Project Coordinator - Climate Change Adaptation – Archaeology

Date Posted: 
May 15, 2023
Closing Date: 
June 1, 2023

This is a 2-year term with the Cape Sable Historical Society. As the Climate Change Adaptation Coordinator for Archaeology, you will be responsible for coordinating the implementation of the Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for Nova Scotia’s Archaeology Sector.

This position is with an organization based in Barrington, and you will work under the guidance of CSHS’s executive director, Samantha Brannen. You will also work with and be supported by adaptation specialists at the Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Climate Change (ECC), who are supporting the development and implementation of adaptation strategies across Nova Scotia. You will play an important role in multiple teams including as a staff member at CSHS, as the coordinator of strategy implementation team(s), and as a member of the multi-sectoral and multi-departmental community of practitioners working to prepare their organizations for climate change.

While you will be provided a structured process, guidance, and tools, you will be required to customize the process and materials to suit the needs and context of the archaeology sector.

Broad Responsibilities

Within this role, you will be responsible for, but work collaboratively in achieving the following:

  • Project management and team leadership
  • Relationship management with a wide array of partners
  • Forming inclusive strategy implementation teams to represent all segments of the sector
  • Coordinating work plan development, prioritizing actions, and establishing projects.
  • Leading strategy teams through a participatory process of implementation, monitoring, evaluating, and sustaining progress toward the outcomes outlined in the climate adaptation strategy
  • Designing and facilitating workshops, conducting research, authoring reports, and delivering presentations
  • Meeting regularly with both CCD and CSHS staff, as well as participating in a community of practice with other sector coordinators
  • Providing progress updates to a governance team representing strategy investors
  • General support for CSHS’s mandate, as required.

Specific Tasks and Accountabilities

Day-to-day work will involve:

  • Completing climate adaptation training developed by the Department of Environment and Climate Change
  • Developing materials and correspondence to recruit team members for the strategy implementation team(s)
  • Designing and facilitating interactive and engaging meetings and workshops
  • Actively engaging with all partners to build and maintain strong sustainable multi-stakeholder teams
  • Participating in regularly scheduled peer learning and reflection meetings and events
  • Researching sector-specific adaptation best practices and processes
  • Developing team workplans and workplan performance targets
  • Tracking data to support monitoring and issuing quarterly evaluation reports
  • Designing and delivering presentations to investors and sector players
  • Researching funding and writing grant proposals

Qualifications and Expertise

As the successful candidate, you will have a Master’s degree and at least 2–3 years of related work experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Your experience must clearly demonstrate your skills in group facilitation, critical thinking, project management, stakeholder management in complex environments, and excellent written and verbal communication.

You must have an understanding of the archaeology sector in Nova Scotia, including the relevant stakeholders and the political climate, and preferably experience working within the systems. Demonstrated knowledge of and interest in climate change adaptation is required (and experience preferred).

To excel in this role, you must be creative, self-directed, and organized with a proven track record of working both independently and collaboratively. You must show experience building, empowering, and leading diverse multi-disciplinary groups. You are technologically adept and have experience using data, theory, and best practices to identify creative, practical, and defensible approaches to overcoming challenges and can recognize and articulate appropriate approaches to policy issues. You must show that you can consider different viewpoints and manage competing perspectives diplomatically as you will be expected to forge strong relationships of trust and collaboration between partners and meaningfully bring them together in a shared activity.

Though it is not a requirement, you are encouraged to identify any experience you have had in grant writing, survey design and analysis, monitoring and evaluation, educational training, experiential learning, and more immersive, arts-based forms of engagement. We also encourage you to identify additional skills not listed which would be assets in this role.

Other Considerations

Travel: This position may require travel across the province. You must either have a driver’s license or a reliable alternative form of transportation.

Pay: This position offers a pay range of $60,000-64,000 in accordance with the PNS Pay Plan PR 13 classification.

Term: This position is a 2-year term.

Contact: We thank all those who apply however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please. Successful candidates must have legal authorization to work in Canada. Qualified applicants should submit their cover letter, resume, and a sample of writing to Samantha Brannen, Executive Director of the Cape Sable Historical Society via email at with the subject line, “Climate Change Adaptation Coordinator Application”.

Employment Equity: The Cape Sable Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer and our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative of Nova Scotia’s population. We welcome applications from Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians and other racially visible persons, persons with disabilities, and women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented. If you are a member of one or more of these groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your application.

Application Closing Date: June 1, 2023, 4:30 pm

Expected start date: June 12, 2023

Expected completion date: March 31, 2025

Job Type: Fixed term contract
Contract length: 21 months

Salary: $60,000.00-$64,000.00 per year


  • Dental care
  • Extended health care
  • Life insurance
  • On-site parking
  • Paid time off

Flexible Language Requirement:

  • French not required

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Barrington, NS B0W 1E0: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)


  • Master's Degree (preferred)

Work Location: Hybrid remote in Barrington, NS B0W 1E0