The Invasive Species Centre (ISC) is a not-for-profit organization established by the Ontario and Canadian Governments to coordinate projects and connect stakeholders, knowledge and technology to prevent and reduce the spread of invasive species that harm Canada’s environment, economy and society. The Invasive Species Centre was created as a model of public and government cooperation and collaboration in response to invasive species.

We recruit individuals who are passionate about protecting Canada’s land and water from invasive species and who like working on an upbeat and fast-paced team. The Invasive Species Centre is an equal opportunity and accessible employer.

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Current job postings:

Job title: Policy and Program Development Intern

Application Deadline:   Monday, May 10th, 2021 (11:59 PM)

Tentative Start Date:   Monday, May 17th, 2021

Status: Full-time temporary (52 weeks at 37.5 hours per week)

Rate of Pay: $18/hour

Location: Preference for Sault Ste. Marie, ON with option to work remotely

 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 forests and waterways and enjoy working as a part of an upbeat and fast-paced team, please follow the application instructions at the end of this posting.

Job Summary

We are recruiting a quality-focused, collegial individual with solid research, analysis and writing skills to fill the position of Policy and Program Development Intern. The Intern will work with the team to produce a suite of outcomes that strive to address key gaps in invasive species prevention, control, and management. Sample outcomes may include species and pathway analyses, community science initiatives, outreach and education products, risk and impact assessments, jurisdictional scans, and other tools to support identified gaps.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Assist and support with administration, interpretation, and dissemination of scientific research to user bases using clear language, while maintaining the integrity of the science behind the projects
  • Support content creation for website and social media accounts and communicate information through web-based platforms, presentations, and workshops
  • Research and develop resources pertaining to key invasive species and their spread
  • Support development of technical reports, including pathway and species risk assessments, best management practices, policy analyses, and jurisdictional scans to identify gaps and opportunities in invasive species prevention and management
  • Develop strategies, resources, and initiatives to help support monitoring, citizen science and community engagement programs
  • Increase collaboration through organizing webinars, events, and meetings
  • Support project teams in tracking program deliverables, Key Performance Indicators, and project budgets
  • Liaise with ISC Team, government, and non-government partners to discuss findings
  • Stay up to date on current science, research, and policy relating to invasive species
  • Assist with engaging local and regional media outlets to promote invasive species awareness
  • Attend and present at select conferences, workshops and industry events as required
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Essential skills for this work are: evaluating, analysis (planning, projecting outcomes, analyzing information, researching and investigating), communication (liaising and networking, professional communicating, promoting, advising and consulting, teaching and training), information handling (processing information, managing information), writing and knowledge (biology, environmental sciences, statistics)

Minimum Qualifications

The successful candidate will be a university or college graduate who has graduated within the last three years from an accredited college or university. The candidate must be a graduate of a post-secondary degree or diploma program.  The position will be a first full-time employment in the candidate’s field of study.

Preferred Qualifications

  • University graduate with a Bachelors’ or Masters’ degree in natural science, environmental science, or geography, business, public policy.
  • Job experience and certification in natural science, environmental science, geography, business or public policy.

Competencies

The successful candidate will possess:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent research and data analysis skills
  • Effective interpersonal and communications skills
  • Experience conducting public outreach
  • Effective analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships and contacts, both internal and external, as sources of information and expertise to support work activities
  • Skills to implement new techniques and/or tackle new challenges
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Experience creating web and social media content considered an asset
  • Ability to regularly produce accurate, thorough, professional work and ensure accuracy in documentation and data

Other Requirements

  • Travel required, subject to all health and safety guidelines
  • Possess a valid Ontario driver’s license.
  • Optional asset is French language capability
  • Compliance with all ISC health and safety and COVID protocols
  • The candidate may not have previously participated in an internship program and they must be a recent graduate holding a diploma or degree from an accredited post-secondary institution. This position is contingent on receiving funding support.

Please submit one document with cover letter and resume, which includes your education and work experience history to:

Paula Beemer, Executive Assistant

Invasive Species Centre, 1219 Queen Street East, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 2E5

Email: info@invasivespeciescentre.ca

No telephone calls please. Only candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted.

 The Invasive Species Centre is an equal opportunity and accessible employer and encourages youth with disabilities, Indigenous youth, and visible minority youth to apply. The Invasive Species Centre will provide accommodation for candidates with disabilities during the recruitment process, upon request.

Job title: Communications and Events Management Intern

Application Deadline: Monday May 10, 2021 (11:59 PM)

Status: Full-time temporary (52 weeks at 37.5 hours per week)

Rate of Pay: $18/hour

Location: Sault Ste. Marie, ON

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 forests, land, and water and enjoy working as a part of an upbeat and fast-paced team, please follow the application instructions at the end of this posting.

Job Summary

The Communications and Events Management Intern’s objectives will be to amplify positive awareness of ISC, its mandate and achievements, engage key stakeholders, partners and potential funders to help fuel ISC’s vision and mission, and facilitate evidence-based information sharing and information transfer about the important issue of invasive species.

