Forage/Cattle Living Lab Research Project Coordinator
Contracted Position: $35,000 – $40,000 annually
BC’s Living Lab is a producer-led program focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and strengthening the climate resiliency of our nation’s food systems. The Forage and Cattle Project is investigating Extended Grazing Season and Winter-Feeding Strategies. Additional details on the project are outlined in the appended overview document (PDF). BC’s overall Living Lab project is co-led by the Investment Agriculture Foundation and the BC Agriculture Council. The Cattle and Forage project is co-led by the BC Cattlemen’s Association and the BC Forage Council.
Desired Experience and Education:
- Minimum of a Bachelor Degree, preference of a Master Degree in a related field.
- Experience in managing or supporting agriculture-related research and/or extension projects. Preference for experience in the livestock and forage sector.
- Professional Designation not required, but considered an asset.
- The coordinator will require a strong understanding of both in-field research (both replicated research and demonstration research) and the forage-livestock sector.
- Must be willing to travel.
- Highly organized with administrative experience.
- Self-motivated .
- Skilled in MSOffice suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), online programs (e.g. Google Drive, Canva, AirTable, MailChimp, WordPress, etc.).
- Basic social media, photography and video editing skills are an asset.
- Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences (producers, research community, provincial funding agencies).
- Liaising with University research leads, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada researchers and staff members, industry partners and with farm cooperators to ensure logistics are fully addressed;
- This includes regular check-ins with each producer cooperator throughout the life cycle of the project;
- Facilitating discussions on data collection efforts;
- Coordinating and supporting delivery of extension activities;
- Implementing and updating (as needed) a 5-year extension plan;
- Collaborating with partners to leverage existing networks and social media platforms to reach and inform target audiences and the public;
- Coordinating and managing workshops;
- Evaluation of events, tracking event outcomes, and conducting follow up with attendees;
- Assisting with development of and managing a project communications hub;
- Synthesizing and translating research results (with support of research team and farm partners), and developing extension materials;
- Managing all reports as needed, including project overview documentation, annual reports, etc.
- Support research site selection and preparation.
- Securing supplies and coordinating field trial installation.
- Collaborating with teams to troubleshoot issues as they arise (e.g. related to research design, research infrastructure etc.).
- Preparing communications materials and going through established approval processes with funders (this may include factsheets, case studies, blogposts, and/or targeted articles).
- Tracking project performance metrics per funder and partner requirements and evaluation plans.
- Maintaining complete project files and documentation.
- Coordinating and facilitating research committee meetings.
- Participating in other meetings and workshops coordinated by project partners as needed.
- Preparing a detailed annual work plan each year.
- Launching, promoting and overseeing producer adoption surveys and ensuring a high level of participation.
Term of Contract:
May 2023 – March 2027, intended to be renewed annually based on performance and desire.
This is a contract-based position, with remuneration of $35,000-$40,000 annually based on experience.
If you are interested in this position, please provide a cover letter and resume to:
(250) 564-4115 loc 2233