Community Support Specialist

The Learning & Community Engagement department serves ONC’s user communities by: leading ONC’s organizational commitment to meaningful, ongoing engagement of Indigenous and other communities; providing formal and informal educational resources for youth and adults; serving as a key liaison with the social science research community; working to strengthen ONC’s emerging role as a leader in science-oriented community-engaged research; and developing environmental monitoring programs in collaboration with community partners. The department comprises four teams: Indigenous Engagement, Education, Community-Engaged Research, and Community-Based Monitoring.  

Job Requirements:
This position requires a post-secondary diploma in science or engineering with additional specialized training and a minimum of five years of experience in data collection and analysis, environmental monitoring technology, and defining and implementing monitoring projects.    For the purposes of this position, specialized training is defined as courses and certifications that better prepare and qualify individuals for field work (e.g. first aid, vessel operations, wilderness survival, etc.), interpersonal communication (e.g. conflict resolution, communication/presentations, etc.), and task/priority management (e.g. project management). As this role aims to bridge gaps between academic research and community monitoring needs, advanced post-secondary education is an asset. 

An equivalent combination of education, training, and work experience may be considered. 

Experience requirements:

  • Minimum 5 years of experience working in the field of ocean/environmental science and technology.
  • 3 years combined experience communicating science and technology concepts, data visualization, and the presentation of data analysis to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Experience working or living in small remote communities.
  • Experience with scientific data visualization with instrument manufacturer software packages and programming languages (e.g., Matlab, R, Python).
  • Oceanographic expedition experience, including collecting, processing, and analyzing samples at sea and/or in remote locations.
  • Experience working with oceanographic databases such as Oceans 2.0.

Knowledge requirements:

  • Oceanographic measurement parameters and the scientific method.
  • Oceanographic and environmental monitoring technology.
  • Safe field work practices.
  • Data management best practices.
  • Indigenous communities’ history, culture, social circumstances, political issues, and protocols. 
  • Indigenous laws, historical perspectives, and current political issues involving Indigenous communities.
  • Environmental and climate issues facing Indigenous and coastal communities.

Competency requirements: 

  • Socially and culturally aware with an ability to build and maintain productive working relationships with a diverse network of stakeholders. 
  • Demonstrated excellence in customer service and/or community engagement.
  • Demonstrated track record of safety during field work. 
  • Excellent analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. 
  • Superior communication skills, both written and verbal. 
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team environment. 

Opening Date: 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 10:00

Closing Date: 

Monday, November 4, 2019 - 16:00

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