Conservation/Wildlife

PhD Opportunity, Island Biogeography

Organization: Simon Fraser University

Job Type: Full-time

Location: British Columbia BC

Posting Date: Oct 14, 2014

Deadline: Nov 28, 2014

Website: http://www.johnreynolds.org

Organization Description:
Job Description:

I am looking for a PhD student to join my research group in new collaborative study that is being established by the Hakai Institute (hakai.org.) This research program aims to link theories of island biogeography with ecosystem subsidies on 100 islands along the central coast of British Columbia, Canada. The student will examine how nutrients from the sea, including seaweed, affect the community ecology of breeding birds. This project will benefit from complementary studies by other researchers examining plants, mammals, and insects at the same sites. The ideal candidate will have completed an MSc in avian ecology, with experience censussing breeding birds by sight and sound. Other helpful skills include banding and vegetation surveys. This is a remote and beautiful region, accessible by powerboats and kayaks from the Hakai Institute. So physical fitness, experience working under rugged conditions, and a perpetually positive attitude will be important. Students will benefit from the collegial atmosphere of both the Hakai Institute and the Earth to Ocean Research Group at Simon Fraser University. The first field season will be in the spring of 2015.

Qualifications:

You must have an MSc in avian ecology, strong publications, and an ability to identify birds by sight and sound. I am also looking for strong quantitative skills and interest in advancing general theory. Experience banding birds and operating boats would be helpful. This project will require attention to safety and strong teamwork, organizational, and leadership skills. If you don’t like getting wet, camping, clambering around forests and shores, working on and around the sea, or bears and wolves, this PhD is not for you.

Apply To:

Please send a letter explaining why this project interests you, including relevant experience and skills, along with your CV, transcripts, and contact details of three references, all as a single PDF with the subject line “Island Biogeography PhD”. Contact: Dr JOHN REYNOLDS (EM: Reynolds@sfu.ca), http://www.johnreynolds.org. Review of applications will begin immediately.

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Maintenance Technician

Organization: Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Job Type: Full-time

Location: Rosseau, Ontario ON

Posting Date: Oct 14, 2014

Deadline: Oct 31, 2014

Website: http://www.aspenvalley.ca

Organization Description:

Situated in Muskoka, Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is a 460 acre sanctuary of natural habitat. Our primary mandate is to rehabilitate animals who find their way to us so that they can eventually be returned to their natural domain. We also provide education to the community about co-existing with wildlife and humane solutions for wildlife-related issues.

Job Description:

Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is seeking a full-time Maintenance Technician.

We are a charity which operates a licensed wildlife rehabilitation facility in Rosseau, Ont. (Muskoka). We provide care and a temporary home for orphaned and/or injured wildlife with our primary goal focused on the successful rehabilitation of each animal and return to the wild.

Starting Date:As soon as possible.

Hours per week:40 / week

You will be working closely with and taking direction from the Managing Director. Tasks will include (but are not limited to) general building maintenance, fence and cage building/repair, some limited building renovation/construction, mechanical work, outdoor landscaping and equipment maintenance.

Qualifications:
  • A basic level of fitness
  • A willingness to learn and take direction
  • Ability to be flexible and work well with others in a team environment
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently
  • Ability to work effectively in a multi-tasking environment
  • Genuine belief and respect for the wildlife rehabilitation process

The following experience skills and knowledge will be assets to the successful candidate:

  • Carpentry
  • Working with power tools
  • Safe operation of chainsaws (operators certificate a definite benefit)
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Fencing (multiple types including electric)
  • Auto mechanics
  • Forestry
  • Heavy equipment operation
Apply To:

Please send resume and cover letter to info@aspenvalley.ca and please put Maintenance Technician position in subject line

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Conservation Planning Assistant

Organization: The Nature Trust of New Brunswick

Job Type: Contract/Project/Temporary

Location: Fredericton, NB

Posting Date: Oct 10, 2014

Deadline: Oct 24, 2014

Website: http://www.naturetrust.nb.ca/

Organization Description:

Established in 1987, the Nature Trust of New Brunswick is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to preserving the province’s remaining ecologically significant landscapes. To date, the Nature Trust has conserved over 5500 acres (2225 hectares) in 37 beautiful and diverse nature preserves in New Brunswick. For more information, visit www.naturetrust.nb.ca.

