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Position: Citizen Science Coordinator
Term: full-time 4-month contract (Jan 28 to May 31, 2019) 
Organization: EcoSpark
Location: Toronto, Ontario

EcoSpark Backgrounder: EcoSpark is an environmental charity that empowers people to take an active role in protecting and sustaining nature. We do this by giving people the tools for education, monitoring and influencing positive change. We have a strong reputation in the areas of education, citizen science, community engagement and collaboration. To date, we have directly worked with over 80,800 youth and adults from across southern Ontario in over 21 watersheds and 15 school boards. For more information, visit

Position Description: We are looking for a dynamic, motivated and well-organized individual to join the EcoSpark team. The successful candidate will help coordinate and implement a citizen science program for 1) public greenspaces in the City of Toronto with a focus on invasive species, and 2) school grounds in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The coordinator will work with project partners in the successful delivery of the projects. The coordinator will provide citizen science training and support with monitoring and data management, analysis, and interpreting and communicating the results. The intent of these projects are to share a toolkit and citizen science resources with teachers, students, and adult volunteers that can be broadly applied across public greenspaces and schools across the GTA and possibly beyond.

This is a full-time 4-month contract period (January 28 to May 31, 2019) to cover a maternity leave. There is a possibility of contract extension dependent on funding.

Position Responsibilities/Tasks:

  • Organize and facilitate citizen science training workshops for K-12 teachers and students in the GTA
  • Organize and facilitate citizen science training workshops for volunteers in the City of Toronto, engaging them in their local greenspaces with a focus on invasive species
  • Share, evaluate and update the citizen science toolkits
  • Work with partners to ensure that citizen-science generated data is collected, validated, and shared with citizen scientists, conservation professionals, and the broader public (including data from an invasive Phragmites project)
  • Assist in the development and update of environmental education resources as needed for this project
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with program participants, partners and other stakeholders
  • Lead the evaluation of pilot projects with citizen scientists
  • Promote EcoSpark’s citizen science programs to schools and community members at events
  • Contribute to fundraising and reporting in support of EcoSpark’s programs
  • Other duties as assigned


  • University degree or college diploma in environmental studies, or an environmentally-related discipline
  • Experience facilitating environmental education workshops with teachers, students and volunteers
  • Experience coordinating program/project logistics
  • Experience with the formal education system
  • Experience working with and managing volunteers
  • Experience with conducting and communicating about scientific research
  • Proven time management skills and the ability to manage a diverse workload
  • Clear communication skills both written and verbal
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Valid driver’s license

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ontario Teacher Certification or equivalent
  • Ontario Benthic Biomonitoring Network (OBBN) Certification
  • First Aid Certification

Application Deadline: Dec 6, 2018
Employment Type: Full-time (35 hours), Contract
Compensation: $18.00
Start Date and Duration: 4-month contract, beginning January 28th, 2019 with possibility of extension
Location: Toronto, ON with travel throughout the GTA
Reports to: Interim Executive Director

Application Process:

To apply, please email a resume, cover letter and contact details for three references to with “Citizen Science Coordinator” in the subject line.

NO phone calls please. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for an interview.

EcoSpark is an equal opportunity employer.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Nov 7 2018    ID: 49093