Project Coordinator – Northern Water Futures

Northern Water Futures(NWF) (www.northernwaterfutures.ca) is a Global Water Futures (https://gwf.usask.ca/) funded, NWT-focused consortium of knowledge producers, mobilizers and users from university, communities, government, industry and non-governmental organizations. We are working collaboratively to improve our understanding of, and ability to predict and mitigate the impacts of climate change and industrial expansion on water resources in the NWT. Water security is essential to the vitality of northern communities, the security of traditional food sources, and the responsible development of northern resources; all key, user-identified aspects of “survivability in the North”. NWF was conceived by the Wilfrid Laurier University (Laurier) – Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) Partnership Agreement, a long-standing and growing collaboration between NWF researchers and NWT user communities (https://nwtwlu.com).

We currently have an opportunity to join NWF and contribute to this exciting initiative as a Project Coordinator. The role will support the Principal Investigator and a team of more than fifty Canadian Arctic researchers. The Project Coordinator will be responsible for managing and executing the day-to-day operations of the project and will act as a liaison between the members of the research team and various units across campus including research finance, the office of research services, accounts payable and procurement to ensure compliance with university and funder policies. This position will involve administrative tasks such as organizing meetings and workshops, assisting with preparation of publications and presentations, expense reporting and preparing annual reports. The Project coordinator will also be responsible for the project communications on social media (Twitter and Facebook), preparing newsletters, websites and blog posts.  S/he may also participate in the writing of academic papers, the development workshops and may be involved in presentations.

Required Qualifications: Candidates should possess a BSc or MSc (preferred) in Environmental Science, Geography or a related discipline, with a strong passion for northern research. Candidates must have 2 years of demonstrated experience in coordinating research grant functions, including reporting and expenses and have excellent organizational skills. Due to the strong interdisciplinary focus of this project, candidates should have strong decision-making and problem-solving skills with the ability to be adaptable and flexible. Excellent communication skills and the ability to work closely with a range of partners, students and researchers are essential. The candidate should also be able to work independently and with a dynamic team. The position will be based at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON but will include occasional travel.

To apply:

Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of references and reprints of relevant publications to Dr. Jennifer Baltzer (jbaltzer@wlu.ca), NWF PI

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Postdoctoral Position in Subarctic Data Synthesis – Ecosystem Change, Community Well-Being, and Livelihoods

Northern Water Futures (NWF) (www.northernwaterfutures.ca), in collaboration with the Wilfrid
Laurier University – Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) Partnership
(https://nwtwlu.com), invite applications for a 2-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Subarctic Data
Synthesis with a focus on understanding how climate warming induced ecosystem changes are
impacting the well-being and livelihoods of northern communities.

Specifically, we seek individuals with very strong skills in data amalgamation, analysis and synthesiswho will work collaboratively on large data sets from across the NWT. NWF is a Global Water Futures(https://gwf.usask.ca/) funded, NWT-focused consortium of knowledge producers, mobilizers and users from university, communities, government, industry and non-governmental organisations. We are working collaboratively to improve our understanding of, and ability to predict and mitigate, the impacts of climate change and industrial expansion on water resources in the NWT. Water security is essential to the vitality of northern communities, the security of traditional food sources, and the responsible development of northern resources; all key, user-identified aspects of “survivability in the North”. NWF was conceived by the Wilfrid Laurier University (Laurier) – Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) Partnership Agreement, a long-standing and growing collaboration between NWF researchers and NWT user communities.

The successful candidates will work closely with NWF researchers on data sets from a range of environmental disciplines (e.g., hydrology, terrestrial and/or aquatic ecology, human dimensions of climate change) and locations throughout the NWT to address cross-cutting, integrative northern research questions in collaboration with our government and community partners.

Required skills: A PhD in ecology, environmental sciences, or closely related field. Applicants should have advanced data management and statistical analysis capabilities. Logistical experience with northern or other field research would be an asset. Candidates should have strong track record of publishing high quality peer-reviewed papers. Excellent communication skills and the ability to work closely with a range of partner organizations is critical.

Although there is some flexibility in the trajectory of this position, responsibilities could include:(1) Compilation of historic datasets to help establish baseline conditions across the NWT;
(2) Analysis and synthesis of extensive environmental data sets arising the NWF network of study sites throughout NWT;
(3) Integration of datasets from different disciplines to better understand the complexity of ecosystem changes and their impacts on northern communities.

The start time for the position is flexible, however there is a preference to fill this position with a
minimum of delay. We will review applications until both positions are filled. This position can be
based at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario or the Laurier Office in Yellowknife,
Northwest Territories.


To apply: Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of references and reprints of relevant
publications to Dr. Jennifer Baltzer (jbaltzer@wlu.ca), NWF PI


PhD Position – Community-Based Water Monitoring and Knowledge Mobilization

The Dene and Métis people of the Sahtú region experience a strong connection to the waters that surround them and have a strong interest in scientific research and monitoring activities in their territory as evidenced by many years of participation in science-based research. Communities throughout the Sahtú are particularly interested about the health of their waters stemming from their concerns related to possible effects from mining and development in the region and beyond, and the impacts of climate change. With a great deal of research already being conducted in the Sahtú, it is critical to promote a common cross-cultural understanding of water knowledge and concepts of risk. Researchers and community members need to engage in these discussions to support wise decision-making and community-based risk communication. There is strong desire to build greater capacity for community-driven research and monitoring as part of local and regional Guardian programs and to ensure that research is conducted, and results delivered, in a culturally and socially respectful manner. Through a series of on-the-land Water Knowledge Camps, researchers and community members will come together to share knowledge, build trust, and collaborate on water quality research and monitoring in the region. This proposed approach can serve as a model for collaborative research being conducted with Indigenous communities or on Indigenous lands through Global Water Futures (GWF) and other research networks.

Wilfrid Laurier University, in partnership with the Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę Gots’ę́ Nákedı -Sahtú Renewable Resources Board, is looking for an exceptional candidate to develop community-based environmental monitoring and on-the-land knowledge sharing initiatives as part of the Water Knowledge Camps project. The position will be responsible to plan and coordinate on-the-land camps and activities with community partners in three Sahtú communities. Research will focus on risk communications and the evaluation of knowledge sharing techniques and practices. As the focus of the project is to enhance community-decision making around risks to the health of the ecosystem in the Sahtú region, this graduate student will play a key role in bringing together different ways of knowing to enhance the stewardship of the lands.

Required Qualifications: Due to the strong interdisciplinary focus of this program, candidates should possess a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies, Geography or a related discipline. Experience working collaboratively with Indigenous communities is an asset. Excellent communication skills and the ability to work closely with a range of partner organizations are essential. The position will be based at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario but extensive travel to communities in the Sahtú region of the NWT will be required. This position is funded through Global Water Futures (globalwaterfutures.ca) and the candidate will work closely with Northern Water Futures researchers (northernwaterfutures.ca). 

To apply: Please send a letter of interest, a full CV, unofficial transcript(s), and the names of two references via email to Dr. Andrew Spring (aspring@wlu.ca). Informal inquiries are welcome.