Under the general direction of the CAO and in collaboration with the Operations Manager, the Climate Change Adaptation Coordinator will be responsible for; coordinating a climate change steering committee, providing adaptation advice for RM projects and programs, working with the CAO to build relationships and develop best practices in climate change, providing research, reporting and evaluation regarding the RM’s climate change efforts, policy and strategic planning.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Organize and coordinate a climate change adaptation steering committee that will help to develop policy and guide implementation of adaptation initiatives.
• Provide adaptation advice regarding various RM projects and programs such as, but not limited to;
– recycling and waste handling (explore opportunities for regional initiatives, including with the City of Winnipeg)
– focus on an organics/composting program, including an awareness/education program for residents
– the development and maintenance of green spaces (to act as carbon sinks and also provide sites that are free of pests and tree diseases such as Dutch Elm Disease, monitoring for the ash beetle, etc.)
– complete a tree inventory and develop a long-term plan for additional tree cover (particularly along the floodway/TransCanada Trail corridor)
– promote active transportation throughout the corridor and the municipality (GHG emissions reductions, healthy lifestyle)
– research or investigate options for cleaning municipal ponds to make them more biodiverse and clean
• Work with the CAO and other municipal staff to develop a program for the mainstreaming of climate change adaptation into the RM’s projects and programs.
• Support the development of best practice in climate change adaptation for the mainstreaming of climate adaptation into municipal projects and programs and for dissemination to the community and other municipalities.
• Work with the CAO to build relationships with environmental and development non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government departments (Sustainable Manitoba, etc.), the scientific and academic communities and colleagues within the Winnipeg Metro Region (WMR), and the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) network of municipalities to develop and share latest thinking on adaptation practice, frameworks, strategies and tools.
• Act as a liaison person for area trail groups.
• Monitor and disseminate emerging best practice on climate change adaptation strategies, planning and practice and relevant scientific research developments (for ex., Prairie Climate Research Centre), particularly as they affect or address biodiversity, ecosystems as well as people and their livelihoods within the municipality.
• Ensure that municipal activities on adaptation contain lesson-learning and evaluation components to support the development and dissemination of learning and best practice.
• Undertake research and publish reports as required on adaptation frameworks, strategies and tools.
• Contribute to the municipality’s internal reporting, communications and other activities as required.
• Support the CAO to ensure that relevant evidence from projects and programs is integrated into municipal policy, positions and strategic planning.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Background in natural resource management, biodiversity or climate change and/or a demonstrated ability to understand complex scientific issues and to communicate and apply them at project and program level.
• Thorough understanding of the linkages between ecosystems, biodiversity, human well-being and climate change.
• Broad understanding of the various aspects of climate change adaptation, particularly frameworks, strategies and tools for implementation.
• Experience working on climate change, or related environment and/or development issues, either in an NGO, public or private sector.
• Experience with proven skills in information design, management, monitoring and evaluation and reporting.
• Excellent presentation, communication (written and verbal) and facilitation skills.
• Demonstrated ability to integrate new and challenging issues into existing areas of work, including through educating, supporting and facilitating others.
• Experience in climate change adaptation practice considered an asset. For example managing risk and uncertainty, supporting organizational change, developing community based adaptation, or integrating climate change issues into the design, monitoring and evaluation of conservation and/or development projects and programs.
• An understanding of climate change and conservation challenges in other provincial and Canadian municipalities, with the ability to recognize and work with local and national level priorities to identify linkages between policy and practice.
• Cultural sensitivity and ability to respect and work well with people from different backgrounds and disciplines.
• The ability to work within municipal/institutional environments and across the AMM network.
• Superior interpersonal skills including ability to work effectively in a team environment and as part of a wider network.
• The commitment and drive to achieve challenging goals; a problem-solving attitude is essential.
• Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills.
• Organizational skills with attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines. A self-starter with the ability to work where necessary to short deadlines.
Credentials and Experience:
• Post-secondary degree in Environmental Studies, Environmental Science or equivalent (a focus on climate change considered an asset).
• Minimum 2 years related experience or an understanding of municipal politics, climate change mitigation and adaptation acquired through cooperative program work placement, course work, volunteer placements and/or professional work experience.
• Experience with/understanding of the program development process and how to implement new initiatives (including planning, costing, team building, implementation strategies, building in feedback and evaluation techniques).
• Computer proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook).
• Valid Manitoba Class 5 Driver’s License.
• Satisfactory Criminal Record Check.
Expiry Date: Screening will begin as early as February 7, 2019. However, the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is secured.
Submit resume and cover letter in confidence;
By mail or in person in a sealed envelope marked APPLICATION – CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION COORDINATOR,
Attention Rhonda Tone
R.M. of East St. Paul
Unit #1 – 3021 Bird’s Hill Road
East St. Paul, Mb. R2E 1A7
Application Deadline: Open until filled