Conservation/Wildlife

Wildlife Care Worker

Organization: Wildlife Rescue Association of BC

Job Type: Seasonal

Location: Burnaby, British Columbia

Posting Date: Jan 26, 2015

Deadline: Mar 01, 2015

Website: http://www.wildliferescue.ca

Organization Description:
Job Description:

WRA Wildlife Rescue Association of BC is seeking applicants for Wildlife Care Workers to perform essential daily animal care and maintenance duties in WRA’s Care Centre.  These individuals, working alongside our staff and volunteers, help to keep the facility in operation 7 days a week during WRA’s busiest time in the spring and summer months.  These positions are made available through the federal Canada Summer Jobs program administered by Service Canada and are subject to confirmation of grant funding in May.

Responsibilities

  • Overall care for nestling and fledgling songbirds from feeding and cleaning (dawn to dusk), to the daily health checks and reporting to staff.
  • Cleaning cages and aviaries of other wildlife patients
  • Setting up habitats for both indoor and outdoor animals
  • Provide training and guidance for volunteers
  • Disinfecting equipment
  • Facility clean-up
  • Preparing diets and feedings
  • Assisting senior staff with medical care of wildlife patients

Requirements

  • Reliability
  • Good physical stamina and health
  • Patience and the ability to work alone or in a group
  • Good communication skills
  • Comfortable around small birds and mammals
  • Proof of current tetanus vaccination
  • The ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Previous animal handling experience considered an asset

Training

  • Specific training provided for Nestling and Fledgling care
  • Continuous training provided by senior staff on shift when required

Benefits

  • The opportunity to work as part of a team assisting local wildlife
  • Increased knowledge of local species identification and ecology
  • Chance to expand knowledge and skills in animal care and husbandry
  • Familiarization with other wildlife-related groups in the area
Qualifications:

To be eligible to apply for these positions, applicants must be students who:

  • Are between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • Have been registered as full-time post-secondary students in the previous academic year and intend to return to a post-secondary education on a full-time basis in the next academic year;
  • Are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration & Refugee Protection Act;
  • Are legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial legislation and regulations.

Requirements

  • Reliability
  • Good physical stamina and health
  • Patience and the ability to work alone or in a group
  • Good communication skills
  • Comfortable around small birds and mammals
  • Proof of current tetanus vaccination
  • The ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Previous animal handling experience considered an asset
Apply To:

To apply for a position, please send a cover letter and resume to:

Marina Langland
Wildlife Rescue Association of BC
5216 Glencarin Drive
Burnaby, BC V5B 3C1
Fax:  604-524-2890
Email:  apply@wildliferescue.ca        (documents in Word or PDF format)

Please be advised that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews, but WRA would like to thank all applicants in advance for their interest.

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Conservation Interns - Ontario (10 positions)

Organization: Nature Conservancy of Canada

Job Type: Internship

Location: Various locations across Ontario

Posting Date: Jan 26, 2015

Deadline: Feb 15, 2015

Website: http://www.natureconservancy.ca

Organization Description:

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 more than 2.7 million acres (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. If you are looking for a dynamic work environment, rich in learning opportunities, and if you wish to be part of the largest private land conservation organization in Canada, we invite you to submit your application. To  learn more visit:  www.natureconservancy.ca

Job Description:

NUMBER OF POSITIONS:    10 (funding dependent)
TYPE OF POSITION:     Seasonal (4-6 months within April – September timeframe)
LOCATIONS:     Peterborough/Kingston (3), Peterborough (3), Guelph (3), Port Rowan or London (1)

PURPOSE AND GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The Conservation Interns will work closely with NCC Coordinators- Conservation Biology across Ontario to support conservation programs.  The Conservation Interns will assist in the implementation of the stewardship and management program for significant natural lands protected by NCC across Ontario, by working closely with NCC staff, partner organizations, local stewards and volunteers.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
•    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 biodiversity targets (e.g. species at risk, vegetation communities) and threats (e.g. invasive species);
•    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 developing and writing property management plans, conservation easement monitoring reports, effectiveness monitoring reports;
•    Assist with data collection, data entry, analysis and reporting as required to develop and implement property management plans.

