[Sust-mar] Conservation & Outreach Coord., f/t, Nova Scotia Nature Trust, Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Position: Conservation and Outreach Coordinator
Organization: Nova Scotia Nature Trust www.nsnt.ca
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Position Description:

The Nova Scotia Nature Trust, the province's leading land conservation charity, is offering a unique career opportunity for a Conservation and Outreach Coordinator.

Join the Nature Trust's dynamic and passionate conservation team in helping to protect Nova Scotia's natural legacy. The ideal candidate is a highly enthusiastic, organized, experienced and articulate conservation ecologist and educator ready to lead conservation, education and volunteer programs that will have a tangible and lasting conservation impact. The position offers a broad diversity of responsibilities and opportunities, from field work, conservation planning, land protection and stewardship, and program management, to building awareness and public support for land conservation, engaging citizens in conservation action, and building effective conservation partnerships and community relationships. To apply visit http://www.nsnt.ca .

Duties and Responsibilities

The Conservation and Outreach Coordinator is a key member of the Nature Trust's conservation team. The Coordinator carries out a range of conservation work associated with (but not limited to) the prioritization, protection and management of conservation lands, as well as overseeing conservation partnerships, education, outreach and communications associated with the conservation program. The Coordinator is specifically responsible for overseeing and providing leadership for three key programs: Endangered Species, Freshwater Conservation, and the Conservation Volunteer Program, and also coordinates the overall education and communications programs for the conservation team.

The work will be dynamic, and will include all elements of program coordination and management including: planning, budgeting, administration, meeting program goals, program promotion, education and outreach, GIS-based prioritization to identify key properties for securement, liaising and coordinating with partner conservation organizations/partners (including endangered species recovery teams), decision-making and developing strategies to advance the programs, preparing communications and educational materials, liaising with landowners, site visits to priority properties, and volunteer program planning and management. The Conservation Coordinator also supports the Nature Trust with its overall communications and public relations program.

The Coordinator is expected to work cooperatively in a team-based approach, yet with a high degree of independence and self-direction. The Coordinator reports to the Conservation Manager.

Note: The position is a full-time, permanent position. Salary commensurate with experience.

Key Tasks

Land acquisition and stewardship
• Work with recovery teams and GIS consultant to understand and act on our GIS-based approach to land acquisition prioritization for properties
• Carry out fieldwork on priority properties (primarily in the summer)
• Conduct prioritization of properties
• Meet landowners in the field for site visits and landowner education and support for conservation on their lands
• Maintain and track communications with priority landowners and further negotiations where applicable
• Prepare and produce property maps
• Maintain property owner database for priority properties
• Liaise with Land Stewardship Coordinator as required for stewardship of lands protected through the programs, including dealing with stewardship issues and designing interpretive signage
• Organize public events and education/outreach activities and liaise with local community organizations

Volunteer Management
• Oversee planning and coordination of volunteer programs, as well as recruitment, training, coordination and recognition/appreciation of conservation volunteers

Outreach and Public Relations
• Plan, organize and participate in public educational and outreach events (such as presentations, guided walks, public meetings and celebrations) including preparation of correspondence, press releases, advertisements, liaison with media, and event coordination
• Research, prepare and publish outreach materials (booklets, letters, newsletters, press releases, articles)
• Liaise with and strengthen ties with community groups and conservation partners associated with the programs
• Attend and contribute to species at risk recovery team meetings

Program coordination and program management
• Coordinate, manage and lead projects and programs from design and planning to budgeting, implementation and reporting
• Track budgets and prepare financial reports for funding partners
• Research and prepare funding applications
• Recruit, train, manage, and communicate with volunteers engaged in the Nature Trust's volunteer programs
• Assist with other conservation projects and program tasks as required

Required Qualifications
• Post-secondary training (ideally Masters degree) in ecology (or related field) or at least 5 years relevant experience, including field experience, ideally in a Nova Scotia context
• Proven field skills including backcountry travel and navigation skills (using GPS to navigate and to document the location of ecological features)
• Strong field biology/ecology skills and knowledge of Nova Scotia natural landscapes, habitats and species, or strong skills and aptitude for learning Nova Scotian context
• Strong interpersonal skills including ability to build strong and trusting relationships with diversity of individuals from landowners and volunteers, to conservation professionals, partner organizations and the Nature Trust's staff team members
• Strong written communications skills including grant and report writing, educational writing (brochures, factsheets, newsletters)
• Strong verbal communications skills including one-on-one education, speaking in a team/meeting context and engaging public speaking skills
• Experience in project and program coordination including fundraising, budgeting, planning and program delivery, managing staff and/or volunteers
• Experience in public/environmental education

Additional Desirable Experience
• Experience managing volunteers and volunteer programs
• Experience working with/knowledge related to land trusts and private land conservation
• Experience in public relations (press releases, media outreach, writing for the web)
• Experience with/training in social media (web, facebook, twitter)
• Experience building and managing effective partnerships and relationships with other organizations
• Experience using GIS to enable mapping and analysis
• Experience paddling canoes and/or kayaks
• An understanding of the Nature Trust's work and the geographic area where we work
• Experience in conservation planning and prioritization of lands for conservation
• Experience conducting public education and outreach activities
• Wilderness first aid training

To Apply:

Application deadline: Applications ongoing. To be part of the first round of review please have your application in by July 8th.

Please send a cover letter, resume and list of at least 3 references to:

Dennis Garratt, Conservation Manager

Nova Scotia Nature Trust PO Box 2202 Halifax, NS B3J 3C4

Or fax to (902) 429-5263 or email Dennis[AT]nsnt.ca

Thank you so much for your interest in the Nature Trust. Due to the anticipated volume of applications, we will only be contacting applicants successful in securing an interview.


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