Job Opportunities


Friends of Second Marsh (FSM) is a registered Canadian charity. FSM is dedicated to wetland and environmental education, and to the stewardship of Oshawa Second Marsh and its watershed. FSM is hiring two (2) (Assistant) Environmental Program Coordinators for the summer of 2024.  This position will make a positive impact on local natural ecology and biodiversity through dominant introduced (invasive) plant management and connecting the public to nature. Training provided.

Position: (Assistant) Environmental Program Coordinators

Rate of Pay: $18.50/hour for 35 hours/week

Start Date/Duration: Monday, May 6, 2024 for 15 weeks

Position Description:

The position will involve the following tasks and responsibilities:

FSM plant stewardship

  • identify, map and monitor
  • use best management practices
  • implement FSM plant stewardship management action plan (pulling, cutting, digging, planting)
  • train and support volunteer stewards (lead, demonstrate, encourage, first-aid)
  • report impacts of management actions (virtual mapping, written report, verbal presentation)
  • provide feedback and input for future FSM plant stewardship management action plans

Other FSM  environmental educational and interpretive programming

  • support social media plans to promote upcoming events/activities
  • support staff and community volunteers
  • complete administrative work as needed (report writing, data summary, etc.)
  • assist FSM staff with other projects/programs as required

The successful applicant will:


  • typically, weekdays (Monday to Friday) but with some weekends required
  • typically, 60% (or more) on-site at Oshawa Second Marsh/McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve (field work, community events and in-person programming)
  • typically, up to 40% from home (computer-based learning, preparation or reporting)

Resources provided by FSM:

  • training (plant stewardship and FSM activity leading)
  • desktop computer available
  • personal protective equipment including FSM staff identification
  • plant species management equipment

Resources needed from applicant:

  • access to the internet
  • access to a computer (FSM will provide if needed)
  • access to a cell phone
  • transportation to and from the Oshawa Second Marsh/McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Areas

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Between 15 and 30 years of age (at the start of employment)
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada (Canadian citizen, permanent resident)

Preferred Skills and Work Experience:

  • is knowledgeable of or interested in nature, the environment and biodiversity
  • is knowledgeable of or interested in plants
  • enjoys working outdoors in a natural setting
  • enjoys working with others and meeting new people (teams, community volunteers)
  • has good leadership and interpersonal/social skills (guiding and engaging others, independent)
  • capable of independent work with minimal supervision
  • has good time management and organization skills
  • has written and verbal skills (report writing and in-person presentations)

Please email a cover letter and resume by March 1, 2024 to Wioletta Walancik (

Interviews will be held via virtually. Thank you in advance to those that apply, but only successful applicants will be contacted for an interview.

For more information about the organization please visit: or Facebook/Twitter @secondmarsh