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NATURE RESERVE / HABITAT RESTORATION

Position: Restoration & Site Manager
Organization: Wild Bird Trust of BC
Location: North Vancouver, BC

$54,200 full-time salaried position, including health plan & professional development

Deadline to apply: November 4, 2020

Join a dynamic and progressive organization, and take a leadership role in ecological conservation advancing reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

OVERVIEW: The Restoration and Site Manager performs a central role in managing the restoration of the Maplewood Flats Conservation Area and the operations and public engagement systems for this popular nature reserve. The area has been occupied by Tsleil-Waututh and Coast Salish People since time immemorial. Since 1993, on these lands and mudflats, the WBT has been managing the only wildlife sanctuary in Vancouver’s harbour, with 5km of trails, nursery, and nature house.

Balancing a mix of key priorities, the Manager is an outdoors enthusiast happy to spend a half day in the rain working side-by-side directing volunteers, while spending the other half-day in the Nature House office planning restoration projects and corresponding with partners. Equally comfortable using power equipment, planting in marsh lands, or typing reports on a laptop, the Manager inspires and motivates 1350 members and 80,000 annual visitors to be active participants in this work.

This unique and challenging position requires an individual who is progressive in their natural resource management approaches and enthusiastic to play a leadership role in one of the most exciting conservation and restoration sites in BC. The WBT is committed to reconciliation and redress and placing Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) at the centre of its operating principles and practices while collaborating with the Tsleil-Waututh Nation accordingly. They also work in a team environment with the Executive Director, contract staff, and Habitat Committee volunteers to implement the Maplewood Flats Habitat & Cultural-Use Plan (2020).

The Manager ensures standards of service are maintained in the Conservation Area, advances research studies and restoration projects, as well as landscaping work throughout the site (including the adjacent Environment & Climate Change Canada facility.) The Manager follows well-established annual work plans while engaging with volunteers to meet the schedule.

DUTIES

Operations

Lead the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of Conservation Area operations, habitat program delivery strategies and environmental remediation projects, under the direction of Habitat Committee, and in relation to the Maplewood Flats Habitat and Cultural-Use Plan.

HABITAT RESTORATION & ECOLOGICAL RESEARCH

Resources and attends monthly meetings of and reports to the Habitat Committee as the primary Staff representative. Prioritize implementation of TEK methods in all policies and procedures of the duties, while advancing connections with the Tsleil-Waututh Nation community. Possess knowledge of diverse environmental management principles, policy development and evaluation to coordinate the delivery of programs and services.

Liaise with approved research project partners and professionals (e.g BCIT; Capilano University; Environment Canada; TWN Treaty, Lands and Resources) and provide leadership for habitat restoration and stewardship projects and research initiatives. (Examples include invasive species removal, native species plantings, wetlands and marine restoration projects, and management.) Support the operations and staff assigned to Coast Salish Nursery social enterprise and provide management for propagation and plant material stock for restoration activities.

MAINTENANCE AND LANDSCAPING

Oversee maintenance of trails, buildings, facilities and equipment to maximize efficiency, lifespan and productivity including the planning and prioritizing of conservation and maintenance projects. Maintain and operate tools and equipment with training in a safe and efficient manner while taking appropriate care of equipment (e.g. lawn mower, chain saw, drill, etc). Responsible for the entire site, including limited duties related to Environment & Climate Change Canada Centre landscape maintenance. Maintenance work performed with volunteers includes but is not limited to: public safety such as fallen tree removal, habitat restoration, waste management, mowing, invasive plant species removal, planting, clearing/repairing trails, watering, and light construction.

PUBLIC CONSERVATION EDUCATION

Work with committees and other staff to support the delivery of more than fifty public engagement and education activities. Ensure standards are met concerning human visitors to the Conservation Area while balancing the needs of wildlife within a popular public-access site. Ensure security and trail monitoring systems are maintained, mitigate wildlife and human interactions, and make recommendations on improving visitor experience.

VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT

Recruit, manage, train, and retain engaged members as active volunteers in citizen science activities. Support social and member appreciation events, process forms, prepare reports, review applications, and ensure member and public safety through policy and procedures.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Master’s degree (or combination of undergraduate and professional experience) in Ecological Restoration, Natural Resource Management, or related fields.
  • Ability to draft and conduct wildlife or habitat surveys and monitoring programs and associated reporting.
  • Minimum 2 years work experience in conducting ecological research
  • Minimum 2 years work experience in supporting wildlands, park, or field operations, such as site and landscape maintenance, or habitat restoration.
  • Work experience in volunteer management or team supervision and training.
  • Must be confident and capable with basic labour jobs, landscaping, or light construction and carpentry.
  • Class 5 or higher Driver’s License for the Province of British Columbia.

DESIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Knowledge and expressed interest in Indigenous issues and decolonial theories.
  • Knowledge of ecosystems management, including Traditional Ecological Knowledge.
  • Work experience in conservation education or advocacy.
  • May have experience supporting grant writing work (to be completed by coworkers).
  • Ability to exercise some independence of judgement and action in the routine or simple aspects of the work.
  • Skill in the use of a variety of tools and equipment used in trail and facility maintenance, such as mower, weedeater, chainsaw, and utility vehicle.
  • Deliver exceptional customer service and maintain a high level of communication when dealing with members of the public.
  • Coordinate the routine inspections of site infrastructure and identify capital improvement projects (fencing, pathways, furniture, etc.) for the Executive Director.
  • Strong organizational and multitasking skills, and ability to manage diverse activities.
  • Perform administrative functions as required within the scope of their workday.

RECOMMENDED PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Successful candidates must have sufficient physical strength, stamina and coordination to perform heavy physical labour; ability to lift, push and pull heavy objects; ability to walk or stand continuously with frequent bending or twisting; ability to work on ladders, ability to work outside in all weather conditions, and on uneven surfaces; ability to operate/use a variety of tools and equipment.

OPTIONAL CERTIFICATIONS

  • Valid OFA certification (preferably at least level 2 or 3)
  • Worksafe BC recognized Occupational First Aid Level 1, 2, or 3
  • Criminal Record Check
  • Pleasure Craft Operator Licence

COVID-19

While observing protocols that ensure health and safety of workers and members of the public, this position will conduct the majority of their work in-person/on site, with possibility for limited online engagement with telework options.

REMUNERATION

$52,000 full-time salaried position plus health plan & annual professional development budget.

TO APPLY

Send PDF or Word doc with resume and cover letter to < info@wildbirdtrust.org > with “Restoration & Site Manager” in subject. Deadline to apply November 4, 2020, at midnight.

Candidates selected for an interview will be invited to submit an environmental report that they have authored themselves.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Oct 14 2020    ID: 57696