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Placemaking for a lively, sustainable, safe & healthy Squamish

OurSquamish is a community non-profit dedicated to enhancing Squamish’s urban public spaces for a lively, inclusive, sustainable, safe & healthy Squamish. Through people-driven projects, education, and advocacy, OurSquamish is committed to building equitable public spaces that support the diversity of our community.

 
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Take our public spaces survey!

Successful public spaces are inclusive of the diversity of people present in our communities and create a social space for everyone in society to participate in. They provide people with opportunities to come together and engage with one another. 

Please participate in this survey to help us better understand how people use Squamish's public spaces in order to determine how they can be improved for the benefit of the whole community. Completion should take about a minute, though feel free to spend more time and comment on multiple locations. No personal information will be collected.

 

We are hiring!

Are you passionate about public spaces, community building and sustainability? OurSquamish Is looking for a Community Animator. This is a part-time position funded through Canada Summer Jobs.

 

What does a Community Animator (you!) do? 

 

The Community Animator works with the OurSquamish team to make connections with individuals and groups in Squamish, and support programs and initiatives that lead to community engagement, placemaking, and higher use of active transportation. They are supported in their outreach and engagement tasks through ongoing guidance and training from the OurSquamish team.                 

 

Tasks and responsibilities could include:

  • Connect regularly with community partners

  • Manage our Bike Valet program, including coordination of volunteers

  • Host Placemaking days, engage with the community

  • Assist in event organization, including our Open Street Days and Placemaking Meetups

  • Develop and post content to promote programs and activities on social media

  • Assist in the organizations placemaking projects

  • Understand and follow best practices for inclusive public engagement 

  • Roles and responsibilities may vary depending on employees unique strengths

  • There is room to grow within the organization beyond the summer for the right candidate

 

The ideal candidate is:

  • Passionate about public spaces, community building, and sustainability

  • Someone who loves connecting with other people and enjoys striking up a conversation with strangers

  • An excellent communicator, verbally and written

  • A creative thinker who is self-motivated and organized

  • Interested in growing their role in the organization

Hours and Compensation: 

$20/hr starting wage | 15-20 hrs/week | 12-16 weeks with the possibility to extend the contract. Hiring for a start time in June 2021. You must be aged between 15 and 30 and be legally entitled to work in Canada. International students are not eligible due to funding restrictions.

 

Apply:

Please email us a resume and cover letter introducing yourself and why you're interested in this position. Applications are due by May 20th. Apply to: oursquamish@gmail.ca

 

What We Do

Our parklet on Cleveland Ave & Winnipeg
Our parklet on Cleveland Ave & Winnipeg

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Our Parklet on Cleveland Ave & Winnipeg.
Our Parklet on Cleveland Ave & Winnipeg.

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Transit bench painted by Bubzee & Sage Nowak
Transit bench painted by Bubzee & Sage Nowak

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Our parklet on Cleveland Ave & Winnipeg
Our parklet on Cleveland Ave & Winnipeg

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We work with other non-profit organizations, community builders, businesses and the District of Squamish to advance projects such as public furniture, shared streets, community events, and more. As an independent voice for public space, we promote creative, community-oriented urban design and foster public dialogue on important civic issues.