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Summer Student Job: Flood Adaptation Research and Writing Assistant

The Fraser Basin Council is hiring a summer student to assist on their Regional Flood Management Strategy.

Reporting to the Senior Program Manager, this position undertakes research to support the integration of climate adaptation into river and coastal flood management infrastructure, policies and practices in BC’s Lower Mainland. This is part of a larger initiative to develop a Lower Mainland Flood Management Strategy. This is a full-time internship position (avg. 37.5 hrs/wk) for up to 19 weeks from April 24 to August 31, 2017 with the potential for extension subject to performance and available financial resources.

Applicants for this internship position must be currently enrolled as a full-time student and intend to return to academic studies following the internship.

Summary of Essential Job Functions:
The key role of the Research and Writing Assistant is to analyze and report on emerging and innovative flood mitigation measures that can strengthen resilience to flood-related climate change impacts within the Lower Mainland of BC. The work of the Assistant will inform the development of the Regional Flood Management Strategy and will include the following functions:

  • Undertake research on innovative approaches to flood management that support adaptation to climate change impacts.
  • Liaise with local governments, provincial agencies and other organizations to acquire relevant studies, reports, data and information.
  • Participate in committee / working group meetings as relevant to the internship.
  • Collate, summarize and catalogue relevant studies, reports, and data including the development of brief case-study reports. • Assist in the preparation of briefing notes, progress reports, and PowerPoint presentations.
  • Share research findings at meetings and/or workshop events.

Relevant Skills, Qualifications and Experience

  • Knowledge of flood hazards and flood management policies, practices and jurisdictions.
  • Knowledge of climate change impacts on flood risk and climate adaption.
  • Strong research and writing skills, including ability to summarize complex information into briefing documents for diverse, non-technical audiences.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate with people from diverse jurisdictions, organizations, and sectors.
  • Experience in the planning and delivery of meetings, workshops and other events.
  • Demonstrated skills in coordinating complex projects.
  • Ability to take initiative, manage time, complete tasks efficiently and work independently.
  • University/college degree, preferably in community planning; engineering; geography; or resource and environmental management.

Salary Range: $22.00 – $24.50/hr

Location: Vancouver or Lower Fraser region

Start date: April 24, 2016

Submit your 2-page maximum cover letter and CV by email by 5pm Monday April 10, 2017 to:
Attn: Amy Greenwood, Program Manager, Fraser Basin Council
Email: agreenwood@fraserbasin.bc.ca
Tel: (604) 488-5367
Email Subject: Flood Internship-Last Name

Background
The Fraser Basin Council is a not for profit, nongovernmental organization with a mandate to advance sustainability throughout BC with a focus on the Fraser River Basin. The Council is currently facilitating a process to develop a Flood Management Strategy for the Lower Fraser Region. For more information visit www.fraserbasin.bc.ca and www.floodstrategy.ca. The Fraser Basin Council is an equal opportunity employer.

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