Qualifications:

REQUIRED SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES
This posting is targeted to individuals possessing the following skills:
•    Demonstrated interest in conservation issues in Ontario;
•    Experience/knowledge in compiling information on natural areas, including land tenure, natural features, threats etc.;
•    Ability to identify common Ontario plants, wildlife and vegetation communities as well as experience using dichotomous identification keys;
•    Excellent written and oral communication skills;
•    Highly motivated, analytical and detail oriented; creative, pro-active thinker;
•    Ability to work well within team structure;
•    Experience working with volunteers;
•    Proficient with word processing, desktop publishing, and spreadsheet software;
•    Ability to work outdoors for extended periods in various weather conditions (e.g. high summer temperatures and humidity, heavy rain) and on various terrain;
•    Able to carry heavy equipment;
•    Navigational skills including experience with field GPS unit, compass, and air photo interpretation;
•    Valid class “G” driver’s license and ability to rent a vehicle in Ontario.

The following additional skills and abilities would be assets in these positions:
•    Experience/knowledge of the Ecological Land Classification for Southern Ontario;
•    Standard First Aid - Level C CPR first-aid certification;
•    Pesticide exterminator license;
•    Experience using chainsaws, brush cutters, farm utility vehicles, power tools, lawn tractors and other mechanized stewardship equipment; experience driving pick up trucks and utility trailers.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT
•    This is a full-time (35hrs/week), position within the period of Wednesday, April 1, 2015 – Wednesday, September 30, 2015 (with the possibility of extension);
•    ~$16.00/hour;
•    Positions are based out of Ottawa or Peterborough (3 positions), Peterborough (3), Guelph (3), Port Rowan or London (1), but will involve travel to and from field sites including overnights away from the home office location. Some weekend and evening work will be required.

Apply To:

TO APPLY
Applications should be submitted to: ontario@natureconservancy.ca

In your submission email, please include the following:
•    Email subject: “2015 Conservation Intern Application - Ontario”;
•    If you are available to work out of any NCC office or which location(s) you are limited to (Peterborough/Kingston, Peterborough, Guelph, Port Rowan or London);
•    The dates you are available to work (e.g. May 1 – Aug 30; Apr 1 – Sept 30);
•    One document with your cover letter and resume.

Application Deadline: Sunday, February 15, 2015

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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Park Operation Technician Elora Quarry/Belwood Conservation Areas

Organization: Grand River Conservation Authority

Job Type: Seasonal

Location: Elora, Belwood, Ontario ON

Posting Date: Jan 23, 2015

Deadline: Feb 12, 2015

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 Park Operations Technician is responsible to perform a variety of maintenance, security and gate duties, as well as dam, nature centre or pool duties as applicable, and to assist in the day to day operation of the park.

Specific Accountabilities

1. Participate in the maintenance and development of the Conservation Area and related lands, equipment and structures (dams, nature centres, pools, etc.).

2. Coordinate the work of students, primarily in the summer; and help provide training and ongoing instruction on machinery, equipment and other safe work procedures.

3. Enforce Conservation Authority policies and regulations at Conservation Area and satellite areas, as applicable.

4. Assist in all areas throughout the park as needed e.g., gatehouse admissions, security, etc.

5. Perform routine maintenance on equipment, other maintenance tasks throughout the park and basic carpentry and plumbing work

6. Provide customer service to patrons by answering questions, responding to issues, etc.

7. Provide administrative support to the Superintendent as assigned.

Qualifications:

Technical Accountabilities

1. Completion of a college diploma program or equivalent and at least two complete seasons of relevant work experience in a Conservation Area or park.

2. Knowledge of and experience operating and performing basic maintenance on a variety of medium and small equipment

3. Basic carpentry and plumbing skills.

4. Working knowledge of the following legislation for enforcement and public inquiries: Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, Conservation Authorities Act, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Highway Traffic Act, WHMIS, Small Vessels Act, Liquor Licence Act, Trespass to Property Act, Water Resources Act, Snowmobile and Off-road Vehicle Act.

5. Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills.

6. Strong computer skills in MS Office. Experience with online reservation systems and point of sale applications is considered an asset.

7. Valid current certification in Standard First Aid and CPR.

8. Valid Driver's Licence

9. Small Drinking Water System Operator Certificate and/or Wastewater Treatment Operator License is considered an asset.

10. P.O.A. designation is considered an asset

The pay range for this position is Job Level 4 $20.38 to $25.46 per hour /40 hours per week

 Approximate Start Date:April 1 2015

Recurring season will be April 1 to October 31

Apply To:

Please send a resume and covering letter to careers@grandriver.ca in MS Word or PDF format and quote “P.O.T Belwood #316” in the subject line.

Deadline for Applications: 4:00pm Thursday February 12, 2015

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

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Lead Hand Elora Gorge Conservation Area

Organization: Grand River Conservation Authority

Job Type: Seasonal

Location: Elora, Ontario ON

Posting Date: Jan 23, 2015

Deadline: Feb 12, 2015

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 Lead Hand – Parks carries out services related to maintenance of grounds and buildings in a Conservation Area.

Specific Accountabilities

  1. Provide assistance with staff coordination 
  2. Maintain and operate grass cutting equipment
  3. Tractor operation
  4. Ability to operate a light truck and trailer combination
  5. General building and grounds maintenance duties including minor facility repairs and cleaning
  6. Perform general labor and other maintenance duties as assigned
  7. Provide customer service and public relations support
  8. Assist with the enforcement of Conservation Area regulations as required
  9. Assist with maintaining health & safety compliance.
Qualifications:

Technical Accountabilities

  1. At least 3 months of relevant work experience in an outdoor recreational environment
  2. Experience in the operation & maintenance of grass cutting equipment, off-road utility vehicles, cleaning sprayers and power assisted hand tools
  3. Experienced in safe use practices as it relates to general cleaning products & chemicals.
  4. Basic carpentry skills
  5. Basic knowledge of plumbing & electrical systems
  6. Valid driver’s license.

The pay range for this position is Job Level 3 $17.21 to $21.52 per hour/ 40 hours per week

Start Date: April 20, 2015

Term of Seasonal Employment : April 20 to October 15, recurring

Apply To:

Please send a resume and covering letter to careers@grandriver.ca in MS Word or PDF format and quote “Lead Hand Elora #333” in the subject line.

Deadline for Applications: 4:00pm Thursday February 12, 2015

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

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Administrative Assistant, Conservation Lands Services

Organization: Conservation Halton

Job Type: Full-time

Location: Burlington, Ontario ON

Posting Date: Jan 20, 2015

Deadline: Feb 08, 2015

Website: http://www.conservationhalton.ca

Organization Description:

Conservation Halton is a community based environmental agency that works in partnership with watershed municipalities and the Province of Ontario to protect the natural environment.  We also manage a number of parks for education and recreation including Glen Eden Ski & Snowboard Centre, Crawford Lake, Mountsberg Conservation Area, Rattlesnake Point, Mount Nemo, and Hilton Falls. 

Job Description:

The Administrative Assistant, Conservation Lands is responsible to the Director, Conservation Lands Services. The Administrative Assistant provides support to the work of the division in areas such as administration, research, development, facilitation, and coordination.

