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Position: Kootenay Conservation Land Manager
Organization: The Nature Trust of British Columbia
Location: Cranbrook, British Columbia

The Nature Trust of British Columbia (TNTBC) is a leading non-profit land conservation organization based in BC. Since 1971, we have secured over 70,000 hectares (175,000 acres) of important habitat across the province for wildlife, fish and plants.

TNTBC seeks an enthusiastic and motivated conservation professional to be our Kootenay Conservation Land Manager. This unique position offers the successful candidate the opportunity to work as part of The Nature Trust of British Columbia’s conservation land management team that leads and implements TNTBC’s landscape-scale conservation efforts on 11,230 ha (27,735 acre) of TNTBC holdings in the East and West Kootenay. The land manager serves as TNTBC’s regional representative, conducting and/or coordinating all aspects of conservation land management, ecological monitoring, neighbour and community relations/outreach, and oversees all volunteer activities associated with TNTBC’s conservation lands.

This is a full time professional position based in Cranbrook, BC.

Job Title: Kootenay Conservation Land Manager

Responsibilities:

Working as part of TNTBC’s conservation land management team, reporting to the Habitat Ecologist, the Kootenay Conservation Land Manager will have the following responsibilities:

• Coordinate and oversee the annual operation and maintenance program on the 11,230 ha (27,735 acre) TNTBC Kootenay land portfolio comprising 81 properties and a woodlot license that includes the 596 ha (1,472 acre) woodlot license near Bull River, the 3,930 ha (9,707 acre) Hoodoos property near Invermere in the East Kootenay, to the 478 ha (1,180 acre) Lower Duncan Conservation Lands Complex in the West Kootenay;
• Prepare and implement priority projects identified in conservation land management documents; including ecosystem restoration projects and habitat enhancement projects (e.g. wetland creation);
• Develop and update conservation land management documents appropriate in scale and complexity to the property and identify opportunities for habitat restoration and enhancement for species at risk and other biodiversity elements;
• Develop and implement site monitoring protocols and evaluation – effectiveness monitoring (baseline established and follow up);
• Participate in regional working groups (e.g. Kootenay Conservation Program);
• Identify need for and provide input to TNTBC policy statements to address conservation land management issues and complaints (e.g. trespass management, wildlife translocations, hunting, public trails, dogs, mosquito control);
• Respond to third party requests for use of TNTBC conservation lands (e.g events, flood control, infrastructure);
• Manage trespass associated with domestic livestock and people;
• Assist TNTBC North Vancouver office to assess potential land acquisitions in the East and West Kootenay;
• Provide contract management; participate in annual budget preparation; manage invoicing, progress reports and annual reporting;
• Assist in preparation of funding proposals for land management, land securement and the Conservation Youth Crew program;
• Coordinate the hiring of Conservation Youth Crew members (working in the field during spring and summer) and other staff as required ;
• Establish and sustain partnerships with partner agencies, non-profit organizations, fish and wildlife clubs, and other community groups across the Kootenay Region.
• Support TNTBC North Vancouver office with communication material needs and timely responses to donor enquiries.
• Organize and lead TNTBC site visits and tours as required.

Required qualifications, experience, and skills:

Candidates must have a positive attitude, have demonstrated leadership skills, be a team player, have a constant desire to learn, be well organized and must be able to work in a fast paced environment with a focus on quality.

• Bachelor’s Degree (R.P.Bio and/or Masters preferred) in ecology, conservation biology, environmental science or related discipline with 5-10 years of directly related experience;
• Knowledge of flora and fauna and ecosystems of the Kootenay Region, threats to conservation and conservation land management practices;
• Knowledge of the principles of conservation biology and planning, and sources of biodiversity information in BC (e.g. Conservation Data Centre; familiarity with base mapping information related to land and resource use in BC; familiarity with resource inventory and ecosystem classification methods in BC);
• Demonstrated experience compiling information and reporting on the condition of natural habitats, with ecosystem restoration planning and implementation, and with habitat enhancement project design and implementation;
• Experience implementing property management plans;
• Experience delivering land/resource management programs in a rural community;
• Project management skills, including excellent problem solving, planning and organizational skills, with attention to detail and timelines;
• Demonstrated ability to effectively manage staff and/or volunteers;
• Ability to work independently in a satellite office while keeping team members at headquarters informed and engaged in delivering the regional workplan;
• Comfortable working in a team setting and capable of easily communicating with a wide range of people from both the public and private sectors ranging from the professional/technical level to general public;
• Excellent communication skills (oral and written);
• Demonstrated skill and success in grant writing;
• Flexible, reliable, self-motivated, and able to work independently;
• Proficient with MS Office Suite, portable GIS units, and iPad GIS and other applications;
• Entrepreneurial, with a strong ability to prepare and manage timelines, goals and expectations wisely;
• Must be prepared to travel, work flexible hours from time to time, which at times will involve strenuous physical activity in an outdoor setting;
• Pleasant, professional behaviour, using discretion when necessary.
• Knowledge and experience in sustainable forest and range management would be an asset.
• Experience working in or with the land trust sector would be an asset.
• Volunteer experience with one or more conservation NGOs would be an asset.
• A valid BC Drivers’ Licence (minimum Class 5) is required;
• Must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

Position Location:

The position will be based in our Cranbrook office located within the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations building.

To apply:

Please forward your résumé and cover letter with salary expectations by February 24, 2017 to Marian Adair, Habitat Ecologist at TNTBC’s North Vancouver office. In your letter please address how you meet the qualifications, experience and skills identified above.

Contact information:
email: madair mask naturetrust.bc.ca*
phone: (604) 969-3242

Applications will be accepted until February 24, 2017.

Thank you for your interest. Only those being considered for the position will be contacted.

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GoodWork ID: 37935       Date posted to GoodWork.ca: Jan 31 2017