Job Posting 66154

Research Scientist
Ottawa Riverkeeper
Ottawa area, Ottawa
closed 8 days ago (Sun, 22 Nov)
full time - term / contract  •  $50-55,000

Research Scientist



  • 37.5hrs/week, funding available for 1 year, potential for extension
  • Salary $50-55,000; 
  • Competitive benefits package after 3 months (incl. dental, medical, disability);
  • Generous time off including paid Watershed Discovery Days
  • Ability to work remotely at present, but ultimately able to work in our downtown Ottawa office; 
  • Ability to work weekdays during business hours;
  • Able to work the odd evening or weekend when called upon; 
  • Start date: January 2021



Looking to take your academic research and apply it to make a meaningful impact to protect rivers? Are you inspired by working with volunteers and on community based monitoring projects? Do you believe that data collected through Community Based Monitoring (CBM) can affect change and influence decision making?

Ottawa Riverkeeper is seeking a creative, personable, and self-starting Research Scientist to join our dynamic team and work directly on our Watershed Health Assessment and Monitoring initiative. Reporting to the Director of Science and Policy, the Research Scientist will be responsible for planning, coordinating, and implementing a CBM program to monitor nutrients (Phosphorus, Chlorophyll-A) in the Ottawa River Watershed. 

The Research Scientist will be able to tap into a network of experts to come up with the best protocols. They should be able to design and implement a CBM project by recruiting, training, motivating, and engaging volunteers throughout the Ottawa River Watershed. Working as a key member of the Ottawa Riverkeeper team, this position requires someone who is able to take the lead on a project, feel comfortable making strategic decisions and will require an adaptive approach to project management.

The Research Scientist position offers the opportunity to contribute to Ottawa Riverkeeper’s Watershed Health Assessment and Monitoring initiative, an ambitious, multiple year project that aims to understand watershed ecological health based on examining 14 indicators.  The  Research Scientist will be expected to participate in assessments and public reports, contribute to Ottawa Riverkeeper’s Open Data Portal and contribute to sharing key findings from these projects in compelling and engaging ways with the broader community.



  • Develop and implement new community based monitoring programs for indicators identified (Phosphorus, Chlorophyll-A) to support the Watershed Health Assessment and Monitoring initiative.
  • Recruit, train and retain volunteers to participate in nutrient monitoring.
  • Plan, coordinate, and manage program activities.
  • Oversee the development and maintenance of project databases. 
  • Ensure open data protocols are in place for the Ottawa Riverkeeper Open Data Portal.
  • Work with colleagues in our Communications team to produce engaging content for our newsletter, website, and social media platforms.
  • Support and collaborate with members of the Ottawa Riverkeeper team. 
  • Build and maintain relationships with key partners including community groups/organizations and members of the Watershed Health Committee 



  • Master’s with 2-3 years project management experience or a PhD, priority will be given to candidates whose area of study focused on river ecosystems, geomorphology, or nutrients in freshwater systems.
  • Current knowledge of and experience with project design, research methods, data management and analysis
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to support and maintain connections with key community partners
  • Experience supporting and empowering community involvement in scientific research
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritize tasks, follow timelines, and meet deadlines. A proven track-record of effective project management is an asset.
  • Very strong communication skills (oral and written),including the ability to convey scientific information to a diversity of audiences
  • Ability to confidently deliver presentations and workshops
  • Knowledge of Google Suites, and ability to use web conferencing services such as Zoom
  • Bilingualism (French and English) will be considered a very strong asset



Ottawa Riverkeeper is a champion and collective voice for the Ottawa River Watershed, providing leadership and inspiration to protect, promote, and improve its ecological health and future. We believe people protect what they love, and are known as an organization that empowers citizens to take action. Ottawa Riverkeeper works to protect your rights to swim, drink, and fish the Ottawa River and its tributaries, and work collaboratively using science to guide our actions. Ottawa Riverkeeper is a licensed member of the Waterkeeper Alliance, an international coalition of over 300 grassroots water protection organizations.

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