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Ecology Centre Development Project Coordinator

Apply until: November 17, 2019

North Coast Innovation Lab Job Posting

Project: Ecology Centre Pilot Initiative

Position: Ecology Centre Development Project Coordinator

Commitment: 8 months, 35 hours/week

Start date: January 13, 2020

End date: August 28, 2020

Location: Prince Rupert, BC

Compensation: $20,000

*Please Note: You must be currently enrolled in a Canadian graduate studies program to apply, and remain so for the duration of the position. No exceptions, as this related to position funding. We accept applicants from any university in Canada.

About the North Coast Innovation Lab

The North Coast Innovation Lab (NCIL) is a place-based initiative for people who are invested in the future of Prince Rupert to identify, prioritize and work together on tangible projects that build a resilient economy as a tool for community well-being.

The NCIL addresses the desire to innovate within constrained conditions by providing human capacity to advance ideas, a safe space for design and experimentation, and a supported process to develop, enrich, and evaluate projects that enhance social and economic resilience in Prince Rupert. Through this initiative, new forms of collaboration and partnership will be explored across sectors; lessons learned from the projects and partnerships will be documented and shared; ideas will be incubated into viable projects; and students will be given practical opportunities to work on initiatives that increase economic and social resilience.

Ecology Centre Development Project Coordinator

The North Coast is a wild place, from mountain peaks to the deep glass sponge reefs. The North Coast Ecology Centre Society is working to create a permanent education centre in Prince Rupert, BC that highlights the region’s ecological richness, both terrestrial and marine.  With a combination of engaging programs and beautiful exhibits, including live displays of fish and marine invertebrates (collected and released each season!), we hope to build a Centre that offers a new tourist destination, activates and revitalizes Prince Rupert’s waterfront, and becomes a community resource for locals to connect with the environment around them.

In 2020, we are aiming to open a pilot centre for the summer season.  The Ecology Centre Development Coordinator will work closely with the NCECS board of directors and a consultant to plan and execute this pilot. The Coordinator will help keep progress on track by creating a detailed schedule.  They will help identify and obtain the necessary financial, human and material resources. They will dive head first into exhibit planning by researching best practices in design, education and animal care for small centres.

This project will bring together community members and groups through various means (workshops, meetings, committees, activities) to identify the social, cultural and environmental elements of Prince Rupert and the greater North Coast.  This feedback will be used to design and develop the ecology centre so that it reflects the unique aspects of this area and the community. The Project Coordinator will further engage the community in getting involved as volunteers. They will collect data and metrics to evaluate the pilot.

The centre may also serve as a hub for other projects, businesses and organizations to share their work, celebrate the diversity of ecology on the North Coast, and collaborate on economic and business activities and opportunities that support the sustainable management and protection of our environmental assets.

Activities and Deliverables

  • Create a detailed schedule for developing the pilot Ecology Centre for the summer of 2020, using the business plan developed by the board.
    • Use this schedule to bring the North Coast Ecology Centre from idea to actualization.
  • Identify and consult with key community partners and stakeholders on centre development and operations through workshops, surveys and meetings.
  • Develop a social media and marketing strategy to enhance community awareness and engagement, and attract visitors from neighbouring communities and beyond.
  • Facilitate an exhibit planning and education workshop with the board and committee members
    • Use this workshop to inform program development to engage the community and tourists.
  • Develop a volunteer program to support Ecology Centre events and activities, and recruit volunteers
  • Coordinate operations of the pilot season (summer 2020).
  • Collect, capture and share data and relevant information on the planning and use of the pilot centre to inform future iterations of Ecology Centre programs, designs and activities.
  • Convene and facilitate 2+ project specific gatherings, events or activities in the community around coastal ecology, marine-based economic development, and/or sustainable resource management. Including one gathering, event catered to youth.
  • Co-facilitate and present at 2-3 community gatherings to share project updates and destination-tourism research findings, with relevant stakeholders and the community at large.

Desired skills and capabilities

  • You are passionate about the environment and wildlife and love to share that passion with others through teaching and engagement.
  • You are highly organized and excellent at time and task management.
  • You are a self-starter and are able to identify tasks and duties to build a work plan, and follow through on that work plan.
  • You are a relationship builder, and you know how to listen actively across cultures and perspectives, involve others, build on ideas, bring people together and get people excited and involved.
  • You use strategic partnerships and collaboration to connect and leverage resources around a vision.
  • You are innovative, creative and open to new approaches to problem solving, evaluation, and collaboration. You’re constantly learning and applying those learnings to the next iteration of ideas and projects.
  • You can work within a developing project, showing good judgement and initiative, and as part of a greater team.
  • You understand the innovative and experiential nature of this project, and are able to adapt the project goals and outcomes based on learnings, resources, and capacity.
  • You are excited to experience and embrace the rural, coastal life in Prince Rupert!

About Prince Rupert

Prince Rupert is a city with 12,000 inhabitants, of which nearly 50 per cent identify as First Nations. Situated in the coastal temperate rainforest, Prince Rupert is a beautiful city with historical, cultural and economic significance for British Columbia and Canada at large.

The North Coast region around Prince Rupert has incredible ecological diversity and unique features — from the province’s only grizzly bear sanctuary, to the incredible Skeena River oolichan run, to the fragile, ancient glass sponge reefs of Hecate Strait.  Unfortunately, learning about and experiencing this wilderness can be difficult and inaccessible for visitors and locals alike.  The North Coast Ecology Centre is looking to build a space where people of all ages can connect, engage and learn about the wildlife and habitats in this region.

Tourism is a major contributor to Prince Rupert’s economy.  As a cruise ship port, a nexus for ferry travel, and a sport fishing hot-spot, the community sees >190,000 visitors each summer. A major benefit of this project is to boost regional economic development by offering a new tourist destination and revitalization of the city’s waterfront. A recent study of visitors to Northwestern BC showed that tourists to the area are motivated by experiencing and learning about the local environment — in fact, three quarters of them will participate in “nature, landscape, and scenery sightseeing”.  One quarter of visitors to the area are also travelling with children. No other ecology centre exists in the region and, therefore, the centre would be a unique draw for nature-enthusiasts and families when choosing where they spend time in Northwestern BC.

About the North Coast Ecology Centre Society

The North Coast Ecology Centre Society is a non-profit organization in Prince Rupert, BC established in 2018.  The NCECS aims to create a permanent education centre that highlights the region’s ecological richness. The centre will cater to visitors and residents alike through engaging exhibits and programs, including a mini, catch-and-release aquarium.

The centre will not only inspire awe and stewardship for the North Coast, but also provide revitalization of the Prince Rupert waterfront through use of old, vacant infrastructure, and create a new feature for Prince Rupert’s tourism industry. The centre will also be a community resource, helping locals connect with their environment and creating a new space for events, programs, and activities that strengthen Prince Rupert’s community fabric.

How to Apply

Please apply by sending a cover letter and CV to Alexie Stephens at alexie@ecotrust.ca by Sunday, November 17, 2019 at midnight. Identify which position(s) you are applying for in the subject of the email. Clarifying questions are welcome. We thank all applicants; however, will only be contacting those who are successful for interviews.