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Urban Program Coordinator – Ontario


The Urban Program Coordinator (“Coordinator” hereafter) reports to the Ontario Program Director and works with BSC staff and partners to develop and deliver an innovative program to increase urban engagement in birds and conservation in cities across Ontario.  Initially the program will focus on southwestern Ontario including Toronto, Windsor, Kitchener-Waterloo and London with the intention to expand to additional urban centres across the province.


At the outset the Coordinator’s primary responsibility will be to work with the Ontario Director to devise a strategic approach to urban programming in the province.  This will include: identifying conservation needs and opportunities in urban centres; identifying target audiences along with innovative techniques to engage those audiences; developing a funding base to support urban programming, and; delivering programming in multiple urban centres.  In addition, the Coordinator will deliver BSC’s current urban initiatives including coordinating with over 20 partners to deliver the Toronto Bird Celebration as well as other outreach events for urban birds, including urban species at risk.

Specifically, the Coordinator will:

  1. Work with the Ontario Director, as well as partners and BSC staff, to develop and implement a strategic program of urban engagement and outreach in bird conservation; one that addresses priority audiences and priority threats for birds in urban centres.
  2. Work with 20+ partners to deliver the Toronto Bird Celebration; increase the Celebration’s focus on engaging new audiences in birding and bird conservation; explore potential for similar initiatives in other urban centres.
  3. Work with other BSC staff to deliver urban-based education, outreach and conservation programming including “Swift Nights Out” and School SwiftWatch.
  4. Lead new project to connect urban dwellers to the boreal and their role in sustaining the boreal; where possible, integrate into other urban and BSC programming.
  5. Coordinate Christmas Bird Count (CBC) volunteers.
  6. Recruit, support and retain urban volunteers and stewards.
  7. Fundraise for the ongoing maintenance and development of urban programs.
  8. Build and maintain strategic relationships with partners, collaborators, target audiences and other stakeholders.
  9. Identify and seize opportunities to further develop urban programs.
  10. Regularly evaluate urban programs and projects against program goals and objectives and against the urban conservation needs.
  11. Hire and manage project staff, in consultation with the Ontario Director.
  12. Develop and coordinate communications to promote urban conservation and BSC programs and events through BSC’s communications channels, including social media (Twitter and Facebook), and other promotion and media opportunities, in consultation with BSC’s communication staff.
  13. Communicate project results through various means including: progress reports, annual newsletters, conferences, primary literature, and targeted reports to funders, partners and volunteers.
  14. Represent BSC at municipal, regional, national and international meetings.
  15. Other duties as assigned.


Post-secondary degree in Science or Environmental Communication, Environmental Education, Biology, Conservation, or Environmental Studies and/or equivalent experience.


Exceptional communication skills, along with strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills are an absolute must.  Previous experience developing and delivering science-based education and outreach programming is required, as is previous experience working with, and managing, volunteers and stewards to achieve conservation outcomes. Previous experience event planning is a strong asset.  Further, the successful candidate should have demonstrated fundraising experience, including a track record of successful grant writing.  The position requires a high amount of motivation and initiative, and the chosen candidate must be a self-starter and a problem solver.  In addition, the Coordinator must be innovative and creative to develop new approaches to engaging urban audiences.  Strong organizational skills to balance multiple projects and programs is also required.   The Coordinator should have a solid knowledge of Ontario’s urban birds, as well as urban and human-related threats, along with an understanding of urban ecosystems and their role in Canada’s biodiversity. The individual should be competent with most Microsoft programs (e.g., Word).  Experience working with Arc GIS and R would be an asset.  Lastly, a valid driver’s licence and a willingness to travel are required.


This position requires regular daytime and overnight travel, varying from monthly (Sept – April) to weekly or more (May – Aug) to coordinate and deliver programming in multiple urban centres.  Some evening and weekend work will be required to deliver programming.


The position will be based out of one of southern Ontario’s urban centres, preferably near Toronto, although the exact location is TBD, in consultation with the candidate and based on program needs.


Starting salary between $44,000 and $54,000 per year (depending upon experience and location) plus health and dental benefits.


To apply send a short cover letter, highlighting your relevant qualifications and what you hope to bring to the urban bird program, plus your resume and two references to by OCTOBER 15, 2018.  Applications that fail to demonstrate relevant qualifications and experience will not be considered.

Bird Studies Canada welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities.  Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

While Bird Studies Canada welcomes all applications, only those applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted.


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