The Invasive Species Centre (ISC) is a not-for-profit organization established by the Ontario and Canadian Governments to coordinate projects and connect stakeholders, knowledge and technology to prevent and reduce the spread of invasive species that harm Canada’s environment, economy and society. The Invasive Species Centre was created as a model of public and government cooperation and collaboration in response to invasive species.

We recruit individuals who are passionate about protecting Canada’s land and water from invasive species and who like working on an upbeat and fast-paced team. The Invasive Species Centre is an equal opportunity and accessible employer.

Current Job Postings

Please see below for current job opportunities and instructions on how to apply. Click on the links for more details. 

Communications Officer
Deadline: March 25, 2022
The Communications Officer will contribute to education and communications planning and development for articles, digital and multimedia content, and other documents as required.

Research Support Officer
Deadline: March 25, 2022
The Research Support Officer will contribute to planning, writing, and reviewing scientific and technical reports and articles.

Current job postings:

Job Title: Program Development Coordinator

Application Deadline: July 11, 2021 (11:59 pm EST)

Tentative Start Date: July 19, 2021

Status: Full-time (37.5 hours per week)

Rate of Pay: $45-50K annually, commensurate with experience

Location: Remote work based in Ontario with preference for Sault Ste. Marie

The Invasive Species Centre connects stakeholders, knowledge and technology to prevent the spread of invasive species to protect Canada’s environment, economy, and society. Incorporated as a not-for- profit in 2011 as a hub for collaboration and knowledge sharing, we have grown into a respected collaborator and leader in invasive species knowledge and action. We rely on values of sustainability, collaboration, credibility, professionalism, and efficiency to achieve our vision of a Canada where land and water are protected from invasive species.

If you are passionate about protecting Canada’s natural spaces and enjoy working as a part of an upbeat and fast-paced team, please follow the application instructions at the end of this posting.

Job Summary

We are looking to hire one Program Development Coordinator to complement our multidisciplinary team.

The successful candidate will work on a range of projects that enable better invasive species prevention and management outcomes. These projects are diverse, so we appreciate flexibility, a curious demeanor, and a willingness to explore new applications of our work.

The successful candidate will work with a range of partners to achieve better, more collaborative responses to the many threats posed by invasive species, and help implement a wide array of education and outreach, and research review projects at the Invasive Species Centre. We expect the candidate to be prepared to contribute to projects centered around local, provincial and/or national needs.

Our successful candidate will work within our Programs Team to coordinate projects and add value by contributing as a team member to other projects. We are seeking a candidate with 2+ years of related work experience and a Bachelor of Science or similar degree in a related field
(e.g., Environmental Science/Studies, Geography, etc.). Additional training (e.g., graduate studies, etc.) will be considered an asset but is not required.

Our ideal candidate has a passion for invasive species education, outreach and working to promote our message to a broad audience. As the issues related to invasive species tend to be broad and diverse, we need someone who can step outside their comfort zone to quickly understand a situation from a different perspective. To that end, we hope our candidate can demonstrate experience in some of the following areas:

  • Identifying key invasive species pathways and mitigation opportunities
  • Have knowledge of invasive species issues
  • Multi-jurisdiction collaboration in environmental programming
  • General understanding of invasive species legislation and policy
  • Overarching knowledge of invasive species programs, key delivery partners and other related environmental issues
  • Experience providing presentations to a wide array of audiences
  • Strong writing skills and the ability to write for different audiences
  • Work experience in graphic design and/or event organization will be considered an asset

Principal Accountabilities

  • Assist and support with administration, interpretation and dissemination of scientific research to user bases using clear language, while maintaining the integrity of the science behind the projects;
  • Leading priority invasive pest communications and facilitating the Spotted Lanternfly Education and Outreach Committee
  • Assisting in the development and coordination of the Invasive Species Centre’s Municipal Community of Practice
  • Support website and social media accounts and communicate information through web-based platforms, presentations, and workshops;
  • Produce and review existing invasive species profiles and literature reviews, socioeconomic reports and analyses;
  • Coordinate and manage data to facilitate information and data sharing;
  • Assist with event and meeting organization for project-related activities, including scheduling, developing agendas, running meetings both in person and through web-based systems, and recording important decisions;
  • Analyze existing policy and legislation relating to invasive species in Canada to identify gaps and opportunities;
  • Liaising with government and non-government partners to discuss findings;
  • Staying up to date on current science, research, and policy relating to invasive species; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Key Competencies:

  • Ability to connect invasive species to related topics including climate mitigation, species at risk, biodiversity, and other related issues
  • Understanding on environmental/biological science and management, preferably with specialist knowledge in invasive species threats, spread and mitigation strategies
  • Creative problem solver, quick learner, ability to consider complex issues from a variety of viewpoints and interests
  • High energy and passion for the organization’s mission
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively to respond to pressing project demands
  • Strong interpersonal skills, listening skills and judgement
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks and projects while producing high quality results
  • Excited by a fast-paced environment that frequently has tight deadlines
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office suite and productivity tools (e.g., Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel)

Other Requirements:

  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Occasional travel and work outside of office hours may be required
  • Must be eligible to work in Canada
  • Valid passport and ability to travel outside Canada is considered an asset

Instructions for Applicants

Please submit your application package as a single PDF document. This document must include a cover letter (1 page maximum) and resume describing your related work and volunteer experience. Please submit via email to:

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

No telephone calls please. Only candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted.

The Invasive Species Centre is an equal opportunity and accessible employer. The Invasive Species Centre will provide accommodation for candidates with disabilities during the recruitment process, upon request.

Communications and Events Management Intern | Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 24, 11:59 PM EST. See the job posting here

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