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UNB work-study position with CRI: communications assistant

Posted by CRI Programs   |   December 14, 2016

Position Dates:
Start Date: Jan 30, 2017 End Date: Mar 31, 2017
Length of the project; 8 Week Winter Project

The Canadian Rivers Institute, founded in 2001 and hosted at the University of New Brunswick, is a network of 22 scientists at 14 institutions across Canada and internationally. CRI scientists and their networks of research associates, graduate students, and staff support governments, businesses and communities in making smart, evidence-based decisions through high-impact research.  The institute’s vision is to make every river a healthy river. Learn more at

The Communications Assistant will work directly with the Communications Officer over the winter term to assist in delivering the objectives of the CRI’s communications plan.  The successful applicant will work two hours a day (hours/day negotiable) with current staff at the CRI Corporate office in IUC Forestry, UNBF.  They will help develop written materials, which will be used to communicate the activity of the CRI within its membership and with external stakeholders.

The primary job duties will involve developing story/article ideas, designing interview questions, interviewing scientists within the network about their research, and writing articles to be shared by website, email and social media.  Other duties may include aiding in maintaining the CRI’s online presence including website maintenance and generating social media content.  Other creative content projects, such as video making and others, may be considered, depending on the applicant’s interests and skills.

Specific tasks and deadlines will unfold during work plan development and over the term of employment.

20hrs/march break
Days, hours are negotiable

Required qualifications and skills:

  • Currently enrolled in a relevant UNB undergraduate program
  • Proven communications skills, particularly strong writing skills (applicants will be asked to submit examples of writing)
  • Experience in journalistic-style short story/article development
  • Strong general computing skills
  • Experience working with a diverse team and in a fast-paced environment

Qualifications and skills considered an asset:

  • Study of, or interest in, the biological and natural sciences
  • Previous experience with website design and maintenance
  • Previous experience administering ‘professional’ social media channels
  • Energetic work style with a willingness to learn quickly

Benefits of this work-study placement

By working with the team at the Canadian Rivers Institute, you will:

  • Hone your skills in effective story telling
  • Gain experience in conducting one-on-one interviews
  • Develop skills in designing a work plan, efficient time management and delivering effective results
  • Have access to an international aquatic science network
  • Have the ability to be creative, developing ideas and projects in line with our mutual interests
  • A successful work-study placement could lead to additional work-study/employment opportunities with the CRI

How to Apply

1. CONTACT the UNB Financial Aid Office (CC Jones Student Services Centre) at 453-4796 between Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - Thursday, January 12, 2017, to set up an appointment for a “Financial Assessment” to determine program eligibility. Once program eligibility has been determined, the Financial Aid Office will forward your name to the Career Development and Employment Centre.

2. Register and attend a Work-Study Application Pre-Requisite Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshops between Monday, January 2, 2017 and Friday, January 13, 2017. Visit the Career Development and Employment Centre Event Calendar for the workshop schedule and to pre-register.

3. Submit your resume and cover letters online under D2L, Free Course section, UNB Work Study Program Winter 2017, no later than January 13th, 2017.

In upper right-hand corner of your cover letter, please type the following reference:
WS # 24040
Communications Assistant
Address your covering letter to:
Stephanie Merrill
Canadian Rivers Institute/Biology Department
Career Development and Employment Centre
Neville Homestead
University of New Brunswick
PO Box 4400
Fredericton, NB E3B 5A3

See this posting at UNB Employment Services


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