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Citizen Science Assistant (Environmental Program Co-Ordinator) – Seasonal/Contract

Severn Sound Environmental Association

Position Description:
SSEA Overview:
The Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA) is a community success story. At the SSEA, we are committed to ensuring exceptional environmental quality and exemplary stewardship of the Severn Sound area through sound science, collaboration and partnerships. The SSEA is a Joint Municipal Service Board under the Municipal Act that serves eight municipalities in the Severn Sound watershed area (
The SSEA is seeking motivated, enthusiastic individuals to be a part of our talented team to support delivery of several Citizen Science (CS) monitoring programs, which involve community members as volunteer scientists, drawing on local knowledge and passion for important places. CS helps increase “eyes on the ground,” providing observations over a wider area, and allows for participation in hands-on sampling and data collection. It is a great tool for scanning a watershed for potential problems, and is an effective way to involve and educate the community about environmental issues. Volunteer sampling can include: lake and tributary quality, timing of ice cover, algae bloom occurrences, stream invertebrates, and stream temperature. Existing SSEA monitoring programs can verify the information, making citizen-collected data more reliable and useful.

Position Overview:
SSEA is seeking applications for one (1) Citizen Science Assistant to assist the Water Scientist with the overall delivery of CS programs. This position, based in Port McNicoll Ontario, offers a 35-hour work week, with some evenings and weekends required, between the period of October 11th, 2021 and December 3rd, 2021 (8 weeks). Position and term are dependent on funding approval.

Main Responsibilities:
• Support delivery of SSEA citizen science programs to a variety of age groups, including children, youth and seniors. This includes collecting monitoring kits along with data and photos from volunteers at the end of the monitoring season. Measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 will be in place, such as contactless pickup practices, physical distancing, masking and sanitizing.
• Assist with the development, design and circulation of clear and compelling communication materials related to the citizen science program (fact sheets, website and social media content, annual reports, presentations, articles, newsletters, media releases, etc.).
• Attend, provide support and represent the SSEA at community events or training/program development opportunities as they arise (virtual or in-person depending on COVID-19 restrictions).
• Seek opportunities to create awareness for and promote SSEA programs and projects, including liaising with community groups and organizations.
• Assist with volunteer recruitment and facilitating meetings, events and training sessions for community partners and volunteers.
• Assist in data management and reporting for SSEA’s Citizen Science Programs, and with disseminating results to participants and funding partners.
• Assist with file management by archiving and organizing photos, data entry, graphing, and organizing records.
• Provide assistance with other SSEA programs as needed.

Duties will be modified to comply with COVID-19 safety protocols as outlined by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and provincial restrictions. Staff will be required to work remotely when possible and/or necessary.

Qualifications and Key Skills:
• College and/or university education in natural resources management, environmental science, biology, ecology, or a related area of study, combined with relevant experience in environmental monitoring, management, and outreach
• Knowledge of the principles of field work, such as accurate data recording, use of technical equipment, and record keeping
• Excellent data analysis, communication, and writing skills
• Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills
• Reliable and willing to work a flexible schedule (overtime, evenings, weekends)
• Experience working with volunteers of all ages
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal)
• Self-motivated, strong ability to work independently and to take initiative on projects
• Excellent judgement and decision-making skills and the ability to come up with innovative solutions related to project management
• Excellent computer skills including applications such as Zoom, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
• Ability to comfortably work outdoors in a variety of conditions
• Proficiency with statistical software considered an asset
• Knowledge of problem invasive species in the Severn Sound watershed, including identification of plant, fish, invertebrate and pathogen based invasive species would be an asset
• Valid Ontario Driver’s License (Class G), Canadian Pleasure Craft Operators Licence and First Aid and CPR certification are considered an asset
• Bilingual (French and English) is an asset
• Must be 30 years of age or under as of contract start date
SSEA offers comprehensive health and safety training.

Start Date: October 10th, 2021
Job Status: Seasonal

Status: Seasonal/Contract
Wage: $14.50 per hour, 35-hours per week.

Hours of Work: Weekday; Weekend; Evening

Submission Information:
Qualified candidates are invited to submit a resume and cover letter demonstrating how you meet the position requirements. Resumes and cover letters submitted via email must be in word or PDF format and include “Citizen Science Assistant (Seasonal/Contract)” in the subject line.
Resumes and cover letters should be submitted, preferably electronically, by 4:30 pm on Friday July 30, 2021 and be clearly marked to:
Human Resources
Severn Sound Environmental Association
489 Finlayson St
PO Box 460
Port McNicoll ON L0K 1R0

We thank all applicants for your interest in the Severn Sound Environmental Association. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
The Severn Sound Environmental Association is committed to a barrier-free recruitment and selection
Please inform us should an accommodation be required at any point in the recruitment process. Information
received relating to accommodation needs of applicants will be addressed confidentially. Personal information collected will only be used for candidate selection, in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of
Information and Protection of Privacy Act R.S.O., 1990, c.M.56.

ATTENTION JOB SEEKERS • The job description presented in this posting is solely that of the employer. The YMCA Employment Service is not responsible for the accuracy, reliability or currency of this information and does not accept any liability for the conduct and/or practices of employer.

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