Responsibilities

  • Maintain all Lands Services Divisional corporate record keeping systems (Operational Manuals, Policies Statements, Standard Operating Procedures, etc).
  • Represent the Director, Conservation Lands Services at applicable internal and external meetings, functions, events, etc.
  • Responsible for making final revisions and keeping all Conservation Lands Manuals, Procedures, and Policies (60+) up-to-date.  Work with applicable committees to continue to develop Manuals, Procedures, and Policies on an ongoing basis.  Provide corporate memory for division
  • Manage Halton Region Recreation Subsidy Program on behalf of Conservation Halton
  • Prepare agenda, take minutes, and participate in all applicable division meetings and proof read board reports to meet CH guidelines 
  • Maintain director’s calendar and work schedule
  • Prepare verbal and written responses to customer service inquiries/communications from public, community partners, and stakeholders on behalf of Director’s office
  • Prepare monthly and annual statistical reports for Board, Tourism Groups, Conservation Ontario, Escarpment Country, Accountability Reporting, and for other departments 
  • Manage parks “Events Calendar” for CH parks and make accessible on shared drive.  Research ideas and initiatives for Conservation Lands “All staff” meetings and CH events, and assist with external events (i.e., Fall into Nature)
  • Develop, maintain, and implement electronic and hard copy filing systems
  • Assist Director with researching and developing divisional initiatives
  • Work in accordance with the Authority's Safety Policy and Procedures and in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations
  • Perform such other related duties as directed by the Director, Conservation Lands Services
Qualifications:

The Administrative Assistant will possess a certificate, diploma or degree from a recognized College or University in Business Administration or related field, coupled with a minimum of 5 years’ experience, along with the following:

  • Evaluation, organizational, and time management skills to forecast and plan workloads
  • Analytical skills to identify the nature, urgency and destination of correspondence and retrieval of information
  • Ability to develop, foster and sustain effective working relationships with Division and Conservation Halton staff
  • Knowledge of office equipment, telephone etiquette, and minute taking
  • Ability to establish priorities and work under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills to ensure excellence in customer service for internal and external customers and the general public
  • Strong computer skills:  Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Ability to maintain confidentially of information provided through meetings and documentation 

Compensation

  • $42,494 per annum based on 40 hours/week (negotiable upon skills and qualifications)

Benefits

  • Full benefit package, including health, dental, vision care, life and disability insurance and membership in the OMERS Pension Plan.
  • Staff identification pass which entitles you to free entry to all of our conservation areas, free skiing and snowboarding, and discounts on goods, services, cafeteria food, events with a participation fee, equipment rentals and tubing!
Apply To:

Interested?  Apply online bySunday February 8th, 2015 at 11:59pm to:

E-mail: hr@hrca.on.ca (include job title in subject line)

We thank all applicants for their interest however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

Conservation Halton is an equal opportunity employer in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code.  Conservation Halton will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.  Personal information provided is collected under the authority of The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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Marine Interpreter / Educator at Whale Interpretive Centre

Whale Interpretive Centre (WIC)

Organization: Whale Interpretive Centre (WIC) View In-depth Profile

Job Type: Seasonal

Location: Telegraph Cove, BC

Posting Date: Jan 17, 2015

Deadline: Feb 19, 2015

Website: http://www.killerwhalecentre.org

Organization Description:

The Whale Interpretive Centre (WIC) is an initiative of the Johnstone Strait Killer Whale Interpretive Centre Society (JSKWICS), a non-profit society.

The Whale Interpretive Centre (WIC) was established in Telegraph Cove, BC in 2002 and is committed to marine mammal education and conservation. It aspires to be a 'world class' interpretive centre that inspires and involves the local community as well as many international visitors.

The Whale Interpretive Centre is housed in a historical building on the boardwalk of Telegraph Cove and contains displays that feature the marine biodiversity of the local area, the importance of the Michael Bigg Ecological Reserve at Robson Bight, and marine conservation issues. The highlight of the museum is the articulated skeletons of marine and terrestrial mammals (killer whale, minke whale, Pacific white-sided dolphin, harbour seal, pygmy sperm whale, sea otter, river otter and Steller sea lion etc), including a 20m fin whale that is suspended from the ceiling of the building.

The museum is open from May through October each year.  Staff deliver a variety of educational programs and provide interpretation to the visitors. Structured school programs that focus on marine interconnectedness, adaptations, and marine mammal biology are offered during May, June and September. Specialty tours, evening lectures and special events are also offered throughout the season. The WIC is perfectly situated to reach a large audience, as Telegraph Cove is the main launching point for kayak expeditions, whale watching tours, and is a popular day trip for many north island locals.

