Job post: RAIN Infrastructure Assistant (Manitoulin)

The Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN) and the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) are seeking a qualified individual to assist with the Manitoulin Infrastructure Project for the Manitoulin District.


Reporting to the RAIN Infrastructure Coordinator, the candidate will work part-time for one year in duration. The Infrastructure Assistant will support the implementation of a tile drainage development project that would involve over 21 growers, tile drainage and land clearing contractor(s), government agencies to expand agricultural infrastructure in Manitoulin.


  • Liaise with individual growers, government staff and contractor(s) for scheduling projects and meeting the necessary regulatory requirements for agricultural tile drainage and land clearing projects
  • Adhere to the process for project financing/funding that meet the requirements of funding agencies and contractor(s)
  • Assist with preparing claims by reviewing contracts, calculating grant eligibly and mailing documents to SSMIC for approval.
  • Conduct field site visits on an as needed basis for site assessments for outlet verification, contractor(s) and post installation inspections
  • Liaise with SSMIC/RAIN staff for processing payments and project promotion
  • Promote the Manitoulin Infrastructure Development project with project signage in coordination with growers/RAIN
  • Assist and liaise with growers to meet regulatory requirements (i.e. assisting with obtaining permits and proper documentation for project completion)
  • Assist with coordinating an event that will educate municipalities about tile drainage infrastructure
  • Liaise with local farm organizations to identify additional opportunities for agricultural infrastructure (i.e. additional tile drainage & land clearing)

Additional Qualifications Required

  • Preferred candidates will have a Diploma, B.B.A or a B.A. in agriculture, economic development, or a related field
  • Preference will be given to Manitoulin residents and candidates must have the flexibility to various project sites and meet with clients
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle for project travel
  • Training or experience in communications and agriculture will be considered an asset
  • Experience in coordinating projects with government funding agencies, contractors and stakeholders
  • Additional training in drainage or water management is an asset
  • Possess excellent team and personnel management abilities, organizational and oral/written communication skills and be capable of working with little supervision
  • Work ethics and personal attitude will rate highly in selection of the successful candidate
  • Computer proficiency with MS Office.

The successful candidate will work from their home or an office location in Gore Bay on Manitoulin Island and report to SSMIC on a weekly basis or as required. Compensation will commensurate with experience.

The deadline for this position is Friday, May 15th, 2015.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to:

David Thompson, RAIN Research Project Coordinator

Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre

1520 Queen St. E., Sault Ste. Marie ON P6A 2G4

Tel: 705-942-7927 ext. 3027

Fax: 705-942-6169


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