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Your Connection to Wildlife — As one of Canada’s largest not for profit leaders in wildlife conservation, research, and advocacy, we are seeking to fill the following position. 

Job Title: National Fish Passage Improvement Coordinator (2-year term)
Reporting to:
Senior Conservation Biologist – Freshwater Ecology
Organization: Canadian Wildlife Federation
Location: This position may be based in our Kanata, Ontario head office, or in British Columbia


The National Fish Passage Improvement Coordinator will help develop a national program to remediate fish passage at a variety of barrier types (e.g., dams, stream crossings, dykes). Work will initially be focused primarily in British Columbia in support of a provincial program, while assisting with the expansion of this program nationally. The coordinator will be responsible for identifying candidate barriers and connecting with local partners interested in their remediation. They will lead management of CWF’s barrier remediation projects, and support partners in implementing barrier remediation projects. The coordinator will work with a team of biologists, spatial analysts, data managers, and communications staff at CWF to promote and implement fish passage remediation.


  1. Identify candidate barriers for remediation and collect data on associated biological and physical parameters.

  2. Conduct field assessments of barriers, associated habitats, and fisheries potential.

  3. Manage remediation projects, including obtaining permits, managing design and construction contracts, conducting field verifications, and reporting.

  4. Collaborate with community stewardship groups, scientists, government officials, Indigenous organizations, industry and other NGOs to share information, develop contacts, and promote partnerships.

  5. Identify funding sources for restoration of aquatic connectivity. Provide support to development staff in preparing funding proposals.

  6. Assist with other Conservation tasks or tasks from other departments as needed.



  1. Requires minimum Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree with relevant 3-5 years of work experience in related fields (Biology, Environmental Science, Studies, Law, or Policy).

  2. Demonstrated experience managing the implementation aquatic restoration projects, including project identification, scoping, implementation, and reporting.

  3. Strong interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to develop effective working relationships within the organization and with partners.

  4. Leadership skills and the ability to work both independently and on a team.

  5. Experience with permitting and authorization processes under the Fisheries Act coupled with one or more provincial regulatory framework.

  6. Strong knowledge of freshwater ecology, particularly fish and stream ecology.

  7. Strong English written and oral communication skills.

Additional Assets

  1. Strong French written and oral communication skills.

  2. Recognized as a registered professional biologist.

  3. Experience with standard fish identification and sampling techniques (e.g., electrofishing, minnow traps).

  4. Knowledge of various standard and emerging fish passage remediation techniques.

  5. Experience reviewing and synthesizing scientific literature, reports, and online databases as well as laws, regulations, and government policy.

  6. Professional experience working for or in partnership with Indigenous organizations.

  7. Management of large-scale spatial data (GIS, database management).

  8. Conservation planning and prioritization experience.

Location: This position may be based in our Kanata, Ontario head office or in British Columbia.

To apply:

Interested and qualified applicants are encouraged to submit their resume and a customized cover letter to by July 24, 2019. Please quote position title that you are applying for in the subject line of your email. Only the candidates who meet the qualifications and experience for the position will be contacted for an interview. We thank you for your interest in the Canadian Wildlife Federation.

AODA Statement for Offer of Employment

Canadian Wildlife Federation “CWF” is committed to accessibility and to protecting the human rights of its employees. In support of this aim, CWF has implemented an accommodation process that provides accommodations for employees with disabilities. CWF will accommodate employees with disabilities up to the point of undue hardship. The accommodation supports available to employees are laid out in our Accommodation Policy. If your acceptance of the terms and conditions of this Offer of Employment necessitates a specific accommodation because of a disability or a medical need, please contact the Human Resources Department. This ensures that the appropriate accommodations are in place before you begin your employment. Do not hesitate to reach out to the Human Resources Department if you require an accommodation related to a disability or a medical condition at any point during your employment with CWF.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jul 4 2019    ID: 54088