• Full Time
  • Permanent
  • Alberta, AB
  • Applications have closed.

Website Nature Conservancy Canada

Opportunity Type:
Job

Requisition ID: 1336
Salary Range:CA$64,135.00 To 80,145.00 Annually

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

NCC is the country’s leading private land conservation organization. As a non-profit, charitable organization we work in partnership with individuals, corporations, governments, and other non-profit groups to protect our most important natural treasures. We take a collaborative and science-based approach to our mission. Since 1962 NCC and its partners have helped to conserve 2.8 million acres (more than 1.1 million hectares), from coast to coast to coast. With National headquarters in Toronto and regional offices across the country, NCC delivers results you can walk on.

Position Summary

The Rangeland Resource Manager (RRM) is responsible for managing the rangeland resource, as well as stewardship and securement activities related to range and riparian health. The RRM is principally responsible for the development and implementation of Alberta’s Grazing Program, including implementing stewardship and sustainable grazing practices on NCC projects, and providing expertise to landowners and partners, and building and fostering relationships. The RRM will also work to incorporate strategies beyond grazing into range health (fire, brush control, etc.). The Rangeland Resource Manager develops sustainable and property-specific grazing plans and provides technical support and training to the Conservation Team. This position provides key technical expertise during the securement and planning processes through property heath assessments, landowner outreach, and recommendations, to help NCC to be an exemplary model of stewardship. The Rangeland Resource Manager works closely with external partners to promote education and awareness about rangeland ecology, including principles and techniques of sustainable range management. This role reports directly to the Director of Conservation Science and Planning – Alberta and works closely with all members of the Conservation Team.

Job Responsibilities

Developing and deliver Grazing Program for the Alberta region for fee simple and conservation easement properties
Manage the planning, delivery, and reporting for grazing leases, stewardship partnerships, and range health assessments
Support the conservation team through advice and training related to range management
Manage data and reporting from the Grazing Program (leases, range health assessments, stocking rates, and all other documentation and data related to grazing)
Work with NCC staff, Species at Risk biologists, restoration staff, etc. to collaboratively establish and deliver on land stewardship initiatives
Partnership and outreach (academic, government, other NGOs, landowners, leaseholders, etc.)

Required Skills and Attributes:

Undergraduate degree in a related discipline and at least 3 years professional experience in landscape ecology, conservation biology, natural resource management, or related field;
Previous experience in grasslands management and ranching;
Current Professional Agrologist or Registered Technical Agrologist designation and the ability to maintain this certification.
Working knowledge of rangeland resource management best management practices, principles, and techniques, including protocols for range and riparian health assessments
Knowledge of Alberta’s Species at Risk;
Ability to build and support effective partnerships, both within and outside NCC, to achieve the organization’s goals;
Interpersonal and public engagement skills;
Project management skills;
Conflict resolution skills;
Experience operating an all-terrain vehicle and hauling a trailer; and
Commitment to the mission and values of NCC.

Competencies:

Effective communicator; proficient collaborator when working with others in a fast-paced environment
Established solution-oriented approach; willingness to seek creative strategies when barriers encountered
Problem solver; ability to overcome challenges, adapt and maintain resilience when facing adversity
Capacity to stay focused on meeting project and reporting deadlines while maintaining a positive and energized work environment
Expertise in range management, grassland health assessments and understanding of agricultural practices and operations
Conservation land management including but not limited to access management, invasive species management, ecosystem restoration and other related best management practices
Understanding of healthy ecosystems and monitoring methods
Demonstrated ability to be accountable in a remote or semi-remote virtual work environment
Ability and willingness to travel for multi-day work trips
Proficient user of Microsoft Office
Terms of Employment:

This is a full-time, permanent position; and
Start date negotiable.

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.

Closing date for applications is 11:59 p.m. February 22, 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.

Please note that in-person office attendance, carpooling with co-workers to NCC properties or events, and in-person attendance at any indoor events are currently restricted to staff who are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Accordingly, if you are required to participate in any of these activities as part of your job the expectation is that you must be fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means you have received two doses of the Pfizer, Astra Zeneca or Moderna vaccine or combination of, and have received the second dose at least two weeks prior to your start date or you have received one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two weeks prior to your start date.

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