We are hiring a Director of Conservation Land Management

The Nature Trust of British Columbia (NTBC) is a leading non-profit land conservation organization operating solely in BC. Since 1971, we have secured over 70,000 hectares (175,000 acres) of ecologically important habitat across the province for wildlife, fish and plants. NTBC uses rigorous science-based criteria to evaluate and manage conservation land to protect the ecological values for BC’s biodiversity and future generations

NTBC seeks an enthusiastic and motivated conservation professional to be our Director of Conservation Land Management. This senior position offers the successful candidate the opportunity to lead The Nature Trust of British Columbia’s Conservation Land Management team, identify innovative conservation stewardship opportunities using science-based approaches and best management practices, and implement NTBC’s landscape-scale conservation efforts on NTBC holdings across the province to ensure ecosystem resiliency. The Director of Conservation Land Management will play a key role in providing strategic direction and guidance toward implementing NTBC’s conservation goals and objectives.

The Director of Conservation Land Management is a key member of The Nature Trust of British Columbia’s senior management team. S/he will maintain and build strong relations with partner organizations, including Federal, Provincial, and Local Governments, Indigenous groups and Non-Governmental Organizations, develop and monitor land management budgets, take a lead role in fundraising for new conservation efforts, and make public presentations.

This is a full time management position based in Vancouver, BC.

Leading NTBC’s Conservation Land Management team, reporting directly to the CEO, the Director of Conservation Land Management will have the following responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic direction and support to identify priority stewardship activities on NTBC lands, which may include ecosystem restoration or enhancement projects and ecological monitoring to measure the conservation effectiveness of the projects by working with NTBC land management and science staff;
  • Oversee and provide direction on the development of land management effectiveness monitoring protocols to measure and report on conservation outcomes and achievements over time by working with NTBC land management and science staff;
  • Oversee NTBC’s Conservation Land Management team and work with the Ecosystem Specialist, GIS Specialist, and Director of Conservation Land Securement to refine Conservation Land Management Plan templates and the process for developing new conservation property land management plans or updating existing plans;
  • Identify the resources (time and funding) needed to provide basic conservation land management requirements for NTBC properties and determine the appropriate land management endowments (LMEs) required for each property by working with the NTBC Conservation Land Management team, Ecosystem Specialist, CEO and CFO;
  • Work with the Director of Conservation Land Securement on the land management implications related to the Ecological Gifts Program (EGP), as it applies to NTBC lands;
  • Oversee and manage NTBC conservation covenant property related activities, including compliance monitoring;
  • Lead NTBC’s Conservation Land Management team to develop and revise emergency response protocols, health and safety protocols, and land use policies for NTBC conservation lands;
  • Represent NTBC on various existing partnership program steering committees related to developing and implementing conservation land management strategies and action plans, often as Chair;
  • Work with key partners on land management arrangements and aid in development of legal agreements for long term management of NTBC properties, as required;
  • Support the CEO and NTBC’s Conservation Land Management team in reviewing the NTBC – Provincial MOU and Management Agreement pertaining to NTBC lands that are leased to the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD), as required;
  • Coordinate and assist NTBC’s Conservation Land Management team and work with FLNRORD regional staff in preparing the provincial Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation Operations & Management regional funding applications and reports for NTBC lands leased to FLNRORD;
  • Oversee NTBC’s Conservation Land Management team to coordinate the administrative functions, including budgeting and reporting, associated with the entire NTBC conservation property portfolio;
  • Coordinate and prepare funding applications and submissions to a variety of funding sources to support land management activities, including those implemented by seasonal Conservation Youth Crews;
  • Assist the Director of Marketing and Development and regional NTBC staff to identify and cultivate relationships with existing or potential donors, businesses, and funding organizations or agencies;
  • Provide other duties identified by the CEO, as required.

Required qualifications, experience, and skills:
Candidates must have a positive attitude, have demonstrated leadership skills, be a team player, have a constant desire to learn, be well organized and must be able to work in a fast paced environment with a focus on quality.

  • Must have a Bachelor’s Degree in ecology, conservation biology, wildlife biology, environmental science, or related discipline with 10+ years of directly related, post-degree experience, R.P. Bio and/or Master of Science degree preferred;
  • Demonstrated project management skills, with excellent problem solving, planning and organizational skills, while maintaining attention to detail;
  • Entrepreneurial, with a strong ability to manage timelines, goals, and expectations successfully;
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage staff and/or volunteers;
  • Comfortable working in a team setting and capable of easily communicating with a wide range of people from both the public and private sectors, at a professional/technical to general public level;
  • Comfortable and effective working in a fundraising organization;
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written);
  • Demonstrated skill and success in grant writing;
  • Must be flexible, reliable, self-motivated, and able to work both independently and as a team lead;
  • Must be prepared to travel to Nature Trust conservation properties across BC and work flexible hours on occasion;
  • Pleasant, professional behavior, using discretion, when necessary;
  • Proficient with MS Office applications;
  • Valid BC Driver’s Licence (minimum Class 5) is required;
  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

Desired qualifications

  • Experience working in or with the land trust sector in Canada or the USA;
  • Knowledge and experience in sustainable forest and range management;
  • Knowledge of the principles of conservation planning, and sources of biodiversity information in BC;
  • Experience compiling information and reporting on ecosystem condition, ecosystem restoration, and/or habitat enhancement project design and implementation.

Position location

This position will be based in our Vancouver office.

Update: No longer accepting applications for this position.