Job Description:

The Nature Trust of New Brunswick seeks a capable individual to fill the position of Conservation Planning Assistant. This is a challenging position ideal for an eager university graduate in the field of geography, planning, environmental science, or forestry. This individual must have strong technical GIS skills, with experience in academic research and writing, as well as the ability to work independently on multiple projects at once.

The Conservation Planning Assistant position may encompass the following:

GIS Analysis

  • Undertake a landscape-scale GIS habitat analysis and strategic planning for the Upper St. John River (USJR) study area following a pre-existing methodology.
  • Sensitivity analysis and site validation of newly developed habitat maps.
  • Lead the development of a New Brunswick conserved lands database and associated spatial products following a pre-existing methodology.
  • Update Nature Trust preserve maps and other spatial products as required.

Research and writing

  • Undertake literature review and report writing to support strategic conservation planning in the Upper St. John River region.
Qualifications:

Required qualifications

  • Advanced GIS skills (minimum ArcGIS10.0).
  • University degree in geography, planning, environment, biology, forestry, agriculture, natural resource management, or other relevant fields.
  • Strong research skills.
  • Independent worker, initiative-taker, and able to multi-task.

Additional desirable experience

  • Advanced degree in biology or ecology with field experience.
  • An understanding of the Nature Trust’s work and the regions in which they work.
  • Experience in conservation planning and prioritization of lands for conservation.
  • Bilingualism is considered an asset.
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Conditions

The selected candidate will be employed under a full-time contract for a period of 5 months, beginning on November 1, 2014 and terminating on March 31, 2015.

To apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to naturetrust@ntnb.org.

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Fish and Wildlife Section Head

Organization: BC Public Service

Job Type: Full-time

Location: Smithers, British Columbia, BC

Posting Date: Oct 04, 2014

Deadline: Oct 20, 2014

Organization Description:
Job Description:

Requisition #:      21756
Department:     Forests Lands Natural Res Ops
Ministry Branch / Division:     Regional Operations - Resource Management
Posting Close Date:     2014-10-20
Location:     Smithers  -
Job Type:     Regular Full Time
Category:     Scientific and Technical
Job Summary:  Fish and Wildlife Section Head Biologist R30
Salary: $69,905.24 - $80,033.62 annually (Plus a temporary market adjustment of 3.3%)

Be a team leader for the Skeena Fish and Wildlife program!

The Smithers Natural Resource Management team is a progressive, creative and innovative group of professionals that deliver high profile programs, while offering many opportunities to develop and implement cutting edge projects to solve resource management problems.

We’re looking for an individual who demonstrates strong leadership skills and brings significant biological science credentials, to deliver the Skeena Region Fish and Wildlife program. As the Fish and Wildlife Section Head, you will lead a dedicated team of program experts to address conservation and recreation priorities for the region. Working in a highly collaborative and science based environment, you will set objectives, secure resources, manage staff, and develop partnerships with stakeholders and First Nations to achieve program objectives.

Using effective negotiation and influencing skills, you will apply legislation, policies and professional standards in a consistent manner. An effective communicator, you will lead project planning sessions to determine project scope, define deliverables, and gain support from peers and ministry executive. You also bring a well developed ability to make balanced decisions by weighing conservation priorities against conflicting social and economic pressures.

If you’re looking for an exciting opportunity to develop your career in resource management, we encourage you to apply.

Smithers (population 6,000) is a naturally beautiful, welcoming and unique small northern BC town with stunning vistas in all directions. Known as the “Town for all Seasons,” Smithers abounds with musical talent and recreational opportunities. For more information on Smithers and surrounding communities please visit their website.

The BC Public Service matches rewarding work with career development and advancement opportunities plus, additional benefits that help support you in finding work/life balance.

Qualifications:

To be considered for this position your resume must clearly demonstrate that you have the following education and experience:

Technical Diploma in biological science plus, 9 years related experience which includes 3 years of managing and conducting a fish and wildlife management program; OR,

Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences, including terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, conservation biology, fish or wildlife management and biodiversity plus, 6 years related experience; OR,

Master of Science degree in biological sciences, including terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, conservation biology, fish or wildlife management and biodiversity plus, 4 years related experience; OR,

Other relevant equivalent combination of education, experience and training  accepted for professional registration maybe considered, for example PhD plus, 3 years related experience.

