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Position: Land Conservation Technician
Reports to: Stewardship Manager and Chair of Securement Committee
Organization: Kawartha Land Trust
Location: Peterborough, Ontario

Compensation: 40 hours per week at $20.00 - $23.00 per hour depending on experience

Contract Period: March 18, 2019 - October 31, 2019


The Kawartha Land Trust (KLT) is a dynamic land conservation charity with an impressive track record of growth. Our mission is caring for lands entrusted to us and helping others protect the land they love in the Kawarthas. We do this by accepting donations of ecologically-significant lands and/or interest in lands and by engaging the community in support of this work through gifts of time and money to ensure those lands are cared for, in perpetuity. Our successes have been achieved through the work of our dedicated and growing volunteers and donors, supported by our core staff.

The organization permanently protects over 4000 acres of land in the Kawarthas. We manage that land for ecological integrity and for the opportunity that it presents to engage the community in land conservation. We are also engaged in providing advice and support to private landowners who are interested in learning about the land they own, and ways to enhance its value to conservation.

In 2019 KLT will be responding to a number of land owners in the community that are interested in different options for voluntary conservation of thousands of acres of land. In order to process these requests KLT is hiring an individual experienced in conducting fieldwork for baseline inventories or other forms of ecological reporting.

Tasks and Responsibilities

The Land Conservation Technician will be responsible for leading the ecological inventory and reporting process on lands whose owners are interested in conservation. Their tasks and responsibilities will include:

Property Inventory and Research

  • Plan fieldwork logistics (liaise with landowners and KLT volunteers, navigate to site, plan inventory route etc…)
  • Perform property inventory ( accurately list or describe flora, fauna, ecological communities and anthropogenic features on a property )
  • Use standard field tools to collect data (GPS, camera etc…)
  • Identify SAR habitat and perform SAR inventories
  • Guide volunteers in the field when inventorying a property
  • Desktop research on a property (mapping, ARN research, reviewing existing report on the area)
  • Communicating with landowners to understand their property management goals and the management history of their property

Reporting and Administration

  • Using an existing template write reports which summarize the conservation values of a property. The documents are reviewed by KLT committees and Board of Directors
  • Writing reports to government programs (Conservation Land Tax Incentive Program and the Ecological Gifts program)
  • With assistance from other staff identify and describe stewardship and restoration opportunities on KLT and private land
  • Produce maps using ArcGIS
  • Manage inventory data using Excel
  • Administrative tasks related to Land Securement Committee (taking minutes, organizing materials, active participation in committee meetings)
  • Manage landowner contact databases using Microsoft Excel, ArcGIS and Sumac CRM

Other Duties

  • Representing KLT with landowners, volunteers and supporters in a professional and friendly way
  • Occasionally supporting the rest of the team in delivering stewardship activities (property monitoring, invasive plant management, trail work) and leading volunteers
  • Doing research and creating content for communications materials and website

Professional Skills and Attributes

  • Professional experience identifying and collecting ecological and property information
  • Working knowledge of local flora, fauna and ecological communities (especially those of regional or provincial importance)
  • Experience monitoring and reporting for local SAR using standard procedures
  • Proficiency and experience writing and organizing ecological reports
  • Capable of creating maps and working with ArcGIS
  • Knowledge of provincial classifications of ecologically important lands, and an awareness of resources available to assist the research and reporting on conservation values and threats
  • Knowledge of restoration and stewardship activities (control of invasive species, creation of wildlife habitat, water management etc…)
  • Experience contacting and meeting with landowners in a courteous and professional manner
  • Skills communicating natural heritage information with a lay audience
  • Good time management and organization are important
  • Experience or aptitude (attention to detail, thoroughness) to work with database management tools and perform administrative duties related to land securement
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and work with a team to achieve goals

Desired Level of Education and Experience

  • Possess a degree or diploma in natural resource management, ecological restoration, environmental science or studies, biology, geography or related disciplines.
  • A minimum of three years of professional experience that includes environmental field work with preference given to individuals with experience in the charitable land conservation sector. Your work experience will mean you are able to quickly understand KLT procedures and goals, adapt your ecological knowledge to the Kawarthas, and work independently to perform property inventory projects
  • Experience in project management is an asset

Additional Requirements

  • Must have a valid G2 license and access to a personal vehicle (mileage will be compensated)
  • In possession of, or ability to obtain, a boater’s licence
  • Pesticide applicator licence and vegetation management experience is an asset
  • Must be prepared to work some evening and weekends
  • Must be prepared to work alone in the field

Health and Safety

KLT is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for employees. KLT staff will ensure that employees have the necessary training, certifications and qualifications to do the job (i.e. Boating Licence).

Application Process

  • Your application should include a resume and a covering letter as one document which specifically addresses how your skills and qualifications relate to the job tasks and responsibilities. The cover letter should be no more than one page long.
  • Send application as a PDF or Word document with the following file name format: Last Name_First Name_KLT Land Conservation Technician
  • Email your cover letter and resume in one document to Kawartha Land Trust at by 12:00 NOON on March 1st, with the subject line “Land Conservation Tech".

Kawartha Land Trust (KLT) values diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all qualified applicants. Accommodations for applicants with disabilities are available upon request for all aspects of the recruitment process. Please note however, that at this time, KLT offices are not wheelchair accessible.

KLT welcomes your interest in this opportunity to make an impact on one of Canada’s most outstanding landscapes and engage with a committed community of supporters. For more information on the Kawartha Land Trust and to consider further if you may be a fit for this opportunity, see KLT’s website, online/media or social media presence.

Thank you for your interest in Kawartha Land Trust. Although we appreciate all applicants taking the time to express their interest in joining the Kawartha Land Trust team, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Feb 1 2019    ID: 50918