Job Posting: Research and Policy Assistant - Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation

Position: Research and Policy Assistant
Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation - Toronto, ON

Ontario’s Greenbelt is an area of permanently protected landscape of prime farmland and natural systems, as well as vibrant communities. It surrounds the Golden Horseshoe, and is vital to the quality of life in southern Ontario.

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is a charitable organization, focused on supporting activities that preserve and enhance the agricultural, rural and environmental integrity of Ontario’s Greenbelt. 

The Foundation undertakes or funds research and analysis to:

  • develop better understanding of the implementation of the Greenbelt Plan and related policies such as the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe;
  • identify possible changes to policies and/or their implementation; and,
  • contribute to increasing understanding of the Greenbelt, its agricultural, water and natural systems, and rural economy.

The Research and Policy Assistant provides research and analytical support to the Vice President, Research and Policy, and works in close collaboration with the Research Manager, as well as staff of the grants and communications teams.



 Conduct research and analysis, using qualitative and quantitative data as necessary

  • Prepare and/or edit briefing notes, correspondence, presentations, and reports
  • Develop terms of reference for externally conducted research studies
  • Consult with agricultural organizations, NGOs, community-based groups, conservation authorities, universities, industry associations, municipal and provincial staff, and other organizations
  • Organize roundtable discussions, workshops and other stakeholder events
  • Collaborate with the communications team in fact checking, and in the publishing of reports, as well as developing informational backgrounders, blogs, and other supporting materials
  • Represent the Foundation at the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance Working Group



We are looking for someone with:

  • Demonstrated research and analytical skills, including working knowledge of qualitative research methodologies and quantitative statistical techniques
  • Understanding of Ontario’s land use planning system, agriculture, and/or rural economy
  • Effective written and oral communication skills, including capacity to communicate scientific or other data and information to the public and different audiences
  • Well-developed organizational and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated project management skills
  • Ability to interpret and apply legislation and regulations
  • Working computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or similar presentation software
  • Masters’ degree in a relevant field
  • Valid Ontario Drivers’ license


 Application Process

Please send a cover letter and curriculum vitae outlining your interest and qualifications for this position, and salary expectations to:


Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation

661 Yonge Street, 5th floor

Toronto, Ontario

M4Y 1Z9


The deadline for applications is Friday, March 23, 2018.

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