Job Description:

Interpreters are front-line staff at the WIC, providing engaging education to visitors about marine mammals and marine conservation. Their duties include:

  • Meet and greet local and international visitors 
  • Deliver one-on-one interpretation of displays to visitors
  • Provide structured presentations and tours to highly diverse audiences from around the world (groups of 30+)
  • Maintain museum, displays and salt water aquarium
  • Deliver programs to school groups (K-Grade 12)
  • Clean and articulate skeletons (as needed)
  • Facilitate evening events, lectures etc (as needed)
  • Update websites and social media (Facebook, Twitter) for up to 2 hours a week
  • Special projects and duties as required
Qualifications:

Successful Candidates:

  • Are easily approachable, welcoming, and have excellent interpersonal skills
  • Are comfortable speaking to large groups
  • Are driven to deliver environmental education
  • Are practical, resourceful and self-motivated workers
  • Work well in a goal-oriented team environment
  • Possess knowledge of marine mammal biology and a strong conservation ethic
  • Are willing and able to participate in menial labour when required
  • Can tolerate cold, damp working conditions
  •  A second language is an asset, as is formal training in interpretation or environmental education.

Candidates must be available from May 1 to September 30, 2015

Realities

  • Nearest town with accommodation is in the community of Port McNeill – own vehicle is a necessity.
  • The WIC is an un-insulated building above the water and is often drafty and cold.
  • Physical and, at times, dirty work in addition to the academic.
  • Need for great independence and initiative.
  • Repetitive nature of interpretive tours.
  • Invaluable "hands-on" learning potential and the opportunity to contribute to marine education.
  • Spectacular location and opportunities to experience beautiful northern Vancouver Island.
  •  PLEASE NOTE: This is not a research position
Apply To:

Please submit your cover letter, resume and 3 references (2 of which must be work references) to Mary Borrowman by Friday, February 20th, 2015.  Please be sure to indicate period of availability.  Preferred that candidates apply via email. 

We thank all those who apply but only successful applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Contact Information:

Mary Borrowman
JSKWICS - Whale Interpretive Centre
P.O. Box 2-3
Telegraph Cove, B.C.
V0N 3J0
society@killerwhalecentre.org

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Conservation Programs Specialist

Organization: Ducks Unlimited Canada

Job Type: Full-time

Location: Brandon

Posting Date: Jan 16, 2015

Deadline: Feb 06, 2015

Website: http://www.ducks.ca

Organization Description:
Job Description:


Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC), the leader in wetland conservation, is looking for confident, energetic and dedicated professionals to join our team.
 

Protection of wetlands and associated prairie grassland habitats is vital to the management of continental waterfowl. As a Conservation Program Specialist, you will be responsible for the delivery and negotiation of habitat protection programs leading to the long-term protection of important waterfowl and wildlife habitat.
  You will also identify, plan and oversee the execution of wetland and grassland restoration projects offsetting the loss of prairie ecosystems.


Your communication and negotiation skills enable you to deal effectively with various stakeholders, including the general public, government, agribusiness and wildlife communities.
 

You are an enthusiastic team player passionate about waterfowl, other wildlife and the outdoors. You are capable of working alone in rural settings under minimal supervision and recognize the importance of environmental stewardship within the agricultural production systems.


You are a persuasive, goal-oriented individual with strong interpersonal skills.
  Your personal and professional experience and directly related knowledge make you the ideal candidate for this position. 

Qualifications:
  • A post-secondary degree or diploma in wildlife management, biology, ecology or related discipline; a Land Agent or Agriculture diploma with relevant work experience will also be considered.

  • Knowledge of waterfowl and other animal and plant biology.

  • Knowledge of sustainable resource management would be considered an asset.

  • Experience in planning and project management.

  • Excellent organization, interpersonal communication skills, both oral and written.

  • Strong computer and analytical skills – GIS/ArcMap an asset.

  • Previous sales or cold-calling experience would be an asset.

  • General knowledge of working farms and practices. 

  • Experience with various outdoor equipment including GPS, ATV’s, Boats etc.

  • Familiarity with the non-profit and/or environmental conservation sectors would also be an asset.

