CCC Job Opportunity: Ethnobotanist

Carolinian Canada is a network of leaders growing healthy landscapes for a green future in the Carolinian Zone, Canada’s extraordinary far south, in the spirit and practice of reconciliation. We connect science, community and business for healthy ecosystems and climate-smart neighbourhoods from Toronto to Windsor, Ontario.

Our cross-sector platforms connect 300 groups, 5,000 volunteers and 37,000 hectares to save local wildlife, water and our way of life; and support 14 UN Sustainable Development Goals. (2020)

Carolinian Canada Coalition is a Canadian Registered Charity 83559 4722

To be successful in this role, you should demonstrate an understanding and passion for cultural practices and community connections with native plants, as well as Indigenous communities and knowledge systems in Southern Ontario. 

Carolinian Canada is a virtual workplace with some travel in the Carolinian Zone. Candidates should have the necessary equipment to fulfil this role.

Salary Range: $50,000 to $80,000 per year full time.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with Indigenous and settler groups to support the co-development of the Southern Ontario Seed Strategy (SOSS)
  • Work closely with the Indigenous Leadership Specialist by participating in network communications and with the internal team
  • Support Indigenous communities by co-developing processes to support capacity building and knowledge exchange
  • Lead and research Indigenous-led content in collaboration with Indigenous Leadership Specialist and Indigenous groups
  • Support appropriate ethical exchange between Indigenous and non-Indigenous knowledge systems to improve the protection of native plant seeds, e.g. the Southern Ontario Seed Strategy program (SOSS)
  • Support related initiatives through the National Seed Strategy, Healing Gardens, and various projects

Education, Skills, and Experience

  • University Degree or equivalent experience in Ethnobotany including field work
  • Familiarity with Indigenous communities and ways of knowing and being
  • Familiarity with the Carolinian Zone, and conservation issues and opportunities
  • Experience in relationship building and partnership management
  • Proven reporting and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Highly organized and excellent teamwork abilities
  • Previous experience with grant writing or native plant seeds considered an asset
  • Proficiency in using computers and technology and ability to quickly pick up and use new software. Carolinian Canada makes use of:  Microsoft Office, Teams, Onedrive and Sharepoint, Zoom Meetings and Webinars, Drupal Website CMS, Shopify

We are a virtual, flexible workplace with access to co-working spaces. 

  • Hours are flexible
  • Compensation is competitive and will depend on experience and skills
  • Flex time and policies to support work life balance
  • Training, mentoring, professional development and networking opportunities supported

Equal Employment Opportunities

Carolinian Canada Coalition values diversity and inclusion at the heart of its values. We encourage all qualified applicants, including Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, women, persons with disabilities and members of sexual minority groups to apply. We're proud to be an equal opportunity employer. A variety of skill levels are invited to apply.


Carolinian Canada Coalition is committed to providing accommodation for applicants in marginalized communities or with disabilities; please let us know if you require accommodation during the recruitment process.

Application Process

Interested candidates are encouraged to send their cover letter and resume by completing the online application below. By doing so, your resume is guaranteed to be reviewed. Indigenous applicants are strongly encouraged for this role.

We live on the traditional territories of many nations including the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee, the Lunaapeew, the Wendat and the Mississauga. We acknowledge the inherent and treaty rights of the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island including the many, diverse First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples who live here now. We commit to the teachings the Two Row Wampum and the One Dish One Spoon Wampum; and our duty to reconcile, learn more and create safe spaces for Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives to meet and discuss the issues that matter to everyone.

Application Form

IMPORTANT: At this time we can only accept resumes exported as PDF files due to recent Microsoft Office security vulnerabilities. PDF files can be created in most wordprocessing software, including Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Libreoffice, etc. If you are unable to create a PDF, please contact for assistance.

Please choose a file name for your resume/cover which is easily identifiable as belonging to you.

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