Coastal Community Outreach Coordinator

Ecology Action Centre


Company :  Ecology Action Centre
Location :  NS, Canada
Job Type :  Full-time
Job Status :  Permanent
 

ORGANIZATION

The Ecology Action Centre is an environmental charity based in Nova Scotia. We take leadership on critical environmental issues from biodiversity protection to climate change to environmental justice. We are grounded in community, and are a strong voice and watchdog for our environment. We work to catalyze change through policy advocacy, community development, and building awareness. We take a holistic approach to the environment and our economy to create a just and sustainable society.

EAC’s coastal work includes working with human and natural systems within the coastal zone to adapt to coastal climate change impacts through education and facilitation, implementation of policy, demonstration of useful adaptation techniques, and support of on-the-ground adaptation projects.

POSITION

The EAC's Coastal & Water team is seeking a part-time Coastal Community Outreach Coordinator who will be an integral part of the team and will be responsible for project deliverables related to community outreach within the Educating Coastal Communities About Sea-level Rise (ECoAS) project. The ECoAS project is a co-led initiative, between the Ecology Action Centre and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, designed to translate scientific climate change research into useable information to help educate coastal communities within Atlantic Canada and British Columbia about the need for planning for future sea-level rise (SLR) impacts.

Our ideal candidate is experienced in working with coastal communities and hosting workshops and is knowledgeable about SLR and climate change adaptation approaches. They are a strong communicator and facilitator, with the ability to work with the dynamics of different groups. They have a willingness to learn, are open to different and new ways of working, and work well in both independent and collaborative environments. A strong desire to support coastal communities and create meaningful change in the coastal zone is key.

The position reports to the EAC staff directors and works closely with the Coastal Adaptation Coordinator.

Specific ECoAS Project Responsibilities:

  • Develop a set of SLR resources that support community-led discussions around the topics of climate change adaptation, SLR impacts, and planning for SLR
  • Coordinate the creation of an interactive map that will facilitate online, community-based, participatory SLR impact, risk, and education mapping
  • Organize and host 4-6 community SLR workshops within Nova Scotia that build upon the workshops hosted in the first phase of the ECoAS project
  • Work with EAC team to develop and implement a strategic communications plan to increase the reach of our SLR education initiative

General Responsibilities:

  • Project administration duties, including but not limited to funder report contribution, budget management, and proposal writing
  • Support project communications, including but not limited to website maintenance, social media, and traditional media
  • Build relationships with stakeholders, community members, and potential funders and/or partners
  • Participate in and support the overall work of the Ecology Action Centre and the Coastal and Water Team, including but not limited to community queries, volunteer engagement, project strategizing, and e-newsletters

QUALIFICATIONS

Required:

  • Strong interest in and knowledge of coastal issues and SLR, in particular, coastal climate change adaptation approaches, SLR impacts, and/or living shorelines as they relate to Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada; knowledge of coastal geomorphology is an asset
  • Excellent communication skills: public speaking, writing, relationship building, and delivering presentations to various audiences
  • Experience coordinating and facilitating stakeholder-based workshops, working with coastal communities and municipalities, and engaging stakeholders in solution-oriented discussion
  • A demonstrated ability to develop outreach and education materials
  • Excellent project management skills: ability to develop funding proposals, effectively manage multiple tasks, and meet project deliverables
  • Willing to work occasional evenings and weekends and willing to travel within Atlantic Canada; valid driver’s licence is a must
  • Ability to work independently but also contribute to a collaborative team environment
  • Strong organizational skills and initiative

Desirable:

  • Familiarity with climate change adaptation and SLR initiatives in the region
  • Experience with GIS/cartography/web-based map development/participatory mapping approaches
  • Degree in Environmental Science, Physical Geography, Coastal Zone Management, or related discipline, with a focus on SLR and/or climate change adaptation
  • A demonstrated passion for creating positive change within Atlantic Canadian coastal communities
  • Social media and communications experience

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

Start Date: July 2017 End Date: March 30th, 2018

Part-time: 15 hours per week at $20-22/hr, commensurate with experience; initial contract for 8-9 months with option to renew based on funding availability.

Location: This position will be based at EAC’s Halifax office.

TO APPLY:

Please email a cover letter, resume, and 2 references as a single PDF document with the file name as follows: LastName_FirstName.pdf to Samantha Page, Coastal Adaptation Coordinator. P* *lease use the subject line "Outreach Coordinator Application".

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday July 19th, 5pm, 2017

We thank all applicants for their time and interest, however only short-listed applicants will be contacted. Interviews will take place the week of July 24th.

The Ecology Action Centre is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from individuals in traditionally marginalized groups such as: racialized people, Indigenous people, lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and queer people, and persons with disabilities. We encourage applicants to self-identify in their cover letter or application if they are a member of a marginalized community. Diversity is a stated value of the Ecology Action Centre. Moreover, diversity in the EAC community is a strength that we seek to cultivate. It is the responsibility of every employee of EAC to foster a culture that embraces and promotes diversity.

The Ecology Action Centre was founded in 1971 and is one of Nova Scotia’s most active environmental organizations. The Centre welcomes new members and volunteers: www.ecologyaction.ca.

Job Type: Part-time

Salary: $20.00 to $22.00 /hour

Job Location:

  • Halifax, NS

Required language:

  • English

Required license or certification:

  • Driver's Licence
 
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