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


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)

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.
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

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


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

Visit rare on the web at for additional information on the organization.

  • 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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