Internship – Data Specialist
About The Gordon Foundation
The Gordon Foundation is a philanthropic foundation based in Toronto, Canada. The Foundation undertakes research, leadership development and public dialogue so that public policies in Canada reflect a commitment to collaborative stewardship of our freshwater resources and to a people-driven, equitable and evolving North. Over the past quarter century, The Gordon Foundation has invested over $27 million in a wide variety of northern community projects and freshwater protection initiatives.
DataStream is an open access platform for sharing water data. Its mission is to promote knowledge sharing and advance collaborative, evidence-based decision-making. DataStream is led by The Gordon Foundation and carried out in partnership with regional monitoring networks. There are currently three DataStream hubs:
- Mackenzie DataStream: https://mackenziedatastream.ca
- Atlantic DataStream https://atlanticdatastream.ca
- Lake Winnipeg DataStream (coming March 2019)
About the Role
The Gordon Foundation is seeking a Data Specialist to support the growth of DataStream. The successful candidate will assist monitoring groups with bringing their data online through the Mackenzie and Lake Winnipeg DataStream platforms, and increasing DataStream’s coverage in these regions. Working alongside the DataStream team, the Data Specialist will actively seek out new data contributors and provide technical support with data uploads to a wide range of organizations and individuals including community monitoring groups, researchers and government monitoring programs. An energetic, can-do attitude is a must!
Key Areas of Responsibility
In partnership with the DataStream team, the intern will:
- Assist data stewards with data formatting so that datasets are ready to be uploaded to DataStream;
- Promptly respond to requests for technical assistance for DataStream users and track feedback on the system;
- Develop tools to assist data stewards in preparing their data for upload;
- Perform a scan of water quality datasets in the Mackenzie and Lake Winnipeg Basins and develop a roadmap for onboarding high priority datasets;
- Actively seek out and onboard new data contributors and historical datasets in the Mackenzie and Lake Winnipeg Basins;
- Provide technical input on the development of multi-media communications products including “how to” guides and primers on water science;
- Offer webinars for groups interested in uploading data to DataStream;
- Assist Foundation staff with various activities as they arise.
- College or University graduate with a degree from a STEM related field;
- Background in water quality monitoring or research;
- Experience working with large datasets and high proficiency with R, Excel and Google sheets including advanced formulas, pivot tables, macros, scripting;
- Strong communications skills – can easily distill technical information to audiences with a wide range of expertise in water science and computer skills;
- Excellent coordination, organization, and planning skills;
- Demonstrated track record in building and maintaining relationships;
- Self-motivated, curious, adaptable and able to work independently and as an effective team member;
- Ability to manage heavy workloads and at times quick timelines;
- Science communications training or experience a major asset
- Knowledge of coding and software development
- Knowledge or experience working with a software team
- Experience working with federal, provincial or territorial government
- Experience working with Indigenous governments and organizations.
- Bilingualism an asset
How to Apply
This is an internship position based at The Gordon Foundation’s offices in Toronto. The applicant must be available to work full time hours for a minimum of four months. Anticipated start date is May 1, 2019 (with some flexibility). To apply, please forward your resume and cover letter to DataStream@Gordonfn.org with “DataStream Intern” in the subject line. Only candidates invited for an interview will be contacted.
Your resume and cover letter must be received by 11:59pm on March 7, 2019.