Website Nature Conservancy Canada

Opportunity Type:

Salary Range:CA$42,410.00 To 52,980.00 Annually
Location: Norfolk County, ON
Position details: Full Time Contract (12 months)

Taking care of our environment has never been more important than it is today. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is looking for an Assistant, Conservation Biology to join a team committed to protecting our most important natural areas and the species they sustain.

NCC is the nation’s leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization. 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 local offices across the country, NCC delivers results you can walk on.

As a key member of NCC’s Invasive Species Program (ISP), the Assistant, Conservation Biology, Invasive Species Stewardship Team (ISST) will support a landscape-scale invasive species control program across the Long Point Walsingham Forest Priority Place (LPWF).  The ACB will provide in-field supervision to team of three Invasive Species Stewardship Technicians. The project will be focused on identifying and controlling populations of invasive species including: Phragmites, Autumn Olive, Dog-strangling Vine, Garlic Mustard, European Black Alder, and others across private and public land in collaboration with local communities and partners. The Assistant, Conservation Biology, ISST will lead a team that conducts invasive species management on significant natural lands protected by NCC and its conservation partners across the LPWF by working closely with NCC staff, partner organizations, local stewards, and volunteers.

Provide in-field supervision of a team of three ISST Technicians ensuring the team adheres to all health and safety policies and safe work best practices including; proper use of personal protective equipment, safe handling of herbicides, etc.;
Coordinate and conduct invasive species field surveys on a variety of lands within the LPWF including conservation, public and privately-owned lands and their connecting corridors;
Record field data accurately according to developed protocols and provide analysis and reporting to inform the invasive species management plan and reporting for the LPWF;
Conduct invasive species management using manual, mechanical and chemical control techniques following best management practices and maintain a daily log of the species managed, location and conservation target improved;
Maintain field equipment including tracking and reporting hardware and software;
Assist with developing and writing management plans and progress/monitoring reports;
Work with partner organizations including the scheduling and dissemination of the ISST workplan;
Monitor and map the distribution of invasive species on NCC and partner properties as related to the ISST program delivery;
Maintain positive, productive, and open relationships with landowners and conservation partners in the subregion;
Assist the ISP Coordinator and ISP Manager with all aspects of implementation of landscape-scale control of invasive species in the LPWF;
Assist with acquiring and reporting on the necessary permits and authorizations for invasive species control and ensure associated compliance to achieve tangible results on the ground;
Provide administrative and project delivery support including data management, reporting, and internal conservation planning and tracking.

This posting is targeted to individuals possessing the following skills:

Excellent written and oral communication skills;
Proficient with word processing, desktop publishing, and spreadsheet software;
Ability and strong interest to work outdoors for extended periods in various weather conditions (e.g., high summer temperatures and humidity, heavy rain) and on various terrain;
Comfort working in wilderness settings and knowledge of field safety practices;
Physical work will be required regularly (e.g., carrying heavy equipment off trail in remote areas);
Ability to identify priority invasive species (Phragmites, Garlic Mustard, Dog-strangling Vine, Common Buckthorn) and learn key identification characteristics of other species as required;
Valid class G driver’s license and comfort driving on highways and rough roads.
The following additional skills and abilities would be assets in these positions:

Previous experience with invasive species identification and control;
Basic knowledge of plants, wildlife, and vegetation communities as well as experience using identification keys;
Navigational skills including understanding of GPS devices or applications, compass, and air photo interpretation;
Experience engaging with members of the public or volunteers;
Pesticide exterminator license;
Standard First Aid – Level C CPR certification;
Experience using power tools and other mechanized stewardship equipment (backpack sprayers, mowers, brush saws, hydraulic spray systems); experience driving pick-up trucks and towing trailers; ATV/UTVs, tractors and other heavy equipment;
Mechanical aptitude for maintaining and repairing equipment.

This is a full-time position within the period of April 2022 to March 2023, with possibility of extension.
Positions are based in Norfolk County at NCC’s Walsingham Office.
Compensation: Salary Band 2; $42,410 – $52,980
Positions will include some office work that may be completed in a work from home setting. The use of the NCC office in Walsingham will be dependent on COVID-19 safety guidance and best practices.
Accommodations may be available for the selected candidate.

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.

Application Deadline: February 27, 2022, 11:59 pm

Interviews will be held virtually.

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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