Academic Representative

Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) is seeking a candidate to fill the Academic Representative position on our Board of Directors.

Position Location: Resident anywhere in Alberta
Application Process: Candidates must complete a conservation resumé, an application form, and a screening form.
Deadline: February 29, 2024

Email conservation resumés and applications to:
Dr. Todd Zimmerling, President and CEO
Alberta Conservation Association
# 101, 9 Chippewa Road, Sherwood Park, AB, T8A 6J7
Email: (Enter Academic Representative in the subject line).

Please direct all questions to Marlene Montgomery
Phone: 780-245-4764 

Eligibility Information:
Academic Representative is appointed for an initial term of up to four years, with the potential for additional terms.

In order to be considered for this position, you must:

  • Reside in Alberta.
  • Hold Canadian citizenship or prove legal residency.
  • Possess a WIN Card or Treaty Card.
  • Display the potential to expand on capabilities beyond the Board.
  • Be aware of conservation issues in Alberta.
  • Authorize Alberta Conservation Association to request and review any criminal violations and record/violations under the Wildlife/Fisheries Act.
  • Confirm that you are in an unaffiliated* position.

*Unaffiliated is defined as:

  • Candidate must not hold a paid or contracted relationship with a Member Organization.
  • Candidate must not hold an elected or appointed position with a Member Organization.

Academic Representative Role on the Board of Directors

The Academic Representative brings unique insight into current state of knowledge as well as pressing issues and information needs regarding wildlife, fisheries, social dimensions, natural resource policy, and conservation. This position brings the human relations dynamic combined with communicating the scientific perspective to the board discussions. 

It is understood that the Academic Representative may not have expertise in all of the categories noted above, but they should be networked well enough to provide contacts and referrals to knowledgeable experts in these fields. 

The ability to explore new trends and relevant dynamics and to communicate a scientific perspective on board discussion is important to help broaden board discussion.

See “Academic Representative Terms of Reference” at the end of this document for a full “job description.”

Selection Process: A Board Committee reviews all applications, selects candidates for interviews, and makes final recommendations to the Board of Directors. Applicants will be informed of the selection decision by the end of March 2024.

Academic Representative Required Documentation Conservation Resumé

Written as a detailed summary, your resumé should provide us with as much information as possible about who you are, your interest in conservation, and why you feel you are a good fit for this position. Also include:

  • Why you are interested in Alberta Conservation Association and this position.
  • Your willingness to serve a term of up to four years and participate in quarterly Board of Director meetings.
  • What your experience will bring to the Board.
  • Your willingness to participate in public outreach related to ACA’s stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of conservation challenges in Alberta.
  • Who you are and what you do.
  • Personal interests.
  • List of memberships to conservation organizations.
  • Involvement in the academic community.

Resumés must be a maximum of four pages and include an additional page with a minimum of three references.