Website Environment and Protected Areas, Government of Alberta

Job Information
Job Title: Science Communication Specialist
Job Requisition ID: 55560
Ministry: Environment and Protected Areas
Location: Edmonton
Full or Part-Time: Full Time
Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week
Permanent/Temporary: Permanent
Scope: Open Competition
Closing Date: April 5, 2024
Classification: Program Services 3 Market Adjustment (023PSAMA)
Salary: ​$2,626.89 to $3,448.73 bi-weekly. ($ 68,561 to $90,011/year)
The Government of Alberta is committed to a diverse and inclusive public service that reflects the population we serve to best meet the needs of Albertans. Consider joining a team where diversity, inclusion and innovation are valued and supported. For more information on diversity and inclusion, please visit: https://www.alberta.ca/diversity-inclusion-policy.aspx.

We support Albertans in being proud stewards of air, land, water, and biodiversity by leading the work required for desired environmental outcomes and sustainable development of natural resources.

For more information about the Ministry of Environment and Protected Areas, please visit our website at: https://www.alberta.ca/environment-and-protected-areas.

For more information about the Office of the Chief Scientist and the legislated Condition of Environment reporting that we lead, please visit the Alberta Environmental Science Program website at: https://www.alberta.ca/albertas-environmental-science-program.

Role Responsibilities
As a member of the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS), the Science Communication Specialist reports to the Director of Science Advice, Reporting and Partnerships. Regular communications on the condition of the environment in Alberta and on environmental issues of relevance to the public are part of the legislated, operational and strategic commitments for the OCS.

The Science Communication Specialist is responsible for developing and facilitating environmental science communication. This includes timely delivery of best available scientific information to the public and to external stakeholders through a Strategic Communications Framework that contributes to building public trust and confidence in the scientific information from the OCS.

As a Science Communication Specialist you will:
• Support Alberta’s Environmental Science Program (AESP) to provide credible public reporting on the condition of Alberta’s environment.
• Communicate scientific information to non-technical audiences.
• Plan and coordinate environmental science events (e.g., Science Seminar Series, science workshops) for internal and external audiences.
• Keep up-to-date on new technologies relevant to the science communication activities of the OS and advise on and implement appropriate changes.
• Support the Science Advisory Panel (SAP) and Indigenous Wisdom Advisory Panel (IWAP) Secretariat.
• Support technical communication requirements for OCS projects related to Indigenous knowledge systems and participatory science (i.e., citizen science).

As a key role in the OCS, the Science Communication Specialist enables the GoA to meet its legislated mandate of enabling stakeholders, decision-makers and all Albertans to access best available science in support of making more informed and evidence-based environmental management decisions.

APS Competencies
Competencies are behaviors that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process.

This link will assist you with understanding competencies: https://www.alberta.ca/system/files/custom_downloaded_images/psc-alberta-public-service-competency-model.pdf.

About Your Competencies:

Creative Problem-Solving: You will use your scientific knowledge and expertise to create new and innovative solutions to mitigate environmental concerns.

Systems Thinking: You will have an understanding of how your role impacts working with others to see the larger picture of overseeing the environmental well-being in Alberta.

Develop Networks: You will interact with other scientists, ministries and external stakeholders to research, share and develop innovative approaches to projects, plans and situations as they arise.

Build Collaborative Environments: You will use effective negotiation and facilitation skills to bring resolution to complex issues among diverse group/individuals.

Drive for Results: Using your strong communication, leadership and interpersonal skills, you will develop and deliver understandable scientific information to key stakeholders, the scientific community, public audiences, and senior executives in government.

Qualifications
Required: 
•    University degree in environmental or natural sciences, science communications, science journalism or public relations.
•    2 years of related experience in research and science communication, knowledge mobilization, writing and editing principles, scientific concepts, and environmental issues.

Equivalency:
Directly related education or experience considered on the basis of:
• 1 year of education for 1 year of experience; or
• 1 year of experience for 1 year of education.

The following experience would be considered an asset:

•    Exceptional writing and verbal communication skills.
•    Master’s of Science degree in environmental science, or science communications.
•    Knowledge and understanding of the environmental legislation, particularly the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, and related regulations and policies.
•    Technical knowledge of environmental science and monitoring programs in Alberta.
•    Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel).
•    Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign).
•    Experience with video production and editing.

Minimum recruitment standards outline the minimum education and experience required for appointment to a job classification. Refer to https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-public-service-minimum-recruitment-standards

Notes
•    This requisition is recruiting for a permanent , full-time position, with the standard weekly work hours as 36.25, Monday to Friday.
•    Include your list of publications and presentations with your resume and cover letter.
•    Candidates may be asked to complete a written assignment as a part of the interview process.

Any costs associated with obtaining the required documents/checks as noted or interview travel expenses, will be the responsibility of the candidate. Out-of-province applicants can obtain the required documents/checks from the province they currently reside in.

What we offer:  
•    Working for the Alberta Public Service – https://www.alberta.ca/advantages- working-for-alberta-public-service.aspx.
•    Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP) – https://www.pspp.ca.
•    Alberta Public Service Benefit Information – https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-public-service-benefits.
•    Professional learning and development – https://www.alberta.ca/professional-development-support-directive.
•    Research Alberta Public Service Careers tool – https://researchapscareers.alberta.ca.
•    Positive workplace culture and work-life balance.
•    Opportunity to participate in flexible work arrangements such as working from home up to two days per week and modified work schedule agreement.
•    Leadership and mentorship programs.

How To Apply
Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education, experience, and relevant examples of required competencies.

Candidates are required to apply for a job online. Please visit https://www.alberta.ca/job-application-resources#before for more information. Please visit Recruitment Principles, for more information.

It is recommended applicants who have completed post-secondary studies from outside of Canada obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)(https://www.alberta.ca/international-qualifications-assessment.aspx) or from a recognized Canadian Credential Evaluator; please visit the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada for more information (https://canalliance.org/en/default.html).

It is recommended that applicants include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.

Closing Statement
This competition may be used to fill future vacancies, across the Government of Alberta, at the same or lower classification level.

We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates’ qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

If you require any further information on this job posting or a copy of the role profile, please contact Jane McEwen, TAS Administrator via email at [email protected].

To apply for this job please visit jobpostings.alberta.ca.

PO BOX 4990
Edmonton AB
T6E 5G8


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