[Sust-mar] Conservation Coordinator, f/t, Nova Scotia Nature Trust, Halifax NS

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Position: Conservation Coordinator

Organization: Nova Scotia Nature Trust http://www.nsnt.ca

Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia Nature Trust, a provincial conservation

charity protecting Nova Scotia's most unique and outstanding 

natural areas, is hiring a Conservation Coordinator.

The Nature Trust is seeking a highly motivated,

enthusiastic person to help us to advance our land

conservation mandate. The Conservation Coordinator 

will be part of our conservation team, undertaking a 

variety of conservation work including outreach with 

owners of priority conservation lands, biological surveys 

and assessments of land, negotiation and securement of 

conservation lands, and supporting land stewardship and 

management. In particular the Coordinator will be involved 

with conservation of coastal land, old growth forest and 

endangered species.

The level of leadership, and/or specialization within one

or more aspects of the conservation team's work will 

depend on the particular strengths and experience of 

the successful candidate.


* Working with the Conservation Manager, oversee 

securement of priority habitats identified by the Nature 

Trust for protection through conservation easements, 

donations, bargain sales and bequests, potentially including 

the following:

* Meeting landowners and conducting negotiations

* Carrying out site assessments (i.e. determining the

conservation priority of a site)

* Carrying out baseline flora and fauna inventory of

properties (including researching existing ecological data)

* Undertaking all the activities associated with the 

permanent protection of land (from overseeing surveys 

and appraisals, to drafting legal agreements and property 


* Overseeing communications, public relations and 

landowner recognition related to the land conservation 


* Meeting and liaising with other conservation groups and

individuals involved with the project or similar projects

* Supporting GIS-based conservation planning and


* Project and conservation campaign coordination

* Supporting project funding partnerships

To this end, the following skills and attributes are


* A genuine interest in land conservation and a sincere

willingness to work with people to help them meet 

their land management and financial needs, and the 

conservation needs of the nature trust

* Outgoing, confident and friendly personality with strong

interpersonal skills and the ability to meet and engage new

people easily (including relationships/partnerships for

conservation projects with a diversity of landowners and 

the general public, and working with a project team)

* Strong oral communication skills (predominantly

one-to-one outreach with landowners and their families,

liaison with other professionals in the land securement

process such as lawyers, appraisers and surveyors; and

potentially some public speaking/media relations)

* A self-starter with the ability to initiate new projects

and to work independently

* Very strong computer skills and comfort learning new

software (ideally GIS experience)

* Effective negotiating skills

* Demonstrated ability to learn and quickly develop 

working knowledge in many diverse areas

* Very strong project management skills (funding proposals, 

budgeting/cash flow, co-ordination of staff team/volunteers, 

report writing, project coordination)

* Detail-oriented nature with highly organised, systematic

and efficient work habits, excellent time management skills, 

and ability to thrive in a very busy and fast-paced


* Relevant post-secondary education

* Comfort working 'in the field' (i.e. navigating with map

and compass, travelling rough and remote terrain)

* A background which gives the individual a working

knowledge of (or aptitude for) the process of land

securement for conservation including the legal, financial,

tax, and scientific issues involved in land protection. Such

fields as law, real estate, natural resource management,

planning, and natural science would be a strong asset

Other ideal qualities and experience include:

* Professional experience in private land conservation

(conservation easements, real estate transactions, relevant

tax and legal issues)

* Professional background in conservation/ecology

* Practical experience working in conservation

biology/ecology, habitat assessment and/or land stewardship 

planning and management

* Strong GIS skills and experience

* Public relations/media experience (press releases, media

events, interviews)

* Public education/public speaking


Full-time, permanent position. $32-$42,000.

Application Process:

Application deadline: September 25th, 2009.

To apply, please include the following in your application


1. Resume

2. Names of at least 3 professional or educational

references. Indicate your relationship with the reference

(i.e. previous employer, teacher etc., and how long he/she

has known you, and contact information for the references).

3. Cover letter

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please send your completed application to:

Dennis Garratt, Conservation Manager

The Nature Trust

PO Box 2202 Halifax, NS B3J 3C4

or fax 429-5263

or email dennis at nsnt.ca

Due to the anticipated number of applicants, only

successful candidates will be notified if they qualify 

for an interview.

Thank you for your interest in working with the Nature

Trust! We look forward to reviewing your application.

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