Job Opportunity: Program Coordinator at Ocean Wise


The Ocean Wise Ocean Pollution Research Program (OPRP) was established in 2014 and consists of two core programs including 1) PollutionTracker: a coast-wide monitoring program of contaminants along the British Columbia Coast and 2) a marine mammal toxicology program that is evaluating contaminant levels and their associated health effects in various marine mammal species such as killer whales, harbor seals, and beluga whales. Reporting to the Acting OPRP Manager, the coordinator will ensure the deliverables and goals of the OPRP are met and assist with the administrative tasks of the program including purchasing and budgeting. The coordinator will also provide support for contaminant data entry, data analyses, and reporting as well as occasional lab and fieldwork.


Play a key role in the administration and operation of the Ocean Pollution Research Program (OPRP) by:

  • Acquiring and administering grants to ensure that the program’s salary and operating costs are covered by external funds
  • Tracking the program’s spending and helping the OPRP acting manager create an annual budget and periodic cash flow analyses
  • Preparing reports for funders and stakeholders on the OPRP’s activities and findings
  • Managing relations with external funders of OPRP in coordination with the Acting Manger, the Director of Marine Mammal Research, and the Ocean Wise VP of External Relations
  • Undertaking general office administration to ensure a productive workspace for all staff

Support on-going ocean pollution research studies by:

  • Following Ocean Wise’s purchasing practices, carrying out product orders as needed for lab and field research
  • Maintaining archived samples under suitable conditions and managing a corresponding sample inventory database
  • Maintaining up-to-date data archives on the results of all aspects of the studies undertaken with appropriate and accurate supporting information
  • Preparing field gear and assisting with sampling
  • Shipping samples to the appropriate analytical laboratories

Provide data support to OPRP by:

  • Assembling complete records of analytical data from collaborating laboratories and internal OPRP research
  • Performing QA/QC on analytical datasets, with industry-caliber processing of such aspects as non-detects, recoveries, spikes and overall laboratory performance
  • Summarizing and interpreting lab performance on all contaminant datasets
  • Summarizing data results using appropriate univariate statistics
  • Creating tables and plots that summarize findings
  • Preparing partner reports that include field notes and contaminant summary data

Provide support to improve the organization and its processes by:

  • Promptly aiding in Emergency protocols
  • Maintaining organizational safety standards
  • Continually improving impact on the environment and greening of operations through support of EMS protocols
  • Actively demonstrating the organization’s values and expectations for conduct
  • Performing additional duties of a similar nature or level as required


Education and Experience

  • MSc in toxicology or related field
  • 3-5 years experience in research or research support
  • Experience processing contaminant data and handling large contaminant datasets
  • Experience managing project budgets, writing grants and seeking and acquiring grant funding
  • WHMIS certificate (on the job training provided)

Technical Competencies

  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to work productively and efficiently with minimal supervision
  • Strong writing skills, both for scientific and popular articles
  • Excellent project management and time management skills
  • Knowledge of transport, the fate of contaminants in the marine environment
  • Knowledge of Environmental quality guidelines for contaminants in BC
  • Competency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Experience with SQL databases (preferred)
  • Competency in ‘R’

Working Conditions

  • Works in the office, and off-site (Ocean Wise OPRP lab in West Vancouver)
  • Potential for occasional lab or fieldwork depending on needs
  • The incumbent will work in a shared office environment as well as a laboratory environment with the usual ergonomic risks
  • Flexibility and availability in the schedule are required during the week, including working occasional weekends, and evenings

For more information and how to apply, click here.

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