Working with the K’ómoks Nation towards Q’waq’wala7owkw on their unceded territory.

Working with the K’ómoks Nation towards Q’waq’wala7owkw on their unceded territory.

Project Watershed is hiring a Restoration Data Coordinator


Comox Valley Project Watershed Society (CVPWS) is looking to hire a Restoration Data Coordinator for a temporary, part-time contract, with potential to extend contingent on funding availability.

The main priorities for this position will support organization and QA/QC of legacy data from Project Watershed’s recent and ongoing coastal restoration projects, and assisting the Restoration & Research Lead with the development of a data management protocol according to data management best practices.

Incumbent will also be responsible for supporting additional data management needs, including sourcing historical data for proposed restoration sites, working with Project Watershed staff to warehouse existing organizational data, and assisting with the development of new databases to support new monitoring programs. Incumbent will have experience searching regional geospatial or tabular data sources, standardizing datasets for comparison across time, and identifying data gaps to inform monitoring needs.

Restoration projects requiring data management focus on a variety of riparian, nearshore, and intertidal ecosystems. Competitive candidates will have demonstrable experience working with data from one or more of the ecosystems. Experienced candidates who can clearly demonstrate transferable skills from work undertaken in other ecosystems will also be highly competitive.

Salary and Position Details:

Anticipated Hours: Contract position is for up to 300 hours which must be worked by end of March, 2024. Part-time or flexible scheduling is offered, such as 20 hours per week, or a combination of full/part-time depending on applicant’s schedule and availability.  

Anticipated Start Date: December 1st, 2023.

Compensation: $30 to $35/hour, depending on experience.

Location: Remote, hybrid, or in-person in Courtenay, BC.

Application Deadline: applications accepted until position is filled.

Duties and Responsibilites:

  • Work with the Restoration & Research Lead to draft a data management protocol for Project Watershed, building upon existing templates and applying known best practices.
  • Work with Project Watershed staff to organize and document extant geospatial, tabular, and photographic data. Documentation includes confirming data sources and methods, and creation of project directories, README, and metadata.
  • Identify sources of legacy data and obtain relevant datasets to inform ongoing projects.

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • Graduation from an accredited 4-year university with a degree in Biology, Environmental Studies, Ecology & Evolution, or similar field.
  • Demonstrable experience with ArcGIS or similar products. A portfolio or skills exercise may be requested.
  • At least one year (12 months) experience with data QA/QC and data management best practices (e.g., data & methods documentation, analysis/interpretation in Excel
  • Demonstrable experience managing and cross referencing a variety of data sources (e.g., geospatial, photo documentation, and tabular datasets).
  • Demonstrable proficiency with Microsoft suite and One Drive.
  • Excellent organizational, time management, communication (verbal and written), and collaborative skills.
  • Motivated & able to work well independently on multiple priorities.
  • Ownership of a personal computer with ArcGIS or QGIS (or comparable) installed are required for successful candidates who will work remote/hybrid positions.

Preferred Skills & Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree (completed or in-progress)
  • Significant experience managing geospatial datasets
  • Experience with watershed or coastal ecosystems
  • Experience with data QA/QC and analysis/interpretation from more than two projects (i.e., two or more years’ experience).
  • Demonstrable experience with RStudio software, including tidyverse and tidy data principles. A skills exercise may be requested.
  • Experience with underwater towed video and/or aerial photography surveys and related habitat mapping techniques, vegetation survey field methods, and water quality monitoring protocols.
  • Experience with development or assessment of eelgrass and/or tidal marsh restoration projects.

How To apply:

Please send a short cover letter (1 page, max) and CV with relevant job/project experience (2 pages, max) as a single pdf document to Restoration & Research Lead:

  • Please include ‘Restoration Data Coordinator’ in the subject line
  • Please format the pdf file name as ‘LastName-FirstName_Restoration-Data-Coordinator_YYYY’

Funding for this position is provided through the Eco Canada Jobs program. Competitive candidates will be asked to apply to the Environmental Jobs Growth Program to be matched with CVPWS. Applicants of any age or immigration status are eligible to apply, however you must have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

Please email Stefanie Lane with any questions about the position or application process. Thanks!

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About Project Watershed:

The Comox Valley Project Watershed Society (Project Watershed) is an incorporated charitable organization whose mission is to promote community stewardship of Comox Valley Watersheds through education, information, and action. Since 1993, Project Watershed has undertaken numerous stream and riparian restoration projects, with recent focus on estuarine and intertidal habitats. Our work is funded through grants from federal, provincial, and other non-profit groups, as well as profound community support through volunteer, in-kind, and financial contributions.

As part of the mission to serve environmental needs of the Comox Valley, Project Watershed was home to The Mapping Center from 2008-2016, which was a social enterprise to document regional biodiversity to inform conservation and restoration planning. Since 2016, Project Watershed has undertaken its largest estuarine and nearshore restoration projects through substantial funding from the Coastal Restoration Fund (now Aquatic Ecosystems Restoration Fund), and the BC Salmon Restoration & Innovation Fund.



Layne and Brenda of 40 KNOTS with Caitlin Pierzchalski ~ L.Stewart