The Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society (CSTWS) is part of The Wildlife Society, an international professional organization that promotes principled approaches to wildlife management. Our Mission Statement is to foster excellence in wildlife stewardship in Canada, through science and education. Members are drawn from provincial, territorial and federal governments, universities and colleges, environmental and wildlife conservation groups, resource industries, Indigenous communities and the general public. The Section works with its regional Chapters, TWS and other organizations to encourage informed resource management and policy development.
The Executive Coordinator (EC) is a new position that will assist CSTWS in building and maintaining a science-based program that supports land and wildlife conservation and management in Canada. The Executive Coordinator over the long-term will help implement several strategic initiatives identified by the CSTWS Executive Committee, with the broad goal of raising the profile and exposure of the CSTWS across Canada. This position is intended to become an on-going, part-time position that promotes strategic initiatives of CSTWS, working in coordination with the Section Executive Committee and its various Standing Committees, as well as wildlife and natural resource organizations across Canada. The incumbent Coordinator will provide innovative and collaborative leadership, to promote and expand the Section’s efforts across Canada.
In the first year of the position, key tasks will include developing revenue streams to sustain this position, increasing membership services such as training opportunities, and initiate efforts in expanding conservation networking. These tasks will position CSTWS to implement future strategic initiatives. Discussions of the new Strategic Plan to guide CSTWS will be part of a planning session at the Annual General Meeting in March 2018. The Executive Coordinator will report to the President of CSTWS, and will be expected to support the Executive Committee in designated operations, which will not exceed 15% of the time commitment.
Candidate Qualifications and Experience:
- A university degree or college diploma in wildlife conservation or management, natural resource management, or related environmental fields.
- Preference will be given to candidates with direct experience with Canadian governance systems relative to environmental legislation, policy and funding, familiarity with Canadian NGOs and professional wildlife organizations, and wildlife conservation issues across Canada.
- A demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and foster team-based initiatives to further strategic initiatives.
- A self-starter that welcomes the challenge of promoting conservation, and communicating with a diverse range of environmental professionals and the public.
Key position activities:
- Help develop sustainable revenue streams to support the Executive Coordinator Position on an ongoing basis. This could include development of professional workshops or other training, or through grants.
- Work with the various Canadian organizations involved in wildlife conservation and management to increase awareness of CSTWS, and to identify key national conservation issues.
- Network with CSTWS Working Committees (e.g., Conservation Affairs Committee and the Membership Committee) to support their roles in responding to emerging conservation issues, promoting sound conservation science and providing professional development opportunities.
- Coordinate and/or develop other strategic initiatives identified at the 2018 AGM, Strategic Planning Session.
The Executive Coordinator will be contracted initially on a 1-year term starting in March 2018, with the option to renew for subsequent years, pending successful development of a sustainable funding stream. This start date coincides with the CSTWS Annual General Meeting in Winnipeg in mid-March 2018), at which the new Strategic Plan will be discussed, as well as other operational issues. The meeting is the first opportunity to meet key contacts within CSTWS, and gain an understanding of membership, existing organizational structure, and strategic direction.
The Executive Coordination will be hired under a contract for part-time work averaging 20 hours per week, with remuneration of $35,000 – 40,000 (CAD) per annum payable in monthly instalments. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Pre-approved expenses will be covered separately.
The geographic location of the Executive Coordinator is flexible within Canada and may change over time. The Executive Coordinator is expected to work from a home office unless otherwise determined by the CSTWS Executive.
Travel to meetings or conferences may be required throughout the term of the Executive Coordinator.
To be considered for this position, interested candidates must submit their résumé or curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and a cover letter stating why they should be considered. Applications must be submitted electronically to Rick.Baydack@umanitoba.ca by January 15, 2018.