Conservation Biologist

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Nature Conservancy of Canada

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Halifax, Canada

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22 days ago

Location: Halifax, NS
Position details: Full-time, permanent

Taking care of our environment has never been more important than it is today. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is looking for a Nova Scotia Conservation Biologist 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 NS Conservation Biologist role is primarily to support the NS Program with the organization and execution of stewardship, land management, outreach, and technical office work. The incumbent will work independently and with NCC staff, partners and volunteers to implement stewardship actions. They will work closely and cooperatively with the NS Stewardship Manager and other team members within the Atlantic Region.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Directly support the management of nature reserves owned by NCC in NS;
  • Implement priority on-the-ground stewardship actions (e.g., installing signage, remove garbage, invasives management, maintaining trails, etc.);
  • Complete monitoring of Nova Scotia properties where NCC owns land or holds conservation easements;
  • Prepare baseline reports and monitoring reports for NCC properties including field data collection, data entry and ongoing organization of information;
  • Manage stewardship projects and enter data into NCC’s Land Information System database, ensuring actions are kept up to date;
  • Manage the NS mapping and GIS files and prepare stewardship maps;
  • Assist with the coordination and delivery of volunteer events and other outreach and stewardship volunteer activities;
  • Supervise summer interns in field and office activities;
  • Plan and coordinate fieldwork, and provide input on improving field protocols and data collection;
  • Collaborate with partners (e.g., government, NGO, Indigenous Peoples, volunteer groups) to achieve mutual conservation goals;
  • Assist the NS Stewardship Manager with ongoing stewardship activities as needed.

Position Requirements

  • Graduates with a biology, forestry, or environmental studies degree and two years professional experience;
  • Demonstrated excellent flora and fauna identification skills for Nova Scotia, and the ability to key out unknown species, as well as knowledge of ecosystem classification;
  • Experience working outdoors in various terrain and under various weather conditions;
  • Navigation experience and skills using GPS;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including experience supervising, working with colleagues, and experience in easily communicating with a wide range of people in public and private sectors;
  • Ability to work independently, be self motivated, and display superior time management skills, attention to detail, as well as the ability to meet deadlines;
  • Familiarity with common computer software (Microsoft Office Suite);
  • Experience with Geographic Information Systems and working knowledge of ArcMap;
  • Wilderness or Standard First Aid Training;
  • Valid Driver’s License.

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 October 7, 2022 at 11:59pm 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.