Internship

Soil biodiversity educator/science communicator

Saint Mary's University


  Posted: September 10, 2021

  Location: Halifax (although remote work may be possible), Nova Scotia

  Internship Program: Impact

  Salary Range: $0 - $10,000

  Hours per Week: 30

  Start Date: January 4, 2022

  End Date: March 31, 2022

Job Description

Soil harbours large amounts of terrestrial biodiversity and supports key ecosystem functions such as nutrient cycling. Several of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including “zero hunger”, “life on land”, and “climate action” will be impossible to achieve without adequate protection of soil and soil biodiversity. Yet, there is a lack of public awareness of the importance of soil, and the biodiversity within it, for our survival and well-being. This position will involve creating educational material and developing soil-related events to increase awareness of the importance of soil and what can be done to protect it. The position will focus on soil and sustainability in Nova Scotia/Atlantic Canada and will aim to develop one or more events for World Soils Day or World Wildlife Day (for example, seminars or a round table discussion over Zoom), as well as educational material that is suitable for school students and the general public. You will collaborate with soil ecology/soil science researchers at Saint Mary’s University and Dalhousie University.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Conduct research to assess what educational resources currently exist relating to soil and SDGs for Nova Scotia/Atlantic Canada, and whether there are relevant resources from other regions
• Assist with the development of educational material relating to soil and SDGs
• Develop activities relating to SDGs for World Soils Day and/or World Wildlife Day, and develop partnerships/a communications strategy to publicize them

Knowledge and Skills

• Demonstrated interest in soil biodiversity, biodiversity conservation and science communication
• Excellent oral and written communication skills, and interpersonal skills for establishing and maintaining partnerships
• Experience in project development, management and coordination
• Knowledge and/or experience in translating science into compelling content, crafting and creating digital content and educational material
• Knowledge and /or experience in coordinating and facilitating activities targeted at the general public and youth audiences
• Strong organisation and prioritization skills
• Team player, but ability to work independently

Education Required

BSc in Biology, Soil Science, Environmental Science, Education, or related fields

Certification Required

N/A

  How to Apply

To apply, send your resume to erin.cameron@smu.ca.

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