Intermediate Range Agrologist
Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) is looking for a highly motivated, team orientated professional with strong interpersonal skills to join our team working with agricultural producers within central and northern Alberta. Our program focuses on voluntary collaboration with producers to enhance and maintain habitat for a range of species. This is a full-time, permanent position based out of our NE Regional Office in Sherwood Park.
Your role will be to work closely with interested producers to conduct detailed range transects (inventories), range health assessments, and forest health assessments on their properties. You and other members of the project team will work with producers to develop a ranch plan for each property to maintain and/or enhance wildlife habitat and benefit the overall ranching operation. You will collaborate with other ACA projects (fisheries, upland game bird, riparian, etc.) when opportunities arise to achieve multiple objectives on the landscape.
Past experience and/or a good understanding of detailed vegetation inventories (range transects), range health assessments, forest health assessments, and strong plant identification skills (grasses, shrubs, and forbs) pertaining to Alberta’s grasslands is crucial. Current membership (or required qualifications to join) in the Alberta Institute of Agrologists (AIA), either as a Professional Agrologist or Registered Technologist in Agrology (or in training) is required.
An understanding of grazing practices, the cattle industry, as well as a working knowledge of cultivated lands would be an asset, as you will be working directly with producers and other professionals in the industry. Familiarity with using a GPS unit and maps is expected and is essential to navigate to required field sites. You will have excellent writing skills, organizational skills, data management skills, experience with ArcGis and Microsoft Office, and be able to record data thoroughly and neatly. Long field days may be required and you may be required to stay at field camps for portions of the summer.
- 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)
- Valid Class 5 driver’s licence (supply driver’s abstract prior to start date)
- Ability to identify grass, shrubs, and forbs of Alberta’s rangelands or strong grassland vegetation identification skills
- Past range health assessment experience and experience developing range management plans
- 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, and Powerpoint) and GIS (ArcGIS platforms)
ADDITIONAL SKILLS CONSIDERED AN ASSEST
- 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 background
- Hunting / angling background
ACA offers a substantive compensation package, including medical and dental benefits, self-directed RRSP plan, and a salary that is competitive and based on experience and qualifications.
Closing Date: January 5, 2019
Start Date: February 2019
Location: Northeast Region - Sherwood Park
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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.