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Position: West Coast Stewardship Coordinator
Organization: The Nature Conservancy of Canada
Location: Victoria, BC

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is a private, non-profit organization that prides itself on its entrepreneurial, science-based, collaborative approach to achieving conservation success. Since its establishment in 1962, NCC and its supporters have protected more than 2.7 million acres of natural habitat and special places across Canada. NCC has regional offices across the country with a national office in Toronto.

OVERVIEW

Location: The position will be based in NCC’s Victoria office in British Columbia.

Duration: The position is a full-time position for one (1) year (maternity leave coverage).

Reports to: Program Director, West Coast

Purpose: The purpose of the Stewardship Coordinator role for the West Coast Program is to ensure that NCC delivers high-quality, community-based land stewardship on NCC’s West Coast properties.

Description: The staff position assumes a lead role in the development and implementation of stewardship programs in conjunction with the Program Director and BC Director of Science and Stewardship. The Stewardship Coordinator will assume responsibility for the coordination and delivery of all stewardship activities as outlined in NCC’s property management plans and natural area conservation plans.

Stewardship activities include, but are not limited to: pre-securement site inspections and evaluations, project budget management, fundraising, biological resources inventory, planning, ecosystem restoration and maintenance, management of tenures, licenses and leases, partnership and stakeholder liaison, coordination and review of research, implementation monitoring, compliance monitoring, effectiveness monitoring, and recruitment, and supervision of contractors and seasonal staff working in the West Coast Program area.

The position requires a multi-disciplinary, professional individual with experience in ecology, conservation biology, restoration ecology, conservation planning, partnership building, and community outreach. Flexibility and the willingness to work some weekends and evenings are required.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Day-to-day coordination and delivery of stewardship activities for the West Coast Program.
  • Manage a growing portfolio of fee-simple conservation lands in the West Coast according to the best available science and in partnership with local communities, where appropriate.
  • Develop and implement baseline inventories and property management plans,
  • Manage all land use permit and tenures on NCC lands within the West Coast Program area.
  • Under direction of the Director of Science and Stewardship, ensure that all West Coast projects are in compliance with NCC board policies, standards and practices, as well as relevant Provincial and/or Federal laws and regulations.

Associated Responsibilities:

  • Serve as an “ambassador” of NCC-BC within the local communities where NCC works, attending workshops, seminars, and other meetings which may take place on weekends and evenings, maintaining the professional image for which NCC is known.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with stakeholders, including land owners, government, Indigenous communities, ENGOs, funding partners, donors, board members, and private and public organizations in the West Coast Program Area.
  • Assist with donor tours of West Coast project lands.
  • Travel to and from project areas as required.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

Education

  • Successful completion of an undergraduate degree in a related discipline (e.g., applied conservation biology, restoration ecology, natural resource conservation).

Key Skills and Aptitudes

The most competitive candidate will hold the following advanced skills or aptitudes:

  • Knowledge of the species and habitats of the West Coast and land management techniques (e.g. invasive species control, wetland restoration, prescribed burning).
  • Knowledge of conservation covenants and other legal tools associated with private land conservation.
  • Field-based sampling skills.
  • Field-based mapping technologies (e.g. GPS).
  • Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems.
  • MS Office (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Research and analysis (e.g. internet, databases, etc.).
  • Project management tools and techniques.
  • Communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Be highly organized and detailed oriented.
  • Be creative and flexible.
  • A willingness to work evenings and weekends, as it may be required from time to time.
  • A willingness to travel and work in remote environments.
  • A valid driver’s license.
  • A commitment to the core values and mission statement of NCC.

Demonstrated Experience

The most competitive candidate will be able to describe their experience in the following:

  • Communicating positively and effectively with land owners, Indigenous partners, donors and other land management partners.
  • Managing and prioritizing multiple projects simultaneously while meeting deadlines.
  • Managing staff and contractors.
  • Coordinating and speaking in front of volunteer groups.
  • Writing successful grant applications, funding proposals, and reporting.
  • Working in a decentralized work environment where many colleagues work at a distance and as part of an office team.
  • Wilderness First Aid certification is an asset.

NCC is an equal opportunity employer. If you are interested in joining our team, please forward your resume and cover letter (maximum 1-page cover letter and maximum 2-page resume) indicating “West Coast Stewardship Coordination – [your name]” in the subject line to the Nature Conservancy of Canada via e-mail: careers@natureconservancy.ca no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, August 23rd, 2019.

NCC thanks everyone who applies for their interest, however only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

To learn more about The Nature Conservancy of Canada and our conservation work in British Columbia, please visit: http://www.natureconservancy.ca/bc.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Aug 2 2019    ID: 54370