[Sust-mar] SeaChoice Atlantic Coordinator - Job Posting
susannadfuller at gmail.com
Mon Aug 25 16:20:08 EDT 2008
Another exciting job opportunity at the Ecology Action Centre
*Atlantic Canada SeaChoice Coordinator
Sustainable Seafood Canada *
Sustainable Seafood Canada is a coalition of leading Canadian conservation
organizations working together via the SeaChoice Program to raise public
awareness of the threats to oceans from fishing impacts, the solutions that
sustainable fisheries offer as well as provides support for retailer
transformation to sustainable seafood procurement. Sustainable Seafood
Canada brings together broad national expertise from the: Canadian Parks and
Wilderness Society – BC Chapter, David Suzuki Foundation, Ecology Action
Centre, Living Oceans Society, and the Sierra Club of Canada – BC Chapter.
These member organizations have a demonstrated history of engagement in
market-based campaigning and policy reform for fisheries. The Ecology Action
Centre (EAC) is the major east coast member of Sustainable Seafood Canada,
and is Nova Scotia's oldest environmental organization. The position is 4
days per week and will be housed at the EAC's eco-renovated office on Fern
Lane in Halifax.
The Atlantic SeaChoice Coordinator will report to and take direction from
the Sustainable Seafood Canada Steering Committee (which includes
representatives from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, David Suzuki
Foundation, Ecology Action Centre, Living Oceans Society and Sierra Club of
Canada – BC Chapter) and specifically from the National SeaChoice Manager
based in Vancouver. The Atlantic Coordinator will work closely with the
Marine Conservation Coordinator at the EAC. Working with and reporting to
the Steering Committee, the Atlantic coordinator will take a lead role in
coordinating SeaChoice program activities, outreach and public relations on
Canada's east coast.
The SeaChoice program includes research on the status of Canadian fisheries,
public education, industry outreach, strategic media and website based
communications, the development of fisheries policy reform initiatives, as
well as cooperation with other sustainable seafood initiatives and
organizations that are working on sustainable fisheries policy reform.
• Coordinate all logistics related to implementation of the SeaChoice
program in Atlantic Canada.
• Liaise with the National SeaChoice Manager.
• Serve as lead contact for the program on the east coast of Canada and
respond to inquiries from the media and public.
• Provide oversight of research projects undertaken by SeaChoice member
organization staff and/or contractors on fisheries, chain of custody
research and stock assessments.
• Maintain active, functional working relationships with all SeaChoice
committee members and staff that are assigned to work on specific SeaChoice
projects and activities.
• Regularly provide reports on emerging issues and news to the steering
*Program Development: *
• Work with the National SeaChoice Manager to facilitate the creation of
outreach products for the SeaChoice program (e.g. promotional materials,
novel outreach tools, website content etc.)
• Work with outside contractors for necessary projects: e.g. website,
• Develop relationships and liaise with partners, including seafood
retailers, food service providers suppliers, restaurants and fisherman
across Canada. A special focus of industry outreach responsibility for the
Atlantic SeaChoice coordinator will be the supplier and large food service
provider engagement in sustainable seafood procurement.
• Develop funding opportunities for SeaChoice and participate in writing
• Conduct any research work as directed by the steering committee.
• Build an enhanced level of outreach and education to the public and
• Organize outreach and education initiatives and events, including event
coordination and volunteer participation for a trap-caught shrimp promotion
event and an Atlantic Canadian sustainable seafood culinary competition.
• Increase public awareness of SeaChoice and sustainable seafood by
seeking out media opportunities to promote the program.
• Work with the National SeaChoice Manager to maintain, update and
continue the development of the Seachoice Website.
• Liase with the Food Security Network, EAC's Food Action Committee,
SlowFood NS, Taste of Nova Scotia and other relevant groups in Atlantic
Canada to ensure that sustainable fisheries are included in local food
• To work with five of the major marine non-governmental organizations in
• To develop coordination skills across a national range of stakeholders
NGO's, government, industry and the public sector
• To develop a broad understanding of fisheries issues and policy in
• To play a pivotal role in the implementation and growth of Canada's
national sustainable seafood program
• Interest and understanding of environmental and marine conservation
issues (an undergraduate degree is mandatory and a graduate degree is
• Proficient with MS Office Suite: Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, Excel
• Flexible and adaptable - willing to be open to an evolving work plan.
• Strong attention to detail
• Strong writing skills
• Strong interpersonal and campaign skills
• Excellent time management skills
• Experience in:
o outreach, education and communications
o coordinating events and groups
o marketing and/or business
o large food service operator or large grocery retailer (purchasing or
management) - an asset, but not required
• Knowledge of fisheries issues in Canada (particularly east coast,
and internationally, knowledge of scientific fisheries literature
• Knowledge of environmental certification (e.g. FSC, MSC etc.) and
traceability systems. Some familiarity with systems that assess the status
of natural populations or their suitability for harvest (e.g. COSEWIC, IUCN
Red listing, SARA, CITES, MSC)
• Some experience conducting and critiquing scientific and social
• Ability to synthesize and distill large amounts of detailed information
over a broad range of species
• Willingness to travel as necessary
Cover letter and resume can be sent to Susanna Fuller at *
marine at ecologyaction.ca* or mailed / left in person at the Ecology Action
Centre, 1705 Fern Lane, Halifax Nova Scotia B3K 4L3.
Website: *www.seachoice.org *
Wage/Salary: $19.00/hr 4 days / week
Position is eligible for employer health benefits
*Closing date: September 1 st, 2008 *
Term: September 2008 – June 2008 with possibility for extension
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