The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the nation’s leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962 NCC and its supporters have protected 2.8 million acres (more than 1.1 million hectares) of ecologically significant land across Canada. NCC takes a collaborative, science-based approach to achieve conservation success for the sake of nature and Canadians. With a national office in Toronto and seven regional offices across the country, NCC delivers results you can walk on.
Purpose and General Description
Inspire others to take part in hands-on conservation work with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) by joining the Conservation Volunteers (CV) team in Atlantic Canada. As the Conservation Volunteers Assistant, you will assist with the coordination and delivery of volunteer events designed to engage individuals of all ages in priority stewardship work on NCC’s conservation properties. Additionally, you will help with recruiting and training longer term volunteers and property stewards. You will assist with all aspects of events in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island and assist remotely with recruitment and data management for Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, as needed. You will also aid in ongoing NCC conservation communications and partner and community relations.
Duties and Responsibilities
Coordinate the planning, logistics and running of volunteer events held between August and April in NB and PE and preparing for events in 2020, and assist with the logistics of other outreach activities;
Work with the NB & PEI Stewardship Coordinator and the Communications Manager to develop communications materials to promote volunteer events and the volunteer program in both official languages;
Undertake volunteer recruitment through group partnerships, print, radio and TV media, with follow-up stories after events with media;
Follow-up with interested volunteers to become property stewards, provide training and volunteer materials, and manage volunteer assignments;
Compile and track volunteer data and event metrics (event summaries, evaluations, participant follow-up) for events throughout the region;
Synthesize volunteer event and field data for year-end reporting and newsletter;
Manage volunteer program database and ensure necessary correspondence and metrics are uploaded to data management platforms;
Ensure regular staff correspondence with volunteers is tracked;
Update message board of volunteer portal regularly and post educational content related to areas of interest;
Work with Communications to enhance volunteer section of NCC website, and information about accessing NCC properties;
Assist with funding proposals as needed;
Assist NB & PEI Stewardship Coordinator as needed;
Required Skills and Attributes
This posting is targeted to someone possessing the following skills and abilities:
Attention to detail with excellent time management and organizational abilities;
Self-starting, proactive and capable of working independently;
Work well in a dynamic setting, including office and outdoor environments, under various weather conditions (e.g. temperature and precipitation extremes) and in variable terrain;
Outgoing and enjoy working with people/volunteers of all ages in outdoor settings, interest in public engagement and communicating environmental topics;
Demonstrated interest in natural history and land conservation, basic plant and wildlife identification skills and an understanding of conservation issues;
Highly motivated with creative thinking abilities in both office and field settings;
Strong written and verbal communication skills, including ability to interact with the public to convey a conservation message, and comfortable speaking to groups as well as the media, familiarity with social media (Twitter, Facebook);
Fluency in English; fluency in French a strong asset;
Wilderness or Standard First Aid training;
Photography skills a strong asset;
Familiarity with common computer software (Microsoft Office Suite, graphics programs);
Valid Driver’s License, and able to rent a car (must be at least 21 years of age to rent).
Terms of Employment
This is a full-time, 8-month, 35-week (August 19 – April 17) position. Salary is $17/hour ($637.50/week). Start and end dates may be flexible.
Position will be based in Fredericton, NB, with travel throughout NB & PEI to prep for and attend events and meet partners. Most events take place on weekends and some will require overnight travel. Travel expenses will be reimbursed and time off granted for weekend work.
Interested applicants should forward their cover letter and resume to:
Attention: Jennifer White, NB & PEI Stewardship Coordinator
In your submission email, please include the following:
Cover letter and resume in English and as one pdf document
Reference position title “NB Volunteer Program Assistant” in subject line
Application Deadline: July 26, 2019
No telephone calls please.
We thank everyone who applies for their interest in the Nature Conservancy of Canada; however only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
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At the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) we strive to promote diversity in the workplace and encourage applications from all qualified individuals.
NCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, we will provide accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process. If selected to participate in the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, please inform Human Resources staff of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require.