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Position: Project Coordinator
Type: 9-month f/t contract (extension extension)
Eligibility: under 30 years (see "Conditions", below)
Organization: Future Earth
Location: Montréal, Quebec

The Montreal Hub is seeking candidates to lead the development of a Research and Innovation Agenda for Sustainability in the Digital Age.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other digital technologies have the potential to help tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems, such as climate change, food insecurity, public health risks, and more. Yet, global sustainability is not an inevitable outcome of the digital revolution, as such there is a need and an opportunity to focus AI development towards a holistic approach that considers full human-natural systems and prioritizes problems worth solving. To address this challenge and opportunity we will work with leaders and innovators from artificial intelligence (AI), Earth systems science, environmental policy and advocacy communities to develop a Research and Innovation Agenda that outlines the “problems worth solving” and the transformative opportunities that can lead to systems change for addressing climate change and global sustainability more broadly.

The Research and Innovation Agenda will be developed through consultations and research led by a team at the Montreal Hub. The scope of work will encompass the following phases (1) background research on range of opportunities and challenges; (2) online consultations; (3) an in-person workshop convening 40-70 technology and sustainability experts in Montreal 2019; (4) final report preparation, and launch of the agenda.

Future Earth – About us

The challenges facing the planet and its people today are vast and complex. At Future Earth, we are convinced that the way to accelerate transformations to a more sustainable and equitable planet, is to draw on collective knowledge. We harness the experience and reach of thousands of scientists and innovators from across the globe. Together, this global community facilitates research, mobilizes networks, sparks innovation, and turns knowledge into action. Future Earth has five global hubs located in the US (Colorado), Canada (Montreal), Japan (Tokyo), Sweden (Stockholm) and France (Paris), connected through a dynamic network that also includes regional centres, national networks and partner organizations. More about us here.

Location : Montreal (Canada)

Start of contract : ASAP

Duration : nine months (with possibility of extension)

Employment Type : Full-time

Contract Salary scale : Based on a full time annual equivalent salary between $40,000-$50,000 (depending on experience)

Supervisor : Future Earth Executive Director, working with the Montreal Hub Manager

Role and responsibilities

We are looking for a Project Coordinator who can support the overall coordination of the various phases of the project, with a focus on the in-person workshop and including research support. He/she would also ideally be well-versed in the sustainability and digital field to help build a global community at this intersection. The Project Coordinator will liaise with participants pre and post-workshop, and is expected to ensure the smooth execution of items related to workshop venue, logistics and media relations.


  • Minimum of master’s degree (or equivalent) related to sustainability (e.g. systems science, environmental policy, etc.) or technology (e.g. AI, technology and society, etc.);

  • Ideally two years of work experience in any of the above fields;

  • Experience in management, coordination and/or events and logistics planning;

  • Experience with fundraising and/or social media is an asset;

  • Full command of written and spoken English; working knowledge of French;

  • Superior organizational and interpersonal skills, comfortable in a fast-paced environment;

  • Ability to work autonomously, and to multitask (i.e. plan and coordinate multiple processes) within established deadlines and parameters;

  • Sound judgment, tactful and sensitive to diverse cultures and constituents;

  • Good relationship management skills;

  • Availability to work outside normal working hours;

  • Availability to travel internationally.


This is a full-time, nine-month placement, with the possibility of extension up to one year. We offer an extended health benefits package. The candidate must be eligible for the Mitacs Career Connect Program. This program requires that applicants be:

  • Younger than 30 years old at the start of the placement

  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada (no work permits or student visas)

  • Not receiving employment insurance benefits during the placement

  • Not a previous participant in a Career Focus Internship of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy

Application procedure

Applicants for all two positions are requested to submit a curriculum vitae and a cover letter describing how their skills and experience meet the requirements of the role. Please also include the name and contact details for two references. Documentation should be combined in one PDF file. Applications should be sent via email with ‘Sustainability in the Digital Age, Project Coordinator’ in the subject line to . We will be accepting applications until the position has been filled. Interviews will be held in Montreal or online as necessary.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date publiée : Sep 21 2018    Numéro : 48467