Conservation Coordinator - Southeast Alberta

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Nature Conservancy of Canada

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Edmonton, Canada

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21 days ago

Location: Medicine Hat

Position details: Full Time Contract (2 years)


Taking care of our environment has never been more important than it is today. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is looking for a Conservation Coordinator – Southeast Alberta to join a team committed to protecting our most important natural areas and the plants and animals they sustain.


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 14 million hectares (more than 35 million acres) 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.


Position Summary

The Conservation Coordinator – Southeast Alberta is responsible for assisting in the delivery of conservation programs in Alberta’s grasslands within NCC’s South-Central (Milk River Ridge) and Southeast (Cypress Hills and Pakowki Lake) Natural Areas in accordance with NCC’s policies, procedures, standards and guidelines. The Conservation Coordinator will report to the Natural Area Manager of Southeast Alberta and will work closely with the Natural Area Manager South-Central Alberta, other conservation staff, and the rest of the regional team in a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment. Externally, the Conservation Coordinator will work with local landowners, partner organizations, conservation volunteers, funders, and other members of the public.


Position Requirements

  • Successful completion of a University degree in landscape ecology, conservation biology, natural resource management, or related field;
  • Ideal candidates are located or willing to relocate to Medicine Hat;
  • A working knowledge of Alberta’s landscapes, flora, fauna, communities, and conservation issues;
  • Previous experience in grassland and range management;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the rural/ranching culture;
  • Knowledge of Alberta’s species at risk;
  • An understanding of conservation easement and other legal tools associated with private land conservation;
  • Ability to communicate positively and effectively with landowners, leaseholders, donors, and other stakeholders;
  • Excellent writing skills for reporting, proposals, business correspondence, and conservation documents such as annual monitoring reports;
  • The ability to build and support effective partnerships both within and outside NCC to achieve the organization’s goals;
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously, including excellent problem solving, planning and organizational skills, and attention to details and timelines;
  • Strategic thinking and planning, coupled with experience in business development;
  • Experience with iPad technology associated with ArcGIS field-based mapping, as well as proficiency with MS Office Suite;
  • Comfortable working in a team setting and capable of easily communicating with a wide range of people from the public and private sectors;
  • Flexibility, reliability, self-motivation, and ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor junior staff and manage volunteers;
  • Ability to manage highly confidential material;
  • Conflict resolution skills;
  • Willingness and ability to travel and be available for consultation;
  • Experience operating an all-terrain vehicle and hauling a trailer; and
  • Committed to the mission and values of NCC.


Terms of Employment

  • This is a full-time, contract position extending from approximately February 2023 to February 2025);
  • The position is based out of Medicine Hat and
  • This is a junior position for someone looking to gain experience in conservation.


How to Apply

NCC is an equal opportunity employer. If you are interested in joining our team, please submit your cover letter, resume and salary expectations through our Career Centre by 11:59 p.m. on December 15, 2022.


NCC welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.


We value and incorporate diverse traditions, heritage, knowledge and experiences in our mission and in our workplaces. We celebrate the full participation of people from all walks of life as we work towards common goals. We strive for a conservation movement in which equity, diversity and inclusion are the norm. This is our continuous commitment: to promote healthy people, healthy communities and a healthy planet for everyone.