We are looking for a highly motivated, team-oriented professional to join our team. Your strong interpersonal skills will help you succeed while working with agricultural producers in southern Alberta. Our program focuses on voluntary collaboration with producers and other landowners to enhance and maintain habitat for a range of species. This is a fulltime, permanent position based out of our South Regional Office in Lethbridge.
As part of our team, you will work closely with producers/landowners to conduct detailed range, and riparian health assessments. You and other team members will work with partners to collaboratively develop plans that aim to enhance wildlife habitat as well as meet other partner goals. When opportunities arise, you will collaborate with other stakeholders’ projects (fisheries, MultiSAR, riparian, etc.) to achieve multiple objectives on the landscape.
You should have previous experience and a good understanding of detailed vegetation inventories within Alberta’s southern grassland and farming in the following areas: range transects, riparian assessments, summarizing health scores and strong overall plant identification skills (grasses, shrubs, and forbs).
Your understanding of grazing practices, the cattle industry, as well as a working knowledge of cultivated lands would be an asset, as you would work directly with producers and other professionals in the industry. Familiarity with using a GPS unit and maps is expected and is essential to navigate required field sites. To be successful, you will need excellent writing, organizational and, data management skills. You will also have experience with ArcGis and Microsoft Office, and be able to record data thoroughly and neatly. Long field days may be required including periodic stays at field camps for portions of the year.
- Minimum: B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences/Range or similar field with related experience
- Membership in the Alberta Institute of Agrologists (or required qualifications to become a member either as a Professional Agrologist or Registered Technologist in Agrology (or in training)
- Valid Class 5 driver’s license (supply drivers abstract prior to start date)
- Ability to identify grass, shrubs, and forbs of Alberta’s rangelands or strong grassland vegetation identification skills
- Previous experience in range health assessment and developing range management plans
- Ability to develop and execute habitat plans including the completion of data analysis and report writing
- Self-motivated with a strong work ethic
- Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated proficiency building and maintaining positive professional partnerships
- Detail oriented with solid organizational and time management skills
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Excellent computer knowledge and proficient using various Microsoft programs (e.g., Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and GIS (ArcGIS platforms)
ADDITIONAL SKILLS CONSIDERED AN ASSET
- Fish and Wildlife identification skills
- Experience operating and maintaining a variety of field equipment (ATV, etc.)
- Knowledge and experience with government processes
- Experience working with landowners
- Experience with various upland and riparian enhancement techniques
- Experience with completing riparian health assessments
- Experience with collaborating with other conservation organizations
- Ranching, hunting or angling background
We offer a substantive compensation package, including medical and dental benefits, self-directed RRSP plan, and a competitive salary (based on experience and qualifications).
Closing Date: October 30, 2020
Location: Lethbridge, Alberta
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We thank all applicants in advance for their interest; however, only successful applicants will be contacted for an interview. This competition may be used to fill other vacancies in other locations.