Northern Water Futures (NWF; is an interdisciplinary research project with the overarching goal of improving our understanding and prediction of northern water resources in the face of rapid high latitude warming and associated landcover changes. This project supports Wilfrid Laurier University’s partnership with the Government of the Northwest Territories: We currently have an opportunity to join Laurier’s northern research community and contribute to this exciting initiative as a Project Coordinator. The Project Coordinator will support a team of more than fifty Canadian Arctic researchers who are part of NWF. This position will involve coordination and execution of all aspects of new and on-going research within the project. The successful candidate will also facilitate virtual and in-person meetings, assist in the analysis of project data and writing of reports and academic papers, and be involved in presentations and knowledge mobilization initiatives.

The successful candidate will be part of the Global Water Futures (GWF) program, the largest university-led climate and freshwater research program in the world. Currently, the GWF network involves more than 356 stakeholders/users, 157 researchers from 15 Canadian universities and 538 research personnel associated with 39 pan-Canada projects, and core teams including modelling, computer science, knowledge mobilization, and data. Additional information is available at:


  • BSc or MSc (preferred) in a related discipline (e.g., environmental sciences);
  • Demonstrated experience contributing to research grant functions including reporting and expenses;
  • Strong organizational, decision-making and problem-solving skills;
  • Results oriented and highly adept at setting priorities with a strong ability to handle multiple priorities and meet short deadlines;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a complex environment;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Adaptability and flexibility.
  • Passionate about northern research;

Duration: This position will be a one-year renewable contract for up to 2.5 years with review after the first six months.


Coordination and General Project Administration: 

  • Coordinates and executes the day-to-day operations of the project;
  • Acts as a liaison between various members of the research team;
  • Organizes workshops and meetings;
  • Takes and circulates minutes for project meetings;
  • Assists with electronic data files and performs data entry;
  • Ensures accurate and detailed records are maintained;
  • Supporting grant writing and related activities;
  • Reviews data results from project including statistical significance and emerging themes;
  • Assists in the writing and interpretation of study findings;
  • Assists with preparation of publications and presentations;


  • Manages project budget;
  • Manages accounts receivables and payables;
  • Oversees and completes expense reports;
  • Collaborates with various units across campus including research finance, the office of research services, accounts payable and procurement to ensure compliance with university and funder policies;


  • Sets up project tracking systems;
  • Completes and manages the project tracking system;
  • Writes annual reports for funders and other stakeholder groups.

Application Procedure: To be considered for this opportunity, please submit the following documents via email:

  • An application letter expressing your relevant background and interest in the position
  • A resume or curriculum vitae
  • Names of two referees

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Contact Information: Dr. Jennifer Baltzer (

Closing date: Open until the position is successfully filled; review to begin by 15 December 2020.

Wilfrid Laurier University is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.