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Position: Executive Director
Organization: Delta Farmland & Wildlife Trust
Location: Delta, Metro Vancouver BC

About the Opportunity

Delta Farmland & Wildlife Trust (DF&WT) is IMMEDIATELY hiring for the position of EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. This full-time (40 hr/wk) position integrates sustainable agriculture and wildlife management. The work is based in Delta, BC, which is one of Canada's most productive agricultural regions and is recognized as Canada's top Important Bird Area. This is an exciting job opportunity for an enthusiastic, organized, and out-going biologist/agrologist. Tentative start date for the position is January 24-28, 2022.

The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, stewardship programs, research and communications of the organization. Other primary duties include grant writing and fundraising. The position reports directly to the DF&WT Board of Directors.

About Delta Farmland & Wildlife Trust

Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust (DF&WT) is a non-profit organization that works with farmers in the Fraser River estuary to improve soil health and enhance farmland for wildlife habitat. The mission of the organization is to promote the preservation of farmland and wildlife habitat on the Fraser River estuary through co-operative land stewardship with local farmers.

The DF&WT was established in 1993 by a group of farmers and conservationists who were interested in conserving agricultural and wildlife resources in Delta, British Columbia. The Fraser River estuary supports the highest abundance and diversity of migratory birds in all of Canada over the winter season. As a result, it has been designated as Canada’s top Important Bird Area. The region also boasts a highly productive agricultural sector that produces everything from potatoes to blueberries.

DF&WT Stewardship Programs integrate research, education, and financial incentives to promote the sustainable use of agricultural land within the Fraser River estuary by bringing conservationists and farmers together as “Partners in Stewardship.” These programs provide farmers with cost-share funding to establish wildlife habitat and/or invest in long term soil fertility on their farms. To-date, our programs have supported the planting and maintenance of over 89,000 acres of cover crops, 14,000 acres of grassland set-asides and 10 km of hedgerows. Approximately $10 million in cost-share payments have been disbursed through our stewardship programs to the farming communities of Delta and Richmond, BC to support these sustainable agricultural practices.

By providing solutions to farmers that are compatible with their crop rotations, DF&WT’s Stewardship Programs contribute to the long-term viability of local farming operations. This contributes to the continued availability of farmland for food production and wildlife conservation well into the future.

Roles and Responsibilities

The DF&WT Executive Director is responsible for:

  • Administering the organization’s seven stewardship programs to local farmers which include the: Grassland Set-aside, Winter Cover Crop, Hedgerow, Grass Margin, Forage Enhancement, Laser Leveling, and Soil Amendment Programs.
  • Working with the DF&WT board of directors by providing necessary information for the board to function efficiently and make informed decisions.
  • Fiscal management of the DF&WT including strategic planning, securing sufficient revenues for the organization’s operation, managing the annual budget and maximizing resource utilization.
  • Managing grant and other fundraising activities to provide revenue for stewardship programs and operational budgets.
  • Managing a small team to ensure the effective administration of all of the Trust's activities.
  • Working closely with local farmers to address challenges to agricultural production that may be addressed through the DF&WT's stewardship programs.
  • Organizing and executing DF&WT's major agriculture and wildlife conservation research projects in partnership with post-secondary institutions.
  • Overseeing educational outreach activities for DF&WT, including (but not limited to): presenting at professional conferences; presenting to special interest groups; leading field tours; the delivery of the annual "Day at the Farm" outreach event; assisting with the Trust’s Biennial BBQ Fundraiser; preparing outreach materials, such as brochures and the Trust’s biannual newsletter.
  • Working in close collaboration with DF&WT staff as well as local farmers, researchers, partner organizations, funders and community members.
  • Representing the DF&WT by being active in the community and serving on various committees that support the organization’s mission.
  • Facilitating relationships with the agricultural sector and various organizations/levels of government to strategically support the DF&WT.
  • Hiring and retaining staff.

The successful candidate will possess:

  • Minimum five years of relevant work experience in a similar role.
  • A Bachelors of Science in soil/agriculture/wildlife/resource management is the minimum requirement.
  • Knowledge/training in agroecosystem and/or wildlife management.
  • Strong administrative skills, including managing contract compliance and operational budgets.
  • Demonstrated success coordinating research projects of various scope and scale.
  • Strong financial management skills, including preparing budgets and maximizing organization resources.
  • Superior communication (both written and verbal), public speaking and public relations skills.
  • Experience effectively working with a board of directors.
  • High level strategic thinking and planning.
  • Demonstrated ability leading and collaborating with a small team of staff.
  • Aptitude and training in Microsoft Office and database management.
  • Proficient in basic in GIS analyses (e.g. ArcGIS software).
  • Self-motivated, organized, detail oriented, problem solver
  • Class 5 Driver’s License and access to a vehicle

Additional assets that will set the successful candidate apart include:

  • Detailed knowledge of vegetable, dairy and berry production systems of southwestern BC.
  • Detailed knowledge of migratory bird management and conservation issues.
  • Detailed knowledge of the concept of payments for ecosystem services.
  • Masters of Science in agriculture/wildlife/resource management.

To Apply for the position of DF&WT Executive Director, submit your resume and a cover letter to drew@deltafarmland.ca (in the subject line put: "Executive Director Application"). Deadline to apply is January 23, 2022.

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Starting salary: $70,000 to $75,000 based on level of training and practical experience.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however due to the volume of applications, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.


 

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jan 5 2022    ID: 62298