Intermediate or Senior Biologist
Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) is looking for a highly motivated qualified biologist to join our Land Management Program. This individual would be proficient in habitat conservation and management, and project planning, coordination and delivery. This is a full-time position, based out of our northeast (NE) Regional Office in Sherwood Park.
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 assist in planning and completing riparian and upland habitat restoration and enhancement projects; liaising and negotiating term agreements with landowners; planning environmentally sustainable agricultural activities; research and develop high-quality habitat securement proposals and reports; assist with development of detailed management plans to guide future management of lands ACA owns or manages; develop and supervise delivery of contracts; and maintain detailed project files. There may also be opportunities for you to assist with other Land Management, Wildlife or Fisheries projects, and would require occasional travel to other ACA regions to support project delivery.
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
- Professional Agrologist or Professional Biologist designations (or working towards)
- 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 (e.g., Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint) and GIS (ArcGIS platforms)
- 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 Program and projects including ACA’s Conservation Site Management Project, Fisheries Access Site Management, Lake Aeration, Pheasant Release, Riparian Conservation, and Habitat Securement Program
- Experience managing projects, budgets, and contracts
- Experience building relationships and negotiating with landowners
- Experience with various securement tools (land donations, purchase, Ecological Gift Program)
- Experience with Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments (ESA)
- Experience addressing industrial referrals
- 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 and agricultural background
Closing date: August 6, 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.