We’re hiring an Analyst!
September 27, 2017
The Pacific Salmon Foundation seeks a full-time Analyst to join our growing team in the Salmon Watersheds Program. The deadline for receiving applications is October 15, 2017. Please see details below for HOW TO APPLY.
ABOUT THE SALMON WATERSHEDS PROGRAM
For the past ten years, the Salmon Watersheds Program (formerly the Skeena Salmon Program) has worked collaboratively with First Nations, provincial, and federal governments to undertake standardized assessments of the status of salmon populations and their habitats in north and central British Columbia (BC), and make the data we assemble, and the assessments we undertake, broadly accessible to the public. In order to support the communication of, and open access to, salmon-related data, the Salmon Watersheds Program has developed an online data visualization tool called the Pacific Salmon Explorer. The Pacific Salmon Explorer allows the public to explore information on the status of salmon populations and pressures their habitats, as well as access source datasets used in the underlying analyses.
The Salmon Watersheds Program is currently expanding our analytical efforts to other salmon-bearing watersheds in southern BC, including the Fraser River and Vancouver Island. Over the next three years, we will be partnering with local First Nations, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), the Province of BC, and regional salmon experts to undertake salmon habitat and population assessments and integrate this information into the Pacific Salmon Explorer. We are seeking an in-house Analyst to work with the above partners to lead data compilation efforts, undertake analytical work in support of the assessment of salmon populations in southern BC and, ultimately, help support salmon conservation. Come join our growing team!
ABOUT THE ANALYST
The Analyst will join an ambitious, tight-knit, and growing team that works closely on the delivery of the Salmon Watersheds Program. The ideal Analyst will have strong statistical, analytical, and programming skills, plus a demonstrated history of applying these skills to the analysis of Pacific salmon fishery and population data. The ideal candidate will have a track record of working collaboratively on a technical level with other scientists, as well as practiced skills in science communication to both technical and non-technical audiences. The selected candidate will have a demonstrated knowledge and expertise in BC salmon population dynamics as illustrated by peer-reviewed publications of their research.
Reporting to the Director of the Salmon Watersheds Program, the Analyst will support all analytical activities related to the expansion and continued development of the Pacific Salmon Explorer. The Analyst will engage in all aspects of program delivery, including, but not limited to, project planning, participating in technical meetings with SWP’s external network of partners, developing science communication materials, and liaising with stakeholders, regulators, and the public to provide information about the program. The Analyst will also participate in external technical forums (e.g. peer review processes led by the Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat) and science conferences and workshops, and work collaboratively with SWP team to identify, prioritize, and write publications.
- Act as technical lead on analysis related to salmon population data and fishery data.
- Work with program partners and collaborators (including DFO) to solicit feedback on analyses, and work together to adapt and improve methods and analytical outputs.
- Develop relationships with data custodians and external technical and scientific partners to provide an understanding of technical methods and analyses.
- Work with PSF-led technical working groups and advisory committees, and participate in technical forums on behalf of PSF.
- Lead efforts to identify, source, and acquire relevant salmon population and fishery datasets.
- Work with our internal database specialist to organize, and maintain salmon-related datasets and data systems.
- Ensure quality control of data.
- Create and maintain technical documentation, including methodologies and metadata.
- Generate data products, including graphs, figures, posters, and other visually compelling displays for the purposes program planning and communication.
- Assist Salmon Watersheds Program staff with research projects including literature reviews, workshop preparation, and analytical support.
- Support the identification of priority academic publications, undertake related analyses, and contribute to the writing of manuscripts.
Required Education and Work Experience:
- An undergraduate degree in ecology, fisheries science, environmental science, biology, geography, natural resource management, or a related field.
- Graduate degree in fisheries science, population ecology, statistics, or a related field.
- A minimum of three years of experience related to the analysis of salmon data.
Required Analysis and Data Management Experience:
- Demonstrated experience with salmon fishery and population data including data manipulation and statistical analysis.
- Proven knowledge of salmon stock assessment and fisheries science.
- Proficiency working with R, Rstudio, Rpubs, and related tools.
- Ability to analyze and query fisheries data with attention to detail.
- Data management skills including experience with Microsoft Excel and Access.
- Familiarity with and commitment to practice effective data management procedures and standards (e.g. knowledge of metadata standards).
Required Other Skills and Experience:
- Experience developing data products for a variety of uses (reports, communications materials, public outreach).
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and comfortable working with diverse stakeholder groups on contentious resource management issues.
- Ability to work on multiple projects, set priorities, and meet rigid deadlines.
- Demonstrated ability in writing technical reports and scientific documents and peer-reviewed publications.
- Strong oral presentation skills, experience presenting scientific work at conference and workshops to both technical and non-technical audiences.
- Experience using Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator is considered an asset.
- Experience working with BC First Nations is considered an asset.
- Experience working in a not-for-profit environment is preferred.
Terms of Employment
This is a full-time permanent position beginning no later than December 2017. The position will be based in Vancouver, although travel to communities throughout BC will be required. Applicants from outside the Lower Mainland will be considered however, travel to Vancouver for a minimum of two days per month will be required, in addition to meeting-related travel.
The successful applicant will be eligible for enrollment in the PSF Benefit Plan, including extended health and dental, and a Registered Retirement Savings Plan matched, in part, by the employer. Additional benefits include three weeks of annual vacation leave, a flexible work schedule, professional development opportunities, and working with a dynamic and engaging organization that is passionate about salmon conservation.
How to Apply
Interested applicants are invited to submit (1) a résumé and (2) a cover letter to salmonwatersheds[at]psf.ca. Please include “Analyst Application” in the subject line of your application. Please submit your completed application as a single PDF file and use the following naming format: lastname_firstname_analyst.pdf.
The deadline for receiving applications is October 15, 2017.
We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. This posting may remain open until a qualified candidate is hired.