Candidates must be registered as Professional Biologist with the BC College of Applied Biology or, eligible to become a Professional Biologist within 6 months of appointment.  Note: to determine if your education and experience meet the requirements for the Registered Professional Biologist, this is a direct link to the College web site.

Related experience:

Experience in progressively more responsible roles in the management of fish/wildlife/habitat.

Experience managing and conducting/delivering a fish and wildlife management program.

Experience liaising with non-government agencies, First Nations, and public and private resource development agencies.

A minimum of 2 years’ experience in planning and coordinating a professional and technical workforce including staff supervision or team leadership.

Preferred experience:

Experience interpreting and applying environmental management legislation and policy, including making statutory decisions.

Experience establishing priorities, and allocating staff and operating budgets.

Applicants who move forward in the process may be assessed on the knowledge, skills, abilities and behavioural competencies contained within job requirement section of the job profile.

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Volunteer Field Assistants – Ecosystem Study, Coffee Landscapes of southern Costa Rica

Organization: Smithsonian Conservation Biological Institute

Job Type: Volunteer

Location: Costa Rica

Posting Date: Oct 04, 2014

Deadline: Oct 24, 2014

Organization Description:
Job Description:

Volunteer Assistants needed for a field research project on ecosystem services within coffee farms in southern Costa Rica. The research project will compare pollination services and subsequent fruit sets within coffee farms with different management systems.

This is an amazing opportunity for those interested in ecology, conservation, and coffee agriculture to gain hands on experience with field work in the tropics and be a part of team working to protect habitat and ecosystems, while supporting sustainable agriculture.

The field work is physically demanding, but rewarding. The study sites are within coffee farms in mountainous regions of southern Costa Rica. Field duties would include setting up sites, taking extensive vegetation measurements, measuring frequency of pollinator visits and checking traps during the coffee flowering, processing specimens, entering data, carrying field equipment, and cleaning and maintenance of equipment. In addition, household duties such a cleaning and cooking will be required.

Details:
Food and lodging will be provided,. Assistants will be responsible for all other costs including airfare and transportation to the field site. Field assistants are needed from the end of January to April 2015.

Qualifications:

Preferred qualifications:
Applicant must be interested in ecology and natural resource conservation. I am looking for people that are detail-oriented and responsible; who are also flexible, open-minded, and respectful. Similar field experience is helpful, but not required. Training will be provided. It is preferable that the applicant will have experience with field research, traveling and/or living outside the US, and some knowledge of Spanish.

Apply To:

Please email cover letter, resume, and any questions to the contact information below.

In addition to explaining why you are interested in the position, please include the following in your cover letter:

  • Description of relevant experience
  • Experience working with wildlife and pollinators
  • Experience with vegetation analysis – particularly tree ID skills
  • Comment on your knowledge of Spanish and living and/or traveling outside the US
  • Ability to drive manual vehicles in rugged terrains

Interviews will begin next week, October 10th via Skype.

Contact Information:
Mandi Caudill
Smithsonian Conservation Biological Institute
Washington, DC 20013
CaudillS@si.edu

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Freshwater Conservation Scientist

Organization: Wildlife Conservation Society Canada

Job Type: Full-time

Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario ON

Posting Date: Oct 06, 2014

Deadline: Oct 31, 2014

Website: http://wcscanada.org/

Organization Description:

WCS Canada (www.wcscanada.org) was established in May 2004 as a Canadian nongovernment organization with a mission to conserve wildlife and wildlands by improving our understanding of and seeking solutions to critical problems that threaten key species and large wild ecosystems throughout Canada. We implement and support comprehensive field studies, specifically in two large landscapes in Northern Canada, gather information on wildlife, and seek to address conservation challenges by working with First Nation communities, governments, regulatory agencies, conservation groups, and industry.

Job Description:

WCS Canada is seeking a Freshwater Conservation Scientist in Ontario's Northern Boreal (ONB) Landscape program (http://www.wcscanada.org/WhatWeDo/OntarioNorthernBoreal.aspx).  This position offers an opportunity to contribute to freshwater conservation and develop applied and field-based research in one of the world's most intact landscapes, work with a team of talented scientists, and pioneer new approaches to freshwater conservation in northern Ontario, nationally, and internationally.