Apply To:

In Canada, we lose up to 80 acres of wetlands every day.  We need your help to stop this loss.  If you’re a passionate, 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 date: February 6, 2015


DUC offers a complete range of employee benefits (including a company pension plan) for these full-time positions. 

 

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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Coordinator, Major Gifts - Ontario Region

Organization: Nature Conservancy of Canada

Job Type: Full-time

Location: Toronto, Ontario ON

Posting Date: Jan 15, 2015

Deadline: Feb 03, 2015

Website: http://www.natureconservancy.ca

Organization Description:

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 more than 2.6 million acres (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. If you are looking for a dynamic work environment, rich in learning opportunities, and if you wish to be part of the largest private land conservation organization in Canada, we invite you to submit your application. To  learn more visit:  www.natureconservancy.ca

Job Description:

Reports to:        Manager, Major Gifts, Ontario Region

Salary Band:    2

Location:        Toronto

Overview
The Coordinator, Major Gifts assumes a significant role in the coordination and delivery of fundraising and communications activities to further the mission of the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Working closely with the Manager, Major Gifts, Ontario Region, the incumbent plays a key role in supporting sub-regional Program Directors; conducting prospect research and maintaining Raiser’s Edge Database for Ontario donors. As a member of the Ontario fundraising team, the Coordinator, Major Gifts, mentors other staff in donor recognition and stewardship, and ensures that sub-regional development and communications activities conform to national standards and policies. These responsibilities are carried out within assigned development department, sub-regional and project-related expense budgets.

Key Responsibilities:

1.    Project and Program Fundraising
Achieve annual fundraising targets to meet goals set with the Manager, Major Gifts, and the appropriate Program Director for the assigned projects as laid out in the annual regional business plan, and as determined during the year as opportunities arise, by:
•    Providing fundraising and communications support to sub-regional Program Directors;
•    Meeting personally, telephoning, and otherwise corresponding with donors and prospects as assigned by the Manager, Major Gifts, and/or Program Director;
•    Drafting stewardship letters, event invitations, acknowledgement letters, and other general correspondence to donors;
•    Preparing presentation materials, developing strategy, and attending requests for funding meetings with donors;
•    Preparing or coordinating required interim and final reports for donors;
•    Following established guidelines, support the Manager, Major Gifts, and the Program Directors in designing and ordering property signs and plaques to install at properties;
•    Organizing small group tours of NCC properties;
•    Occasionally coordinating large but targeted mailings related to particular Ontario property or sub-regional program;
•    Understanding the importance of documenting donor interactions in order to create individuated relationship plans and maintaining donor records in Raiser’s Edge;
•    Conducting prospect research and identifying individual, foundation and government prospects; and,
•    Researching, writing, designing and/or coordinating letters of inquiry and proposals to foundations and government programs.

2.    Report and Proposal Writing
Support the Manager, Major Gifts, and sub-regional Program Directors to:
•    Write and submit timely reports and proposals to donors; and,
•    Track donor reports and proposals properly using Raiser’s Edge.

3.    General Administration and Support
•    Provide administrative and other support as required, including fielding general enquiries from donors, potential donors, and volunteers;
•    Assist with the completion of property closing paperwork;
•    Prepare expense forms and credit cards statement submissions as required;
•    Maintain timely electronic notes of all communications with or about donors and prospects; and,
•    Perform other duties as assigned by the Manager, Major Gifts.

Qualifications:

