West Coast Stewardship Coordinator - Victoria or Vancouver, BC

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 British Columbia Region of NCC seeks a full-time Stewardship Coordinator, who will coordinate and deliver stewardship activities as outlined in NCC’s Property Management Plans and Natural Area Conservation Plans. The position will be based in NCC’s Victoria or Vancouver office.

The Stewardship Coordinator will oversee development and implementation of stewardship programs in conjunction with the Program Director, the Director of Science and Stewardship, and the Senior Director of Conservation. Stewardship activities include, but are not limited to:  pre-securement site inspections and evaluations, project budget management, fundraising, biological resources inventory, resource management planning, ecosystem restoration and maintenance, management of tenures, licenses and leases, partnership and stakeholder liaison, coordination and review of research, implementation monitoring, compliance monitoring, effectiveness monitoring and recruitment and supervision of West Coast contractors and seasonal staff.

The position requires a multi-disciplinary, professional individual with experience in ecology, conservation biology, protected areas management, restoration ecology, conservation planning and community outreach. Flexibility and the willingness to regularly be present on the properties on Vancouver Island and work some weekends and evenings are required. The incumbent will report directly to the West Coast Program Director.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate and deliver day-to-day stewardship activities for the West Coast Program
  • Manage a growing portfolio of private conservation lands in the West Coast according to the best available science and in partnership with local communities where appropriate
  • Develop and implement property management plans, undertake Baseline Inventories and conduct annual covenant monitoring
  • Manage all land use permit and tenures on NCC lands within the West Coast Program area
  • Under direction of the Director of Science and Stewardship, ensure that all West Coast projects are in compliance with NCC board policies, standards and practices as well as relevant Provincial and/or Federal laws and regulations 

Associated Responsibilities:

  • Serve as an “ambassador” of NCC-BC within the local communities where NCC works, attending workshops, seminars, and other meetings which may take place on weekends and evenings, maintaining the professional image for which NCC is known.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with land owners, government, First Nations, ENGOs, funding partners, donors, board members, and private and public organizations in the West Coast Program Area.
  • Support fundraising in the West Coast Program Area.
  • Assist with donor tours of West Coast project lands.
  • Travel to and from project areas as required
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Skills and Attributes

  • Successful completion of a undergraduate degree in a related discipline (e.g., applied conservation biology, restoration ecology, natural resource conservation)
  • Experience with the species and habitats of the West Coast and land management techniques (e.g., invasive species control, wetland restoration)
  • Field-based sampling skills
  • Experience managing staff
  • An understanding of conservation covenants and other legal tools associated with private land conservation
  • Ability to communicate positively and effectively with land owners, covenant holders, donors First Nations and other partners
  • A demonstrated ability to write successful grant applications and funding proposals
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously
  • Exceptional computer skills in MSOffice (i.e. MSWord, MSExcel, MSPowerPoint) and Internet research
  • Experience with GIS systems, GPS systems, and technology associated with field-based mapping
  • Demonstrated ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, and meet deadlines
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Highly organized and detail oriented
  • Ability to work in a decentralized work environment where many colleagues work at a distance and as part of an office team
  • Creativity and flexibility
  • Commitment to the core values and mission statement of NCC
  • Wilderness First Aid is an asset

This is a 1-year maternity leave position with work commencing no later than September 24th, 2018.

This position is a Grade 3 with a salary in the range of $42,306 - $51,589 dependent on the degree of applicable experience and education.

To Apply

To apply, please send a pdf resume package (maximum 1-page cover letter and maximum 2-page resume) to careers@natureconservancy.ca on or before Monday, June 25th.

To learn more about The Nature Conservancy of Canada and our conservation work in British Columbia, please visit: www.natureconservancy.ca/bc.

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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