[sust-mar] Coastal Adaptation Coordinator, full-time, Ecology Action Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Position: Coastal Adaptation Coordinator (Full-time) – Halifax
Organization: Ecology Action Centre
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia


The Ecology Action Centre is an environmental charity based in Nova Scotia. We take leadership on critical environmental issues from biodiversity protection to climate change to environmental justice. We are grounded in community, and are a strong voice and watchdog for our environment. We work to catalyze change through policy advocacy, community development, and building awareness. We take a holistic approach to the environment and our economy to create a just and sustainable society.

EAC’s coastal work includes working with human and natural systems within the coastal zone to adapt to coastal climate change impacts through education and facilitation, implementation of policy, demonstration of useful adaptation techniques, and support of on-the-ground adaptation projects.


The EAC’s Coastal & Water team is seeking a Coastal Adaptation Coordinator for a leadership role within the Coastal & Water action area. Two key aspects of this position will be (1) coordinating the Educating Coastal Communities About Sea-level Rise (ECoAS) project, an initiative designed to translate scientific climate change research into useable information to educate coastal communities within Atlantic Canada and British Columbia about the need for planning for future sea-level rise impacts, and (2) supporting and informing the newly announced Coastal Protection Act in Nova Scotia.

Our ideal candidate is passionate about Nova Scotia’s coastal communities and is knowledgeable about sea-level rise, climate change adaptation approaches, and coastal policy. They are a strategic thinker and hold experience in campaign planning and execution. They are also a strong communicator, have excellent project management skills, and proven experience building partnerships and navigating complex, multi-stakeholder issues. They have a strong desire to support coastal communities and create meaningful change in the coastal zone, and the ability to take on a leadership role in a dynamic working environment. The position reports to the EAC staff directors and works closely with the Coastal Community Outreach Coordinator.

Specific Responsibilities:
• Advocate for and inform legislative and regulatory support for a Nova Scotia Coastal Protection Act, Living Shorelines, and other legislative and regulatory measures that support coastal resilience in Nova Scotia
• Educate decision-makers at multiple levels of government, coastal communities, and other coastal stakeholders about tools and opportunities to adapt to climate change
• Promote Nova Scotia’s need for coastal preparedness for climate change, with a focus on planning for sea-level rise impacts and promoting the use of setbacks, buffers, and allowances
• Develop new projects and campaigns that focus on coastal resilience and secure ongoing funding for the position
• Maintain and build relationships with diverse coastal and climate leaders across Atlantic Canada to strategically strengthen our collective ability to adapt to climate change
• Increase media and social media profile around coastal issues, and climate change adaptation (specifically around the announced Coastal Protection Act) in Nova Scotia
• Engage with volunteers and outside experts to amplify the efforts of the team
• Participate in and support the overall work of the Ecology Action Centre and the Coastal and Water Team, including but not limited to community queries, volunteer engagement, project strategizing, communications, engagement organizing, and promoting our overall impact
• Project administration duties, including but not limited to funder reporting, budget management, and proposal writing
• Other tasks, as required


Coastal Knowledge
• Strong interest in and knowledge of coastal climate change issues, in particular coastal climate change adaptation approaches, sea level rise impacts, living shorelines and/or coastal policy as they relate to Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada
• Educational and/or employment experience in the fields of Environmental Science, Physical Geography, Coastal Planning or another related discipline

Communication/ Relationship Building
• Excellent communication skills: public speaking, writing, and delivering presentations to various audiences
• Proven skills as a relationship builder: building coalitions, facilitating collaborations, and working effectively with diverse stakeholders and community organizations

Project Management
• Excellent project management skills: ability to develop funding proposals, effectively manage multiple tasks, meet project deliverables, and manage project budgets
• Ability to work in a highly dynamic, fast-paced environment, independently and as part of a team
• Strong organizational skills, initiative, and a diplomatic, creative, and optimistic approach to complex issues

Campaign/Policy Experience 
• Proven experience with campaign planning and execution, including working through coalitions, social media, and traditional media

• Willing to work occasional evenings and weekends
• Willing to travel within Atlantic Canada

• Experience working with diverse communities, including First Nations and other marginalized communities
• Experience working in a non-profit organization
• Knowledge of coastal geomorphology
• Experience with engagement organizing, storytelling and/or development evaluation
• Experience working with governments on policy matters
• Valid driver’s license


Ideal Start Date: April 23rd, 2018 for a week of transition with current Coastal Coordinator

Full-time: 37.5 hours per week at $22-23/hr, commensurate with experience; 4 weeks of paid vacation; cost-shared benefits plan; initial contract for one year, with option to renew based on funding availability.

Hours: Monday to Friday – variable hours. Some evening and weekend work will be required.

Location: This position will be based at EAC’s Halifax office.


Please email a cover letter, resume, and 2 references as a single PDF document with the file name as follows: LastName_FirstName.pdf to Samantha Page, coastal at ecologyaction.ca . Please use the subject line "Coastal Coordinator Application". 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Thursday April 5th, 5pm, 2018 

We thank all applicants for their time and interest, however only short-listed applicants will be contacted. Interviews will take place the week of April 9th.

The Ecology Action Centre is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from individuals in traditionally marginalized groups such as: racialized people, Indigenous people, lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and queer people, and persons with disabilities. We encourage applicants to self-identify in their cover letter or application if they are a member of a marginalized community. Diversity is a stated value of the Ecology Action Centre. Moreover, diversity in the EAC community is a strength that we seek to cultivate. It is the responsibility of every employee of EAC to foster a culture that embraces and promotes diversity.

The Ecology Action Centre was founded in 1971 and is one of Nova Scotia’s most active environmental organizations. The Centre welcomes new members and volunteers: http://www.ecologyaction.ca.


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