Hiring: Ecosystem Recovery Program Assistant | Carolinian Canada

Hiring: Ecosystem Recovery Program Assistant

Ecosystem Recovery Program Assistant

Stretching from Toronto to Windsor, the Carolinian Life Zone of southwestern Ontario is one of North America’s most vibrant & fragile ecoregions. Carolinian Canada Coalition (CCC) brings together diverse sectors, people and governments to collaboratively steward southwestern Ontario’s unique habitat network, green infrastructure to support thriving wild and human communities in harmony for generations. (Canadian Registered Charity 83559 4722 RR0001)

This position will assist the Director, Program Manager and Conservation Biologist of the Ecosystem Recovery Program in managing and implementing projects and activities as part of the CCC project team.

This position will aim to:

  • Work closely with the Carolinian Canada project staff, committees & stakeholders to efficiently & strategically manage Ecosystem Recovery Program deliverables.
  • Assist in leading conservation efforts for some of Canada’s most threatened wildlife & ecosystems.
  • Facilitate the organization’s role as a significant force for conservation of Carolinian wildlife & ecosystems.


Research and Report Preparation – Work with the Ecosystem Recovery Program Director, the CCC Executive Director and the CCC team, with an emphasis on activities relating to the development, implementation and monitoring of Conservation Action Plans (CAPs) in biodiversity hotspots of the Carolinian life zone.

  • Research & Report Preparation – Assist with background research and report preparation for: new CAPs; the annual CAP monitoring report; and various information products relating to outreach and education associated with the implementation of Species at Risk (SAR) inventory, conservation planning, stewardship and habitat recovery implementation in CAP areas.
  • Regular Reporting – Assist ERP Director and staff in the preparation of monthly updates, staff meetings/calls, quarterly activity reports and annual summary reports on CCC program activities.
  • Fieldwork – Where necessary and appropriate, assist with site inspections to address knowledge gaps re: status of SAR occurrences, site condition and threats, and restoration needs and opportunities, as indicated in specific CAP reports and recovery strategies

Network & Communications – Work with a diverse network of partners and stakeholders associated with conservation action planning in Carolinian Canada, including other conservation organizations, stewardship councils, land trusts, conservation authorities, protected areas staff, First Nations, municipalities, provincial and federal government staff, academic researchers, businesses, the agricultural community, naturalist clubs, and others.

  • Liaise with Conservation Partners – work with ERP Director and staff to:  build and coordinate local Conservation Action Planning (CAP) teams; build relationships with First Nations; engage business partners in conservation.
  • Events – Assist in organizing, developing & delivering workshops and forums.
  • External Communications – Contribute to CCC communication activities: website, regular newsletter articles, correspondence & public speaking; respond to information requests.
  • Publications – Participate in the development & production of publications as needed, related to the Ecosystem Recovery Program.
  • Other duties, as assigned.


  • Familiarity with Carolinian Canada’s natural heritage, organizations & issues.
  • Proven program management, research & partnership-building skills.
  • Strong knowledge and experience with all aspects of Species At Risk recovery planning and implementation, particularly for species found in Southern Ontario.
  • Experience with conservation and stewardship programs.
  • Good leadership, team, supervisory & organizational skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal & written communication skills (samples of publications may be requested)
  • Experience with conservation/natural heritage outreach and education is an asset.
  • Ability to work independently & meet deadlines.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs.
  • Willingness to travel, occasionally work irregular hours, & have use of vehicle.
  • Use of a late-model computer.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours, as needed.
  • Graduation from college or university in a related field, preferably with a Masters or comparable experience.
  • GIS experience is an asset.

Terms:  This is a 12-month contract position, contingent on funding, with potential for renewal.  Rate of pay is $4,000 - $5,000 per month (based on a 37.5 hour work week), depending on skills, experience & qualifications.

Location:  The Carolinian Canada Coalition office is based in London, Ontario, but staff and contractors generally work from their homes.  Much of the CAP implementation work over the next two to three years will be in the Elgin County and Chatham-Kent areas, so residence in these areas would be a considerable asset.  Office space may also be available for use from one of our local partners.

Please send a resume and cover letter to the contact below.  Late submissions will not be accepted, but submissions will be kept on file should additional employment opportunities arise.  Only those applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted.  However, we thank all applicants for their submissions and their interest in Carolinian Canada.

Starting: Immediately
Application Deadline: September 20, 2013
Apply by e-mail to: Jarmo Jalava
Director of Ecosystem Recovery
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