We’re Hiring! -Assistant Mining Researcher
We’re Hiring! SkeenaWild Conservation Trust is looking for an Assistant Mining Researcher.
Do you want to be part of a dynamic, science-based team working for the conservation of wild salmon and wild places in British Columbia?
Position: Assistant Mining Researcher
Contract: This is a 3-day work week position (with the possibility for more, depending on workload) for 12 months. This contract may be renewed contingent on funding.
Location: British Columbia (remotely, or Terrace office)
Salary/Benefits: Competitive hourly wage, depending on experience
Start Date: November 2021
The Assistant Mining Researcher will perform a variety of project-based research tasks related to an improved understanding of environmental and social impacts resulting from mining in British Columbia (BC), and the dissemination of responsible industry practices and mining laws. The position involves a particular focus on the use of science to advocate for the responsible stewardship of freshwater and wild salmon in Northwest British Columbia (NW BC).
The successful candidate will assist SkeenaWild’s science team with various tasks, including (but not limited to): producing investigative reports about industry-wide practices/issues or particular mine projects in NW BC; engaging in the Environmental Assessment and permitting process of mine projects in NW BC; engaging in government consultations regarding mining regulation and oversight; advising or otherwise supporting external partners (e.g., Indigenous governments or other civil society organizations) with mining-related inquiries. The following responsibilities will be involved:
- Review technical documents related to BC mine projects and extract information related to waste and water management, environmental monitoring, and mine-related ecological impacts
- Compile available data on water, fish, and other aquatic life in mine-receiving environments, and perform statistical analyses to quantify effects
- Review mining regulations and oversight practices in BC, and regional and global mining best practice standards
- Develop recommendations for improved mining regulation, mining practices, and mine-related environmental monitoring that will enhance protection of receiving environments and Indigenous interests
- Communicate research findings and recommendations via written, oral, and/or visual means
- Engage with mining-affected communities and stakeholders (e.g., Indigenous and non- Indigenous communities, conservation organizations, and other civil society groups) to guide research processes, share findings, and develop research products
- Compose formal submissions to government related to mining regulations or particular mine projects that advocate for effective watershed and salmon conservation, Indigenous rights, and mining industry best practices
- Aid Indigenous governments to incorporate mining-related considerations into their Land Use Plans or other self-governance efforts
The successful candidate may also assist with research related to rebuilding plans for wild salmon populations, and Environmental Assessments for non-mining industrial projects proposed in the Skeena watershed.
Qualifications and Skills
- Graduate education in ecology, natural resource management, environmental studies, or a related field (will also consider undergraduate education plus 3-5 years relevant work experience) – education/experience related to aquatic science preferred
- Proficient in inferential statistics (i.e., hypothesis testing, regression analysis) and with statistical software – experience using R strongly preferred
- Experience with scholarly/academic writing and science journalism/outreach
- Able to think critically, and balance diverse social, economic, and environmental considerations
- Able to share information and dialogue with diverse groups through various forms
- Able to navigate multiple ongoing projects and competing priorities
- Experience/familiarity with any of the following is considered an asset: mining or other extractive industries, decolonization/Indigenous sovereignty, social justice/not-for-profit work
- Resourceful and able to adapt to new and unique project demands
- Capable of working well independently, and collaboratively with small teams
- Curious and investigative, willing to process large quantities of technical information to find answers to research questions
Interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and resume as one document to Adrienne Berchtold at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 25, 2021. Please include “Assistant Mining Researcher – Your name” in the subject line of the e-mail. Interviews will commence in early November. Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Canada, and preferably located in BC. SkeenaWild is committed to principles of diversity and inclusion. Women, people of colour, Indigenous peoples, LGBTQ+ persons, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Formed in 2007, SkeenaWild Conservation Trust is dedicated to making the Skeena River and nearby coastal communities a global model of sustainability where large human and salmon populations coexist. We work with governments, First Nations, communities and individuals to sustain the long- term health and resilience of wild salmon ecosystems and local communities. We employ rigorous research and widely accepted scientific indicators to assess impacts, and to support responsible development – whether it be mining, forestry, fisheries, or energy – that does not put salmon and communities at risk.