The roles and responsibilities of this position includes developing a freshwater conservation strategy, designing and implementing field-based and applied research in the ONB Landscape, developing planning tools, and providing input on environmental planning, policy, legislation, and best practices affecting freshwater resources.  In addition, the Freshwater Conservation Scientist will promote the conservation of freshwater resources among provincial and national governments, First Nations, international agencies, and other non-governmental organizations through collaboration, partnerships, and communication of freshwater research; contribute to scientific scholarship in freshwater conservation and mentor the next generation of young scientists; and inspire others to care about freshwater conservation to effect change in policy, legislation, and best practises.  This position will coordinate with other WCS Canada and WCS global programs where applicable.


Qualifications:

A doctorate in a field related to the conservation of biological diversity in freshwater systems; demonstrated field and applied experience, preferably in boreal and sub-arctic freshwater systems; demonstrated management experience; ability to foster teamwork within programs; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; diverse fundraising and communication experience; experience working in northern ecosystems and with Indigenous Peoples is desired. 

Apply To:

See the full job description here:  http://wcscanada.org/AboutUs/EmploymentOpportunities.aspx#.VCWaDk10xBA


Please send cover letter outlining your qualifications and relevant experience and CV to WCS Canada by email or mail: 

By email:                wcscanada@wcs.org with the subject “Freshwater Conservation Scientist”

By mail:                  Human Resources, Wildlife Conservation Society Canada

Suite 204, 344 Bloor Street West

Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2J2 

We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected for interview will be contacted.

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Postdoctoral Fellows - Call for Applications

Organization: Liber Ero Fellowship Program

Job Type: Full-time

Location: Various location in Canada

Posting Date: Sep 21, 2014

Deadline: Nov 01, 2014

Website: http://liberero.ca

Organization Description:

This post-doctoral fellowship seeks to support early-career scientists to conduct and communicate world-class research that informs conservation and management issues relevant to Canada. For instance, post-doctoral scholars are encouraged to confront emerging management challenges that are time sensitive or tackle ‘wicked’ conservation problems with novel analyses, perspectives, and novel collaborations.

The Liber Ero Fellowship program aims to:

  • Facilitate applied conservation research collaborations that links institutions, researchers, and conservation practitioners.
  • Provide support and unique training opportunities for emerging conservation leaders at a critical stage in their careers.
  • Increase the capacity of the Canadian scientific community to address pressing conservation and management issues.

This program is supported by the Liber Ero Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to the conservation of Canada’s natural resources. The Liber Ero Fellows program follows the mission and model of the Smith Fellows program based in the US and extends it to Canada. The phrase Liber Ero, Latin for I will be free, reflects the goal of the program to foster independence and creativity and is the heraldic motto of the benefactors.

Job Description:

We are delighted to announce the third call for post-doctoral applications for the Liber Ero Fellowship Program. The Liber Ero Fellowship Program supports exceptional post–doctoral fellows who address pressing conservation challenges of relevance to Canada. The Program aims to develop the next generation of conservation scientists, trained in the latest methods and in the skills necessary to affect policy and improve conservation of Canada’s wild places and natural resources.

The Liber Ero Fellowship is open to candidates from any country whose research furthers conservation goals within Canada. Fellows must be hosted at a Canadian institution, with mentorship teams drawing from expertise in non-governmental organizations, government, and universities. Applications are now being accepted, with a deadline of November 1, 2014. See http://liberero.ca/ for more details.

Please see http://liberero.ca/meet-the-fellows/ to read about the current cohort of fellows and their projects.

Qualifications:

Please see above

Apply To:

Contact Information:
info@liberero.ca

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Research Assistants

Organization: Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit

Job Type: Seasonal

Location: Bunbury, Australia

Posting Date: Sep 21, 2014

Deadline: Nov 01, 2014

Website: http://www.mucru.org

Organization Description:
The South West Marine Research program is a long-term, multi-faceted project on the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins of South West Australia. This program is based in Bunbury (south of Perth) and is a collaboration between Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit (www.mucru.org) and numerous industry and non-profit partners. The research focuses on dolphin population dynamics, abundance, social structure and behaviour, habitat use, conservation genetics and foraging ecology.
http://mucru.org/our-research/research-projects/south-west-marine-resear... - See more at: http://www.conbio.org/professional-development/scb-job-board/seeking-research-assistants-for-the-cetacean-research-unit-western-australi#sthash.khWauuRz.dpuf
Job Description:

The South West Marine Research program is a long-term, multi-faceted project on the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins of South West Australia. This program is based in Bunbury (south of Perth) and is a collaboration between Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit (www.mucru.org) and numerous industry and non-profit partners. The research focuses on dolphin population dynamics, abundance, social structure and behaviour, habitat use, conservation genetics and foraging ecology. http://mucru.org/our-research/research-projects/south-west-marine-resear...

