Conservation/Wildlife

Ecologist

Organization: Grand River Conservation Authority

Job Type: Full-time

Location: Cambridge, Ontario ON

Posting Date: Jul 24, 2014

Deadline: Aug 18, 2014

Website: http://www.grandriver.ca

Organization Description:

The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) has an international reputation for excellence in managing the natural resources of the largest inland river system in southern Ontario. Encompassing approximately 6,800 square kilometres, the Grand River watershed has a population of almost one million people in 39 municipalities and two First Nations. Designated as a Canadian Heritage River, the Grand River and its major tributaries boast many outstanding human heritage features and excellent recreational opportunities. The GRCA is committed to environmental protection by delivering services that ensure the well-being of the environment and its inhabitants.

Job Description:

General Accountabilities
The Ecologist comprehends the Grand River watershed ecosystem and applies this knowledge to management strategies that encourage sustainability of the resources. As a member of the Resource Management Division, this position provides advice to resource planning services for facilitation of conservation authority permits, municipal plan input and review, environmental assessment, other environmental legislation and watershed planning. Through a collaborative and practical approach the Ecologist contributes to the biological diversity and integrity of watershed resources. The Ecologist participates in the collection, analysis, reporting and maintenance of information pertaining to the management of natural heritage resources within the Grand River watershed and provides expertise in mapping features of concern to the Authority. The Ecologist reports to the Supervisor of Natural Heritage.

Specific Accountabilities
1.Provide professional advisory and technical support to review permits submitted under the Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses Regulation, municipal plan input and review, environmental assessments, aggregate and municipal drain applications and other legislation. This includes pre-consultation with stakeholders, review of applications and responding to inquiries and participation in GRCA projects.

2.Provide input to Grand River Conservation Authority policies and apply resource protection and management principles, strategies and best management practices to ensure that the ecological integrity of natural heritage resources is sustained.

3.Facilitate the designation, protection, monitoring and management of natural heritage resources and provide technical information and advice to the public, landowners, peers, boards of inquiry and approval agencies.

4.Plan, recommend, co-ordinate and implement long-term assessment, monitoring and enhancement projects for natural heritage resources.

5.Apply accepted standards for data collection, analysis and maintenance of aquatic and terrestrial resources for input to the watershed GIS or other databases.

6.Prepare proposals, reports and make presentations related to the Natural Heritage program.

7.Establish and maintain partnerships with provincial and federal ministries, municipalities, citizens groups, special interest groups and private landowners, advocating ecosystem management on a watershed basis.

8. Attend as the representative of the Authority, appeals before the Ontario Municipal Board, Mining and Lands Commissioner or cases before the Provincial Courts.

Qualifications:

Technical Accountabilities
1.Bachelors science degree in an environmentally related field (ie. ecology, aquatic biology) with minimum 3 years relevant experience.

2. Well-developed skills and knowledge of classification and inventory techniques, aquatic and terrestrial species identification and wetland delineation skills.

3. Understanding of the theory, principles and practices of habitat assessment, environmental impact on watershed resources and integrated resource management.

4. Knowledge and experience with municipal planning, environmental planning, plan input and review, permit review, environmental impact assessment, Conservation Authority regulations and other relevant legislation.

5. Strong negotiation, communication, interpersonal relations, organizational and analytical skills.

6. Ability to review, interpret and write scientific and technical reports.

7. Competence in mapping, aerial photo interpretation, GIS and databases.

8. Ability to carry out fieldwork and site inspections.

9. Knowledge and experience with techniques in ecological restoration.

10. Valid driver’s license.

The pay range for this position is Job Level  7 $28.78 to $35.98 per hour (1820 hours per year)

GRCA offers a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, vision care, life and disability insurance, membership in the OMERS pension plan and a pass which entitles you to free entry into all conservation areas. GRCA also offers its employees a flexible work schedule.

Apply To:

Approximate Start Date: September, 2014

To Apply:  Please send a resume and covering letter to careers@grandriver.ca in MS Word or PDF format and quote “Ecologist 229 ” in the subject line.

Deadline for Applications: 4:00pm Monday August 18, 2014

We thank you for your interest, however only candidates under consideration will be contacted.

Accessibility accommodations are available for all parts of the recruitment process. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance.

