Communications Manager

Alberta Ecotrust Foundation
Alberta Ecotrust is a registered charity created through a unique partnership established between the corporate sector and the environmental community in 1991. Guided by a vision of healthy ecosystems for all Albertans and a mission to inspire and mobilize those who champion and protect the environment, we were founded on the principles of  fostering collaboration and trust.

Leading boldly ever since, our programs have expanded to build bridges across sectors and communities, focus on solutions and skills, and financially support hundreds of high impact environmental organizations, programs and projects across Alberta. We increasingly utilize a co-benefits approach to ecosystem challenges and financing pathways to a sustainable, low carbon future. Our environmental priorities include:

Energy conservation and the mitigation of climate change
Protection and conservation of water and watersheds
Protection and conservation of habitat, ecologically critical landscapes and sustainable urban land use
Alberta Ecotrust respectfully acknowledges that our programs are delivered across the province of Alberta, comprising Treaty 6, Treaty 7, and Treaty 8 territory, the traditional lands of First Nations and Métis Peoples.

We are committed to creating a safe, warm and welcoming environment for all people interested in applying for our positions.

 

Communications Manager, Alberta Ecotrust

Your goal in this position will be to review, implement, monitor, and continually improve the Alberta Ecotrust Communications Strategy. In this role you are a strong advocate for Alberta Ecotrust and you lead the organization on communications, media relations, and brand management. The Communications Manager generates ideas and inventive ways to promote our organization while acting as a champion and advocate for positive solutions and action on environmental and climate issues.

Your role is responsible for the planning, management, and design/creation and delivery of communications initiatives including website content, key presentations, and conventional, digital, and social media. This role strategically supports the cohesion of the many communications functions of a forward-moving and multi-faceted organization.

Applying your keen interest and exceptional expertise in communications, combined with your skills in strategic planning and coordinating teams to achieve organizational goals, your work will have a huge effect on the success of Alberta Ecotrust.

This position is responsible for the following:

Manage, implement, and improve a strategic communications plan that includes key messages, audience priorities, communications objectives, brand tone and persona, and channel engagement plans
Understand our strategic approaches and impact, lead the AEF team to capture and share insights, information and analysis in ways meaningful to our audiences and stakeholders
Plan and manage the design, content, and production of all marketing materials
Manage the development, editing and distribution of regular communication to a variety of stakeholders, including social media, email newsletters, event invitations, and annual report
Manage and provide general oversight of the Alberta Ecotrust website
Oversee media relations activities to enhance Alberta Ecotrust’s recognition and credibility, including media releases and advisories, tracking media requests and tracking and growing positive media coverage
Curate consistent use of key messages and brand identity with internal and external stakeholders; train team on key message use and established brand identity rules and guidelines
Assist in the development of funding proposals, campaigns, and other media that support the fund development goals of the organization and promote a culture of philanthropy internally and externally
Establish and ensure effective CRM usage including use of communication and query tools for building marketing lists and crafting messaging for emails and text messaging platforms
Developing marketing materials and outreach, media and partnership strategies for AEF events
Qualifications

You will report to the Executive Team and will frequently collaborate with the rest of the team at Alberta Ecotrust as you collaboratively generate impactful and compelling content. Alberta Ecotrust’s head office is in Calgary, however, this position is available province-wide with the opportunity for remote work.

A successful candidate will possess the following qualifications:

Five or more years experience in communications, marketing and public relations
Post-secondary education in a related field
Demonstrated experience and passion for communicating social and environmental issues/content an asset
Experience with non-profit communications including fundraising campaigns, funding proposals and impact reporting is an asset
Ability to write, design and develop engaging content for traditional and social media
Experience in email marketing, list segmentation, and client relationship management software (CRM)
Previous experience coordinating the writing, design and printing of publications in small team
Proven track record in media relations
Proven excellence in writing, editing and verbal communications
Familiarity with communications tools we use, including: WordPress, Google Analytics, Microsoft Office/G Suite, Sprout Social, Fundraise Up, Constant Contact, social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube), NeonCRM, design software such as Adobe Creative Suite and/or Canva, Zoom Webinars.
Exceptional organizational and coordination skills with keen attention to detail
Strong planning, judgment and decision-making skills
Experience planning and organizing events and / or workshop is an asset
Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively in a dynamic, flexible setting
Knowledge of the Alberta environmental sector
Workplace Culture

Alberta Ecotrust provides a flexible schedule and a positive, collaborative team culture. Our staff are extremely motivated to make a difference, and you’ll be part of an innovative team that gets to do interesting, meaningful work aligned with their shared values and desire to improve the world.

