Communications Coordinator

Agroforestry and Woodlot Extension Society

Our mission, deeply rooted in scientific knowledge, is to share with others the value of trees. AWES believes in inspiring and supporting community to build skills, not only to care for and grow future forests but, grow future forest stewards as well. AWES is proud to be an organization who’s primary focus is empowering environmental stewards at a community level. We work to build capacity through helping others successfully develop & deliver environmental restoration projects.

AWES is an equal opportunity employer choosing to prioritize mentorship of developing professionals including, women, persons with disabilities, aboriginal peoples, minority groups, and rural Canadians.

Looking for an opportunity to share your knowledge? AWES has a summer opening for a Communications Coordinator (Summer-term position hiring for an entry level coordinator) Funding provided through the Canada Summer Jobs Grant.


(Up to 40h/week, remote base considered, interest/ability to conduct field work in rural Alberta, field hours include some evening and weekend work, diversity valued, rural candidates encouraged, full-time)

Agroforestry & Woodlot Extension Society (AWES) is looking for a Communications Coordinator to help educate Alberta’s agriculture community about tools and tips for growing a greener farm. This position will lead the way in promoting Agroforestry through the creation of sustainable programming and in developing collaborative relationships with our partner organizations. If you consider yourself to have creative social media skills, strong communication skills and a passion for sustainable farming and all that it entails, then consider applying to AWES. The ideal candidate will have a basic understanding of AWES work particularly its online presence, and good knowledge of digital communications and presentation techniques. This position will be based remotely and rural candidates with experience in Alberta’s farming community will be preferred.

Duties of the AWES Communication Coordinator include but are not limited to:

  • Report to the AWES Executive Director.
  • Assist with the general administration of AWES, including providing reports on program activity.
  • Plan, develop materials for, and facilitate online and in person AWES events (e.g. workshops, field tours, forest walks, and radio/TV interviews) on topics related to sustainable farming, agroforestry and farming in general;
  • Community engagement with users, followers and subscribers;
  • Collaborate with AWES partners and stakeholders within public and private sectors;
  • Assist with the development and dissemination of AWES materials and tools (e.g., articles, videos, webpages, or newsletters) on forest and agriculture related topics
  • Assist with the development of proposals to acquire project funding; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Technical Knowledge:

  • Sustainable farming, sustainable rural living, wildlife, horticulture, composting and native species
  • Extension methodology and information packaging;
  • Social media enews/infographic and other digital content development ;
  • Web-enabled learning methodologies & best practices;
  • Plant and soil taxonomy, ecosystem classification; and
  • Qualifications and Skills
  • University degree, technical diploma, or experience in relevant field or in progress (horticulture, environmental, agriculture);
  • Strong knowledge of computer applications, social media tools for business & emerging technology platforms;
  • At least one year of experience working in horticulture, agriculture, forestry, land management, or related natural sciences;
  • Effective writing, administration, and communication skills, including experience with technical writing and presentation delivery;
  • Experience working with stakeholders, good interpersonal skills;
  • Experience with basic Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Send in Blue, Issu, WordPress or similar software;
  • Basic knowledge of the top motivational speakers and motivational YouTube channel landscape and/or prior experience analyzing and organizing content is a plus;
  • Willing to work independently as well as be a team player, strong “can do’ attitude, irregular hours and in enthusiastic about occasional work in a field setting
  • Organized, enthusiastic about the work and subject matter, flexible, self-motivated, and a team player

*must have a valid driver license and be comfortable driving on rural roads.

*this position is based out of the Crop Diversification Centre North Office (NW Edmonton). Rural Alberta remote work is also acceptable.

AWES is an equal opportunity employer we are looking to add diversity to our team. Please apply for this position and tell us how you can bring a new perspective, how your unique experience and skills will enhance how AWES delivers our mission to Alberta.

AWES acknowledges that we live, work, and plant trees on the traditional territory of many peoples, including Treaties 6, 7, and 8 lands. The Blackfoot Confederacy – Kainai, Piikani, and Siksika – the Cree, Dene, Saulteaux, Nakota Sioux, Stoney Nakoda, the Tsuu T’ina Nation, and the Métis People of Alberta. AWES is grateful for the original stewards of this land.

Job Types: Full-time, Seasonal
Contract length: 4 months

Salary: $15.00-$18.00 per hour


  • Casual dress
  • Flexible schedule
  • On-site parking
  • Work from home


  • Day shift

Application question(s):

  • This job is funded through the Canada Summer Jobs Grant and requires successful individuals to be 30 years of age or under and legally able to work in Canada. Please confirm that you meet this requirement.

Work Location: Remote

Application deadline: 2023-04-21
Expected start date: 2023-05-01

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