I am specifically seeking research volunteers to assist with data collection and processing from October 15th, 2014. Long-term data will be used to investigate population dynamics and habitat use, in order to aid in future conservation and management efforts. Fieldwork is conducted from Busselton to Binningup within a 540 km2 area consisting of coastal beaches, inshore bays, estuarine inlets and a river. Using a rigid sampling design, this research is conducted year round via standardised line transect surveys (up to 5 nm offshore) from a small research vessel. For further information on the boat-based photo-identification procedure, see the following open-access publication:
http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0076574

This experience will be most useful to students or anyone hoping to pursue a career in behavioural ecology, population biology or marine science.

Office:
Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit, South West Marine Research Program office based at the Dolphin Discovery Center in Bunbury.
http://dolphindiscovery.com.au/

Duties:
Field: spotting wildlife, data collection, boat driving, photo identification.
Office: Data entry, fin matching, project organisation.
Computer programs used for data are: FinBase, ACDSee, Logger, Microsoft Access, Excel, and Word.

I am specifically seeking research volunteers to assist with data collection and processing from October 15th, 2014. Long-term data will be used to investigate population dynamics and habitat use, in order to aid in future conservation and management efforts. Fieldwork is conducted from Busselton to Binningup within a 540 km2 area consisting of coastal beaches, inshore bays, estuarine inlets and a river. Using a rigid sampling design, this research is conducted year round via standardised line transect surveys (up to 5 nm offshore) from a small research vessel. For further information on the boat-based photo-identification procedure, see the following open-access publication:
http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0076574

This experience will be most useful to students or anyone hoping to pursue a career in behavioural ecology, population biology or marine science.

Office:
Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit, South West Marine Research Program office based at the Dolphin Discovery Center in Bunbury.
http://dolphindiscovery.com.au/

Duties:
Field: spotting wildlife, data collection, boat driving, photo identification.
Office: Data entry, fin matching, project organisation.
Computer programs used for data are: FinBase, ACDSee, Logger, Microsoft Access, Excel, and Word. - See more at: http://www.conbio.org/professional-development/scb-job-board/seeking-research-assistants-for-the-cetacean-research-unit-western-australi#sthash.khWauuRz.dpuf

Qualifications:

Assistants should:
Be adaptable, patient, and enthusiastic as fieldwork is highly weather dependent. Fieldwork will vary between weekdays and weekends. When the weather permits fieldwork could be long and on consecutive days. Due to the training required, applicants must be willing to the project full-time for a minimum of two months. Applicants willing to participate for an extended duration will be given preference.

Preferred skills/traits:
1. Enrolled in or completed a degree in biology, marine science, animal behaviour or a related field.
2. Previous field experience with wildlife (field data collection, photo-identification, boat handling skills).
3. Be enthusiastic, team oriented and have a positive attitude as well as a genuine interest in wildlife science.
4. No history of debilitating seasickness.

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Time Period:
Seeking skilled research assistants for the period of October 2014 - December 2015 with a commitment greater than 2 months preferred. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide monetary compensation or living provisions and research assistants will be responsible for their own travel to Western Australia and living expenses. Please note that the Bunbury backpackers provide good discounts for assistants of the Dolphin Discovery Center.

If you are interested in volunteering or interning, please provide a short CV, cover letter including your time of availability, and contact information for 2 references to the attention of John Symons (j.symons.12@aberdeen.ac.uk).