 

Remuneration

This is a full-time, 35-hour work week, permanent position with a competitive salary range of $65,000 – $75,000 per year, commensurate with experience, plus paid health benefits, three weeks vacation and a Christmas break.

 

How to Apply

1. Submit your application to Alberta Ecotrust via our online recruitment system. We would like to fill this position as soon as possible but it will remain open until the right candidate is found.

2. Combine your cover letter and resume as one PDF document, named as follows: LastName_FirstName_Communications_Manager

3. Your cover letter and resume combined must not exceed four pages.

 

Applicants are encouraged to identify in their applications if they are Indigenous Peoples, Black People, People of Colour, women, youth, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ2SAI+ communities, new immigrants, refugees, and/or are members of other diverse communities.

 

If we can make this easier through accommodation in the recruitment process, please let us know by emailing s.berry@albertaecotrust.com. Please note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted. We thank everyone who applies.

Gardening Educator

Location: Working from home in Ottawa, ON.

We are seeking an innovative Gardening Educator with a background in video production to support gardening for wildlife programs at CWF. The intern will have the opportunity to create digital educational content on gardening and wildlife for different audiences. The candidate will help develop fun, engaging and influencer content illustrating the impact of conservation gardening on our environment. While working at CWF, the candidate will learn about wildlife conservation from experts in the field while developing their videography, creative and storytelling skills.

 

Tasks and Responsibilities

Film at CWF’s wildlife-friendly demonstration garden
Research and develop experiential video content on gardening
Create web series on pollinator conservation for school-age kids
Assist in developing outreach and promotional materials for gardening programs
Research and develop content for CWF’s gardening for wildlife Facebook group
Attend gardening events when required
Reach out to groups and organizations interested in gardening
Other tasks as needed
Qualifications

Secondary or post-secondary education
Field of Studies preferred:  creative arts, education, natural sciences, environmental sciences or related
Other skills

Storytelling, editing and video creation
knowledge of social media marketing
Creative and enjoy the outdoors
Knowledge on how to garden for wildlife
 

ELIGIBILITY:

This position is funded by Canada Summer Jobs, a youth employment program of the Government of Canada. All candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements. Candidates who do not meet all requirements will not be considered:

Must be between 15 and 30 years of age at the beginning of the employment period.
Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of employment; and;
Must have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN) at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial and territorial legislation and regulations.
Work Conditions:

Fixed-term for 8 weeks
Full-time at 35 hours per week
Wage: $15 per hour
Location: This role will be working from home, based in Ottawa, ON.
Anticipated start date: May 9 or May 14, 2022
HOW TO APPLY: Interested and qualified applicants are encouraged to submit their resume online. 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.

Agronomist – Native Plant Solutions

The Opportunity
Native Plant Solutions (NPS), a consulting branch of Ducks Unlimited Canada, is looking for a confident, energetic, and dedicated Agronomist to join our team. This position will support DUC’s revenue generating branch, NPS (www.nativeplantsolutions.ca).

NPS provides environmental services and on-the-ground expertise in upland and wetland ecosystems to industry, land developers and government agencies. Working with a multi-faceted team of professionals, you will lead the development and implementation of native grass upland reclamation, remediation, and applied services for projects to our clients.

You need to be an enthusiastic team player – a self-starter who can work with anyone and capable of seeing the bigger picture and thinking out of the box. This position requires you to be an effective communicator and able to build positive working relationships. It includes overseeing, mentoring, and working alongside seasonal staff.

This position requires expertise in plant ecology following agronomic practices for upland reclamation. Candidates must be comfortable working in the field and coping with variable weather conditions as a substantial portion of your time will be spent working outdoors during the growing season.

You possess strong leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills. You have demonstrated expertise in project planning, cost estimating, contract management, and contractor supervision. You are self-motivated, enjoy a complex, changing environment and can manage numerous projects, and contractors, on tight deadlines.

