Our Work

Research

The Foundation invests in enhancing understanding of the Greenbelt’s invaluable natural and economic systems. We collaborate with experts, and undertake and fund research and analysis that helps ensure the long term health and prosperity of the Greenbelt, with a particular focus on the Greenbelt’s agricultural system, natural heritage system, rural economies, and the implementation of the Greenbelt Plan itself.

Now Hiring: Research and Policy Analyst 

Are you passionate about research, agriculture, planning and environmental issues? If you're looking to work with a great team for a good cause, this might just be the career move for you!

The Greenbelt Foundation is an independent, charitable organization dedicated to promoting and sustaining Ontario’s Greenbelt. The Foundation is focused on making the right investments in the interconnected natural, hydrological and economic systems that Ontario's Greenbelt protects. By ensuring continuous, progressive investment in the Greenbelt, the Foundation nurtures a living, thriving Greenbelt for all to enjoy.

Position: Research & Policy Analyst

Duration: Permanent Position

Hours/Weeks: 40 hrs. (5 days/wk.)

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 Analyst provides research and analytical support to the Director, Research and Policy, and works in close collaboration with staff of the grants and communications teams.

Responsibilities

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

  • Project manage research projects: vendor selection, project oversight, reviewing materials
  • 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

Qualifications

We are looking for someone with:

  • Demonstrated research and analytical skills, including working knowledge of qualitative research methodologies and quantitative statistical techniques
  • Understanding of one or more of the following: Ontario’s land use planning system, agriculture & farming, rural economy, natural heritage systems, nature-based solutions to climate change
  • 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. GIS mapping capacity is an advantage.
  • Masters’ degree in a relevant field
  • Valid Ontario Drivers’ license

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:

The position will be based at our Toronto office (downtown) in a typical office setting with COVID 19 exceptions for working from home. Salary is commensurate with experience. The Greenbelt Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and we particularly welcome applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply. 

TO APPLY:

Applications should be received no later than 3rd September 2021.

To apply for this position, submit a cover letter and resume through our online portal.

Apply Here

The Greenbelt Foundation thanks all applicants for their interest, but only successful candidates will be contacted.

Request for Proposals

Request for Proposals: Business Case for Soil Health

The Power of Soil project seeks to inform government policy and farm decision-making to increase adoption of soil health systems by Canadian farmers to benefit farm profitability, environmental quality and climate resilience. This work is being conducted in collaboration with agricultural stakeholders and scientific and technical advisors through an advisory committee (Équiterre and Greenbelt Foundation 2021; Groupe AGECO, Équiterre and Greenbelt Foundation 2020).

Project Timeline

The project should be completed by November 30th, 2021.

Proposal Requirements

Proposals should include the following:

  • A description of your understanding of the assignment and the proposed approach
  • A proposed project timeline with key decisions, touchstone meetings, milestones and project completion dates;
  • CV for the consultant (and any other team members) that clearly outlines their qualifications relevant to this assignment;
  • Three examples of similar projects completed;
  • Three references relevant to this assignment;
  • A time/task breakdown by project team member (if more than one consultant);and,
  • A proposed budget in the region of $25,000.

Eligibility

Contractors should have expertise and experience in the areas of agricultural economics, agronomy, cost of production, soil science, crop science, and agri-environmental science. Demonstrated experience and leadership on projects of similar focus and scope is an advantage.

The Greenbelt Foundation reserves the right to choose any or none of the vendors responding to this request for proposals.

Proposals must be received by email no later than July 21st, 2021.

Please click here to view the full RFP and its terms.


Request for Information: 
Oak Ridges Moraine Trail Master Planning

The Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation (ORMF) in partnership with the Greenbelt Foundation is seeking information from interested parties with expertise in the Oak Ridges Moraine (ORM) and/or trail planning on potential approaches to developing a renewed ORM Trail Strategy. The information received may help to develop an RFP aimed at carrying out future planning and other phases.

The ultimate outcome of the strategy will be to support long-term trail sustainability and create a trail-user experience that connects people to the natural and culture heritage as well as Indigenous history of the Oak Ridges Moraine. It should also facilitate usage and visitor experiences that positively contribute to local economies for communities within the ORM Trail geography.

This RFI is a consultation document intended to solicit feedback from experts, organizations, and professionals with respect to the matters described in this RFI, and to build a list of qualified professional service providers and consultants who may wish to be informed of future bidding opportunities.

Please click here to view the full RFI and its terms. This is not a bid solicitation.

Responses to this RFI will be accepted by e-mail (PDF or Microsoft Office document) no later than 5:00 PM on July 23, 2021.

A virtual information session is tentatively being planned for July 9 at 2:00 PM. Interested parties please email [email protected] for details and to RSVP.

Questions and responses are to be submitted to [email protected]

 

What we're reading and researching: 

 

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To view more of our research projects, visit OUR WORK.