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Position: Conservation Coordinator
Type: permanent / full-time
Organization: Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – Ottawa Valley Chapter
Location: Gatineau QC / Ottawa

About CPAWS Ottawa Valley

Founded in 1969 in response to threats to the ecological integrity of Gatineau Park, CPAWS Ottawa Valley is one of the region’s leading environmental organizations. We work with governments, local and Indigenous communities, industry and other stakeholders to establish new parks and protected areas, to ensure that existing protected areas are managed to maintain their ecological integrity and we work to ensure that key connections across the landscape are maintained, restored and ultimately protected. In addition, we firmly believe in connecting Canadians to nature through education programs and other activities. The organization currently has a staff of three and is based in Gatineau, Quebec.

Major Function:

The Chapter Conservation Coordinator provides effective leadership for the delivery of outcomes from the Chapter Conservation Plan and other plans which will lead to tangible conservation gains in the region. The Chapter Conservation Coordinator will also be expected to work collaboratively with other CPAWS entities, including the National Office and other regional chapters to leverage and support national conservation initiatives.

Major duties and responsibilities:

  • Is a member of, and secretary to, the Chapter Conservation Committee and provides leadership and contributions to conservation outcomes, policies and standards that have OV region-wide and/or national impact.
  • Lead strategic conservation planning processes and facilitate inputs from relevant staff, committees, volunteers and other stakeholders to ensure a current and relevant CPAWS-OV Conservation Plan.
  • Actively initiate and manage campaigns to achieve conservation gains in both Ontario and Quebec, leveraging provincial commitments for conservation.
  • Actively participate in fundraising, development and communications work in order to support the delivery of the conservation outcomes of the chapter.
  • Initiate and provide inputs to communications and development staff and volunteers to ensure accurate information will be published to promote the image of the organization and its conservation activities.
  • Responsible as a direct line manager of volunteers, interns and potentially other conservation staff by reviewing individual work plans, managing performance, providing coaching and mentoring to ensure that they are appropriately motivated and that staff deliver performance objectives.
  • Provide strategic advice and guidance to the Executive Director, the Board and other staff on all aspects of conservation.
  • Oversee the monitoring and evaluation of the Chapter Conservation Plan and sub-plans (Gatineau Park Campaign Plan, for example).
  • Monitor and track external political, scientific and social developments related to CPAWS-OV’s conservation work.
  • Carries out research and produces briefs, reports and other documents related to park and protected areas issues in the region. This may include comments on draft park master plans and/or proposals for new protected areas.


1. Required qualification:

  • Proven track record in delivering conservation strategies with clear impacts and outcomes;
  • Master’s degree or similar in conservation, natural resources management or in relevant fields;
  • Thorough understanding of conservation and development issues in the Ottawa Valley Chapter’s region of influence in Ontario and Quebec.
  • Knowledge of the institutional context related to conservation in both Quebec and Ontario;
  • Excellent knowledge of partnerships, fundraising, donor strategies, indigenous and government relations;
  • At least 2 years of practical experience in leading or managing conservation programs;
  • Demonstrated experience in developing, implementing and evaluating conservation plans,
  • Experience in developing and reviewing conservation related project proposals and reports to funders.
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including the ability to complete tasks in a timely manner, defining goals and deliverables, tracking progress and milestones and delivering products.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, high distraction environment where day-to-day activities may change dramatically and often suddenly.

2. Required skills and competencies:

  • Demonstrated fluency in both English and French (spoken and written);
  • Leadership and management skills;
  • Strategic thinking and decision-making skills;
  • Presentation, communications and public speaking skills,
  • Ability to network;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with non-scientists, community members and the public.

Salary range:

  • Based on experience, but approximately $45,000.00 per annum.

Application procedure:

Send CV and cover letter to the attention of John McDonnell, Chapter Executive Director by email ( ). In your cover letter, detail how your education and previous work experience relate to this position. Please also provide the names of three potential references.

Please also note that bilingualism is a requirement for this position. All applicants invited to an interview will be asked to answer some questions in French. While we thank all applicants for their interest in this position, only those retained for interviews will be contacted.

No phone calls please.

Application deadline is Monday, June 4th at 9:00 AM

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GoodWork ID: 45461       Date posted to May 2 2018