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Boreal Conservation Project Specialist

Bird Studies Canada (BSC) is the country’s only non-governmental charitable organization focussed entirely on research, awareness, and conservation of Canada’s wild birds and their habitats.

BSC seeks a project specialist to assist in the delivery of a national boreal conservation initiative. The project’s overarching goal is to promote the protection of boreal forest habitat, boreal birds and other wildlife across Canada. Working in collaboration with conservation partners, the project advances its goals through a multi-faceted work plan which includes: promotion of the establishment of new protected areas; support for the establishment of Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas; support for private land securement; legal and policy protections; and, communications, outreach and engagement efforts relating to boreal forest and bird conservation broadly.

Responsibilities include:

  • Helping to plan and write boreal project communications for diverse audiences and platforms;
  • Assisting in the development and implementation of effective engagement strategies for boreal bird and forest conservation (this includes bird conservation strategies for southern Canada);
  • Assessing boreal bird populations, distributions, mapping products, and other biological data to help prioritize conservation needs, opportunities, and significant regions for birds;
  • Participation in policy review(s) benefiting birds and bird habitat; and,
  • Assisting with project logistics and reports.

Applicants should have:

  • Strong communications skills (written and oral);
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in conservation, wildlife biology or related field;
  • Three to five years’ work experience in biology, conservation, communications or related field;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of bird biology, boreal forest ecology, and related conservation issues;
  • Experienced in MS-Office software (e.g., Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and social media tools;
  • Positive and collaborative outlook, with experience working with diverse partners; and,
  • Knowledge of digital mapping software/GIS and geographical concepts a strong asset.

Desirable attributes:

  • Knowledge of botany, native plant gardening, and ecological restoration;
  • Knowledge of environmental policies and legislation relating to birds and other wildlife;
  • Experience working with diverse communities; and,
  • Additional language skills (written and oral).

The Boreal Conservation Project Specialist reports to BSC’s Senior Conservation Advisor. The position is offered as a one-year term position, with possibility of extension conditional on funding and positive performance. The position is based at BSC’s headquarters in Port Rowan, Ontario.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume as a single PDF document to Gregor Beck, Senior Conservation Advisor (, with “Job Search – Boreal Specialist” in the subject line. While BSC appreciates the interest of all who apply, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Application deadline May 30, 2019 (end of day).


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