Manager, Natural Areas

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Nature Conservancy of Canada

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Edmonton, Canada

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21 days ago

Location: Red Deer, AB
Position details: Full Time Contract (24 months)

Taking care of our environment has never been more important than it is today. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is looking for a Natural Area Manager – Central 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 landscapes. 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 Natural Area Manager – Central Alberta is responsible for the delivery of conservation programs in the Red Deer River Natural Area and in accordance with NCC’s policies, procedures, standards, and guidelines. The Natural Area Manager will plan, budget, and implement stewardship activities (i.e., annual monitoring, invasive species management, grazing agreements) for conservation easement and fee-simple properties in the Red Deer River Natural Area. The Natural Area Manager will also assist with land securement within their Natural Area, conduct outreach activities, and build strong partnerships with local communities and external partners. The Natural Area Manager – Central Alberta will report to the Director of Conservation – Parkland and Grasslands and will work closely with the Senior Director of Conservation, other conservation staff, and the rest of the regional team in a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment. Externally, the Natural Area Manager – Central Alberta will work with local landowners, partner organizations, conservation volunteers, funders, and other members of the public.

Position Requirements

  • University degree and at least 5 years professional experience in landscape ecology, conservation biology, natural resource management, or related field;
  • A superior working knowledge of Alberta’s landscapes, communities, and conservation issues;
  • Previous experience in land management and stewardship;
  • The ability to build and support effective partnerships both within and outside NCC to achieve the organization’s goals;
  • Strong interpersonal and public engagement skills with experience in stakeholder engagement;
  • Project management skills, including excellent problem solving, planning and organizational skills, and attention to details and timelines;
  • Ability to manage conflicting priorities;
  • Strategic thinking and planning, coupled with experience in business development;
  • Leadership skills, in particular the ability to coach and mentor junior colleagues;
  • Conflict resolution and de-escalation experience;
  • Knowledge of NCC’s conservation planning framework, especially as it relates to the identification of priority securement projects;
  • 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 independently;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage staff and volunteers;
  • Demonstrated ability to write successful proposals, business correspondence, and donor acknowledgments;
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite;
  • Ability to manage highly confidential material;
  • Willingness and ability to travel and be available for consultation; and
  • Committed to the mission and values of NCC.

Other assets include:

  • Experience in restoration and reclamation;
  • Experience in wetland management and/or restoration;
  • Knowledge of Alberta’s Species at Risk;
  • Knowledge of databases and GIS software;
  • Experience operating an all-terrain vehicle and hauling a trailer.

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 September 30 at 11:59 P.M. EST

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.