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