Skills and Aptitudes:
•    At least three years of fundraising experience, preferably in a major gift capacity;
•    Exceptional verbal and written communications skills including a proven track record in public speaking and small interpersonal meetings;
•    Demonstrated successful experience in a development and/or communications role, including proposal writing, media relations, and marketing;
•    Resourceful and independent, yet comfortable working within the framework of an integrated development program;
•    Excellent ability to manage a diverse range of assignments with high proficiency and superior attention to details;
•    A strong sense of self-confidence, particularly when dealing with high-level supporters and members of the media;
•    Strong project management skills with a demonstrated ability to prepare and manage timelines, goals and expectations wisely;
•    Solid interpersonal and customer service skills as this position will interact with donors, volunteers, board members, and the public;
•    A self-starter, with strong motivation to take initiatives and to adjust to changing priorities and meet deadlines;
•    Ability to support a decentralized delivery of organizational goals and objectives;
•    Works well under pressure;
•    A commitment to handle sensitive/confidential information appropriately and with discretion;
•    Proficiency in MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint;
•    Working knowledge of databases, including Raiser’s Edge;
•    Excellent ability to create, organize, and maintain effective and efficient record keeping systems;
•    Ability to obtain pertinent information from a variety of sources;
•    A demonstrated awareness of conservation issues in Ontario;
•    Understanding of and commitment to the role and mission of The Nature Conservancy of Canada;
•    Ability to work/travel within a flexible schedule, including occasional weekends and evenings; and,
•    A valid Ontario Drivers’ Licence is a necessity.

Apply To:

If you have a keen interest in nature and conservation and are interested in joining our team, please forward your resumé and cover letter, indicating Coordinator, Major Gifts - Ontario Region in the subject line, by February 3, 2015, to the Nature Conservancy of Canada, via e-mail: careers@natureconservancy.ca.

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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Summer Field Technician

Organization: Foothills Research Institute

Job Type: Seasonal

Location: Hinton, Grande Cache, and Manning Alberta

Posting Date: Jan 12, 2015

Deadline: Feb 27, 2015

Website: https://foothillsri.ca/program/caribou-program

Organization Description:

fRI’s Caribou Program was created in 2013 to conduct and coordinate research on caribou in Alberta. The goal of the program is to provide land and resource managers with knowledge and planning tools through applied research to support Alberta’s caribou recovery efforts and ensure their long-term persistence. For more information on the Caribou Program, please visit our website: http://foothillsri.ca/program/caribou-program.

Job Description:

The technician will carry out fieldwork aimed at assessing how disturbance from mountain pine beetle (MPB) infestation and linear features affect caribou habitat use and behaviour. Specifically, the successful applicant will carry out field surveys of seismic lines, roads, and pipelines as well as forest patches at different stages of re-vegetation and MPB infestation to assess human and animal use and to quantify caribou and bear food availability.  The technician will work as part of a two person field crew based out of remote field camps near Grande Cache and Manning, Alberta.  Applicants should be comfortable working in remote field settings, driving on poor roads (gravel, mud) where extensive heavy duty truck traffic occurs, and camping in all weather conditions.  The applicant needs to be physically fit and willing to work extended hours regardless of weather conditions and insects.  Applicants with knowledge of vegetation sampling and strong plant and animal identification skills are preferred.

Qualifications:

Essential Job Qualifications:

1. A minimum of two years in a natural resources, forestry or wildlife diploma/degree program

2. A minimum of one season of related field experience

3. Familiar with Rocky Mountain and Boreal forest plants, field sampling methodology, and data collection procedures

4. Organized, highly motivated and able to work in a team environment comprised of people from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines

5. Comfortable working in remote field camp for extended periods of time

6. Comfortable working in adverse weather conditions and in remote areas where bears are present

7. Experience navigating with a GPS, maps and a compass

8. Experience and proficiency operating quads and a 4x4  truck

9. Valid Canadian drivers license or International drivers permit

10. Valid first aid (Wilderness first aid preferred)

Salary: Up to $3000 monthly depending on experience.  All expenses are covered while in the field. Applicants eligible for Canada Summer Jobs funding are particularly welcome.

