RECENT OR POTENTIAL GRADS: A’se’k Assessment Research and Social Coordinator

  • Location: Pictou Landing, NS
  • Deadline: June 21, 2024

Pictou Landing Band Council – A’se’k Assessment Research and Social Coordinator



Pictou Landing Band Council is currently seeking an experienced project coordinator to fill the role of A’se’k Assessment Research and Social Coordinator. The successful candidate will oversee the development and deployment of various outreach and education initiatives regarding environmental monitoring projects set to be taking place throughout the A’se’k (Boat Harbour) area. This position is intended for an individual with relevant knowledge and experience working with Mi’kmaw communities and liaising with Mi’kmaw perspectives and ideologies. In collaboration with other project and team members, the Research and Social Coordinator will work to ensure that the social context of project work is being properly acknowledged and understood—including traditional knowledge and cultural considerations.


Position Description:

The A’se’k Assessment Research and Social Coordinator will work directly with the Pictou Landing First Nation (PLFN) community to develop and carry out a community-led and community-driven environmental assessment within A’se’k and its surroundings. The successful candidate will be required to regularly lead community sessions that relate to future or ongoing work under the Indigenous Habitat Participation Program (IHPP) umbrella within PLFN. A key role within this position will be working to disseminate and effectively communicate complex scientific concepts to the PLFN community, including youth and Elders.


Importantly, when contributing to the development and planning of the larger Community-Led A’se’k Assessment project, traditional knowledge and cultural considerations must be kept in mind and implemented wherever possible and/or necessary.


The individual selected for this position will regularly collaborate with other employees from the PLFN Band Council and the PLFN IHPP, including a Research and Environmental Coordinator and Field Team Lead, among other student, seasonal, part-time, or full-time employees. Depending on experience level and leadership skills, some supervisory duties may be allocated.



  • Engage with community members on topics that relate to the IHPP workplan and community priority list in relation to the community-led assessment.
  • Manage community priority list and design projects to ensure that community concerns are being met and traditional knowledge and cultural considerations are implemented where possible.
  • Maintain consistent engagement with PLFN community.
  • Regularly liaise with various project partners (g., academic institutions, research institutions, potential funders, other external organizations).
  • Ensure that the social context of project work is properly acknowledged when justifying the need for funding to potential project partners/funders.
  • Lead the development of outreach and educational programming initiatives.
  • Complete background research and literature reviews as necessary.
  • Ensure that open-access data is presented in a friendly, digestible manner that is easy for community members to understand.
  • Assist with fieldwork and field methodology development when required (training opportunities will also be provided).


Essential Qualifications:

  • Graduate from University program with a concentration in Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, or related discipline.
  • Experience or involvement in research initiatives/projects within a relevant/related field.
  • Strong track record of public outreach and education, including the dissemination of complex scientific terminology and procedures.
  • Enthusiastic team player capable of working on a multi-disciplinary team employing a Two-Eyed Seeing vision for embracing all relevant knowledge and perspectives.


  • Experience participating in ecological or environmental monitoring programs.
  • Strong track record of compiling reports (scientific and otherwise) of varying contexts and scales.
  • Understanding of SARA, COSEWIC assessments.
  • Previous work experience with diverse demographics/audiences, including youth/Elders.
  • Knowledge of Mi’kmaw culture, values, and language.


Intern eligibility criteria:

Participating interns must be:

  • No more than 30 years of age at the start of the internship;
  • Graduated from a post-secondary program;
  • A Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, or person who has been granted Refugee status in Canada;
  • Not in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) during the internship; and,
  • Not currently working for hiring organization.



  • $22 per hour.


Hours of Work:

  • Maximum of 35 hours weekly.
  • Some availability required beyond working hours to accommodate community sessions within PLFN.


Term Length:

  • Contract term is 10 months (June 1, 2024 – March 31, 2025).
  • Contract extension/renewal may be possible, pending availability of additional funds.


How to apply:

  • Interested applicants can send resume and cover letter to Tina Kelly at