Job Posting: Research and Policy Assistant

Ontario’s Greenbelt is an area of permanently protected green space, farmland and 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:

(i) develop better understanding for the implementation of the Greenbelt Plan and other land-use plans and policies;

(ii) advance possible revisions to Greenbelt-specific and Greenbelt-relevant policies, notably with respect to agriculture and natural heritage systems;

(iii) investigate and problem-solve challenges that inhibit sustainable approaches to land use management and economic development; and to

(iv) assist in increasing awareness and understanding of the Greenbelt.

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 and Policy Analyst.


  • Conduct research and analysis, using qualitative and quantitative data as necessary
  • Prepare and edit reports, briefing notes, correspondence, presentations, and other documents
  • Develop terms of reference for externally conducted research studies
  • Consult with  non-governmental organizations, community groups, conservation authorities, universities, industry associations, government staff, and other organizations
  • Support delivery of roundtable discussions, workshops and other events
  • Liaise with Foundation communications staff in the preparation of news releases, informational backgrounders, and other supporting materials
  • Develop and post social media updates as needed


We are looking for someone with:

  • Demonstrated research and analytical skills, including working knowledge of qualitative research methodologies and quantitative statistical techniques
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to interpret and apply legislation and regulations
  • Understanding of Ontario’s land use planning system, agriculture system, and/or environmental issues and policies
  • Well-developed organizational and work planning, and problem solving skills
  • Working computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or similar presentation software
  • Intermediate level skills in social media
  • Valid Ontario Drivers' license 

Application Process

Please send a cover letter and curriculum vitae outlining your:

(1) interest,

(2) qualifications and

(3) compensation expectations for this position to:

Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation

661 Yonge Street, 5th floor

Toronto, Ontario

M4Y 1Z9

The deadline for applications is July 4, 2014.



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