Job title: Aquatic Specialist
Application Deadline: March 16, 2020 (11:59 PM EST)
Contract period: March 2020 – March 31, 2021 (with possibility for renewal)
Status: Full-time contract (37.5 hours per week)
Rate of Pay: $21-25/hour, commensurate with experience
Location: Sault Ste. Marie (ON) preferred. Remote work candidates based in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta will also be considered.
A Little About Us
The Invasive Species Centre connects stakeholders, knowledge and technology to prevent the spread of invasive species to protect Canada’s environment, economy, and society. Incorporated as a not-for-profit in 2011 as a hub for collaboration and knowledge sharing, we have grown into a respected collaborator and leader in invasive species knowledge and action. We rely on values of sustainability, collaboration, credibility, professionalism, and efficiency to achieve our vision of a Canada where land and water are protected from invasive species. If you are passionate about protecting Canada’s natural spaces and enjoy working as a part of an upbeat and fast-paced team, please follow the application instructions at the end of this posting.
We are looking to hire one Aquatic Specialist to complement our multidisciplinary team. The main project this position will support focuses on improving invasive species prevention, control and management, and thereby helping to protect aquatic species at risk, with a focus in Central and Western Canada. The successful applicant will work with a range of program partners to reach collaborative and innovative solutions to the dynamic threats posed by a range of aquatic invasive species.
Our Aquatic Specialist will work with our program team to produce a suite of outcomes that strive to address key gaps in aquatic invasive species prevention, control and management. Sample outcomes may include socio-economic risk assessments, impact assessments, pathway analyses, jurisdictional scans and other tools to support identified gaps. We are seeking a candidate with a minimum of 2 years of related work experience, Bachelor of Science Degree (or equivalent experience), and a passion for science and policy.
We are looking for a candidate with demonstrated experience in some of the following areas:
• Environmental policy
• Environmental economics
• Multi-jurisdiction environmental collaboration
• Invasive species pathway identification and mitigation
• Species at risk protection
• Monitoring program design and implementation
• Related environmental legislation and regulations
• Knowledge of aquatic invasive species programs, environmental issues and other related topics to the Canadian prairies would be considered an asset.
• Research and develop resources pertaining to key invasive species and their spread
• Support development of biological and socio-economic risk assessments
• Apply invasive species risk and impact assessment techniques
• Develop strategies to help support monitoring, citizen science and engagement programs
• Increase collaboration through organizing webinars, events and meetings
• Evaluate key strategies for prioritized invasive species/species at risk and work with local partners to help implement solutions
• Support program manager in tracking program deliverables, Key Performance Indicators and project budgets
• Other duties as assigned
• Understanding of environmental/aquatic science and management, preferably with specialist knowledge in invasive species threats, spread and mitigation strategies
• Knowledge of aquatic species at risk, including threats, policy and recovery efforts
• Knowledge of federal and/or provincial environmental legislation, regulatory approaches and programs
• Creative problem solver, quick learner, ability to consider a variety of viewpoints
• High energy and passion for the organization’s mission
• Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively to respond to pressing project demands
• Ability to productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside the organization
• Strong interpersonal skills, listening skills and judgement
• Ability to meet deadlines
• Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks and projects while producing high quality results
• Excited by a fast-paced environment that frequently has tight deadlines
• Proficient with Microsoft Office suite and productivity tools (e.g. Outlook, Word, PowerPoint)
• Knowledge of environmental issues and stakeholders of Central and/or Western Canada considered an asset
• Have a valid driver’s license
• Occasional travel and work outside of office hours may be required
• Valid passport and ability to travel outside Canada is considered an asset
To apply for this position, please provide us with a single document (cover letter and resume), in PDF format, that demonstrates how your experience and skills align with this position. Submit by email with subject line “Aquatic Specialist” to:
Paula Beemer, Executive Assistant Invasive Species Centre, 1219 Queen Street East, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 2E5 Email: email@example.com
No telephone calls please. Only candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted. The Invasive Species Centre is an equal opportunity and accessible employer. The Invasive Species Centre will provide accommodation for candidates with disabilities during the recruitment process, upon request.
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