You possess strong technical writing and presentation skills and are an organized entrepreneur with the ability to work independently or as part of a project team. You are considered a true leader with visionary qualities who prides themselves on meeting deadlines and delivering quality results in a complex and changing environment.

Your experience in the field and knowledge in Agricultural practices makes you the ideal candidate for this position.

Requirements
An undergraduate or graduate degree in Agriculture, Agroecology, Plant Science, Soil Science, Plant Ecology, or a related discipline (a diploma combined with CCA accreditation and five years of progressive forage establishment experience will also be considered);
Experience in operating farm equipment is necessary (tractors, seeders, ATV’s, sprayers, riding mowers, hauling, and loading equipment with truck and trailer, etc.);
Strong planning, reporting and project management skills;
Excellent organization, interpersonal communication skills, both oral and written;
Ability to foster key business relationships;
Previous experience working with budgets;
Must possess or obtain a pesticide applicators license;
A valid class 5 driver’s license.
The successful candidate is required to submit proof of COVID-19 Vaccination
Salary
Salary to be commensurate with experience.
How to Apply
Working for DUC is a career highlight for many staff. Let us know if making a difference is important to you.

If you are qualified and interested, please visit our online career center to submit your application for confidential consideration.

Closing Deadline: May 6, 2022 (11:59PM EDT)

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit organizations, landowners and Indigenous Peoples to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment.

While DUC would like to thank all applicants, only candidates considered for an interview will be contacted.

Weston Family Conservation Science Fellowship – MSc: Impact of prescribed fire and grazing management on grassland plant and songbird communities

 

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is Canada’s leading private land conservation organization. Since 1962, NCC has helped conserve 14 million hectares, coast to coast to coast. Research by Weston Family Conservation Science Fellows supports conservation of important natural areas and biological diversity. Learn more on our Fellowship Program webpage.

Project summary

The objective of this project is to examine the long-term impacts of prescribed fire and grazing (bison and cattle) on species-at-risk songbird abundance in southwestern Saskatchewan. For fieldwork, the student will conduct songbird surveys and vegetation sampling from May to July each year. The student will be working with Dr. Eric Lamb at the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Steven Davis at ECCC, and NCC staff. The student will be based at the University of Saskatchewan in the Department of Plant Sciences.

Fellowship details

The Fellowship will begin in May 2022 and consist of up to two years of support with a minimum $22,000 annual stipend. Fellows will also be allocated up to $5,000 annually to cover costs associated with professional development opportunities and periodic Fellows meetings. Fellowship funding is not intended to be used for research costs; these costs, including field accommodation, will be covered separately.

Fellowship requirements

A bachelor’s degree in science or a related field is required. Successful applicants must have a strong, demonstrated interest in and knowledge of ecology and conservation. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in avian ecology or grassland ecology. Fellowships are open to international students, but preference will be given to Canadian applicants. Applicants must meet the graduate admissions criteria for the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan and applicants with a minimum 80% average are strongly preferred.

How to apply

NCC is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive Fellowship program. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities and from under-represented groups. 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.

If you are interested in the Fellowship, please upload your CV, contact information for three references, unofficial transcripts, and a detailed cover letter to https://1.adp.com/riFQUbJYQed. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Questions can be directed to Samantha Knight at samantha.knight@natureconservancy.ca.

The Weston Family Conservation Science Fellowship Program is made possible through the generous support of the Weston Family Foundation.

EcoCamp Assistant

Do you enjoy working with children and spending your days outside? Volunteer with SPES’s EcoCamp this Spring Break and help to empower young people (7-11 years old) to connect with nature in meaningful ways. If you’re looking to learn more about the ecology of Stanley Park and develop your skills working with children, then this may be the perfect role for you!

Time commitment

Our Spring Break EcoCamp will take place between the following dates:

Week 1: Monday March 14 – Friday March 18

Week 2: Monday March 21 – Friday March 25

Volunteer shifts will be four hours long. We are looking for volunteers to be able to commit to at least one full week of morning (8:30am-12:30pm) or afternoon (12:30pm-4:30pm) shifts. If you are interested in joining us for longer then please let us know.

