Position: Ontario Program Coordinator, Native Pollinator Initiative
Organization: Wildlife Preservation Canada
Location: Southern Ontario
The Program Coordinator will ensure implementation of the Ontario portion of Wildlife Preservation Canada’s Native Pollinator Initiative, which primarily involves leading field work for pollinator research/monitoring projects throughout the province and overseeing a conservation breeding program for native bumble bees. This will require supervision of seasonal staff throughout the province, organizing and implementing field surveys in southern Ontario, maintaining collaborations with captive colony partnering facilities, and managing the Ontario BumbleBeeWatch.org citizen science program. The Ontario Program Coordinator will report directly to Wildlife Preservation Canada’s Lead Pollinator Biologist. Given the nature of the work, a flexible schedule is required, and some weekend and holiday work will be necessary.
- Lead the Southern Ontario field crew carrying out wild bumble bee population surveys and collection (i.e., nest searching, collection of yellow-banded bumble bee queens, recording ecological data, training and supervision of staff and/or volunteers).
- Work with Wildlife Preservation Canada’s (WPC’s) Lead Pollinator Biologist to supervise regional, seasonal (spring) staff carrying out bumble bee surveys and queen collections throughout Ontario.
- Collaborate with partner facilities, train husbandry staff, and support the development of protocols to ensure appropriate care of captive bumble bee colonies in Ontario (Toronto Zoo, African Lion Safari).
- Support the Lead Pollinator Biologist in collaborations with University partners to coordinate research projects involving captive colonies, field surveys, and artificial nest boxes to investigate questions of conservation concern (e.g. causes of bumble bee declines).
- Manage the development, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of Ontario citizen science volunteer and partner training programs.
- Provide support for BumbleBeeWatch.org in Ontario, including review and identification of photo submissions, volunteer recognition, and other activities as required.
- Supervise and mentor local staff and volunteers.
- Ensure accurate record-keeping of all field data and input and/or review field data and citizen science records.
- Work with Lead Pollinator Biologist to prepare proposals and budgets for grant applications and other fundraising initiatives as required, and to maintain detailed program budget and ensure that expenditures stay within budget.
- Contribute to production of summary reports for funders, governments, WPC (for internal and external use), landowners, and collaborators.
- Support the science communication and outreach components of the Ontario Pollinator Program (e.g., in-person presentations, print materials, online educational materials and traditional media), and provide timely content for WPC’s social media efforts (e.g., blog posts) as required.
Qualifications, Skills, Expertise, and Qualities Required:
- Minimum B.Sc. in relevant field (e.g., Biology, Environmental Science, Entomology) and 2+ years of applied experience. Additional training (e.g., diploma, M.Sc. in relevant field) an asset.
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience in ecological field research.
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience in statistical data analysis and report writing.
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience in ecology and species at-risk issues.
- Demonstrated plant and insect identification skills, with an emphasis on pollinators and pollinator-friendly plants. Bumble bee identification skills are an asset.
- Demonstrated ability to write successful grant applications an asset.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the production and review of scientific and technical documents, outreach materials, and media pieces (social and traditional).
- Excellent organizational, planning, and problem-solving skills, with an ability to multi-task and perform under pressure to meet deadlines.
- Supervisory experience an asset.
- Ability to work both in a team and independently.
- Proficient with the use of MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) or similar.
- Proficient with the use of social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter).
- Willing and able to travel across Ontario. A driver’s licence is required.
- Valid First Aid and CPR certification is an asset.
- Physically fit and able to endure working in rough terrains, variable weather conditions, and with exposure to biting and stinging insects.
- Able and willing to work long hours and be away for multiple days at a time, including weekends.
Contract Period: January 15, 2018 to December 31, 2019 (with possibility of extension depending on funding).
Compensation & Benefits
- Salary range of $34,000-38,000, depending on experience
- Benefits program including health & dental
- 2 weeks’ vacation
To apply please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to:
Applications must be received by December 3, 2017 to be considered. Please submit your application as a single PDF or MS word file attachment and include in the email subject heading “Ontario Program Coordinator – Native Pollinator Initiative Application”.
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