Job Posting: Research and Policy Analyst for Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation




Do you have a background in ecology and natural system management? An interest in agriculture, food, and land-use planning? Sophisticated qualitative and quantitative research skills?

The Greenbelt Foundation is looking for someone to join its Research and Policy team. See below for the full job description. We invite applications from qualified candidates by Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

Job Posting: Research and Policy Analyst

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 a 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, including in agriculture, conservation and the environment; and,

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


The Research and Policy Analyst works independently and in collaboration with the Vice President, Research and Policy and Research Assistant. S/he has responsibility to lead specific projects, as well as to contribute to other team projects. More specifically s/he will:

  • Conduct research and analysis, using qualitative and data as necessary
  • Prepare and edit reports, briefing notes, correspondence, presentations, and other documents
  • Develop terms of reference for externally conducted research studies, and oversee implementation
  • Consult and engage with  non-governmental organizations, community groups, conservation authorities, universities, industry associations, government staff, and other organizations
  • Represent the Foundation on the Working Group of the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance to help ensure progress is made in implementing a 10 year Action Plan
  • Manage development and implementation of roundtable discussions, workshops and other events
  • Liaise with Foundation communications staff in the preparation of news releases, informational backgrounders, and other supporting materials


The successful applicant will have 3-5 years’ experience and the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrated research and analytical skills, including working knowledge of qualitative research methodologies and quantitative statistical techniques
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Proven ability to interpret legislation and regulations
  • Understanding of Ontario’s land use planning system, and working knowledge of the Provincial Policy Statement, the Greenbelt Plan, the Oak Ridges Conservation Plan, and/or the Niagara Escarpment Plan
  • Background in ecology and natural systems management
  • Interest in agriculture and food
  • Track record of developing and maintaining relationships across organizations and at different levels within organizations
  • Well-developed organizational, work planning, and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Working computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or similar presentation software
  • Valid Ontario Drivers’ license
  • Sense of humour

Application Process

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

Subject: Research & Policy Analyst Position #517224

or by mail to :

Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
661 Yonge Street, 5th floor
Toronto, Ontario
M4Y 1Z9

Email applications are strongly preferred. 

The deadline for applications is close of business day, Tuesday, November 4, 2014. No phone inquiries please.

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