Duties

Alongside SPES Educators, EcoCamp Assistants will:

  • Support preparations for and delivery of fun and educational activities;
  • Assist in supervising and managing EcoCampers and be a positive role model;
  • Ensure EcoCampers are adhering to COVID-19 safety protocols.

Training

Volunteers must be available for a two-hour training session on one of the following dates:

Friday March 11 4pm-6pm

Saturday March 12 10am-12pm

Requirements

  • Must be a minimum of 16 years old;
  • Excellent communication, organizational and leadership skills;
  • A willingness to work outdoors, come rain or shine;
  • Experience working with elementary aged school children is an asset but not required.

Benefits

  • Gain experience working with children in a beautiful outdoor setting;
  • Empower future environmental stewards with an understanding and appreciation of nature;
  • Spend Spring Break in Stanley Park, volunteering with like-minded people in a fun working environment;
  • Attend the season’s volunteer appreciation event;
  • Access the benefits available to all SPES volunteers including discounted events and memberships;
  • Reference letter available after completion of 30 hours volunteering.

Application procedure

Please email Sarah More, Volunteer Coordinator, at vols@stanleyparkecology.ca with the following:

  • Your resume.
  • A short description detailing (i) why you are interested in volunteering as an EcoCamp Assistant; (ii) why you believe you are suitable for the role and (iii) any relevant experience you may have.
  • The week(s) you are available to volunteer.

Last Mountain Bird Observatory – Banding Intern

Last Mountain Bird Observatory (LMBO) located at the Last Mountain Regional Park is the only monitoring station in the province and, in 1992, joined the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network. LMBO began in the fall of 1989 with a modest banding program, and since 1990 has undertaken intensive landbird migration monitoring. Information gathered provides us with insights into population trends, longevity and movements of birds. On average, 3400 birds of 76 species are banded annually, and since 1990 LMBO has banded 70,000 birds of 115 species. The total number of birds moving through the area is much higher since banding occurs in only a small section. The five most abundant species banded are: Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Clay-colored Sparrow, Alder Flycatcher, and Least Flycatcher. The majority of the migrating songbirds are neotropical migrants (birds breeding in northern latitudes of the Americas and wintering in the tropics).

 

Position(s): 2 internship positions (May or August-September) – $165.00 per day (this includes any applicable GST charges that are not reimbursable to Nature Saskatchewan), camping space is provided and food costs will be reimbursed.

Tasks and responsibilities: The individual will assist with migration monitoring and banding activities at our Last Mountain Bird Observatory (LMBO). Activities include daily bird censuses, checking and removing birds from mist nests, recording banding data, and providing interpretation to visitors. The Bander-in-charge (BIC) will provide on the job training; such training may include (but not be limited to) extracting birds from mist nets, bird handling, banding, in hand species identification and ageing/sexing. Other duties expected from intern include scribing data for the BIC, opening and closing mist nets, collecting bird observations and interacting with members of the public who visit the observatory.

Qualifications:  Must have an existing federal sub-permit or be able to acquire one. Moderate to good bird recognition skills. Applicants should hold a valid driver’s license and be willing to work flexible hours at times. First Aid/CPR certification is an asset.

 

We prefer to receive applications by email. Email a cover letter and resume, with preference of May, August-September, or both in one pdf. to Lacey Weekes at lweekes@naturesask.ca Include in the subject line “LMBO intern position” and your name.

Rare Plant Rescue Search and Monitoring Staff

Position(s): Two full-time summer staff for 16 weeks @ $20/hr.  Search and monitoring staff will assist in the delivery of our Rare Plant Rescue program, which promotes the conservation of prairie plant species at risk. The search and monitoring staff will work as a semi-independent team, with daily check-ins during field shifts up to 10 days, under the supervision and mentorship of the project leader.

Tasks and responsibilities: Plan and conduct occupancy surveys and monitoring of prairie plant species at risk; contact and communicate with landowners regarding target species.

Specific requirements and  qualifications: Basic plant identification skills (training in rare plant identification will be provided); willing to work flexible hours outdoors including in inclement conditions; willing to adapt to changing schedules due to unexpected circumstances or adjustments based on field conditions; willing to travel extensively; to camp; work evenings and weekends; ability to hike to field sites carrying equipment; strong organizational skills; familiarity with GPS and maps is an asset.