Apply To:

Please email your cover letter (clearly indicating how your experience meets each of the job qualifications), resume, and contact information for two  references to: Laura Finnegan (lfinnegan@foothillsri.ca) Subject line: “Application – Summer Field Technician 2015”

Closing Date: Feb 27, 2015, 1600 hours, MST

We thank all applicants in advance; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Shrike Recovery Biologists (2)

Organization: Wildlife Preservation Canada

Job Type: Contract/Project/Temporary

Location: Southern Ontario

Posting Date: Jan 12, 2015

Deadline: Mar 01, 2015

Website: http://www.wildlifepreservation.ca

Organization Description:
Job Description:

Position: Shrike Recovery Biologists (2)

 Wildlife Preservation Canada is seeking two experienced biologists to implement 2015 field season activities for the Eastern Loggerhead Shrike (ELOSH) Recovery Program.  Two positions will be filled, one each in the Carden and Napanee Alvars. Some work may also occur in Smiths Falls, Pembroke/Renfrew and Grey-Bruce/Manitoulin. The Eastern Loggerhead Shrike is critically endangered with a total of only 16 known pairs breeding in Ontario in 2014.  The Carden and Napanee Alvars are the two core areas where ELOSH continue to breed, while ELOSH sightings still occur in Smiths Falls, Pembroke/Renfrew, Grey-Bruce and Manitoulin.  Wildlife Preservation Canada has been managing a unique model recovery program for ELOSH since 2001 that includes wild population surveying and monitoring, captive breeding and release, and habitat stewardship projects.

Job Description:

Under the supervision of the Species Recovery Biologist, staff will be responsible for monitoring the wild population in their designated core area(s), and the care and soft-release of groups of captive-hatched juveniles (transferred to release sites from one of the program’s breeding facilities over July-August); this offers a unique opportunity to work first-hand with an endangered species and the chance to gain experience in animal care and population recovery techniques in a field setting.

Responsibilities:         

  • Road-side and on-site (with prior permission) surveys to locate breeding pairs of wild ELOSH
  • Remote nest monitoring to determine nest productivity
  • Identification and reporting of all colour banded ELOSH
  • Initiating and maintaining landowner contact
  • Working closely with local landowners and local NGO partners to develop habitat stewardship projects
  • Coordinate volunteer survey efforts in the Carden core (Adopt-a-Site program)
  • Daily care and husbandry of captive young prior to release during July and August (behavioural observations and provision of live food)
  • Soft-release of young; post-release monitoring and supplemental feeding
  • Release site and enclosure preparation and maintenance
  • Assisting with banding of all captive young prior to release
  • Attachment of remote tracking devices to a subset of captive young prior to release
  • Data management, monthly reports, end-of-season reports
  • Effective and timely communication with program staff and partners
  • General field site maintenance
  • Additional tasks as required

Position runs from early May through September 2015, with the possibility of a contract extension into the fall of 2015.   Compensation is Cdn $2200-2500/month, depending on experience, with a housing subsidy available if the successful candidate does not have access to local accommodation. 

Qualifications:

Applicants must have prior experience with bird monitoring/surveying and have completed at least an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (completion of a Master’s or equivalent level of knowledge/experience is preferred).  Experience with nest searching and colour band identification preferred, as is familiarity with call playback surveys. Banding experience is an asset.  Applicants should also have some familiarity with grassland birds and the ability to identify the majority of species by sight and sound. Prior experience with animal care in a captive setting is preferred.  Bird rehabilitation experience is a major asset. This position requires strong organizational and communication skills and multi-tasking abilities.  Preference will be given to candidates with previous experience supervising volunteers and/or managing field research projects.

In addition, qualified candidates should be able to navigate in the field using a map, compass, and GPS, work independently, and be willing to work long hours and live in rustic field quarters.  Applicants should be physically fit, able to endure working in variable weather conditions with exposure to biting insects.  A valid driver’s license is required and access to a vehicle for the duration of the contract is preferred.

 Most Eastern Loggerhead Shrikes breed on private lands, so considerable landowner contact is required.  The successful candidate must have good interpersonal skills and the ability to maintain positive relationships with private landowners.

Apply To:

To apply please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to: Hazel Wheeler, Species Recovery Biologist, hazel@wildlifepreservation.ca.  Please submit your application as a single PDF or MS word file and include the email subject heading “Shrike Recovery Biologist Application”.  Please apply ASAP as the positions will be filled as soon as suitable candidates are found (applications will not be considered after March 1, 2015).  All applicants must be legally eligible to work in Canada.

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