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Youth Advisory Council

Application
Deadline

  • October 15, 2021

Location

Canada

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If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit your application by visiting our online career center.

The Opportunity

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is forming its first-ever Youth Advisory Council to learn from young Canadians. Members will be provided unprecedented opportunities to share their perspectives on the future of conservation, what role they want to play and how DUC can move their vision forward.

The Youth Advisory Council is set to meet multiple times a year virtually and once in-person (when possible).

Members shall be paid a stipend and travel expenses for in-person meetings according to DUC regulations.

The selection process will be based on the information provided in your application form.

Requirements

  • Be legally eligible to work in Canada;
  • Be between 18 and 23 years of age as of October 1, 2021;
  • Represent the diversity of Canadians;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of issues related to the environment, conservation or have firsthand experience with an environmental issue
  • Demonstrate proven engagement and interest in environmental issues and/or civil society issues;
  • Be able to engage in respectful, open discussion and be accepting of differing viewpoints;
  • Comfortable writing and speaking in one of the official languages, recognizing that written recommendations and oral presentations to DUC leadership will be in English.
  • Be willing and available to serve for a two-year term (November 15, 2021- November 14, 2023)

How to Apply

Let us know if making a difference is important to you.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please prepare a document with answers to the following questions and submit it along with your CV by visiting our online career center.

  1. Why do you want to be a member of the DUC Youth Advisory Council? (250 words maximum)
  2. How could your personal experiences, perspectives or studies contribute to the council? (250 words maximum)
  3. Check the box if you have experience in:

☐Youth Advisory Council activities

☐ Volunteer management

☐Social media

☐Event planning

☐ Advocacy

☐ Environmental projects (tree planting, clean ups, shore restoration, other)

  1. What skills and personality traits can you bring to the youth advisory council? (300 words maximum)
  2. What is your relationship with Ducks Unlimited Canada and what do you think of its conservation mission? (Note: we are looking for candidates who know the organization well and candidates who are not familiar with it)

Closing Deadline: October 15, 2021 (EST)

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Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment.

While DUC would like to thank all applicants, only candidates considered for an interview will be contacted.


Ducks Unlimited Canada Youth Advisory Council: Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who is eligible to apply for the Youth Advisory Council?
  2. What will the Youth Advisory Council do?
  3. How many members does the council have?
  4. How long do members serve on the council?
  5. Can council members serve more than one mandate?
  6. Do I have to be bilingual in order to apply?
  7. What are the criteria on which applications will be reviewed?
  8. What is the time commitment?
  9. How will the meetings be held?
  10. Who will the Youth Advisory Council report to?
  11. What benefits would I receive from serving on the Youth Advisory Council?
  12. Will members’ expenses related to attending Youth Advisory Council meetings be covered?
  13. Do Youth Advisory Council members take care of their own travel arrangements?
  14. Where will in-person meetings be held?
  15. Do Youth Advisory Council members sign a media waiver?
  16. Does the information in my application remain confidential?
  17. What happens after I apply?

1. Who is eligible to apply for the Youth Advisory Council?

Canadian youth that are 18-23 years old as of October 1, 2021 are eligible to apply.

2. What will the Youth Advisory Council do?

Council members will meet to discuss and reflect on the conservation issues that matter to them and how DUC can move their vision forward. They will be asked to reflect on the issues that young people care about, thinking about where they come from and how their environmental concerns might be different from someone that lives in another province or territory. Members will also get the unique opportunity to learn the inner workings of DUC, network with conservation experts, and receive leadership and skills training.

Throughout their two-year term, members will be asked to reflect on what they learned and provide recommendations to DUC leadership regarding conservation and engagement strategies that speak to youth. Members will also be tasked with helping implement the approved recommendations, and may assist with other projects to engage young people with DUC’s work.

3. How many members does the council have?

The Youth Advisory Council will have 10 members.

4. How long do members serve on the council?

Members serve for a mandate of up to two years.

5. Can council members serve more than one mandate?

Youth Advisory Council members may serve two mandates in total.

6. Do I have to be bilingual in order to apply?

You may apply in the official language of your choice. You do not have to be bilingual. Official youth advisory council communications and meetings led by DUC will be in English and in French. However, please note that the written recommendations, oral presentations and communication with DUC leadership will be in English.

7. What are the criteria on which applications will be reviewed?

  • Be eligible to work in Canada
  • Be between 18 and 23 years of age as of October 1, 2021Represent the diversity of Canadians
  • Demonstrate knowledge of issues related to the environment, conservation or have firsthand experience with an environmental issue
  • Demonstrate a proven engagement and interest in environmental issues and/or civil society issues
  • Engage in respectful, open discussion, and be accepting of differing viewpoints
  • Comfortable writing and speaking in one of the official languages, recognizing that written recommendation and oral presentations to DUC leadership will be in English.
  • Be willing and available to serve for a two-year term (November 15, 2021- November 14, 2023)

8. What is the time commitment?

The Youth Advisory Council members are expected to commit on average five hours a month. The council is expected to meet eight times a year with DUC in addition to other meetings the council will organize. The first meeting is expected to occur in December 2021.

9. How will the meetings be held?

Most meetings will be held virtually. If pandemic restrictions are lifted and conditions allow, at least one meeting will be held in person during the two-year term, for which DUC will cover all travel and accommodation expenses.

10. Who will the Youth Advisory Council report to?

The council will report to DUC’s head of national education. Council members will have the opportunity to present their recommendations to DUC leadership.

11. What benefits would I receive from serving on the Youth Advisory Council?

Members of the council will get the chance to develop their leadership skills, experience sitting on a council, work with other like-minded youth, and learn from and share their perspective with leaders of a national conservation organization.. Members will also expand their knowledge of wetland science and conservation methods, and receive leadership, skills and diversity and inclusion. Members will receive a stipend (1000$/term) and if traveling is allowed, members will have the opportunity to travel all expenses paid.

12. Will members’ expenses related to attending Youth Advisory Council meetings be covered?

Yes. Members shall be paid for travel and other out-of-pocket expenses, not to exceed guidelines set out in the Volunteer Manual.

13. Do Youth Advisory Council members take care of their own travel arrangements?

DUC arranges all council members’ travel and accommodation needs, including booking travel, reserving hotel rooms and providing food during in-person council meetings.

14. Where will in-person meetings be held?

They may take place anywhere across Canada; to be determined.

15. Do Youth Advisory Council members sign a media waiver?

Yes. Council members sign a consent form to authorize DUC to use images or video footage taken of them.

16. Does the information in my application remain confidential?

Yes, the information you provide will remain confidential within DUC and will not be shared with any third party. The personal information you provide in this application will be used for two purposes:

  • Selecting members of DUC’s Youth Advisory Council.
  • For statistical, research, evaluation and reporting purposes.

17. What happens after I apply?

Your application will be reviewed by DUC in the two weeks following the application closing date of October 15, 2021. Only potential candidates will be notified and invited to an interview during the week of November 1, 2021. Selected members will be announced on November 12, 2021.