John Symons, MRes Commendation
Research Associate
Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit
School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Murdoch University
South Street
Murdoch WA 6150 Australia
 

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Conservation Officer

Organization: Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Job Type: Seasonal

Location: Various locations across Newfoundland

Posting Date: Sep 18, 2014

Deadline: Nov 10, 2014

Website: http://www.hiring.gov.nl.ca

Organization Description:
Job Description:
Competition Number: NR.EL.14.15.103
Available Positions: 1 Seasonal Position + 1 Temporary Position
Employer: Department of Natural Resources - Forestry and Agrifoods Agency
Locations: Bay d'espoir, Bishop's Falls, Cape Broyle, Clarenville, Gambo, Gander, Hearts, Desire, Lewisporte, Paddy's Pond, Salmonier, Southern Bay, St. John's, Trepassey, Whitbourne, Winterland, Wooddale
Salary: $39,275.60 - $43,479.80(GS- 26)

Duties
This is a technical field position involved primarily in forest protection, compliance and related resource management. Conducts wildfire suppression operations and determines initial attack strategy on wildfire operations; acts as incident commander or crew member as situations warrant; directs air and ground suppression activities and ensures sufficient resources are in place for fire suppression; operates and transports fire equipment to scene of fire; works in and around aircraft and operates emergency vehicles and radio communications equipment; collects data and calculates fire weather index; assists in conducting patrols and investigations of infractions to departmental regulations; carries out preliminary investigations on wildfire causes; inspects harvesting operations and Crown Land Leases for compliance to fire legislation; issues departmental permits (e.g.., burning permits, operating permits); maintains departmental property and equipment. Under direct supervision, performs various duties related to prescribed burn operations, silviculture projects, habitat improvement, access roads, inventory, scaling, utilization surveys, insect and disease control surveys and spraying, and other resource management duties. Performs other related duties as required.
Qualifications:
Knowledge of forest fire behavior, fire suppression techniques / operations / terminology as well as ecosystem management principles. Candidates must be safety conscious and innovative, possess initiative, along with effective leadership, analytical, organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills. The above qualifications would normally have been acquired through the graduation from a recognized two year technical program in a natural resource discipline along with related experience involving ecosystem management and / or forest fire fighting. Equivalencies may be considered. The successful candidate must possess a valid NL Class 5 driver’s license. Offers of employment in the Forest Fire Suppression program will be contingent upon successful completion of a medical assessment and a physical ability test arranged by the Department. **Please note that this competition will be used to fill vacancies in the Eastern Region (Paddy’s Pond – St. John’s, Clarenville, Bishop’s Falls, Gambo, Gander, Bay D’Espoir, Lewisporte, Cape Broyle, Heart’s Desire, Salmonier, Trepassey, Whitbourne, Southern Bay, Winterland)
This position is considered a "Position of Trust" and therefore, a job offer may be subject to a satisfactory security check.
Apply To:

Applications, quoting Competition Number NR.EL.14.15.103, should be submitted

Online
By Mail
Human Resource Secretariat, Strategic Staffing Division
50 Mundy Pond Road
P.O. Box 8700
St. John’s, NL, A1B 4J6
By Fax
(709) 729-6737

For additional information on this position, call (709) 256-1452.

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador values diversity in the work place and is an equal opportunity employer. Applications should be received before the close of business on the closing date - late applications with explanation may be considered. Your résumé must clearly demonstrate how you meet the required qualifications as stated in the job ad and must contain your current mailing address, contact number and e-mail if applicable. This competition may be used to fill future similar vacancies with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Chief Development Officer

Organization: rare Charitable Research Reserve

Job Type: Full-time

Location: Cambridge, Ontario ON

Posting Date: Oct 15, 2014

Deadline: Oct 31, 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, the rare Charitable Research Reserve is an urban land trust situated in the Waterloo Region of South-Western Ontario.  Its conservation lands provide a natural laboratory for scientific study and research, and related educational programming. 

Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), and part of the management team, you will work collegially with all program advisors and staff to interpretrareand its needs to the broader community in order to build support – both political and financial – for its mission and programs. Equally importantly, you will help the organization to understand the expectations and needs of donors and volunteers. As such, the Chief Development Officer is a key participant in strategic and business planning for the organization. 

This position is the leader of the fundraising team involving the direct report of an experienced senior fundraiser (Annual Funds and Special Projects Manager), junior fundraising staff (Development and Communications Officer), and other fundraising and communications consultants and volunteers, and is charged with the short- and long-term planning, development, delivery and evaluation of a comprehensive integrated overall fundraising and communications plan for the organization, involving all sectors (major capital campaign with its associated operating funds), that will see the charity’s major capital campaign, A Natural Investment, completed and ending with a solid annual base of funding to support operations in perpetuity. 

