Summer Jobs and You(th)!

Summer Jobs for Youth

If you are a young person between the ages of 13 and 30 and looking for work in Powell River we suggest you add a visit to the Service Canada Centre for Youth (SCCY) to your job search to-do list. Why? Because the SCCY is where job seekers and employers get connected!

And who’s helping make the connection? Carmen Anderson, Powell River’s Youth Service Officer, she’s working on both sides of the employment fence: helping job seekers and local employers by providing a number of free services.

And you don’t have to be a student to use their services. If you are 13 to 30 years old, drop by the SCCY and see what’s in store just for you.  

Interested in Casual Labour? Drop in and ask Carmen to get you on the Casual Labour Pool list right away! You may also want to check out Service Canada’s special Employment for Youth and Students page for links to the many programs and Canada-wide student employment opportunities, or click here to see the Powell River-specific Student and Youth employment listings.

Carmen can help you:

  • Get your name on the list for the Casual Labour Pool!
  • Get a SIN card
  • Start or polish up your resume
  • Guide you to job postings (full time, part time, casual/odd jobs)
  • Link to volunteer opportunities – an excellent way to add experience to your resume
  • Share your resume with local employers wanting to hire young people

Now is the time of year when employers find out if their requests to the government for funding the hiring of students/youth were approved, which is why you may have noticed a couple more job postings lately especially for your age group. Often, you’ve got to act pronto and get your application in as the deadlines and job start dates can be pretty tight. 

Already have a summer job? Awesome! What about education plans? Is travel on your bucket list? The SCCY can also point you in the direction of government services to apply for student loans/grants and programs that provide traveling work experiences across Canada.  Learn more, take advantage.  Like we say at Career Link: “Try it. It’s easy and it’s free!”

Invasive Plant Management

Japanese Knotweed

While often mistaken for wildflowers, invasive plants —any invasive alien plant species that has the potential to pose undesirable or detrimental impacts on humans, animals or ecosystems— are spreading through our natural ecosystems, urban landscapes, and agricultural lands at an alarming rate.
But what defines an invasive plant? The Invasive Plant Council of BC defines the term “invasive plant” as any alien plant species that has the potential to pose undesirable or detrimental impacts on humans, animals or ecosystems. Invasive plants have the capacity to establish quickly and easily on both disturbed and un-disturbed sites, and can cause widespread negative economic, social, and environmental impacts.

In 2000 (updated in 2004), the World Conservation Union collaboratively published a booklet identifying 100 of the World’s Worst Invasive Alien Species, four of which currently exist in British Columbia: gorse, Japanese knotweed, leafy spurge and purple loose strife (see below).

Spurge

Recently, the provincial government announced it was funding the Invasive Plant Council of BC with $3 million to create a new employment program, called Take Action, that will train and hire up to 150 people to help prevent and reduce the spread of invasive plants around the province.

In April, the City of Powell River council and The Powell River Regional District (PRRD) board voted to give the non-profit society Coastal Invasive Plant Committee (CIPC) a total of $5,000. The funds will be used for its proposed 2011 inventory and treatment work plan. CIPC partners on the Sunshine Coast include the ministry of transportation and infrastructure, BC Hydro and Fortis BC.

Powell River funds will go toward management activities in the region. For example, there are tansy ragwort sites, on Texada Island, that are adjacent to high value agricultural lands. As well, giant hogweed and Japanese knotweed sites treated by CIPC crews in 2010 need to be re-treated, as well as new or untreated sites. Crews will also remove butterfly bushes which are growing along roadsides and next to waterways and gorse, Scotch broom and English ivy in high value natural areas.

With the funding, the council will work with the province’s 12 regional weed committees to place local, multi-person teams around BC. The teams will be trained to undertake work identified as critical and specific to their local area. Please keep an eye out for work in this field through Career Link’s website and by subscribing to our free emailed job alerts.

Video on invasive Giant Hogweeed:

LINKS:

Powell River Peak article:

http://prpeak.com/articles/2011/05/04/news/doc4dc09ebb5ea76061659505.txt

General information re: invasive species in BC:

Information on Japanese knotweed: http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/cropprot/jknotweed.htm

About invasive plants: http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/invasiveplant/index.html

BC’s Weed Control Act: http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/cropprot/noxious.htm

South Coast integrated pest management plan: http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/invasiveplant/documents/Pest_Management_Plan_Backgrounder_South_Mainland_Coast.pdf

Information on the invasive plants in our region (PDF) : http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/invasiveplant/documents/Pest_Management_Plan_Multi-Agency_South_Coast_Vancouver_Island.pdf

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