Communications & Outreach Summer Student Position

Salmon Coast Field Station is seeking an energetic and adaptable summer student to provide
communications and outreach support at our busy remote research station.

The successful applicant will focus on sharing the story of Salmon Coast with the many boaters, kayakers, and other visitors who travel through the Broughton each summer. This will include developing engaging public education materials, including print and digital assets, and helping to deliver outreach and education programs. This position is a great opportunity to take on a diversity of tasks in an amazing setting.

Duties include:

  • Assisting with developing newsletters, outreach materials and interpretative programs
  • Participating in outreach activities and delivering interpretative programs
  • Coordinating and leading station tours for boaters, kayakers, and other visitors
  • Supporting education activities, including two week-long conservation education camps for high school students
  • Managing social media accounts
  • Photography and videography
  • Other duties as required

While working and also during off time, this position offers an opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty and diversity of the Broughton Archipelago. You’ll live in community with researchers, students, volunteers, and staff committed to understanding and protecting the surrounding coastal ecosystem. Experience the incredible setting while knowing you are contributing to its ongoing conservation.

This position will be funded in part through the Canada Summer Jobs Program.

To meet the criteria for the Canada Summer Jobs program, each applicant MUST be:

  • Aged from 15 to 30 years on commencement of employment;
  • Registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year (2017-2018);
  • Registered in a secondary, post-secondary or CEGEP (Quebec only) program;
  • Intending to return to full-time school during the next academic year (2018-2019);
  • A Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person conferred refugee protection under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada and according to relevant Provincial legislation and regulations.

Skills, experience, and qualifications

  • Strong interest in environmental outreach and disseminating conservation information
  • Good public speaking skills and experience preparing and delivering presentations
  • Experience developing and designing educational materials
  • Social media management (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Hootsuite)
  • Photography, videography and editing skills considered a strong asset
  • Experience with WordPress, Google Analytics and/or Adwords considered strong assets
  • Graphic design experience (Adobe Creative Suite or similar) considered a strong asset
  • Diplomacy, tact, and good communication and organisational skills
  • Ability to work effectively within a diverse team as well as independently
  • Flexible, resourceful, energetic, and conscientious with good attention to detail
  • Self-motivated and enthusiastic about living in a remote location with minimal facilities
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office and in possession of a personal computer that you can use for work

Unfortunately, our field station is not equipped to accommodate applicants reliant on a wheelchair or other mobility aid. Applicants must be comfortable moving in and out of small boats, on uneven terrain, and using stairs.

Position reports to: Salmon Coast Field Station Coordinators
Position based in: Echo Bay, Gilford Island, BC
Duration: Temporary full-time. 37 hours per week for 9 weeks.
Start date: As early as June 4 2018.


  • $13 per hour, less standard employment deductions
  • The Field Station Assistants must reside at the station for the full duration of the contract.
  • Accommodation, including utilities, internet, and access to laundry facilities is included.
  • Transportation to and from Port McNeill is included. The employee is responsible for their own travel to and from Port McNeill.
  • All meals and personal items are the responsibility of the employee. The station carries out supply trips every 10 days (approximately).
  • Dinners at Salmon Coast are communal and are prepared by individual users on a rotating
    schedule. The employee will purchase the supplies for their scheduled dinners. A limited amount of produce is available from the station gardens for use in communal meals.

Application deadline: 5:00 pm on Friday May 25 2018

To apply: Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to

Remote Volunteers

Duration: Ongoing

Location: anywhere in the world with an internet connection

Description: We’re keen to connect with volunteers who can help Salmon Coast amplify the impact of our groundbreaking conservation research. If you’ve got the skills to help us tell engaging stories and connect with our community, please be in touch!

Assets: Some of the skills we’re looking for include graphic design, SEO, website design, social media strategy, database management, editing, fundraising, photo/video editing, media strategy.

To Apply: Email the Station Coordinators at to set up a one-on-one Skype conversation about how you can get involved.

Station Volunteers

Duration: Seeking general volunteers for March-September, and specialized volunteers year-round

Location: Salmon Coast Field Station in the Broughton Archipelago, British Columbia

Terms: $150/month stipend, accommodations, and transport between Port McNeill and Salmon Coast provided by Salmon Coast Field Station

Description: Salmon Coast is a vibrant, off-grid place of learning and discovery, made possible through the efforts of volunteers. Volunteers will learn and apply a variety of skills related to sustainable living, conservation science, public education, and community living. Station tasks including grounds and gardens work, cleaning, firewood, data entry, communications and public outreach, and other jobs. Bring your talents and interests and we’ll work together!

While working and during off time, this position offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Broughton Archipelago, as well as chances for boating and hiking excursions into the surrounding waters and forested islands. Come experience the incredible ecosystem we live in and have the satisfaction of knowing that you are contributing to its conservation!

We ask that general volunteers commit to a two week stay, unless you are coming to work on a specific project (i.e. arboriculture or videography).

Requirements: Physical fitness, enthusiasm and willingness to perform a variety of tasks. Comfort living and working in a remote, off-grid environment.

Assets: Maintenance and trades skills, social media/communications, gardening/sustainable living skills, familiarity with small boats, interest in biology and coastal communities.

We’re particularly looking for volunteers with experience in arboriculture, construction, plumbing, off-grid electrical systems, and videography.

To Apply: Please fill out our Volunteer Application Form and email your resume and 2 professional references with a brief explanatory letter to the Station Coordinator:



As an off-grid, boat-in, hillside field station, Salmon Coast is always on the hunt for good gear and equipment. Anyone who visits the station knows that we’re big fans of creative, low-cost solutions! Whether it’s repurposing old water barrels or extending the life of old tools, we do whatever we can to ensure our facility remains accessible, safe, and effective for young researchers and conservationists.

Click to view a spreadsheet of our current Station Equipment and Infrastructure Wishlist.

Station needs are constantly changing, so please be in contact if you have something to offer that’s not on our list.