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Student Research Assistant - Climate Research Lab

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Student Position
Closing Date: 
Friday, May 2, 2014
Date of Posting: 
April 25, 2014
Climate Research Lab
Student Research Assistant
Hours of Work: 

37.5 hours per week 

$20.19 an hour as per Student Rates of Pay (includes vacation pay)

 May 4 to August 28, 2014

The UPEI Climate Research Lab is seeking a student research assistant to support Community Consultations with the recently released CoastaL Impact Visualization Environment (CLIVE). CLIVE is an interactive climate change visualization tool that allows users to see scenarios of future sea level, coastal erosion and storm surge for Prince Edward Island. CLIVE was developed in partnership with the University of Prince Edward Island; the PEI Department of Environment, Labour and Justice; the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI; Geonet Technologies Inc. and DE Jardine Consulting. CLIVE was released through a public lecture on February 11, 2014 and there have been subsequent requests for access to the tool and discussions on how to respond to the threat.

This activity will be to bring CLIVE to many communities in PEI, discuss issues of coastal erosion, and catalogue ideas for responding to the risk. An initial plan will be for eight public meetings to be held from June 1 – August 31, 2014 at various locations across PEI (Elmsdale, Abram-Village, Cardigan, Hampshire, Souris, Summerside, and Charlottetown) to present CLIVE, the anticipated risk of coastal erosion for the community, and discussion on expected adaptation options to respond to the risk.  Written submissions from interested parties will be encouraged through the public meetings and through mail/email.

This activity will also include an on-line survey to elicit more ideas from Islanders. These CLIVE consultations will want to hear from as many people as possible about the risks from coastal erosion to Prince Edward Island. It will be a great opportunity for Islanders to tell how they feel about the risks of coastal erosion as it relates to protecting coastal infrastructure, lands and natural areas, preserving landscapes and building sustainable communities.

A final report will be written of the CLIVE results, public consultations and the on-line survey. The report will provide a greater understanding of public opinion on coastal erosion issues as the Province establishes a PEI Coastal Strategy.


• Planning the schedule of CLIVE consultations, as well as other Climate Lab product/project releases, in consultation with necessary parties;
• Organizing promotions of the CLIVE consultations and other Climate Lab releases;
• Developing and implementing an on-line survey that can be submitted directly into a database;
• Organizing meeting space, handouts, local introductions, refreshments, attendance lists, etc. for CLIVE consultations;
• Taking notes of responses to CLIVE, concerns, adaptation options suggested, etc.; and
• Drafting a report on the consultations with reactions to the risk and recommendations for adaptation actions.


• Must be enrolled in a graduate student program related to Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, or related topic.
• Experience working with PEI non-government organizations.
• Experience working in a research environment.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Diligent record keeping.
• Ability to work unsupervised.
• Extensive geographical knowledge of rural PEI.
• A valid Driver’s License and access to a vehicle is required.

Priority to University of Prince Edward Island students in accordance with Recruitment, Selection, Hiring and Employment Policies and Procedures manual.

Application Instructions: 

Please submit electronically a cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and reference list, to be received no later than the closing date, via the link below. You can also apply in person to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, Fax Number (902) 894-2895.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Prince Edward Island is committed to gender equity in employment. Only those applicants who are invited to an interview will be acknowledged.

UPEI encourages all qualified applicants to apply for job openings; however, in keeping with the terms and provisions of the university’s various employment and collective agreements, first priority will be given to internal candidates.
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