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Manager of Provincial Operations

Organization: Ducks Unlimited Canada

Job Type: Full-time

Location: Brandon

Posting Date: Jul 23, 2014

Deadline: Aug 13, 2014

Website: http://www.ducks.ca

Organization Description:
Job Description:

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC), the leader in wetland conservation, is looking for a confident,
energetic and dedicated Manager of Provincial Operations (MPO) to lead our Manitoba conservation team of 16 staff.
Located in Brandon and reporting to the Director of Regional Operations, the MPO manages business and operational planning; pursuit of provincial wetland policy, conservation, communications and education programs including the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre (11 staff); revenue generation, budget control of over $6M program in Manitoba, human resource management and the development and cultivation of key relationships.

The MPO leads the provincial operations team while building and fostering relationships within DUC and with key agencies and individuals in the public and private sectors. Working closely with the managers of the development and event programs, the MPO will help reach our major gift and event fundraising goals.

You have a high degree of emotional intelligence, strong communication skills and a desire to
continuously improve operations: you enjoy thinking outside of the box. You are a true leader with visionary qualities who consistently delivers quality results in a complex, changing environment.

Goal-oriented and self-motivated, you are able to see the bigger picture: how all business lines
come together and how DUC’s mission is linked to society.

Qualifications:

•     An undergraduate degree with a strong conservation focus and a background in science,
agriculture, natural resources or government relations.
•    Experience supervising a team of multi-disciplinary professionals.
•     Excellent leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills.
•     Strong negotiation and relationship-building skills.
•     Experience managing budgets.
•    Familiarity with the non-profit or environmental conservation sectors are definite assets.

Your minimum eight years experience in conservation program delivery, revenue generation and
working with partners along with a demonstrated ability to manage and motivate staff make you the ideal candidate for this position.

Apply To:

How to Apply
If you’re a conservation-minded individual who is interested in this opportunity, please submit
your cover letter (including salary expectations) and resumé for confidential consideration to the attention of:
Carly Bjornsson, HR Generalist
Ducks Unlimited Canada
Email: resumes@ducks.ca

Closing Deadline: August 13, 2014


Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment. Learn more at ducks.ca.

While DUC would like to thank all applicants, only candidates considered for an
interview will be contacted.

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Backus Heritage Conservation Area Supervisor

Organization: Long Point Region Conservation Authority

Job Type: Full-time

Location: Port Rowan, Ontario ON

Posting Date: Jul 21, 2014

Deadline: Aug 04, 2014

Website: http://www.lprca.on.ca

Organization Description:
Job Description:

Backus Heritage Conservation Area
Full Time Position (40 hours per week)
 
Reporting to the Field Superintendent the Backus Heritage Conservation Area Supervisor is required to provide leadership and supervision to the staff team in the Conservation Area, the Education Centre and the Heritage Village. Oversee work related to the day-to-day operations in all areas, the physical assets and event support.   
 
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Co-ordinate and supervise activities of service, personnel and equipment for assignments, jobs or projects.  
  • Provide technical guidance and work direction to all staff at Backus Heritage Conservation Area. 
  • Supervise and assist with grounds maintenance and building maintenance. 
  • Supervise and assist with proper maintenance and care of all machinery and equipment. 
  • Assist with the budget preparation for operations and capital expenditures.  
  • Budget management for revenue and expenditures. 
  • Operate and maintain drinking water systems throughout the entire area in accordance to the ONT. REG. 318/319.  
  • Enforce the Conservation Area Regulations and any other policies and guidelines set forth by the LPRCA to help control use of the area and ensure the safety of the general public and staff. 
  • Provide and foster quality customer service. 
  • Execute special projects as assigned.
Qualifications:
  • Post-Secondary education or combination of education and experience in a related field
  • Knowledge and experience in the use of a wide range of equipment required in the development, maintenance and operation of a Conservation Area/camping facility 
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and direct work programs 
  • Previous supervisor/ leadership experience 
  • Proven financial aptitude with knowledge of business practise including planning, budgeting and staffing 
  • Working knowledge of the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act and WHMIS 
  • Must be available to work flexible hours including evenings, weekends and holidays 
  • Valid driver’s licence (class ‘G’) with satisfactory driver’s abstract 
  • Formal certification in chain saw safety, first aid and CPR an asset 
  • Police Record Check, including Vulnerable Sector Check, required 
  • Knowledge of Conservation Area Regulations and park management a definite asset 
  • Operation of Small Drinking Water Systems Course an asset or willing to obtain
Apply To:

Please submit all documents in one file, cover letters limited to one page and resumes limited to two pages.
 
Send resume and cover letter to:
Long Point Region Conservation Authority
4 Elm St., Tillsonburg ON  N4G 0C4
Email: hr@lprca.on.ca  (Subject line should read: BHCASupervisor)
Fax: (519) 842-7123
 
Application Deadline: Monday, August 04, 2014.
 
