The Nature Trust of British Columbia (NTBC) is a leading non-profit land conservation organization dedicated to protecting the natural riches of British Columbia by securing, restoring and caring for B.C.’s ecologically significant habitats.  Since 1971, The Nature Trust of BC and its partners have conserved over 180,000 acres of ecologically vulnerable wetlands, grasslands, and forests for generations to come. In order to help care for the land, NTBC and our partners fund comprehensive land management activities on conservation areas throughout the province, including the Kootenay Region.

NTBC is seeking an enthusiastic and motivated team player to join us in the Kootenay Region as a Field Operations Coordinator; this term contract ends in March 2026, with the possibility for the role to become permanent.

The Field Operations Coordinator will undertake all aspects of fieldwork associated with the management of conservation areas within the Kootenay Region. During the summer season, this role will supervise a small seasonal Conservation Field Crew; throughout the rest of the year, responsibilities of the position will vary widely, involving independent, project-based field work and a variety of office-based functions including planning, coordination, grant writing, and reporting tasks.

For this unique position, we are looking for a motivated candidate who has a broad skill set and a willingness to be responsible for a wide variety of projects, including property inspections, compliance/public engagement, invasive species inventory/control, infrastructure maintenance, coordination with stewardship and volunteer groups, mapping and data collection, contract management, and supporting ecosystem restoration and enhancement projects. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to work with some of the leading conservation organizations in British Columbia as well as First Nations and the provincial and federal governments.

This is a full-time, contract position based in Cranbrook, B.C. The Field Operations Coordinator will report directly to the Senior Field Operations Coordinator but will work collaboratively with the Kootenay Conservation Land Manager and other NTBC staff located throughout the province.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Supervise the summer Conservation Field Crew, including hiring, scheduling work tasks, and upholding safety and human resource legislation, standards, and policies.
  • Perform property inspections on conservation lands, which may include wildlife and habitat inventory and data collection, mapping (e.g. ArcGIS Field Maps), reporting of land management opportunities and/or issues.
  • Install and/or perform maintenance on trails, signs, fences, bridges, boardwalks, buildings, parking areas, nesting boxes, and other habitat structures, and generate reports based on field inspections.
  • Assist with public use and access management initiatives including sign and structure installation, maintenance, repairs, inspections, and documenting future needs.
  • Lead sign replacement efforts across the region, including research, writing, basic graphic design, and procurement.
  • Assist with invasive species inventory and treatment, collection of spatial data via mapping platforms (e.g. Survey123, Invasives BC), and replanting and reseeding efforts.
  • Implement ecological monitoring (vegetation plots, photo plots, camera trap and trail counter deployment, drone imagery, etc.).
  • Assist with wildfire mitigation and recovery efforts, as needed.
  • Clean-up/removal of litter and debris, which may include the use of truck, trailer, ATV and/or directing heavy equipment, where appropriate.
  • Support the planning and implementation of a variety of ecosystem restoration and enhancement projects through all project phases (conceptualization/design, grant writing, sourcing contractors and materials, on-the-ground supervision, data collection, reporting, ongoing monitoring, and maintenance).
  • Assist with projects and special events as required (i.e. tours, school events, conferences, workshops, webinars, etc.).
  • Public education, outreach, and compliance efforts, as necessary.
  • Coordinate and implement volunteer work events, as necessary.
  • Operation and safe handling of various vehicles, trailers, and tools and equipment, including chainsaws, brush saws, power tools and hand tools.
  • Schedule maintenance of assigned fleet vehicles.
  • Responsible for the inventory, maintenance, and organization of a comprehensive tool crib.
  • Conduct field work through a variety of weather and conditions.
  • Represent and promote NTBC and land conservation efforts in a respectful and professional manner, including receiving and responding to public inquiries, concerns, and liability and safety issues.
  • Strengthen working relationships with existing conservation partners, develop new working relationships with funders, partners, First Nations, government, stakeholders, community groups, and the public.
  • Serve as the NTBC representative on the Kootenay Conservation Program Stewardship Committee.
  • Complete various administrative tasks including filing, correspondence, scheduling, etc.
  • Work plan tracking and documentation through annual reporting, supported by photos, videos, maps, data, etc.

Qualifications, Experience, and Skills:

  • Post-Secondary Degree or Technical Diploma in Environmental Science/ Geography/ Resource Management/ Forestry/ Agriculture/ Parks or related discipline is an asset.
  • Self-motivated and competent to work alone or with a group and under minimal direction.
  • Possesses adaptive decision-making and time management skills.
  • Demonstrated, safe hands-on experience with various tools and equipment.
  • Basic carpentry and mechanical knowledge, experience, and skills.
  • Experience in the operation, safe handling, maintenance, and record-keeping of fleet vehicles and equipment (e.g. 4×4 trucks, ATVs, trailers, boats), backcountry driving, and comfortable with securing and trailering loads.
  • Experience working with field-based mapping technology (GPS, ArcGIS online, FieldMaps App, Avenza Maps, etc.) and navigation.
  • Strong awareness of workplace health and safety issues, safe work procedures, a safety-first outlook to work and experience with a check in/out system.
  • Knowledge of British Columbia’s flora and fauna with particular interest in sensitive, threatened, and endangered species and ecosystems found within the Kootenay Region.
  • Experience working with Indigenous Groups and First Nations, stakeholders, and the public in a collaborative environment is an asset.
  • Willingness to and experience of remote work, sometimes for several days at a time, which may include front and backcountry camping.
  • This position involves continuous heavy physical work in all weather conditions, sufficient physical strength, stamina, and coordination are required.
  • A valid Transport Canada Basic Drone Pilot license is an asset.
  • Valid Occupational First Aid – Level 1 is an asset.
  • Possess a valid Class 5 BC Driver’s License (or equivalent) and willing to submit Driver’s Abstract.

Work Term, Location and Hours:

  • Term contract until March 31, 2026; possibility of permanent employment dependent on funding.
  • 37.5 hours/week, schedule dependent on the season. The field season: Monday-Thursday, ~9.5 hours/day, subject to acceptance of averaging agreement. Late autumn and winter months: 7.5 hours/day, Monday-Friday.
  • The position will be primarily field based during the field season, using The Nature Trust of BC’s Cranbrook office as the staging location (located within the Ministry of Water, Land and Resource Stewardship office).
  • For office-based work, this position encourages a hybrid-model of working from home and the NTBC office.
  • This position requires travel throughout the East and West Kootenay, with occasional overnight stays, evening and weekend work.
  • Working remotely and on your own will be common.

What We Offer:

  • $50,700 – $58,500 salary, dependent on experience
  • Two weeks paid vacation
  • A health spending allowance
  • Paid training and professional development

How to Apply:

Please submit your résumé and cover letter by midnight Sunday May 12 to Michelle Daniel, Senior Field Operations Coordinator..

The Nature Trust of BC is committed to a workforce that reflects the diversity of BC. We encourage applications from underrepresented communities including racialized persons, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons identifying as 2SLGBTQIA+, and all those who contribute to a diverse society.

The Nature Trust of BC is thankful for the financial support of this position in 2024 from The Nature Smart Climate Solutions Fund, The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, The Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program, and Wheaton Precious Metals.

The Nature Trust of BC thanks you for your interest in this posting. Only those short-listed will be contacted.