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Conservation Policy Specialist, National Office

Organization: Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society 
Application deadline:
December 14th 2018
Location: Ottawa, CPAWS National Office
Annual Salary: $50,000

In this key position on the national conservation team, the Conservation Policy Specialist will work closely with the National Office Conservation Policy Team and conservation campaign staff in our chapters across the country.

The Conservation Policy Specialist will develop and execute conservation campaign plans and strategies in close consultation with colleagues in CPAWS’ national office and regional chapters. The Conservation Policy Specialist will be primarily responsible for advancing protected areas establishment and management campaigns, and working on wildlife, species at risk, and large landscape-scale conservation campaigns and helping to coordinate the efforts of our regional chapters.

This role requires organization, adaptability, and a can-do attitude to ensure campaigns can adapt quickly to situations outside CPAWS’ control, while keeping a clear focus on the outcomes we are working to achieve.

The candidate must demonstrate a passion for protecting Canada’s lands, freshwater, and wildlife, an ability to think strategically, and the ability to be a team player yet work independently. They must also have exceptional communications and organizational skills to plan and execute tasks related to CPAWS’ mission and vision.

If you are interested, please submit your cover letter and CV to employment@cpaws.org no later than midnight ET on December 14th, 2018, to be considered.

See the job description provided below. Salary levels at the National Office are closely tied to the TREC Salary Survey.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Role and Mission

The Conservation Specialist will develop and execute conservation campaign plans and strategies in close consultation with colleagues in CPAWS’ national office and regional chapters. The Conservation Policy Specialist will be primarily responsible for advancing protected areas establishment and management campaigns, and working on wildlife, species at risk, and large landscape-scale conservation campaigns and helping to coordinate the efforts of our regional chapters.

Duties will include:

  • Assisting with the development and implementation of campaign strategies for protected areas establishment and management campaigns, and wildlife, species at risk, and large landscape-scale conservation efforts;
  • Coordinating and supporting CPAWS national and chapter staff around joint programs and campaigns, and assisting with nation-wide planning and reporting;
  • Assisting with site-specific campaigns to advance protected areas and large landscape-scale conservation, including the recovery of species at risk, including through drafting reports, new web content, action alerts, social media posts, briefing notes, plans and other materials as needed to support conservation campaigns;
  • Conducting research into protected areas, large landscape-scale conservation, and species at risk in Canada and internationally;
  • Developing relationships with key stakeholders, including with government, other organizations/ENGO’s, and Indigenous organizations, where appropriate;
  • Working with communications teams in the national office and across the country to communicate the importance of conservation;
  • Assisting with the development and publication of reports, briefing notes, and other written campaign materials;
  • Monitoring conservation content on CPAWS’ website and working with other conservation and communications staff to keep it relevant and up to date;
  • Assisting with the management of campaign budgets and reporting, with the assistance of the national office development and finance staff;
  • Assisting with campaign fundraising, including writing grant proposals with the national office development staff; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be passionate about protecting Canada’s land, wildlife, and species at risk and have knowledge about conservation issues in Canada on the public landscape;
  • Have undertaken graduate studies in a field that is relevant to conservation biology and nature conservation, with some experience in GIS and using digital mapping technologies;
  • Have experience in the not-for-profit sector and expertise on conservation campaigning, including developing and measuring results of conservation campaigns;
  • Have a good understanding of Indigenous rights and governments;
  • Be organized, detail-oriented, dependable, self-starting, self-confident, independent, and budget-minded;
  • Demonstrate excellent communications skills, including both written and verbal;
  • Demonstrate proven interpersonal and relationship-building skills, including the ability to work with multiple partners in a constructive and collaborative way;
  • Have the ability and flexibility to travel nationally; and
  • Be proficient in both official languages.

Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in conservation, biology, ecology, resource management, environmental sciences or studies, or a related field;
  • Demonstrated professional experience in conservation; and
  • Candidates must be eligible to work in Canada.

Accountability and Authority

The Conservation Policy Specialist will work under the general supervision of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The Conservation Policy Specialist will report to a National Conservation Policy Director. The Conservation Policy Specialist will work with the national conservation policy team and with our chapter staff across the country.

Application Submission

Please submit a cover letter and resume saved in PDF format with the following nomenclature: “YOUR NAME_Application for Conservation Policy Specialist”

Submit applications by email to employment@cpaws.org with the subject line: Application for Conservation Specialist.

We thank all applicants. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.

Why work for CPAWS?

CPAWS is a national charitable organization with 13 chapters across Canada, almost 100 staff and hundreds of volunteers who have helped to protect over half a million square kilometres of Canada’s public land and water since 1963. Our conservation vision is to protect at least half of Canada’s public land and water in a framework of reconciliation – for the benefit of both wildlife and humans. Staff in the national office undertake federal conservation and government relations work, support the chapters across the country through coordinating projects and campaigns, develop communications and marketing strategies, help with funding, and provide administrative assistance. We value each employee’s creativity and innovation and offer a collegial work environment and competitive benefits.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Nov 26 2018    ID: 49414