We thank all applicants for their interest.
However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

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Planning & Regulations Technician

Organization: Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority

Job Type: Full-time

Location: Utopia, ON

Posting Date: Jul 16, 2014

Deadline: Jul 31, 2014

Website: http://www.nvca.on.ca

Organization Description:
Job Description:

 NOTTAWASAGA VALLEY CONSERVATION AUTHORITY
John Hix Conservation Administration Centre

Tiffin Conservation Area
8195 8
th Line, Utopia, Ontario, L0M 1T0
Telephone: 705.424.1479; Fax: 705.424.2115
www.nvca.on.ca

 PLANNING & REGULATIONS TECHNICIAN

If you’re looking for a rewarding, exciting and great employment experience working with professionals dedicated to the preservation of a healthy environment – then look no more!

 We are seeking a dynamic individual to work in our Planning Department. Reporting to the Senior Environmental Officer, the position is responsible for implementing the environmental regulations under the Conservation Authorities Act. Responsibilities include providing technical review and response to permit applications. You will also be responsible for processing public and legal enquiries, and identifying violations under the Act. Applications under the Niagara Escarpment Planning & Development Act and Environmental Assessment Act are processed as required. Site visits are required to ensure compliance with environmental regulations.

Salary Range

Annual rate is $51,214 - $62,225 per hour based on a 35 hour work week (commensurate with qualifications)

Working hours will normally be between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.  However, based on the needs of the program, opportunities to work weekends and after hours may also be required.

The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority’s watershed is one of the fastest growing in Ontario and we are committed to providing a high quality of service to our clients.

The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA), located near Barrie, Ontario, is a public agency dedicated to the preservation of a healthy environment providing the expertise to help protect our water and land, and spans approximately 3700 sq.km. Our jurisdiction includes 18 municipalities in the County of Simcoe, County of Dufferin, Grey County, and the western part of the City of Barrie. Our watershed includes significant landform features, such as the Minesing Wetlands, the Niagara Escarpment, and the Oak Ridges Moraine.

We are an equal opportunity employer.  We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates under consideration will be contacted

Qualifications:
  • A Diploma in natural resource management, environmental sciences, geography or other related field
  • 2 years’ experience
  • Provincial Offences Officer designation or ability to obtain
  • Knowledge of GIS would be an asset
  • You have excellent communication and computer skills and the ability to work both independently and in a team
  • You must have a valid Ontario driver’s license.
Apply To:

We invite you to review a detailed job description on our website at www.nvca.on.ca. Please e-mail your resume to sflannagan@nvca.on.ca. Your application must be received by 2:00 p.m. on July 31st, 2014

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National Policy Analyst (one year term position)

Organization: Ducks Unlimited Canada

Job Type: Full-time

Location: Ottawa

Posting Date: Jul 16, 2014

Deadline: Jul 31, 2014

Website: http://www.ducks.ca

Organization Description:
Job Description:

The Opportunity
Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC), Canada’s leader in wetland conservation, is seeking an experienced
policy analyst to fill a one-year term position in Ottawa, Ontario.

In this position, you will identify, analyze, and implement programs, policy and legislative
opportunities that will impact DUC’s mission. You will coordinate your efforts with staff and
volunteers across the country to further our conservation cause.

You possess strong analytical, writing, organizational and interpersonal skills. You have
demonstrated understanding of both the federal legislative and policy development process and are
skilled in building and fostering relationships.

You are an enthusiastic team player with strong emotional intelligence and a self-starter who can
work cross-functionally.  You are capable of taking calculated risks and enjoy thinking outside the
box.

Your five to ten years of experience working in the environmental policy field and experience
working in or with industry and the public sector make you
the ideal candidate for this position.

Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree in public administration, political science, environmental studies, biology or
a related field; a Master’s degree is considered a strong asset.
•     Well-developed knowledge of the federal public policy process including federal, territorial,
provincial and municipal jurisdictions.
•     Well-developed knowledge of the legislative process and the operational structure of the
Federal government.
•     Previous experience working with volunteers.
•     Highly-developed research, writing and analytical skills.
•     Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
•     Ability to travel throughout Canada.
•     Previous experience working on legislative and policy matters at the federal level for a
conservation/environmental organization or within the federal government would be considered an asset.
•      Must have a passion for conservation.

