Website Alberta Conservation Association

Opportunity Type:
Job

Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) is looking for a highly motivated qualified biologist to join our Land Management Program. This individual would be proficient in managing projects; land securement; habitat conservation and management; and project planning, coordination, and delivery. This is a full-time position, based out of our northeast (NE) regional office in Sherwood Park.

Responsibilities and Requirements
As part of the Land Management Program, your organizational and interpersonal skills will help you coordinate and implement various phases of programs and liaise with landowners, industry, and internal and external stakeholders. You will draw on your experience and skills to proactively identify habitat securement opportunities; research and develop high-quality habitat securement proposals and reports; develop detailed management plans to guide future management of lands ACA owns or manages; build partnerships and complete funding proposals and grants as necessary; assist with planning and completing riparian and upland habitat restoration and enhancement projects; liaise and negotiate term agreements with landowners; and maintain detailed project files. There may also be opportunities for you to assist with other Land Management, Wildlife or Fisheries projects, and would require occasional travel to other ACA regions to support project delivery.

Successful candidates will be required to operate with a high degree of independence while taking responsibility for meeting deadlines, negotiating land acquisitions, and tracking budgets. Your work will support the Land Management Team on key program delivery aspects including collaborating with a variety of partners, budget development and tracking, reporting, as well as identifying and securing partner funding.

Qualifications

  • Minimum: B.Sc. in Biology or similar field with related experience
  • Valid Class 5 driver’s license (supply drivers abstract prior to start date)
  • Valid First Aid Class C certification with Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training
  • Self-motivated with a strong work ethic
  • Detail-oriented with invaluable organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated proficiency building and maintaining positive professional partnerships
  • Confident and energetic about interacting with the public, various levels of government, and other land managers
  • Experience managing projects, staff and teams, budgets, and contracts
  • Experience building relationships and negotiating with landowners
  • Vegetation, fish, and wildlife identification skills
  • Sound computer knowledge and proficiency with various Microsoft programs (e.g., Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint) and GIS (ArcGIS platforms)
  • Team player with a collaborative working style

Additional Skills Considered Assets

  • Professional Agrologist or Professional Biologist designations (or working towards)
  • Experience operating and maintaining a variety of field equipment (trucks, ATV, snowmobile, etc.)
  • Knowledge of ACA’s Land Management Program and projects including ACA’s Conservation Site Management Project, Fisheries Access Site Management, Lake Aeration, Pheasant Release, Riparian Conservation, and Habitat Securement Program
  • Experience with various securement tools (land donations, purchase, and Ecological Gift Program)
  • Experience with Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments (ESA)
  • Experience addressing industrial referrals
  • Experience with various upland and riparian habitat restoration techniques
  • Experience completing range and riparian health assessments
  • Experience working collaboratively with other conservation organizations
  • Experience developing and writing management plans
  • Hunting/angling and agricultural background

Job Posting Closing Date: March 15, 2022, or until the position is filled

Position Start Date: April 15, 2022

Tagged as: biologist, conservation, resource management