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As one of Canada’s largest not for profit leaders in wildlife conservation, research, and advocacy, we are seeking to fill the following position…
Native Grassland Conservation Manager
Full-Time, Fixed-Term Contract (3 years)
Location: Work from home in Saskatchewan, Alberta, or Manitoba
Native grasslands are among the most endangered terrestrial ecosystems in the world. They support an abundance of biodiversity including many species at risk, provide sustainable resources for ranchers on the working landscape, endow rich cultural heritage to Indigenous communities, and are a powerhouse of soil carbon reserves. Despite these recognized values, only a fraction of original grasslands in the Canadian prairies remain, their rate of conversion to cropland is increasing, and government policies and programs have not prevented conversion. Transformative change needs to happen in how we think about and act toward grasslands if the values they bring to wildlife and people are to be sustained in Canada.
The Canadian Wildlife Federation is looking for a Native Grassland Conservation Manager to develop and lead our grassland conservation program that is dedicated to the conservation of native grasslands on the working landscape in the Prairie Provinces.
The Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) is a national not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to ensuring an appreciation of our natural world and a lasting legacy of healthy wildlife and habitat. By spreading knowledge of human impacts on the environment, developing and delivering educational programs, conducting research, promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, and advocating for effective wildlife policy and regulation, CWF strives for a future in which Canada’s wildlife is conserved for generations to come.
The Native Grasslands Conservation Manager is a senior role responsible for development, management and administration of the program, conservation outcome delivery, as well as growing CWF’s native grassland conservation program across the Prairie Provinces.
The successful candidate will be a committed leader with a proven track record of delivering change and achieving conservation outcomes. They are capable of developing a vision for grassland conservation, acquiring grants to build program capacity, managing program staff, convening multi-stakeholder groups to identify conservation problems, working collaboratively with ranchers, producer groups, Indigenous communities, government agencies, the agri-food value chain, other conservation groups, and funders to develop creative solutions and build a comprehensive program designed to deliver results.
- Experience in agriculture or rangeland management or related subject, with expertise in botany, ecology, entomology, ornithology, or mammalogy.
- Ten years minimum practical experience in conservation with a proven background delivering conservation outcomes including project and program management.
- Strategic thinking, problem-solving skills, ability to make decisions, sound judgment and experience applying creative solutions to conservation problems.
- Ability to collaborate on building a conservation vision and achieving outcomes.
- Ability to convene multi-stakeholder groups and build a constructive dialogue to address conservation issues in a collaborative way that conserves native grasslands and supports grassland stewards on the working landscape.
- Knowledge of grassland conservation approaches, and of the linkages between sustainable ranching practices and biodiversity outcomes.
- Strong background in program development including conservation planning, grant writing, project management, budgeting, financial tracking, staff recruitment.
- Strong networking, negotiation, consultation and coalition-building skills.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
- Strong analytical skills.
- Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and manage multiple demands and competing priorities with a minimum of direction.
- Ability to anticipate problems and address issues in a timely manner and to obtain pertinent information from a variety of sources.
- Full-time, 3-year fixed-term position.
- Work from home.
- Occasional work in field including walking in challenging terrain
- Travel throughout Canada as required.
- Overtime may be required.
Why Work with Us?
- We are a rapidly growing team of forward-thinking individuals who all share a common passion of wildlife conservation
- Friendly and casual work environment
- Transparency between various levels of management
- We are committed to building a more diverse workforce
- Work-life balance
- Competitive salary within the non-profit sector
APPLICATION DEADLINE: This position will be posted until December 17, 2021.
HOW TO APPLY: Cover letter and resume should be submitted. Only the candidates who meet the qualifications and experience for the position will be contacted for an interview. We thank you for your interest in the Canadian Wildlife Federation.
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