SUMMARY OF FUNCTION:
The Ontario Climate Consortium (OCC) was established in 2011 as a centre of expertise providing climate change research and analysis services to municipalities, conservation authorities, and the broader public sector. Under the guidance and direction of the Project Manager for the OCC, the OCC Research Analyst position is highly integrated with the day to day operations of the OCC Secretariat, which is hosted by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). Specifically, this position provides specialized technical expertise and capacity to the OCC Climate Information, Impacts and Adaptation Programs by delivering risk-based adaptation planning services through research project implementation, technical advisory and acting as a critical resource for climate information translation and application for both adaptation and mitigation activities.
Additionally, the Research Analyst provides general support for OCC network engagement, research project or partnership development, knowledge mobilization and strategic business planning and implementation. Overall, this position is an integral component of a comprehensive, team-based approach that works to develop networks, extend and deepen the impact of knowledge generated by the OCC network and help achieve the OCC Mission of enabling transformative climate action at the local and regional scale.
- University degree, preferably at the Master’s level in meteorology, environmental science, ecology, hydrology, geography, water resources, engineering or a related field with demonstrable experience in integrating with climate change science;
- Three (3) to five (5) years of experience related to major tasks and responsibilities;
- Demonstrated knowledge of climate change science, including impacts, and its relevance to one or more of the following areas of study or related field: natural systems, water resources, agriculture, integrated watershed planning and management;
- Advanced knowledge of global and regional climate model data; spatial and statistical downscaling; and post-processing climate data as part of statistical analyses to interpret and describe data;
- Demonstrated ability to research, analyze, organize, translate and communicate complex scientific information to OCC non-academic members, partners at-large and general public;
- Advanced knowledge of ArcGIS (including - Spatial Analyst, Geostatistical Analyst extensions), MS Access, and MS Excel;
- Demonstrated ability to apply minimum qualifications to the greater Toronto area context specifically and more broadly in Ontario;
- Familiarity with project management software (e.g., ASANA, Trello, Microsoft Projects);
- Good working knowledge of at least one program language (e.g., Matlab, R, VBA, Python) and the ability to run scripts to extract and download climate data to meet the needs of OCC members;
- Familiarity with web development and editing software (e.g., Corel Draw, Photoshop and HTML);
- General awareness of legislation, policies, strategies and plans pertaining to climate change adaptation and mitigation (e.g., federal level, at the provincial level in Ontario and the municipal level);
- General understanding of organizations working in climate change in the Greater Toronto Area and Ontario;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills;
- Excellent problem solving and organizational skills;
- Strong interpersonal and collaborative skills and interest in working in team environment;
- Established university contacts at one or more institutions;
- Ability to work flexibly and respond to changing priorities;
- Ability to work to own initiative and prioritize own workload;
- Valid Ontario driver’s license.
SUMMARY OF MAJOR TASKS:
- Provides technical expertise and capacity to the OCC Climate Information and Impacts & Adaptation Programs.
- Participates as technical Project Team member often with responsibilities for research, analysis of data or information, including but not limited to literature review, expert or stakeholder interviews, GIS analysis and spatial mapping, statistical analysis, risk scenario analysis, and report writing.
- Collects and manages climate information for OCC partners, and completes analysis to support the interpretation of climate datasets and system-specific data pertaining to vulnerability and risk.
- Coordinates project meetings and communication with project team/working groups and project steering committees or equivalent.
- Supports the tracking of specific project-level contribution to the program’s annual Internal Performance Metrics (IPM).
- Provides support to engage the OCC members and strengthen existing or build new interdisciplinary research partnerships.
- Provides support to the planning and delivery of OCC hosted events including the OCC Symposium, think tanks, workshops, and training exercises.
- Participates in review and written feedback on climate change adaptation related material, including: technical strategies, plans, reports, discussion papers, proposals, EBR postings, etc., with greater expectation of frequency for TRCA-relevant issues.
- Supports the development of funding proposals/applications, including preparing draft proposals (in entirely or specific components).
- Participates in the development of OCC research dissemination materials, such as project case studies, project updates, white papers, which are delivered through the OCC website, OCC newsletter, OCC blog.
- Presents at leading conferences, scientific roundtable gatherings or public events to broadly enable knowledge transfer or exchange, and build/strengthen networks around climate information and adaption broadly.
- Participates as a member on external (e.g., federal, municipal) technical committees, as appropriate.
- Supports a OCC Secretariat team culture that is collaborative, cohesive, respectful, purposeful and value-driven.
- Provides support and input, to OCC Strategic Planning.
- Seeks and recommends improvements or innovations to climate information management, maintenance and dissemination.
- Undertakes professional development to maintain expert knowledge and awareness of current and subject-appropriate science, policy, practice or pending updates, advances and guidance.
- Performs other duties as assigned or required in accordance with departmental, divisional and/or corporate objectives.
TRCA is committed to providing accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. If you require disability - related accommodations, please notify us and we will work with you to meet your needs. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.