Conservation Campaign Director
Canadian Parks and Wilderness (CPAWS) Southern Alberta Chapter - Calgary, AB

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Full-time Permanent Employment Opportunity

Conservation Campaign Director

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society is Canada’s voice for the protection of wilderness and parks. Our Southern Alberta Chapter has a wonderful opportunity for an individual to use their skills in the application of scientific research to conservation campaigning and programming in the Environmental Non-profit sector. This individual will take the lead on many conservation campaigns, bringing their creativity and initiative to help incorporate current scientific research in conservation recommendations, campaign planning and implementation.

There are numerous conservation issues in Southern Alberta ranging from the need to recover species at risk and protect critical habitats to influencing land use planning to ensure conservation related outcomes. CPAWS Southern Alberta takes a solutions oriented approach to these issues, basing recommendations and campaigns on the best available science and input from local stakeholders and citizens. Our holistic approach to landscape conservation, productive relationships with local groups, and our ability to think outside of the box has earned us a credible, positive relationship in Alberta’s conservation movement.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Conservation Planner is responsible for:
 Planning and implementing conservation campaigns.
 Representing CPAWS at various multi-stakeholder planning initiatives and events.
 Creating and implementing a government relations strategy to further campaigns.
 Strategic planning for the Conservation Department.
 Working with communications staff and media to increase public awareness of various conservation campaigns.
 Keeping current on relevant scientific information.
 Supervising summer staff and interns in the conservation department.
 Working with other ENGOs to create and implement collaborative conservation campaigns.
 Build strong relationships with funders, government officials supporters, media and stakeholders;
 Find innovative solutions to conservation issues that engage the public and connect a greater number of people to nature protection and recreation.
 Fund development and reporting.
 Other tasks as assigned by the Executive Director.

Position Requirements:
The Conservation Planner is a senior position in a busy organization with multiple ongoing campaigns, and applicants should demonstrate their experience in senior leadership roles and in conservation issues, as well as have:
 Completed undergraduate degree in biological or conservation sciences.
 Campaign planning and implementation experience, including playing a lead role in the success of an advocacy campaign, preferably in the conservation field;
 An advanced university degree in a related field, such as conservation or environmental sciences, or the equivalent combination of education and relevant work experience;
 Proven knowledge of nonprofit organizations, preferably in the environmental sector, which provide a base for working with a board and volunteer committees;
 Knowledge and passion of Southern Alberta ecosystems and biodiversity.
 Minimum of three years work experience in a conservation-related field.
 Strong public speaking and writing skills.
 Previous experience with government and/or media relations is an asset.
 Proficient with Microsoft Word suite of programs.
 Initiative, tact, and discretion.
 Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Application Deadline: Nov 2, 2012
Position Start Date: As soon as possible
Position Location: Calgary and some travel in Southern Alberta

Please send a curriculum vitae (with references) and a cover letter to Anne-Marie Syslak, executive director at amsyslak (at) We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.