studio 121 (211 King Street , London, ON)

For details on the volunteer management workshop, click here.

To register for the event, click here.