The intern will place valuable knowledge of invasive species into the hands of invasive species professionals and the public through events, open houses, workshops, training sessions, conferences, forums, etc. both digitally and in-person (as pandemic health requirements permit). The intern will support the generation of external communications to engage new and existing stakeholder audiences with credible, up-to-date information regarding invasive species issues and the Invasive Species Centre. The intern will also be well informed of digital media tools and resources and when appropriate, apply them to the Invasive Species Centre’s communications strategy.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Lead the development, organization, and delivery of workshops, meetings, ceremonies and other events, individually and with team support
  • Support and occasionally lead the research, generation and implementation of plain language communication tools and products including newsletter articles, biweekly media scans, briefs, presentations, website content, social media content and media releases
  • Support the compilation of quarterly newsletter content, organize information, and collaborate with staff and write content as needed
  • Support the planning and implementation of digital campaigns to help raise awareness and encourage action towards managing invasive species
  •  Take photos and videos for use in event and communication materials
  • Support maintenance of stakeholder database and distribution lists and ensure information is up-to-date and validated while respecting the privacy and confidentiality of contact information
  • Track activities by using predefined performance indicators with respect to digital engagement, media contact, stakeholder contact, etc. and provide monthly reports
  • Support delivery of outreach and education at events and attend stakeholder and partner events
  • Maintain and track corporate/communication product inventories
  • Answer written and oral inquiries
  • Identify new opportunities to improve stakeholder relationships
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

The successful candidate will be a university or college graduate who has graduated within the last three years from an accredited college or university. The candidate must be a graduate of a post-secondary degree or diploma program. The position will be a first full-time employment in the candidate’s field of study.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Possess a Bachelors’ degree and additional certification in event planning, marketing, communications, public relations or science communication
  • Additional educational credentials and/or experience in natural or environmental sciences would be an asset
  • Additional educational credentials and/or experience in graphic design would be an asset

Minimum Competencies

The successful candidate will have strong:

  • Oral, written, and visual communication skills and the ability to express themselves clearly in conversations and interactions with others, through writing, speaking and images
  • Technical and data management expertise: computer proficiency and experience with Microsoft Office software, WordPress, social media, and email marketing applications
  • Teamwork skills: help to set a tone of cooperation within the work group and across groups; coordinate own work with others, demonstrate concern for satisfying external and/or internal customers, respond positively to instructions, procedures and feedback
  • Time management and flexibility skills: manage multiple projects; determine project urgency in a practical way; create detailed action plans and budgets, adapt well to changing priorities, deadlines and directions
  • Initiative: identifying what needs to be done and doing it before being asked or before the situation requires it; plan work and carry out tasks without detailed instructions
  • Thoroughness: ensuring that one’s own and others’ work and information are complete and accurate; following up with others to ensure that commitments have been fulfilled, maintaining high standards and considering excellence and continuous learning a fundamental priority

Other Requirements

  • Bilingual in French, English, and/or Indigenous languages would be an asset
  • The candidate must be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations
  • Candidates chosen for an interview will be asked to share a portfolio of past work
  • The candidate may not have previously participated in an internship program and must be a recent graduate holding a diploma or degree from an accredited post-secondary institution

Please submit one document with cover letter and resume, which includes your education and work experience history to:

Paula Beemer, Executive Assistant

Invasive Species Centre, 1219 Queen Street East, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 2E5

Email: info@invasivespeciescentre.ca

No telephone calls please. Only candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted.

The Invasive Species Centre is an equal opportunity and accessible employer and encourages youth with disabilities, Indigenous youth, and visible minority youth to apply. The Invasive Species Centre will provide accommodation for candidates with disabilities during the recruitment process, upon request.

Job Title: Economics Research Student

Deadline: May 10, 2021

Start Date: May 17, 2021

Status: Full-time, contract (8 weeks, 35 hours per week)

Rate of Pay: $14.25-16.00/hour

Location: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, working remotely if required by Covid-19 protocols

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.

Job Summary:

The Economics Research Student will support the growth of invasive species communications, and research the priority area of the economic impacts of invasive species, as well as assisting with business development plans. The Economics Research Student will: 

  • Assist with and develop content for digital and online platforms that will provide naturalists, conservationists, recreational land, and water users (hikers, boaters, professionals, etc.) the opportunity to learn more about invasive species prevention and management
  • Assist in the identification of knowledge gaps in the economic impacts of invasive species that will be used to identify areas of future research and future action
  • Assist with the development of quantified information illustrating the impacts of invasive species
  • Support Invasive Species Centre projects which will determine the feasibility of notable investment models for financing invasive species prevention and management on a broad scale
  • Completion and coordination of research related to alternative invasive species management investment models across jurisdictions
  • Assist in the development of a communications plan which will communicate the costs, impacts and new investment tools for invasive species to the public, as well as forest, aquatic and plant sectors, municipalities, and other key audiences
  • Answer written and oral inquiries
  • Deliver outreach and education at events and attend stakeholder and partner events
  • Support the development and organization of workshops, meetings, ceremonies, and other events for information purposes
  • Gather, research, and prepare communications material regarding invasive species
  • Support the planning and implementation of quarterly digital campaigns to help raise awareness and encourage action towards managing invasive species
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

The candidate should be enrolled in a post-secondary academic study or have relevant experience in natural science and/or environmental science. The successful candidate must have the ability to work from home and have access to a computer.

