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Title: Property Management Specialist
Organization: Islands Trust Conservancy

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST (AO 21) (Currently under review)

Salary Range: $56,883.28 – $64,337.78 annually

Temporary Full Time - BCGEU Position – (November 2018 – September 2019)


Competition: #55853

Closing Date – November 24, 2018

The Islands Trust Area is a special place – located in the traditional territory of over thirty First Nations, it is a scenic archipelago of 13 major islands and more than 450 smaller islands. The islands are characterized by vital communities, a rich cultural history and habitat for an exceptional variety of species, some found nowhere else in Canada. Outstanding scenery and natural areas include panoramic viewpoints, sheltered bays with warm sand and pebble beaches and protected marine waterways and anchorages that contribute to the Islands Trust Area’s beauty and appeal.

The Islands Trust is a unique federation of local governments serving islands in the Salish Sea. We are responsible for preserving and protecting the islands' unique amenities and environment. The Islands Trust Conservancy, a corporate body of the Islands Trust, is its conservation land trust. It works to preserve and protect natural lands in the Islands Trust Area through acquisition and conservation covenants. The Islands Trust Conservancy supports this work through conservation planning, communication and outreach, and strong partnerships. The Board of the Islands Trust Conservancy consists of three trustees elected by Islands Trust Council and three trustee appointed by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and it is supported by a team of five dedicated staff.

The Islands Trust and Islands Trust Conservancy are committed to:

  1. becoming aware of what they do not know or understand about First Nations;
  2. proving sincere desire for reconciliation; and,
  3. integrating, where possible, activities that support First Nations reconnecting with the Islands Trust Area lands and waters.

About the Job

Reporting directly to the Islands Trust Conservancy Manager, the Property Management Specialist ensures the successful development and implementation of property management strategies for the Islands Trust Conservancy owned properties and covenants. The Property Management Specialist oversees the development of management plans for all properties owned by the Islands Trust Conservancy and implements the recommendations of these plans as budget permits. The Property Management Specialist also performs and supervises compliance monitoring of conservation covenants and follows up on breach and trespass issues.

Responsibilities include assessing properties for risk to ecological health and human safety, identifying and implementing management activities including habitat restoration and property infrastructure needs (such as signage and trail maintenance), working with partners to manage Islands Trust Conservancy-owned properties, negotiating contracts for property surveys, property monitoring and management activities, locating and assessing the condition of property and conservation covenant boundaries to alert of trespass or breach issues, liaising with island communities and conservation groups, providing land stewardship information to individuals and groups and assisting with the implementation of other Islands Trust Conservancy programs.

The Property Management Specialist works closely with the Ecosystem Protection Specialist and the Communications and Fundraising Specialist, as well as partner conservation organizations and local stewards to achieve property management goals. Job requirements include travel and overnight stays to accommodate property monitoring and management activities. Most travel will be in the Islands Trust Area. A valid BC driver’s license is required for this position.

About You:

  • You are energetic, creative, motivated and a well-organized individual with excellent interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and a strong customer service ethic;
  • You enjoy a collaborative, busy work environment;
  • You enjoy working with and travelling to smaller communities and are comfortable in rural areas;
  • You have strong communication and customer service skills;
  • You have the ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with elected officials, colleagues, conservation organizations, other levels of government, contractors, landowners and the general public;
  • You have proven ability to manage a large volume of work;
  • You are committed to the Islands Trust’s First Nations engagement principles and will work to build relationships with First Nations;
  • You are physically able to perform the job requirements associated with the fieldwork requirements of this position which involve walking, hiking over uneven terrain and carrying required field gear up to 25 lbs; and,
  • You have the ability to work well under pressure with a high degree of accuracy and quality.

Qualifications and Experience needed to be successful in this position:

  • Bachelor degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, geography, resource management, or similar fields
  • Two years experience with conservation property management. An equivalent combination of related education and experience may be considered.
  • A minimum of one year’s field work experience, for example: species surveys, vegetation plots, habitat monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping (TEM). An equivalent combination of related education and experience may be considered.
  • Training in field survey techniques, including use of Global Positioning System (GPS).
  • Prefer project management experience.
  • Prefer experience with volunteer recruitment, management, and leadership.
  • Experience with land trust tools such as conservation covenants and landowner contact an asset.
  • Experience with contract management and asset.

Applicants selected to move forward may be assessed through a written test on the criteria in the job profile including the following competencies:
Planning, Organization, Coordinating

  • Problem Solving/Judgement
  • Organization Commitment
  • Concern for Order
  • Service Orientation
  • Teamwork and Cooperation

Willingness Statement:

You may be required to travel and work evenings/weekends as a condition of employment. A valid BC driver’s licence is required for this position.

How to Apply:

Applicants are required to submit a cover letter demonstrating how your Qualifications and Experience meet the needs of the position. Please ensure your resume provides detailed information about your education and employment history as it relates to the required job qualifications. Your resume must include the month and year(s) for each job in your employment history, as well as the job related responsibilities.

A written test may be administered. An eligibility list may be established for other current or future vacancies, including permanent or temporary positions at any of our Islands Trust locations including the Northern (Gabriola), Salt Spring, and Southern (Victoria) offices.

Applications will only be accepted through the BC Public Service Agency website: APPLY HERE.

Prior to submitting an application/resume and cover letter, please go to our website to become familiar with the Islands Trust and to to become familiar with the Islands Trust Conservancy.

We offer employees tremendous opportunities to apply and enhance their skills in a positive environment. If you are seeking a challenging and rewarding career opportunity, please submit your application by the closing date.

For more information regarding the job, please contact Kate Emmings, A/Manager, Islands Trust Conservancy at 250-405-5191.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Nov 7 2018    ID: 49091