Assistant, Conservation Biology, Frontenac Arch - Kingston-Napanee Area, Ontario

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the nation’s leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962 NCC and its supporters have protected 2.8 million acres (more than 1.1 million hectares) of ecologically significant land across Canada. NCC takes a collaborative, science-based approach to achieve conservation success for the sake of nature and Canadians. With a national office in Toronto and seven regional offices across the country, NCC delivers results you can walk on.

Purpose and General Description

The Assistant, Conservation Biology (ACB) works closely with the Coordinator, Conservation Biology (CB) and Program Director (PD) to support conservation programs in the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC) Frontenac Arch Natural Area and assist in other areas of the Eastern Ontario (EO) sub region. The ACB will contribute to the stewardship, management, and administration of NCC properties throughout the sub region with primary responsibility for lands in the Frontenac Arch Natural Area.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Manage NCC Properties (70%)

  • Conduct baseline inventories and vegetation community classification for NCC properties;
  • Conduct annual property inspections to ensure early detection and management of natural disturbances, vandalism, trespassing, emerging threats, and risks and liabilities;
  • Monitor and map conservation targets (e.g. species at risk, vegetation communities) and threats (e.g. invasive species) on NCC lands and properties-of-interest;
  • Complete compliance monitoring of conservation easements;
  • Implement recommended stewardship and management actions on NCC properties, with a focus on invasive species monitoring and removal, assisting with volunteer events, developing communication materials, and installing property signs;
  • Assist with data collection and analysis, and reporting required to develop and implement property management plans for NCC properties in EO;
  • Assist in the development, implementation and reporting of monitoring programs to track the viability of biodiversity targets and the effectiveness of conservation actions on NCC properties in EO.

2. Other (20%)

  • Work with the CB and others to assist in the coordination and management of contractors, suppliers, students, and volunteers working on science, stewardship, and other initiatives in EO;
  • Assist in researching and writing Natural Area Conservation Plans for NCC priority Natural Areas;
  • Conduct site visits to assess the biodiversity values of properties-of-interest;
  • Participate in grant writing and fundraising activities to support the implementation of priority research and management activities;
  • Other duties as assigned by the CB and PD, EO sub region.

3. Community and Partnership Liaison (10%)

  • Maintain positive, productive, and open relationships with conservation partners, landowners, lessees, project volunteers, NCC property neighbours and local planning authorities;
  • Assist with planning and hosting volunteer events on EO properties.
  • Assist with communications regarding NCC properties, projects and programs which may include supporting member and donor events, speaking to individuals and groups about NCC activities, and speaking with members of the media.

Required Skills and Attributes

  • A Bachelor’s Degree or College Diploma in ecology, conservation biology or related discipline with 1-3 years of related experience;
  • Project management skills including excellent problem solving, planning and organizational skills, and attention to detail and timelines;
  • Flexibility, reliability, and self motivation;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Proficient with MS Office Suite.

Field Skills

  • Demonstrated experience conducting independent fieldwork;
  • Good botanical and wildlife identification skills;
  • Familiarity and understanding of Ecological Land Classification (ELC certification is an asset);
  • Proficient with handheld GPS units, compass and air photo interpretation;
  • Ability to carry out physical labour and work outdoors in all types of weather conditions;
  • Comfortable working in a team setting and independently;
  • Prepared to travel throughout the program area and, on occasion, farther afield;
  • Prepared to work flexible hours, including some overnights and weekends;
  • Familiarity with the geographic area (Eastern Ontario), especially of the Frontenac Arch Natural Area, is an asset;
  • Pesticide Exterminator License is an asset;
  • Valid Ontario “G” Class Driver’s License.

To Apply

  1. Fill out our brief questionnaire:
  2. Email your application to the email address provided at the end of the questionnaire.

To be considered for this position, please ensure your:

- email subject line is “Assistant, Conservation Biology, Frontenac Arch”
- cover letter is a maximum of one page long
- cover letter and resumé are saved together in one pdf file
- pdf file name is your: First name Last name (e.g. “Jane Smith.pdf”)

Applications that do not fulfil these submission requirements will not be considered.

Application Deadline: December 15, 2017 (11:59 p.m. EST)

Late applications will not be considered.

No telephone calls please.

We thank everyone who applies for their interest in the Nature Conservancy of Canada; however only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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At the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) we strive to promote diversity in the workplace and encourage applications from all qualified individuals.
NCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, we will provide accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process. If selected to participate in the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, please inform Human Resources staff of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require.

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