Position: Climate Science Research and Knowledge Translation Intern
Organization: The Organic Council of Ontario
Location: anywhere in Ontario – preference for Guelph and/or GTA, Ontario
Hours: 30 – 40 hours a week
Compensation: Salary$42,000-$55,000/year pro-rated
Benefits: OCO compensates staff for personal device use, internet and other small office expenses pending approval. After 6 months, staff may be offered a health savings plan.
- Participants must be age 30 and under and a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or hold refugee status in Canada;
- Must be a graduate from a post-secondary institution (some exceptions apply) and is not an existing full-time permanent employee;
- be legally entitled to work in Canada according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
The position will focus on collecting and synthesizing scientific research, reports, meta-analyses and grey literature that contributes to the overall understanding of the environmental and economic benefits of organic and regenerative agriculture practices.
Major tasks and responsibilities of the Climate Science Research and Knowledge Transfer Intern:
- Manage project plan, timelines, and deliverables
- Review the Canadian Organic Standards and other definitions of organic and regenerative to define key practices to focus on in the literature review;
- Conduct thorough literature review of scientific evidence on environmental and economic benefits of organic and regenerative food production practices (e.g. farming, fisheries, wildcrafting);
- Interview a minimum of ten scientists/sector leaders to understand emerging scientific studies and potential relevant outcomes;
- Identify contact information and host a working group of Canadian soil, agriculture and climate scientists to identify emerging research questions;
- Translate the scientific findings on the environmental and economic benefits of organic and regenerative practices into easy-to-digest facts and statements;
- Write and publish a series of evidence-based articles and media (social media, graphics, videos where possible) to share findings from the literature review;
- Assist in the development of an informational campaign to share key messages about benefits of regenerative and organic food production targeted at farms, fishers, and foragers as well as the general public;
- Assist in tracking campaign reach via key performance indicators;
Knowledge and Skills:
- 3-5 years experience and/or education in a related field (soil science, ecology, agricultural sciences, conservation ecology, climate sciences, geology etc.);
- Organized and detail-oriented science researcher;
- Previous experience in project management;
- Previous experience in Knowledge Translation and Transfer an asset;
- Strong written communications skills with an ability to speak to multiple audiences (e.g. scientists, farmers);
- Previous experience working in an non-profit environment;
- Experience with partnership management and/or coordinating focus groups an asset;
- Passionate and knowledgeable about organic food production;
- Some understanding of the Ontario political climate and public sector;
- Highly motivated, can work independently and in a team;
- Experience with communications, marketing and/or social media strategy and digital campaigns an asset;
- Experience with graphic design an asset (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Canva etc.);
- Experience using or is comfortable learning to use various online communications and website platforms an asset(e.g. Wordpress, Statamic, Mailchimp, Google Analytics, Canva, Google Suite);
- Experience managing multiple social media channels simultaneously including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram an asset (familiarity with Buffer, Hootsuite or other management tools an asset);
- Curious and engaged systems thinker;
- Takes initiative to constantly improve their work and the work of the organization;
- French language skills are an asset.
OCO is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion. OCO actively encourages applications from those who experience barriers to equity such as BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ people. We invite you to inform us should you have any accessibility or accommodation needs.
Please submit your resume and a cover letter in one PDF to email@example.com by December 8th at 5pm. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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