Minimum Competencies:

  • Demonstrate computer proficiency and experience with Microsoft Office software
  • Have knowledge of invasive species issues, and have strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrate a high standard of excellence with their work processes and outcomes, speak and write clearly and accurately, be helpful and team oriented, manage time well, and be receptive to feedback.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Job experience in the areas of research, information gathering, summarizing, and synthesizing relevant information, and finalizing research information for communication to internal staff and external stakeholders and partners
  • Strong digital communications proficiencies
  • Additional experience or certification in science research or science communications/outreach would be considered an asset

Other requirements:

  • Between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment*
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment
  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations

*The youth must be 15 years of age at the beginning of the employment period. The youth may be more than 30 years of age at the end of the employment period as long as the youth was 30 at the beginning of the employment period.

Please submit one document with a cover letter and resume, which includes your education and work experience history to:

Paula Beemer, Executive Assistant

Invasive Species Centre, 1219 Queen Street East, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 1E5

Email: info@invasivespeciescentre.ca

No telephone calls please. Only candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted.

 The Invasive Species Centre is an equal opportunity and accessible employer and encourages youth with disabilities, Indigenous youth, and visible minority youth to apply. The Invasive Species Centre will provide accommodation for candidates with disabilities during the recruitment process, upon request.

Job Title: Research and Outreach Student

Deadline: May 10, 2021

Start Date: May 17, 2021

Status: Full-time, contract (8 weeks, 35 hours per week)

Rate of Pay: $14.25-16.00/hour

Location: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, working remotely if required by Covid-19 protocols

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, the Invasive Species Centre has 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.

Job Summary:

The Research and Outreach Student will provide support and coordination to science-based content development, training workshops and on-the-ground invasive species management activities for a new ‘Green Shovels’ initiative with the Invasive Species Centre. The student will engage new and existing stakeholders and assist with two Green Shovels projects – an Ontario-wide phragmites strategy, and improved, collaborative tools for land managers. The overall objective will be to facilitate evidence-based information development and information transfer about invasive species issues in Canada and beyond, and to assist staff in stakeholder and citizen outreach.

The Research and Outreach Student will: 

  • Train and assist volunteers in identification, reporting, tracking, and controlling invasive species 
  • Assist and support staff in creating a business case that demonstrates the value of investing in Phragmites prevention, control, and long-term management in Ontario
  • Assist in the completion of a cost/benefit assessment on the underlying economic considerations that detail the value in pursuing Phragmites control
  • Identify the current needs of invasive species managers, the gaps and priority tools, through surveys and analysis of survey results
  • Assist with event and meeting organization for project-related activities, including scheduling, developing agendas, material preparation
  • Engaging and sharing new tool development with land managers through planning support of outreach initiatives
  • Assist in supporting staff with further development of selected high priority tools – genomic tools and e-DNA, community science, mapping/EDDmaps expansion and forest pest training
  • Provide general support to staff in day-to-day programs coordination and deliverables

Minimum Qualifications:

The candidate should be enrolled in a post-secondary academic study or have relevant experience in natural science and/or environmental science. The successful candidate must have the ability to work from home and have access to a computer.

Minimum Competencies:

  • Demonstrate computer proficiency and experience with Microsoft Office software
  • Have knowledge of invasive species issues, and have strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrate a high standard of excellence with their work processes and outcomes, speak and write clearly and accurately, be helpful and teamwork oriented, manage time well, and be receptive to feedback

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Job experience in the development, coordination and transfer of science-based content, project coordination, and stakeholder development and engagement
  • Strong digital communications proficiencies
  • Additional experience or certification in science research or science communications/outreach would be considered an asset

Other requirements:

  • Between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment*
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment
  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

*The youth must be 15 years of age at the beginning of the employment period. The youth may be more than 30 years of age at the end of the employment period as long as the youth was 30 at the beginning of the employment period.

Please submit one document with a cover letter and resume, which includes your education and work experience history to:

Paula Beemer, Executive Assistant

Invasive Species Centre, 1219 Queen Street East, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 1E5

Email: info@invasivespeciescentre.ca

No telephone calls please. Only candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted.

 The Invasive Species Centre is an equal opportunity and accessible employer and encourages youth with disabilities, Indigenous youth, and visible minority youth to apply. The Invasive Species Centre will provide accommodation for candidates with disabilities during the recruitment process, upon request.

Communications and Events Management Intern | Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 24, 11:59 PM EST. See the job posting here

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