Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) is looking for a highly motivated professional biologist to join our Land Management Program. This individual would be proficient in habitat conservation and management, project planning, coordination and delivery. This is a full-time position, based out of our northwest (NW) Regional Office in Peace River.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND REQUIREMENTS
As part of the Land Management Program, your organizational and interpersonal skills will help you coordinate and implement various phases of programs and liaise with landowners, industry, and internal and external stakeholders. You will draw on your experience and skills to inspect, maintain, and monitor ACA’s conservation sites; develop detailed management plans to guide future management of lands ACA owns or manages; research and develop high-quality habitat securement proposals and reports; assist in planning and completing habitat restoration and enhancement projects (riparian), and negotiating term agreements with landowners; develop and supervise delivery of contracts; and maintain detailed project files. There may also be opportunities for you to assist with other Wildlife or Fisheries projects.
Successful candidates will be required to operate with a high degree of independence while taking responsibility for meeting deadlines, negotiating land acquisitions, and tracking budgets. Your work will support the land management team on key program delivery aspects including collaborating with a variety of partners, budget development and tracking, reporting, as well as identifying and securing partner funding.
- Minimum: B.Sc. in Biology or similar field with related experience
- Valid Class 5 driver’s licence (supply drivers abstract prior to start date)
- Valid First Aid Class C certification with Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training
- Self-motivated with a strong work ethic
- Detail oriented with invaluable organizational and time management skills
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated proficiency building and maintaining positive professional partnerships
- Sound computer knowledge and proficiency with various Microsoft programs and GIS (ArcMap)
- Collaborative working style
ADDITIONAL SKILLS CONSIDERED AN ASSET
- Vegetation, fish, and wildlife identification skills
- Experience towing a trailer and using four-wheel drive
- Experience operating and maintaining a variety of field equipment (trucks, ATV, snowmobile, etc.)
- Knowledge of ACA's Land Management Programs including ACA’s Conservation Site Management Program, Fisheries Access Site Management, Lake Aeration, Pheasant Release and Riparian Conservation, and Habitat Securement Program
- Experience managing projects, budgets, and contracts
- Experience negotiating with landowners
- Experience with various securement tools (land donations, purchase, Ecological Gift Program)
- Experience with Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments (ESA)
- Experience with various upland and riparian habitat restoration techniques
- Experience completing range and riparian health assessments
- Experience working collaboratively with other conservation organizations
- Experience developing and writing management plans
- Hunting/angling background
- Professional Agrologist or Professional Biologist designations (or working towards)
Closing date: July 23, 2021, or until position is filled.
Cover Letter & Resume Submission
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.