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Pilot Projects Collaborative


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Montreal, 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 –– Metanetworking Research Assistant
For –– Pilot Projects Collaborative
Location –– In-person (368 Av. Fairmount O., Montreal, QC) with option for limited remote work (1-2 days/week max).
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 incentivizing international and interorganisational systemic collaboration between centres of global expertise on forest landscapes, timber and the built environment. 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 international commitments and initiatives – past and present – made between public, private, and NGO sector actors via systemic mapping
– Metanetwork scoping, design, initiation, and management
– Assisting with the preparation of supporting communication materials (e.g. presentations, one-pagers, etc.)
– Assisting with the development of the structures and timelines for future phases

Key project focus

The main focus of the role will be in supporting Pilot Projects’ City Forest Mosaic. This initiative was launched at COP28 to convene, support and fund systemic collaboration between centres of global expertise on forest landscapes, timber and the built environment. The City Forest Mosaic is envisioned as a “network of networks”, a “team of teams” that accelerates life-saving planetary knowledge and action. The initiative is co-sponsored by the UN FAO, the European Union, Canada, Germany, Austria, Malaysia, Guyana, and Gabon. (key invites at COP28).

The City Forest Mosaic is based on the fact that thousands of organisations and cultures have amassed incalculable knowledge and experience on the science and socio-cultural values of forests and forest products across the spectrum of Earth’s geographies. In spite of this, communication is limited and collaboration is rare and poorly incentivized when it ought to be the norm. Our recent publication “Systemic Collaboration – Sink, Swim or Sail” provides further context on the future envisioned by this initiative.
About Pilot Projects

Pilot Projects Collaborative (Not for Profit) is a design and systems thinking organisation with a shared mission to catalyse 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, organisations and innovative workspaces. We also specialise 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 & presentation 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 international relations-aligned degree or diploma is an asset. – A systems thinking mentality that can integrate big picture thinking with technical details is essential. – At least 1-2 years of experience working in a professional setting. – In-person experience and previous international NGO 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 summarise projects, progress, and needs). – Software and computer skills, especially with word processing and qualitative data processing and representation (e.g. excel, R, SPSS). – 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 organisation 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 – Experience working with and/or developing AI natural language learning models. Other coding and data/network visualisation experience is an equal asset. – 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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