Job description


Title: Research Associate, Agriculture & Land Use

Location: Remote

Salary: CA$61,802 - CA$83,354 per year


Who We Are

Smart Prosperity Institute is a national research think tank that works with public and private stakeholders to deliver world-class research that advances policies and market solutions for a stronger, cleaner economy. We carry out our work in close partnership with The Natural Step Canada with whom we operate a number of innovation-focused multi-stakeholder initiatives. 

This role is part of the land-use and agriculture team that researches and identifies pathways to adopt climate smart practices in Canada. Our team contributes innovative research that identifies opportunities for nature-positive land-use decision making as a way to meet Canada’s bold biodiversity and climate targets. Covering a multitude of topics, we work on everything from identifying measures that promote the adoption of agricultural best management practices - like cover crops, permaculture, and fertilizer management - to unearthing emerging opportunities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve biodiversity, and maintain sector profitability.



We are seeking a confident and dedicated Research Associate to advance Canada’s agricultural sector as both a driver of economic prosperity and responsible land management. Specifically, we are seeking a candidate interested in working on initiatives that create a national net zero agri-food system and advance a pan-Canadian framework for regenerative agriculture as a way to reinforce the environmental stewardship role of Canadian farmers. The ideal candidate is detail-oriented, with experience working collaboratively with multiple stakeholders.

What You'll Do

  • Support the identification, design, and implementation research that furthers nature-positive land use in Canada's agricultural sector

  • Disseminate practical policy advice to stakeholders to influence Canada’s Sustainable Agriculture Strategy and other emerging initiatives

  • Investigate pathways that incentivize behavioural change or reinforce pro-environmental behaviours, to ensure a nature-positive future for Canada’s Agriculture Sector

  • Identify policy instruments and regulatory frameworks that reduce the impact of the agricultural sector on biodiversity, with an emphasis on supporting species at risk.

  • Undertake scoping studies, stakeholder consultation, and modeling exercises to identify emissions reduction opportunities


Job requirements


Who you are

  • Graduate of an agriculture, land use, forestry or similar University program

  • Intermediate or junior researcher with 1 - 4 years’ experience in a similar role

  • Enthusiastic community mobilizer with experience in stakeholder engagement 

  • Experienced in the use of mixed-methods research and data analytics

  • Independent, self-motivated, and an adaptable team player

  • Comfortable communicating complex research findings to technical and lay audiences

  • Passionate about agri-food systems and affecting the transition to net-zero 

  • Familiarity with Canadian agricultural policies, integration measures, soil and water management practices or biodiversity conservation, considered an asset

  • Experience writing funding proposals, considered an asset

  • Bilingualism in French and English, considered an asset


The deadline for applications is June 30, 2023, but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so apply early. Only applicants who are legally entitled to work in Canada will be considered. The Smart Prosperity Institute embraces diversity and inclusion in the workplace and is committed to employment equity. We are at our best when everyone has a seat at the table, and when we are made to feel like we belong. While all qualified persons are invited to apply, we welcome applications from Indigenous persons, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQIA2S+ persons.


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