 

Please email a resume and cover letter in one PDF file to Emily Putz at rpr@naturesask.ca by 11:59 pm February 28th, 2022. Include in the subject line “Application: Rare Plant Search and Monitoring Staff” followed by your name.

Rare Plant Rescue Habitat Stewardship Summer Assistant

Position: One full-time summer position for 16 weeks @ $18/hour. The summer assistant will assist in the delivery of our Rare Plant Rescue program.  This program promotes conservation of prairie plant species at risk.

Tasks and responsibilities: Assist program coordinators with program delivery; prepare communications and educational materials for distribution; assist in searches, monitoring and other conservation activities; contact and communicate with rural landowners regarding target species; educate targeted public audiences about species at risk on the prairies; and help deliver workshops and presentations to agricultural producers and the public (virtual and/or in-person).

Specific requirements and qualifications: Basic plant identification skills (training in rare plant identification will be provided); willing to work flexible hours outdoors including in inclement conditions; willing to adapt to changing schedules due to unexpected circumstances or adjustments based on field conditions; willing to travel extensively; to camp; work evenings and weekends; ability to hike to field sites carrying equipment; strong organizational skills; familiarity with GPS and maps is an asset.

 

Please email a cover letter and resume in one PDF file to Emily Putz at rpr@naturesask.ca by 11:59 pm February 28th, 2022. Include in the subject line “Application: RPR Summer Assistant” followed by your name.

Habitat Stewardship Summer Assistant

Positions: Two full-time summer positions for 16 weeks @ $18/hour. Summer assistants will assist in the delivery of our Operation Burrowing Owl, Shrubs for Shrikes, Plovers on Shore and Stewards of Saskatchewan banner programs.  These programs promote conservation of habitat for prairie species at risk.

Tasks and responsibilities: Assist program coordinators with program delivery; prepare communications and educational materials for distribution; assist in searches, monitoring and other conservation activities; contact and communicate with rural landowners regarding target species; educate targeted public audiences about species at risk on the prairies; and help deliver workshops and presentations to agricultural producers and the public (virtual and/or in-person).

Specific requirements and qualifications: Willingness to travel extensively, to camp, work evenings and weekends, and to adapt to schedule and protocol changes on short notice. Should also possess basic wildlife and plant identification skills, computer skills, communication skills, and familiarity with GPS, maps and rural Saskatchewan are assets.

 

Please email a cover letter and resume in one PDF file to Rachel Ward at outreach@naturesask.ca by  11:59 pm, February 28th, 2022. Include in the subject line “Summer Assistant Application” followed by your name.

PhD position in forest disturbance ecology

PhD position in forest disturbance ecology at the University of Toronto
(PDF of job posting: here)

We are currently looking for an independent, enthusiastic, and creative graduate student to explore disturbance interactions and ecosystem resilience in the boreal forest. The specific project will examine how forest insect outbreaks affect stand and landscape level heterogeneity and what these changes mean for wildfire activity. The project will place specific emphasis on the effects of jack-pine budworm defoliation on fuel succession, fire activity, and ecosystem function in north-western Ontario. The successful candidate will work with historical defoliation and fire data, as well as lead field collection of novel stand structure and fuel information using a Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS; LiDAR) system.

The project is part of a large NSERC-supported Strategic Network Grant focussing on improving wildfire science in Canada (www.canadawildfire.org/nsercnetwork).  The successful candidate will have the opportunity to interact with university and government researchers, as well as students from across Canada who are also examining questions related to fire ecology, fire behaviour, and fire / forest management.

Applicants require a background (e.g., MSc) in ecology or forestry, and should have a strong interest in landscape ecology, insect outbreaks, and fire behaviour. Desirable qualifications include technical experience with data manipulation, R, GIS, and statistics. In addition, preference will be given to those with experience in field work or camping in remote areas.

Funding is available for four years. The ideal candidate should be able to take up the position of research assistant for the upcoming field season (Summer 2022).

To apply, first refer to the guidelines for admission to graduate studies in Forestry at the University of Toronto: http://forestry.utoronto.ca/mscf-and-phd/. Then, send a short letter of motivation outlining how you meet the qualifications above, your CV, recent transcripts, and the names of two references to Dr. Patrick James: patrick.james@utoronto.ca by February 11, 2022.