Hiring again

We are looking for another chainsaw operator to join our team – full or part time hours are available.

Full details: 2017 chainsaw operator job ad

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2017 Lady’s Slipper Hike

Join us on June 10 for our annual hike on the Winter River Trail. The trail is home to some great areas of Lady’s Slipper plants, which we hope to see in bloom.

Meet at the trail head (145 East Suffolk Road Extension in Suffolk) at 10am. We will have our knowledgeable volunteers to answer your questions about plants and animals that you may see along the way.

Participants are welcome to bring dogs, provided the dogs are on leash.

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Job Opportunity: Agricultural Intern

We have a new job opening thanks to funding from Agriculture Canada’s Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative. We are looking for someone under 30 years of age who has an educational background in agriculture or a related field, to help us with a variety of tasks in this project, including soil and water sampling, identifying crops grown throughout the watershed, and planning for future projects on farms.

Full details are here: Agricultural Green Jobs Intern (update)

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2017 Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting will be held Tuesday May 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Corran Ban Hall (1231 Rte 6).

Our guest speaker for the evening will be Todd Dupuis, who works in the Department of Communities Land and Environment as Executive Director of the PEI Climate Change Secretariat. Todd will discuss “The potential impacts of climate change on the Winter River-Tracadie Bay watershed.”

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

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2017 Job opportunities

We are advertising for a wider range of positions now:

We are especially looking for a crew member with experience operating a chainsaw.

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Job Opportunity: Field Supervisor

We are starting our hiring process this year, with a key role: the field supervisor.

The full job description, qualifications, and application process information is included in this file 2017 field supervisor position

 

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Wanted: New volunteers for committees

We have room for four new members of our board of directors this year, starting in May. The board meets once per month, usually the third Tuesday of the month at our office in Marshfield. Board members are collectively responsible for setting the priorities for the organization. Individual board members take on tasks that meet their skill set and interests.

Having a diverse array of skills and personal perspectives is valuable to our board. As long as you support the mandate of our organization “to protect and enhance the health and aesthetic qualities of the Winter River – Tracadie Bay watershed” you are welcome to join.

We are also exploring a youth committee, that will meet separately from the regular board. This committee would tackle less of the formal stuff (bylaws, finances, government relations) and handle tasks where younger people may excel – communicating our message by social media, recruiting volunteers for events, finding creative sources of funding, and coming up with innovative solutions to problems.

Please contact Sarah, our watershed coordinator, and former youngest member of the board of directors to get more information.

info@WinterTracadie.ca or 902-314-9293

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We are now a registered charity!

After a lot of paperwork, we have become a registered charity with Canada Revenue Agency. If you would like to make a donation, we have created a page with links so you can easily do so – which will help our organization and reduce the amount of taxes you pay.

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2017 Snowshoe Hike

It is our annual snowshoe hike along the Winter River trail. Meet with volunteers and staff from our watershed group to hike along the trail and learn a few things along the way.

We will be meeting at 10am on Saturday February 18. The starting point is the trail head at the end of the East Suffolk Road. The trail leads to the family cabin of one of our volunteers, where we will take a break with chili, cookies, and hot chocolate. Then choose between taking the short route back to the parking area, or exploring more of the Winter River trail system on your own.

Please bring your own snowshoes. If you do not have snowshoes but would like to attend, please contact us in advance so we can arrange to get you a pair (902-314-9293 or info@WinterTracadie.ca).

If you are bringing a dog, please keep it on a leash.

If you are worried about the distance, such as travelling with small children, ask us about the option of taking a shorter route to the cabin.

If weather conditions are not suitable, the alternate date for this event will be February 25th. Check this page or our Facebook event page for updates. https://www.facebook.com/events/1272029956196651/ 

More details about this trail system available at http://www.islandtrails.ca/en/trail.php?t=1

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Contest Alert!!

For December, the Winter River – Tracadie Bay Watershed Association is running a contest for the good of all!

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One lucky family will win coaching and support for adopting selected water-saving devices like low-flow toilets and showerheads, faucet aerators, rain barrels, water jugs, or flowering shrubs that are native to the Island.

This contest launches our Water Use Makeover Program to encourage conservation and reduce the amount of water drawn from Winter River. During this program, we will welcome nearly 50 households and 10 businesses to take part in helping reduce water use. To be eligible, participants must already have a water meter installed, be within Charlottetown’s city limits, and complete a brief survey.

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Accepted participants will complete a more detailed survey, gain a water-use assessment, and receive easy-to-adopt recommendations for conserving water, all for free. Water saving devices will be available to eligible participants for a nominal fee, thanks to project funding provided by Environment and Climate Change Canada.

We know this is a busy and expensive time of year, so any eligible families that apply early (by December 31) will be entered in our contest—a draw for one household to have participation fees completely waived. Apply today if you qualify.

Please share this program with your friends, family, and community groups, or post the attached flyer on a bulletin board.

Together, with your participation in our Water Use Makeover Program, we can all make a positive difference.

Every drop of water saved helps brook trout and all aquatic species that live in Winter River. Water conservation also benefits us all. In Charlottetown, everyone counts on safe, reliable access to water. Whether at home or at work, that water is drawn from the Winter River watershed.

Conservation helps us normalize water levels and water temperature in Winter River. It also prevents the nearby springs and streams from drying up as quickly, and can delay or limit any water restrictions that affect irrigation on local farms.

Ready to apply? Complete our online survey, or contact us directly (info@wintertracadie.ca or 902-314-293). Even if you miss our December 31 deadline for the contest, we encourage you to apply for one of the spots in our program.

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