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LAND CONSERVATION

Position: Biologist
Organization: The Couchiching Conservancy
Location: Orillia, Ontario

Reports to: Conserved Lands Manager
Duration: Permanent, Full-Time
Wages & Benefits: $22/ hr for a 37.5 hr work week & employee benefits plan
Deadline for Submissions: Wednesday June 16th, 2021, 4 pm
Start Date: As soon as possible

The Couchiching Conservancy is a non-profit charitable land trust with over 10,000 acres of significant habitat currently under our management in the Lake Couchiching region. The Conservancy’s mandate is to protect the special natural features of the Couchiching region for present and future generations, and we achieve this goal through land acquisition and stewardship projects on both public and private land. Since 1993 we have helped to protect over 14,000 acres in our region.

We are seeking a Biologist with strong field identification skills and a working knowledge of species-at-risk in our region. A team mindset and desire to mentor others is also essential.

Key Responsibilities:

Execution of stewardship programs and projects, to achieve conservation targets including:

General Property Stewardship and Science:

  • Monitor, assess and report on the achievement of conservation targets, species occurrences, habitat, critical threats, and liability issues on all CC managed properties
  • Working collaboratively with the Conserved Lands Manager, respond to property maintenance issues as they occur and grow our team of maintenance volunteers.
  • Generate mapping for acquisition, reporting, and communications
  • Develop & Coordinate our invasive species strategy and action plan
  • Generate ecological reports, inventories and other documents related to stewardship as required
  • Oversee contractors for stewardship projects
  • Collaborate with the Stewardship Team to maintain species records and manage data
  • Lead the occasional property tour & public speaking event, and support Conservancy events such as the Annual General Meeting

Conservation Easements

Working closely with the Conserved Lands Manager, maintain and improve conservation values on easements, including:

  • Easement monitoring & reporting
  • Easement owner relationships.

Acquisitions

  • Support acquisition campaigns
  • Evaluate and advise the Executive Director on conservation values of potential new acquisitions and easements

Citizen Science, Land Steward, and maintenance Programs

  • Recruit, Train & Coordinate volunteers for the land stewardship, invasive species, species-at-risk and property maintenance programs
  • Help to maintain our database and analyze data for monitoring programs
  • Contribute to citizen science report-writing, presentations, and event planning

Skills and Qualifications Sought:

  • A university degree in one of the following disciplines or equivalent:
    • Ecology
    • Plant/Wildlife Biology
    • Ecosystem Restoration
    • Environmental Science
  1. Strong Field I.D. skills, especially Species at Risk
  2. The skills and desire to enable others to achieve our stewardship and conservation goals
  3. Skill surveying vegetation communities and vascular plants
  4. Certification & experience in Ecological Land Classification, or equivalent
  5. Assessment and management of wildlife habitat including rare and at-risk species
  6. Training in the identification & control of invasive species
  7. The use of GPS and basic digital map making skills
  8. Ability to work independently both in the office and in the field
  9. Physically fit and comfortable in the wilderness
  10. Excellent oral and written communication skills
  11. Well-organized and able to manage time effectively
  12. Experience in the use of Microsoft Office & electronic messaging

A valid Ontario driver’s licence and access to a vehicle in order to undertake site visits and attend meetings and events is required.

Assets:

  • Experience writing and executing Property Management Plans & Baseline Data Reports
  • Experience developing conservation programs involving volunteers
  • Environmental Education experience
  • Bush and light construction skills
  • Arc GIS
  • Surveying
  • Photography & Video Editing
  • Knowledge of Environmental Non-Profits and Land Trusts

Working Conditions:

  • Work in remote and rugged areas on CC owned and managed properties
  • Work from a home office until pandemic conditions permit a safe return to our office
  • Should be based in the Couchiching region, or nearby, due to extensive field work required
  • Access to CC benefits as a full-time employee
  • Travel required to visit CC managed properties and attend meetings and events
  • Flexible work hours to attend a variety of activities, events and programs

To Apply:

Please submit your resume and cover letter to dorthea@couchconservancy.ca by 4 pm on Wednesday June 16th , 2021.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jun 8 2021    ID: 60180