A Natural Investment is rare’s major capital campaign. Thanks to gifts from thousands of people and community organizations, we have raised over $12 million, and our plan is that at the end of the campaign rare will have paid for the lands preserving 900+ acres for the public and future generations, restored many acres, established its priority research program and developed both environmental education and community offerings in its unique Chain of Learning model, renovated some of its historic buildings, built trails, established many partnerships and secured an endowment. 

This position is responsible for revitalizing the campaign, reassessing the goals and developing a comprehensive program that will give all stakeholders opportunities for involvement. 

Responsibilities and Deliverables include but are not limited to: 

  • Reassess campaign goals and projects and develop an overall campaign plan to meet current and future needs, including an endowment;
  • Supervise and direct strategy of the work of the Annual Fund & Special Projects Manager and Development and Communication Officer
  • Overall development and management of the campaign office and its administration including maintenance of files, prospect lists, grants calendar, budget, campaign progress;
  • Develop and implement an effective Communication and Community Relations Plan to maximize awareness ofrare’svalue to the community, including the much broader community world-wide to meet short- and long-term goals of the organization and its funding needs; this includes oversight of the plan for the production of the newsletter, press releases, website development and other communication vehicles, including social media
  • Together with key staff, develop a realistic annual budget and fundraising strategy for reaching the set goals;
  • Provide timely management and governance information to the ED;
  • Supervise the work of the Development and Communications Officer and work closely with those in finance and records to provide key management tools;
  • Establish and maintain a network of development volunteers willing to solicit others for major contributions, including provision of support for the Campaign & Community Cabinet;
  • Establish, engage and maintain a network of International Ambassadors that promote the charity’s work and vision to broad audiences;
  • Create the largest possible base of individual, corporate, government, community organizations and foundation donors for the organization’s short- and long-term success;
  • Be responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of all policies and procedures that affect the charity’s fundraising, including recognition and code of conduct;
  • Lead the development and execution of special events;
  • Sectors and activities within the campaign of direct responsibility and of primary focus include, but are not limited to: Major Gifts, Government, Corporate, Foundations, Service Clubs, Planned Giving, Media Relations;
  • Recruit, train and support fundraising volunteers as well as supporting individual staff in writing of grants and making fundraising asks in their program areas; assigns grants and also takes the lead in writing certain grants in collaboration with staff
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward relations with prospective and current donors within all sectors, building the donor base and determining the appropriate method of solicitation – carrying out calls as needed; often this will involve participation in special events and key program activities, as well as supporting the ED in developing relationships with politicians;
  • Create an atmosphere where donor relations flourish through effective recognition and stewardship. 

Key Competencies: 

  • Understanding of fundraising and communications strategies, issues and techniques and ability to keep up with changes in this area;
  • Ability to plan and direct and set realistic goals;
  • Ability to motivate and keep a team moving toward its goals;
  • Ability to manage and supervise others
  • Ability to provide high-level analysis and management information in a timely manner;
  • Ability to evaluate success of various fundraising efforts (e.g. direct mail campaigns)
  • Ability to articulate all aspects of the organization’s programs and mission, to assist with training and leading other staff on these topics and to develop plans accordingly;
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines in an appropriate manner;
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills;
  • Good record-keeping abilities to ensure an organizational history of donor relations;
  • Understanding of financial reports and reporting toward goals; and,
  • Ability to solve problems creatively and to handle emergencies in a capable manner. 

 The rare Charitable Research Reserve strives for: 

  • Plans executed in compliance with approved plans and budgets;
  • A healthy, positive and effective workplace in an environment that fosters creativity, flexibility, efficiency and abundance;
  • A workplace that provides staff, volunteers, and others with an invitation to contribute torarein a meaningful way by developing new ideas and turning them into viable projects
  • Excellence (in our communications, program delivery, environmental management, etc.) 

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, October 31st at 5:00 pm. 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.

Qualifications:
  • 5+ years of senior-level fundraising;
  • Ability to lead and motivate a team and those with high levels of expertise;
  • Capital Campaign fundraising and management experience;
  • Proven and demonstrable success in major gift fundraising;
  • Direct experience in successful outreach and communications, special events;
  • Professionalism, confidence, ability to network effectively; and,
  • Creative, high-level thinker who can be flexible and a problem-solver. 

To demonstrate expertise in the areas above, the successful candidate will show evidence of an established network and the ability to work with senior volunteers and to maintain relationships.

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