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Mass Timber Research Assistant


Pilot Projects Collaborative


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Montréal, Quebec, Canada    

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Seeking a skilled, curious and determined systems thinker to work with our multidisciplinary team of designers, strategists and ecologists.

Role –– Mass Timber Research Assistant
For –– Pilot Projects Collaborative
Location –– In-person (368 Av. Fairmount O., Montreal, QC) with option for limited remote work
Compensation –– Commensurate with experience
Duration –– Start as soon as possible, as late as April 22, 2024 until August 30, 2024 with the intent to renew

Job description

The candidate filling this role will exemplify a passion for empowering the design industry to scale-up demand for mass timber products from well-managed forests with the objective of displacing high-emissions building materials and driving investment in improved forest management, reforestation, restoration, and agroforestry. This position will involve team and self-directed work and comes with the assumption of a continuous learning curve with supportive mentorship guidance and independent skill development. This is a high-energy position for an intensely self motivated individual. Good references are essential.

Specific responsibilities will include:

– Conducting desk research on the state of mass timber construction in support of the Barriers to Scale report and an associated Research Library.
– Assisting with the synthesis of workshop findings in an integrated set of reports with actionable insights and trends for AECP professionals
– Assisting with the preparation of supporting communication materials
– Assisting with preparation for 2024 Wood at Work conference
– Assisting with the development of the resources and structure of Pilot Projects’ Sustainable Wood for Cities platform

Key Role Focus

The main focus of the role will be in supporting Pilot Projects’ Mass Timber Tipping Point project. The Mass Timber Tipping Point is a two-year project led by Pilot Projects and partners that will involve a deep engagement with a select number of North American Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Planning (AECP) firms. The goal is to deeply explore diverse firm experiences with mass timber as an alternative low-carbon and carbon-storing material for commercial, institutional, and multi-family buildings in the interest of accelerating uptake.

Cities4Forests – a collaboration between Pilot Projects and the World Resources Institute – is helping cities around the world to connect with and invest in inner forests (such as city trees and urban parks), nearby forests (such as green corridors and watersheds), and faraway forests (such as tropical and boreal forests). We encourage our cities to better conserve, manage, and restore these forests, as well as provide technical assistance to align local policy, share knowledge, and access peer-to-peer learning and communication activities to take climate action together. Our mandate at Pilot Projects is to establish faraway forest connections in cities through programs such as the Partner Forests program, the Forest Footprint for Cities, and the Sustainable Wood for Cities guide. Additional points of communication include our Wood at Work community of practise and conference series and the Future of Forest Work and Communities initiative.

About Pilot Projects

Pilot Projects Collaborative (Not for Profit) is a design and systems thinking organization with a shared mission to catalyze big systemic changes. The firm, led by founder Scott Francisco, is made up of professional designers, planners, strategists, ecologists and craftspeople, all skilled at creating concrete, inventive and intentional solutions to challenging problems.

Our work encompasses a wide range of processes and deliverables, from the design of buildings, supply chain innovations, urban streetscapes, public spaces and new buildings, to brands, organizations and innovative workspaces. We also specialize in co-designing “communities of practice” and catalytic events that inspire collective action and culture change.

All of our work relies on working closely with clients and stakeholders to co-create solutions to unique and shared challenges. Guided by expert facilitation and visible constraints, our signature collaborative design processes aid in the creation of pilot projects and design solutions that are inclusive and sustainable.

For more information on our work please visit

Special Requirements
Important Criteria To Submit In Application: – Short cover letter that addresses the candidate’s ability to fulfill the essential skills, aptitudes and experience (as outlined below) – Full CV – Minimum 1-2 professional references who can vouch for the candidate’s reliability, deadlines, regular proactive communication – Writing, web design and/or graphic design sample work (send us as much as possible! – links are encouraged) – Earliest reasonable availability Please submit all applications to with the role and candidate name in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please note that only applications submitted by email will be considered and only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Essential Skills, Aptitudes And Experience Will Include: – Postsecondary level experience in a discipline combining research and hands-on experience. An AECP-related degree or diploma is an asset. – A systems thinking mentality that can integrate big picture thinking with technical details. – At least 1-2 years of experience working in a professional setting. – In-person experience and AECP-related roles will be considered an asset. – Extraordinary communication and copyediting skills in some combination of: verbal, visual, writing, narrative, science-writing, academic papers, other publications, email and social media. – Ability to infer tone and correspond professionally and effectively. – Proven experience working in teams, and some leadership experience (e.g. ability to delegate tasks and efficiently summarize projects, progress, and needs). – Software and computer skills, especially with word processing and qualitative data processing (e.g. excel, SPSS, R, etc.). Should include deep skills with selected software and general problem solving skills with digital tools, services, apps etc. – Project experience. Show that you can get something done from beginning to end. – Good organization skills. The role may involve helping to restructure some of our internal systems and protocols. – Ability to request, receive, and assimilate feedback and criticism to improve outcomes. – Curiosity and ability to seek out and communicate improvements and effective solutions including imaginative, unexpected, and/or conventional solutions. – International experience including some combination of research, travel, employment and cultural immersion. – Joyful approach to hard work that aims to make a lasting positive impact on the world. Nice to have: Expertise in one or more of these areas is a major plus: – Forest: forestry, tropical forests, conservation, restoration, livelihoods – Timber industry, wood urbanism, wood sustainability – Sustainability (LCA’s, urbanism, supply chains, materials) – Climate science: carbon neutrality, carbon accounting, climate networks – Nature-based climate solutions – Architecture, urbanism, design practice and theory – Systems thinking, integrative thinking, design thinking – Sustainable food systems – Biodiversity – French and/or Spanish Language skills (other language skills are also an asset) – Professional level design skills, and use of graphic design software A degree (or equivalent experience) in one of the following: – Forestry – Geography – Ecology – Architecture or urban planning – Public Administration – Engineering – Systems design – Communications – Climate sciences or carbon accounting

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