Apply To:

How to Apply

In Canada, we lose up to 80 acres of wetlands every day. This loss is the equivalent of about 45 soccer fields every 24 hours. We need your help to stop this loss.  If you’re a conservation-minded individual who is interested in this opportunity, please submit your cover letter (including salary expectations) and resumé for confidential consideration to the attention of:
Carly Bjornsson, HR Generalist
Ducks Unlimited Canada Email: resumes@ducks.ca

Closing deadline: July 31, 2014 at 4:30 pm (CST)

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment. Learn more at ducks.ca.

While DUC would like to thank all applicants, only candidates considered
for an interview will be contacted.

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Program Administrator / Executive Assistant (14 month, full-time contract – maternity leave)

Organization: Wildlife Habitat Canada

Job Type: Contract/Project/Temporary

Location: Stittsville (near Ottawa), Ontario

Posting Date: Jul 11, 2014

Deadline: Aug 06, 2014

Website: http://www.whc.org

Organization Description:

Wildlife Habitat Canada is a national, non-profit, charitable conservation organization that works to conserve, restore and enhance wildlife habitat in Canada by funding habitat conservation projects, promoting conservation action and fostering coordination among conservation groups. 

We are currently seeking applicants for the contract position of Program Administrator / Executive Assistant, located at our office in Stittsville, ON.

Job Description:

14 month, full-time, contract (Maternity Leave)

This position is responsible for the overall administration of both the Wildlife Habitat Canada grant program and Stamp and Print program and providing executive support to the Executive Director/Board of Directors.

Program Administration – Grant Program

  • Provide overall management of Wildlife Habitat Canada’s grant funding and administration process (e.g., oversee the grant application process, review and evaluate grant applications, prepare funding recommendations to the Board of Directors, prepare Letters of Agreement for funding recipients, review grant reports, process grant payment invoices and maintain detailed electronic and paper files, produce annual report).
  • Prepare program reports and complete all grant-program tasks required by the Contribution Agreement.

Program Administration – Stamp and Print Program

  • Provide overall management of Wildlife Habitat Canada’s Stamp and Print program (e.g., coordinate and organize annual art competition, issue call for entries to artists and prepare Artist Agreements, liaise with artists, catalogue all art competition entries, coordinate with Environment Canada for the design and production of the Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp, coordinate production of other Wildlife Habitat Canada products, assist with activities for the Stamp Launch event).

Executive Support

  • Provide administrative support to the Executive Director, as required.
  • Provide administrative support for Board of Directors meetings (e.g., arrange and coordinate logistics for Board and Committee meetings/teleconferences, prepare meeting agendas and briefing materials, arrange travel and accommodations, prepare minutes of all Board and Committee meetings).

Other Responsibilities

  • Update and maintain the Wildlife Habitat Canada website.
  • Monitor and update Wildlife Habitat Canada’s Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn social media pages.
Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated personal interest in and commitment to wildlife conservation;
  • Post-secondary education (university or community college) in natural resources and/or business management, or a combination  of education and relevant experience;
  • Previous experience working for a not-for-profit or conservation organization is considered an asset;
  • Highly developed communication and writing skills, with a keen sense for detail;
  • Bilingualism – English/French fluency, written and oral is considered a major asset;
  • Strong administration skills, including accurate data entry;
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills;
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to manage competing and changing demands and priorities;
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team;
  • Experience maintaining websites and social media pages;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office:  MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher (or similar software).
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience (Range $50-65K).


Apply To:

Please submit a cover letter, outlining how your skills, knowledge and experience make you a good candidate for this position, and resume (MSWord or PDF only) by email to jthompson@whc.org.

PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR/EA must be referenced in the subject line.

Deadline for applications: August 6, 2014.

We thank everyone who applies for their interest; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Planning Ecologist

Organization: rare Charitable Research Reserve

Job Type: Full-time

Location: Cambridge, Ontario ON

Posting Date: Jul 21, 2014

Deadline: Aug 08, 2014

Website: http://www.raresites.org

Organization Description:

Founded in 2001, the rare Charitable Research Reserve is a 900+acre land reserve situated at the confluence of the Grand and Speed Rivers. The Reserve is not only a beautiful and culturally significant landscape, but includes trees more than 240 years old and provides an diversity of habitats that supports rich biodiversity. This pristine landscape is home to an incredible array of flora and fauna, some of which are ranked significant regionally, provincially, nationally, even globally.

Job Description:

Responsible for ensuring the successful preservation and restoration of a unique 900+ acre site in one of the fastest growing areas of the country, therareCharitable Research Reserveis an urban land trust situated in the Waterloo Region of Southwestern Ontario.  Its conservation lands provide a natural laboratory for scientific study and research, and related educational programming.

