Project Coordinator - Restorative Ocean Farming

Position Information

Projected Start Date
May 4, 2020

Projected End Date
August 28, 2020

Company Information

Ecotrust North Coast Innovation Lab

Alexie Stephens

Contact Email

Job Posting Information

Position Title
Project Coordinator

4 months, 35 hours/week

Rate of Pay

Job Posting Information

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 Restorative Ocean Farming Project Coordinator

Restorative Ocean Farming is an innovative approach to sustainably growing and harvesting seafood and marine products. This method of aquaculture creates a mini-ecosystem of various plant and animal species that grow together in a sustainable and symbiotic manner. Coastal Shellfish Corporation (CSC) are experts in growing and developing scallops and other aquatic species in the ocean waters of Coast Tsimshian territory, especially scallops.

We are looking for a talented, dynamic, curious, and driven graduate student to join our team in January to enable Restorative Ocean Farming in Prince Rupert. Working with Coastal Shellfish Corporation, The Restorative Ocean Farming (ROF) Project Coordinator will take the learnings from the first iteration of the ROF project to raise awareness of ROF as a driver for food security and economic development. The Project Coordinator will blend economic and commercial approaches with scientific, social and nutritional understandings to realize events, gatherings and activities that inform and include stakeholders in the social and economic opportunities that ROF can provide.

Additionally, the ROF Project Coordinator will explore governance, business and investment models for a Restorative Ocean Farm, and share these findings as a means to determine pathways for achieving a full-scale ROF project under CSC.

Activities and Deliverables

  • Design, coordinate and co-facilitate social-innovation-inspired event series for information gathering and sharing around the theme of sustainable aquaculture, and ROF in the context of Prince Rupert.
  • Research best practices and case studies for sustainable aquaculture investment, governance and business models.
  • Work collaboratively with local stakeholders, First Nations, knowledge holders, etc. to gain insight as to how the community can engage with and be involved in the ROF process and model.
  • Explore synergies with other organizations, groups and initiatives for collaboration with ROF engagement activities.
  • Design a marketing plan to increase awareness of this innovative and sustainable form of aquaculture.
  • Research marketing and product opportunities for kelp/seaweed grown in an ROF.
  • Convene 1+ project specific gatherings, events or activities for stakeholders and the community at large around the theme of Restorative Ocean Farming development, including one gathering catered to youth.
  • Co-facilitate and present at 1-2 community gatherings to share project updates, developments and community-based research findings, with relevant stakeholders and the community at large.

Desired Skills and Capabilities

  • Proficient in Microsoft suite of programs; fluent in English – written and spoken.
  • You’re a strong relationship-builder, and you know how to listen to the needs of others – across cultures and perspectives – and frame opportunities around them.
  • You are entrepreneurial-minded, and have interest and/or experience in community engagement, business planning, and dreaming up projects and seeing them through to completion.
  • You possess a strong understanding of marine ecology, aquaculture, land-based food harvesting, and/or some combination of business and marine ecology knowledge and experience
  • You are passionate about sustainable aquaculture and advancing the industry to overcome social, economic and nutritional challenges
  • 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 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!

How to Apply
Please apply by sending a cover letter and CV to Alexie Stephens at by Sunday March 8th at midnight PT. Identify which position(s) you are applying for in the subject of the email. Clarifying questions are welcome. We thank all applicants, however, we will only be contacting those who are successful for interviews.

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