The Applied Research Coordinator will work with partnering organizations on major soil health projects involving research, analysis, and knowledge transfer in the farm community, and also provide support for applied research projects initiated by OSCIA’s local and regional associations across the province.
- Coordinate all assigned applied research projects on behalf of the Guelph office including projects supported through the OSCIA Tier Two grant. Subject matter will focus on the research priorities of OSCIA (e.g. soil health, water quality) and other topics of interest to the Association.
- Work with other staff as assigned to develop and implement comprehensive work plans for applied research projects that best utilize available resources;
- Responsive and organized, with a strong willingness for collaboration with the farm community and with other departments in OSCIA;
- Coordinate the reporting, evaluation and communication plans of existing applied research projects to ensure objectives are delivered on time and on budget;
- Work with the farm community, industry and government partners on developing new funding proposals;
- Serving as a positive, helpful contact for ensuring applied research projects involving the local/regional memberships are properly designed and implemented in a timely manner;
- Interact directly with current and potential funding partners;
- Develop appropriate evaluation frameworks that will contribute to continuous improvement in applied research and delivery capabilities, conduct the analysis and prepare reports, and write media stories to share the experiences and findings with membership.
- Some travel will be required occasionally across Ontario.
- Report directly to the OSCIA Executive Director.
- Other duties as assigned.
- This position requires an experienced individual with a proven track record of effectively coordinating multiple projects and demanding timelines;
- Experience that has clearly demonstrated proficiency in personal relationship skills and organizational skills;
- A post-secondary degree (e.g. environmental science or soil science) is required. A Master’s degree is preferred;
- Minimum of five-years of experience in a related field that involved on-farm project development and evaluation;
- A practical understanding of field plot research methodologies and corresponding data analysis and reporting;
- Strong technical knowledge of Best Management Practices commonly used in Ontario agriculture;
- Practical on-farm experience in Ontario;
- Experience in managing databases or large, complex data sets, and web page development or maintenance;
- Exceptional communication skills with experience in all aspects of MS Office;
- Team player with ability to also work independently with minimal supervision.
The Applied Research Coordinator will work part-time (average of 25 hours per week) with flexible hours, stationed remotely at their own home and with hoteling privileges at the OSCIA office at 1 Stone Road West, Guelph, Ontario.
Preferred start date by November 2020.
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