Reporting to the Executive Director, and working closely with the management team, the Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC), and other key staff positions, the Planning Ecologist is a senior leader in all aspects of conservation land management and planning.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead all conservation planning activities of the reserve, with focus on preservation and restoration of the terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity.
  • Chair meetings and liaise withrare’sexpert Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) on a regular basis using their time and expertise and experience wisely via positive engagement
  • Identify priorities and trends in conservation land management, spearhead information gathering on key regional, provincial, as well as national and international conservation and land management issues.
  • Build positive relationships and partnerships with government and conservation stakeholders at those same levels.
  • Together with EAC, develop a Strategic Land Securement Plan, spearhead planning and negotiations for potential acquisition of ecologically significant lands or conservation easements.
  • Together with EAC, review potential threats and opportunities to therareproperty and develop public position on current issues from a conservation biology perspective. Spear-head/Contribute to the organisation’s strategy for addressing threats and opportunities.
  • Regularly update and oversee implementation ofrare’sEnvironmental Management Plan (EMP) and associated special projects, compile annual progress reports. Complete stewardship plans for priority restoration recommendations within the EMP including timelines and budgets.
  • Together with EAC and other key stakeholders, such as Facilities staff and external partners, develop long term land use strategy forrare, including the EMP, a Trail and Facilities Master Plan, and a plan for the future of agriculture atrare.
  • Develop and maintain property maps for different purposes.
  • Coordinate taxation, monitor classifications to leverage down tax assessments, and coordinate membership renewals related to land management.
  • Develop relationships and lead negotiations with landowners and other stakeholders.
  • Evaluate and report on conservation success, monitor success of current land management practises and identify innovative approaches and tools to conservation land management on therareproperty.
  • Responsible for record keeping relevant to ecology and biodiversity of the property.
  • Manage Junior Conservation Ecologist, or other staff and volunteers in land management related positions, offer support and guidance in undertaking field work, monitoring and other conservation efforts, such as developing restoration and planting protocols
  • Build capacity and increase efficiency in land management and conservation staff, including interns, summer students and volunteers by providing training and knowledge transfer.
  • Develop and maintain policies and procedures, best practices and training materials in effective, research-based land management to support staff and volunteers.
  • Build capacity by researching and seeking out opportunities for collaboration and partnership with a wide variety of stakeholders (including, but not limited to municipalities, land owners, corporate stakeholders, developers, conservation authorities, other organizations).
  • Review development applications for lands surroundingrare, gather information, attend city council and other meetings to liaise with internal and external stakeholders
  • Representrareand berare’sconservation and land management spokesperson by providing expert testimony at meetings, committees, hearings, etc. as needed.
  • Review and comment on other relevant documents, such as research applications, as necessary, make recommendations.
  • Develop and write funding proposals and complete final reports to granting agencies.
  • Develop and deliver public presentations, support fundraising for land securement, land management and other conservation activities.
Qualifications:
  • A University degree or College diploma in Environmental Science, Biology, Ecology, Geography, Forestry, or a related field is required.
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in an active land management or environmental consulting role in Southwestern Ontario, or comparable qualification; at least 5 years of experience in planning
  • Experience in land acquisition is desired
  • Experience in wetland restoration, invasive species management, other restoration related tasks.
  • Experience with prescribed burns would be an asset.
  • Staff management experience, excellent communication skills.
  • Proven ability to liaise and negotiate with diverse groups of stakeholders.
  • Ability and experience to read and interpret development plans, impact assessments, stormwater management plans, construction blueprints, etc.
  • Proven project management and presentation abilities.
  • Experience in grant writing, report writing, and project development.
  • Experience in using ArcGIS, Adobe Illustrator and similar would be an asset.
  • Working knowledge of designations, statutes and regulatory controls affecting land management and development in Ontario, such  as the Planning Act, Conservation Authorities Act and Regulations, Environmental Assessment Act, Endangered Species Act, Fisheries Act, Provincial Policy Statement, etc.  
  • Strong working knowledge of the ecology of Southwestern Ontario, aquatic and terrestrial biodiversity, land management and planning.
  • ELC and OWES certification would be an asset. 
Apply To:
  • This position is full time (35 hours/week), commencing as soon as possible.

Applications including a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references should be emailed in ONE file (.pdf) and will be accepted until Friday, August 8th, 2014 at 5:00 pm. Selected candidates will be interviewed on a rolling basis.  Please address applications to:

Stephanie Sobek-Swant

Executive Director

rare Charitable Research Reserve

1679 Blair Road, Cambridge ON N3H 4R8

stephanie.sobek-swant@raresites.org

Visit rare on the web at www.raresites.org for additional information on the organization.

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