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Invasive Species Centre Published: August 10, 2017
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Job Title: Communications Coordinator Intern

Application Deadline: August 29th, 2017

Potential Start Date: September 25th, 2017

Status: Full-time temporary (12 months)

Rate of Pay: $18/hour for 37.5 hours per week

Location: Sault Ste. Marie, ON

The Invasive Species Centre (ISC) is a not-for-profit organization established to prevent and reduce the spread of invasive species that harm Canada’s environment, economy and society by connecting with a broad array of stakeholders to catalyze invasive species management and communicate policy and science knowledge. The Invasive Species Centre was created as a model of public and government cooperation and collaboration in response to invasive species.

We are currently recruiting a hard-working, motivated, and dedicated individual to fill the position of Communications Coordinator Intern.

Position Summary:

The communications coordinator intern will place valuable knowledge in the hands of managers, technicians, and the public in easily understood formats that will then be applied to priority invasive species issues. The intern will do this by coordinating and generating external communications tools and products to engage new and existing stakeholder audiences with credible, up-to-date information regarding invasive species issues and the Invasive Species Centre. It is our hope to find a creative individual who is passionate about science communications, public relations and the health of our ecosystems. If you meet the qualifications listed below, and enjoy working as a part of an upbeat team, please follow the application instructions at the end of this document.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support the coordination and generation of plain language communications tools and products including websites, newsletters, social media postings, biweekly media scans, reports, annual report, pictograms, and infographics
  • Research, consolidate and analyze policy, science, and technical information on invasive species to validate current and new communications products
  • Coordinate expert/peer review of communications products
  • Support the planning and implementation of quarterly digital campaigns to help raise awareness and inspire action towards managing invasive species
  • Organize, plan, and collaborate with staff on quarterly newsletters, writing content and analysis as needed
  • Support the ISC’s membership program to futher the reach of the Invasive Species Centre and to fulfill mandate of connecting partners and stakeholders
  • Identify, participate in, and seek out opportunities to improve stakeholder relationships
  • Research and analyze key audiences, their information needs and opportunities for engagement
  • Maintain stakeholder database and distribution lists and ensure information is up-to-date and validated and respects the privacy and confidentiality of contact information
  • Monitor and evaluate external relations plans and activities by using predefined performance indicators to consolidate metrics and analyze results with respect to digital engagement, media contact, stakeholder contact, etc., and provide monthly reports
  • Respond to or refer stakeholder queries received by email and telephone
  • Deliver outreach and education at events and attend stakeholder and partner events
  • Coordinate meetings and events such as tours of the ISC and the Sault Science Festival
  • Maintain and track communication product inventories
  • Create outreach materials through coordination with partners
  • Intermittant travel is a possiblity


Required Skills and Experience:

  • A minimum of a bachelor's degree in business/marketing or communications/public relations
  • Experience in education and/or public outreach
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to work on numerous projects simultaneously
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office and social media platforms
  • Experience with desktop publishing
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience with event coordination
  • Valid Ontario driver’s license
  • Experience with graphic design and multimedia software would be an asset
  • Knowledge of invasive species issues and natural and environmental sciences an asset

Other Requirements:

  • Graduated within the last three years from an accredited college or university
  • Graduate of post-secondary degree or diploma programs
  • First time employment in the candidate’s field of study
  • Must disclose previous participation in internship programs
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada

Please submit a cover letter and resume, which includes your education and work experience history to:

Attention: Paula Beemer, Executive Assistant

Invasive Species Centre, 1219 Queen Street East, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 2E5


No telephone calls please.

The deadline for application is August 29, 2017.

Only candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted.

The Invasive Species Centre is an equal opportunity and accessible employer. Should you require any accommodation to participate in the recruitment process, please contact us at (705) 541-5790 or