Research Associate, Prairie Climate Centre

Job Number:
Research Associate
Date Posted:
December 3, 2020
Employee Group:
Grant Funded
Position Category:
Full-time, Term
Probation/Trial Period:
Six (6) months
Salary Range:
$53,289.60 - $61,479.60
Start Date:
As soon as possible
35 hours per week
Dr. Ian Mauro
Prairie Climate Centre
Winnipeg, MB
Job Type:
Close Date:
Professional Areas:
Research Support
*This is a 1 year term position*
Note: Due to the ongoing public health situation, during COVID 19 and to safeguard the wellbeing of the University of Winnipeg community, the work currently being performed will be conducted remotely during this time. The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority.
Key Responsibilities:

Research, Analysis, and Data Management and Visualization

  • Work in a collaborative team environment, under the direction of PCC Executive Director and Research Manager – with general input from other PCC Co-Directors – to achieve the goals of the research centre and associated funding requirements.
  • Collaborate with fellow researchers to manage, plan, and conduct research related to climate change, communications, and community-based outreach.
  • Where assigned and with input from the PCC Executive Director and Research Manager, coordinate projects to meet the organization’s goals and deliverables that are linked to various funding agreements and organizational strategic directions.
  • Contribute evidence-based strategic guidance to the climate science, storytelling, and community-based outreach work of the PCC.
  • Conduct high-level academic literature searches and associated writing tasks.
  • Engage in technical tasks such as data analysis and interpretation, system administration and web development work, as required.
  • Utilize climate data to inform evidence-based adaptation planning with communities and other partners to increase capacity and resilience locally, regionally, and nationally.
  • Mentoring of student research assistants working on active projects within the PCC.
  • Other duties, as assigned.

Community and Stakeholder Engagement

  • Coordinate community-based and stakeholder-driven processes that support co-development, co-design, and co-delivery of projects with a diverse array of partners.
  • Design and facilitate strategic community engagement and outreach planning, which considers the diverse cultures, geographies, and environments of various partners and their particular climate service needs.
  • Engage individuals, communities, and other stakeholders across various sectors and disciplines to understand risks, opportunities, as well as best practices and gaps in knowledge related to climate change mitigation and adaptation. This includes liaising with partners, conducting interviews and  workshops, coordinating gatherings, planning and delivering webinars, etc.
  • Develop knowledge translation content and innovative material/tools to educate and create awareness across Canadian communities and/or among vulnerable populations on the risks and opportunities associated with climate change. Content includes, but is not limited to, the creation of articles, reports, graphics, and videos.
  • Write reports print and online reports, publications, peer-reviewed journal articles, and other multi-media deliverables in collaboration with other PCC staff.


  • Master’s Degree in planning and/or environmental design, environmental science and studies, geography or a related discipline
  • Experience in applied community planning, which includes expertise in facilitation and engagement strategies at the interface of policy, cultural and environmental issues
  • Experience developing education, outreach, and training programs that link science and society, especially using digital tools and strategies
  • Experience with digital media – including video production, web design and maintenance, graphic design – would be an asset
  • Experience writing technical reports as well as writing intended for general audiences in a variety of formats and media, including print and online

An equivalent combination of education, experience, skills, knowledge and abilities may be considered.

Condition(s) of Employment:

  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

Note: This position is represented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada - Research Capacity Unit. This position is eligible benefits coverage.

The University of Winnipeg is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognizes that a diverse staff and faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research environments, and is essential to academic and institutional excellence.  We welcome applications from all qualified individuals and encourage women, members of racialized communities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity to confidentially self-identify at time of application.