Waterkeeper is seeking a Research Coordinator for a twelve-month, full-time contract to help complete extensive research, reporting, and community outreach related to water pollution, specifically how it relates to the current state of Lake Ontario.
This position, funded in part by the EYC Internship Program, is a perfect opportunity for a biology, ecology, or similar environmental specialist with a passion for research, writing and community outreach.
Waterkeeper is looking for a motivated individual with a background in biology, ecology, or similar environmental background with a passion for research, writing and community outreach.
The Research Coordinator will work with the Waterkeeper team to create reports related to recreational water quality, Toronto microplastics pollution, contribute to the national sewage systems research project, emerging Great Lakes issues, and a Central and eastern Lake Ontario water quality research project, with focus on energy and waste impacts on fish and fish habitat. The Coordinator will also participate in field investigation and community education.
The Research Coordinator will be responsible for day-to-day research, field investigation, and analysis related to the health of Lake Ontario. This position will encompass five main responsibilities:
- Complete a research report on recreational water quality issues in the Toronto region.
- Complete a research report on microplastics pollution in the Toronto region.
- Act as key liaison to members of the public reporting pollution or environmental concerns to Waterkeeper.
- Provide ongoing research assistance to senior staff addressing emerging water issues.
- Evaluate the program and develop recommendations and resources for Year 2.
Required skills and experience
To apply for the position, you must have the following qualifications:
A strong understanding of the Great Lakes ecosystem (knowledge of other major Canadian watersheds is an asset);
Strong research and investigation skills;
Be detail-oriented, able to organize information and content;
Be able to learn quickly about a variety of environmental concepts
Be able to distill scientific concepts and information into plain-language for other staff;
Have strong professional communications skills.
Other Requirements of the EYC Internship Program
Have a degree or certificate from a post-secondary institution;
Be 30 years old or younger at the time of the internship;
Intend to lead an environmental career related to science, technology, engineering, or mathematics;
Able to work in a full-time, permanent position within the next month;
Unemployed or underemployed;
Have not participated previously in a federal youth employment or education program;
Be eligible to work in Canada.
Compensation and hours
This full-time position will pay $31,000 - $35,000 based on the candidate’s level of experience.
How to apply
To apply, email the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org* with the subject “Research Coordinator - Your Name”
A brief letter that describes why you would make a great addition to the Waterkeeper team (Note: We are passionate about swimmable, drinkable, fishable water and our websites are critical to our mission; this letter is the best place to show us that you’ll be a great member of our close-knit team.)
Names and contact information for two references.
This position must be filled by September 26, 2016.
To expedite the process, applicants are encouraged to register with the Eco Canada EYC Internship Program at: http://www.eco.ca/eyc/internquiz.
Lake Ontario Waterkeeper is committed to having a skilled, diversified workforce reflective of the Toronto community, and to the equitable representation of women, aboriginal peoples, and members of a visible minority group.
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About Lake Ontario Waterkeeper:
Lake Ontario Waterkeeper (LOW) is a growing charity working for a swimmable, drinkable, fishable future. Our programs bring together law, science, culture, and digital media in order to connect and empower people to restore polluted places, protect human health, and promote thriving natural spaces. http://www.waterkeeper.ca