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Research Communications Assistant

Company: HabitatSeven Inc.
Location : Ottawa,ON
Job Description

Research Communications Assistant

Join an exciting, dynamic team as we continue to grow and help shape a planet for a more resilient, sustainable future.


To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to caleb@habitatseven.com.

Role:   Research Communications Assistant
Status:  Full Time
Location:  Ottawa, Canada (*remote or work from home indefinitely)
Salary:  Commensurate with experience
Start Date:  ASAP

Company Profile

HabitatSeven helps environmental science organizations develop web-based data applications for a more secure, sustainable future. We support businesses and governments to improve their resource management and better plan for and respond to a changing climate and extreme weather events through the development of web-based data tools such as mapping systems and user interfaces.

The majority of our upcoming projects encompass earth observation and remote sensing data, specifically as it relates to leveraging the best available earth sciences to understand planetary changes and extreme weather events. To these ends, we are seeking a candidate to help implement digital activities surrounding our work on remote sensing and resource management.

We are developing a product called 'Climate Engine' in collaboration with partners at NASA and the Desert Research Institute. We are looking for a candidate to create social media posts as they relate earth system changes that can be tracked using remote sensing technology. This will include creating written copy for the web, short-form video content, and social media posts. The candidate will also be responsible for tracking and managing social media campaigns. These campaigns will be focused on how remote sensing of the earth systems can be used for more sustainable management of natural resources and building resilience to environmental change.

Job Description

We are looking for a self-motivated person who has experience or education in climate change, earth sciences, remote sensing or related environmental domain. Top scientific writing and communication skills are essential as this role will include organizing research, research partners, and collaborators. Excellent verbal and written communication skills will be essential.

In this role, the successful candidate will help write and organize scientific articles, social media posts, use cases, and case studies related to the uses of remote sensing for monitoring and evaluating climate adaptation strategies including nature-based solutions.

The Research Communications Assistant will work with experts from science, technology and business on a daily basis, including work with strategic partners such as our sister company HabitatOne (www.habitatone.com) and our science partner Desert Research Institute (www.dri.edu), specifically with the Climate Engine team (www.climateengine.org/). Other clients and partners include Environment and Climate Change Canada (project: www.Climatedata.ca), NRCAN (project: www.ChangingClimate.ca), NASA (project: www.etdata.org), Google (project: www.1t.org), and others.

This position will provide the candidate with the opportunity to utilize and develop skills in short-form video production, writing for the web and social media, and the creation of digital maps for sharing across social media and other web platforms. The candidate will work closely with a small team of world-renowned experts in the digital communication of environmental data and information. This will include world-leading environmental and remote sensing scientists from organizations such as NASA, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and the World Meteorological Organization. Skills to be developed include client relations, how to work in a dynamic environment, how to work with scientists and the scientific community, and how to communicate effectively to decision makers in government and the private sector.

  • Ideally 1-3 years of work experience, but we are encouraging recent graduates to apply as well.
  • Excellent communication skills (spoken and written)
  • Experience writing scientific articles and reports
  • Ability to work on their own and be self-motivated to manage deliverables, deadlines and multiple projects concurrently
  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in earth science, remote sensing, or in a related field.
  • Familiarity or experience working with remote sensing imagery and geographic or geo-location metadata would be considered an asset but not mandatory
  • Any experience with design tools such as Illustrator, Photoshop would be an asset
  • Note: HabitatSeven is located in downtown Ottawa, however, given the circumstances with COVID it should be assumed the role will be remote work until further notice and/or indefinitely as we continue to flourish in our remote work setup