Conservation & Stewardship Program Manager

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Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association

Job Description

Location: Various locations across the Bruce Peninsula, Ontario

Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association:

The Bruce Peninsula is a core area of the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve and has one of the highest concentrations of rare species in all of Canada. The Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association ( is an award-winning, registered charity located in the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula. Incorporated in 2002, we increase local environmental understanding and build community commitment and capacity for conservation and sustainable economic development, while achieving concrete restoration and stewardship goals. 

 The Position:

The Biosphere Association has developed a conservation and stewardship plan with the input of over 20 stakeholder groups.  This plan focuses on voluntary actions by community members including livestock and crop farmers, seasonal and permanent residents, woodlot operators, government agencies, environmental groups and many others.  Engaging and working with the community, the program manager implements voluntary measures to improve and sustain ecosystem function in concert with human activities.  Working in a team environment with program staff, volunteers, and science advisors, the Conservation & Stewardship Program Manager will lead the implementation of the Conservation & Stewardship action plan.

  The primary areas of responsibility are:

  • Developing conservation strategies that both build community support for environmental action and use ecologically sound conservation and restoration techniques;
  • Project work planning from concept to evaluation
  • Project financing–writing project financing proposals
  • Project resourcing –recruiting and managing the seasonal field staff and community volunteers necessary to meet project deliverables
  • Project documentation and quarterly and annual  reporting to community, the Board of Directors  and funding agencies and
  • Project evaluation

This position would be suited to an individual who thrives on new opportunities and professional growth as from year to year specific responsibilities may change based on ‎ grant success and deliverables. The current focus areas are the survey and control of invasive Phragmites (approximately 60% of time), implementing the forest connectivity strategy (20%), water quality/ shoreline stewardship initiatives (10%) and eco-adventures (10%)

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage the Phragmites Eradication Program by planning seasonal activities associated with surveying, mechanical and chemical removal, and wetland restoration; recruiting and overseeing seasonal field technicians; involving community groups and other volunteers in the local monitoring and removal on private land; coordinating with representatives from the municipal and provincial governments, conservation groups, and conservation authorities to share information and coordinate efforts; and database organization and analysis.
  • Head the Bruce Peninsula Environmental Network and lead the implementation Conservation and Stewardship Plan by coordinating with stakeholders and organizing meetings twice per year; updating the Conservation & Stewardship Action Plan with accomplishments from Environmental Network members; and stewarding new initiatives.
  •  Administrative duties that include preparing reports and briefings on activities for the Board of Directors, granting agencies, and partners; attending staff and project meetings; and preparing and reporting on project budgets.
  • Outreach activities include participating in community and stakeholder events; writing articles for the local paper and various environmental newsletters and magazines; giving presentations at scientific, stakeholder, and community meetings; organizing and delivering workshops and events; recruiting and managing community volunteers; and developing a network of supporters and advisors from governmental, academic, and environmental groups.

 Required Qualifications:

  • Education in biology, physical geography, environmental engineering, ecology, or related science field, or acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience relevant to the position
  • 5-10 years experience working in conservation and environmental fields
  • Experience working in charitable organizations and engaging community volunteers
  • Experience in writing grants and the subsequent reporting of results
  • Ability to develop and stay within budget while meeting all project deliverables
  • Proven success in managing projects and field technicians, excellent time management and organizations skills
  • Database management
  • Experience identifying and removing invasive species
  • Above average writing and communication skills, for the public and the scientific communities
  • Knowledge of the plants, animals, and geology of the Bruce Peninsula
  • Experience in habitat restoration, particularly wetland or forest enhancement
  • Exceptional relationship building skills to engage a diverse network of community, governmental, academic, and environmental group members
  • Drivers license and access to vehicle
  • A passion for making a difference in one of the most spectacular areas of Canada

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with field sampling through education or work experience
  • Experience using tools and equipment, from a GPS to a motorized saw.
  • Experience with a Geographic Information System such as Arc Map or Arc GIS

If you are passionate about the environment, want to experience real-world environmental sustainability and seek to further your environmental career by taking a lead role in a prominent environmental action group with an incredible record of conservation accomplishments, then we want to meet you.  The position is a fulltime permanent position subject to grant fundraising.  It will start as soon as feasible; hours will be irregular, but primarily 8:30 – 4:30 Monday to Friday, 37.5 hrs per week, with compensation reflecting experience, education, and skills.

 To Apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter by e-mail to Dr. Katherine McLeod, Executive Director, Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association:

Important: Please ensure your application file is in a PDF format and the filename includes your first and last name and the job title (ex. Jane Doe Program Manager.pdf). Please also put Program Manager in the subject line of your email.

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