Rhonda Korol Board Biography

RK Photo for HATRhonda Korol; MSc

Co-operative Education Program Coordinator, University of Victoria

Rhonda has a BSc in Geography from University of Toronto and an MSc in Biology from University of Victoria.  She works as a Coordinator in Co-operative Education at UVic.  Rhonda has served as a member of the Advisory Planning Commission and a member of Municipal Council in Central Saanich. She enjoys exploring the unique natural areas of Vancouver Island from her kayak, bike, or hiking boots and gets great satisfaction from participating in broom bashes and ivy pulls.


Pia Archibald Board Biography

Pia Website photoPia Archibald

Director of Community Engagement, Greater Victoria Housing Society

Pia Archibald is a retired wildlife biologist and manager in the BC Ministry of Environment. Pia worked in wildlife research, environmental assessment and environmental policy and planning in BC, Alberta, Yukon and the NWT.


Volunteer Spotlight: Rachael Macdonald

This month the HAT office team would like to shine the volunteer spotlight on:

Rachael Macdonald




Rachael shares a little bit of her Habitat Acquisition Trust volunteering experience with you:

"I first learned about HAT through Jill. As a regular at the coffee shop where I work, I would hear bits and pieces about the things she had been working on and was really intrigued. When I decided to go back to school to study Biology, I began volunteering in the HAT office as a way to get involved and learn about some of the things biologists do. Within the different admin tasks I’ve been doing, I’ve learned about ecological surveys and restoration management plans – things I am very interested in but didn’t think I would see until I started school. I love working with so many women who have accomplished so much in this field; their work and passion inspire me whenever I come in to volunteer."
Our Land Protection guru, Barb, shares her gratitude for Rachael: “[she] is a wonderful volunteer, and her efforts are so helpful to keeping the covenants program information updated and organized.  She shows up consistently and with a smile takes on tasks from small to complex and quickly and efficiently completes them.  Thanks Rachael!”

Our Community and Development Coordinator, Ashlea shares her thanks: "Rachael has been wonderfully helpful in all aspects of her role with us. She tackles any task without trepidation and completes them in a timely efficient manner, always willing to help wherever it is needed most! Thank you Rachael!" 

Executive Director, Jill Robinson shares her gratitude as well: "Rachael has been an excellent addition to our HAT team. She is a hardworking volunteer and a friendly face to have around the office. A huge thank you to Rachel for taking time out of her week to join our team and help with all the behind the scenes, but essential work in our office. Huge thanks!"




Letter of resignation from Jill Robinson, Executive Director

Note from the Board of Directors: 


Dear HAT members and supporters,

The Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT) Board of Directors would like to inform you that Jill Robinson will be leaving her position as Executive Director of HAT in July 2018. We thank Jill for her enormous contributions to HAT during the last three and a half years.

Jill has demonstrated her passion for conservation, strong leadership, and an exceptional talent for building collaborative relationships with staff, board members, volunteers and many others from the larger community. Jill’s diligence, positive energy and commitment to organizational excellence leave HAT an even stronger organization than it was when she arrived. Although we are sad to see her go, we wish Jill all the best as she pursues exciting new opportunities.

Moving forward, the Board of Directors will now start the process for hiring a new Executive Director. We look forward to receiving applications for this important role and to finding another talented individual to help shape HAT’s future. With strong support from the board, and with Jill’s assistance, we anticipate a smooth transition into the role for the next Executive Director as HAT continues to advance conservation objectives on south Vancouver Island.


HAT Board of Directors

Note from Jill:

For the last three and a half years at Habitat Acquisition Trust, I have felt incredibly fortunate to be a part of an organization that I care so deeply for. I am passionate about HAT’s mission to conserve nature on south Vancouver Island and the southern Gulf Islands and I am proud of what our group has accomplished. While I have loved my time at HAT and know I will miss it dearly, I have decided to resign from my position to pursue my career as a Biologist.

I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with such a passionate, knowledgeable and hardworking team of staff, board members, volunteers, contractors, and supporters – everyone that has helped support HAT in becoming a leader for conservation. I have truly appreciated your kindness, support and commitment to land protection and have loved being a part of a collaborative, strategic approach to conserving our important natural areas. Together, we’ve all worked hard to build upon HAT’s strong foundation and I feel confident moving forward that HAT will continue to thrive and make a positive impact on local conservation. I wish all the best to HAT in the future and look forward to continuing my involvement with this great organization for years to come.


Jill Robinson

 Apply today!

To apply for this great opportunity to join the HAT team, click here. Applications due June 5. 


Join HAT - hiring new Executive Director

Job Opening: Executive Director

Title: Executive Director
Full-time (37.5 hours/week)
Wage: $28.50 – $32.50/hour

Application Deadline: June 5 2018; 4:30pm.

HAT's Executive Director, Jill Robinson will be resigning at the end of July 2018 (Letter of Resignation). We are now seeking a new dynamic and motivated individual to lead Habitat Acquisition Trust’s operations. The Executive Director will implement the Board of Directors’ strategic direction for the organization, and to manage all aspects of HAT’s day-to-day operations. 

The successful candidate will be a strong communicator and have experience writing grant proposals, managing staff, and working with a variety of partners and interest groups. They will demonstrate strong leadership skills, a commitment to continuous learning and a passion for conservation.

Please submit a resume and cover letter that demonstrate how the candidate meets the qualifications and competencies in the job description below. Applications should be addressed to the Board of Directors and sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with subject “Executive Director Application”. Applications longer than 6 pages will not be accepted.

Program Area Overview:

The purpose of HAT Operations is to ensure the cost-effective and time-efficient development and management of plans and programs consistent with HAT’s mandate to preserve and protect natural environments and ecosystems in the Capital Region.

Position Overview:

Accountable to the Board Chair and reporting to the Board of Directors on a consistent basis, the Executive Director manages HAT day to day operations including: developing and establishing work plans and programs; providing leadership and direction to staff; monitoring and evaluation of programs and activities to ensure alignment with strategic goals; managing and reporting on financial activity; acting to ensure compliance with all legal, statutory and policy requirements; and, managing HAT’s assets and reputation.

Position Deliverables/Accountabilities:

  • Ensures the Board of Directors is provided with timely, accurate and comprehensive information to facilitate decision-making in matters of policy, strategic planning and governance, including recommendations on process when appropriate;
  • Assists the Board in the development of strategic plans by providing staffing projections, funding targets, project themes and information on challenges and opportunities;
  • Ensures the effective implementation of Board direction in a manner consistent with the values and ethics of the organization;
  • Attends all Board meetings and assists in the preparation of agendas and reports including those prepared for the AGM;
  • Provides leadership and direction to HAT staff, encouraging collaborative relationships with partners, supporters, contractors and volunteers;
  • Manages personnel processes and procedures to produce the required outcomes including: staff recruitment and selection, training and development, compensation and benefits, corrective discipline, performance evaluations and terminations;
  • Ensures that staff are given the information, training, tools and support to fulfill their respective roles safely and effectively;
  • Coordinates the acquisition, management and effective utilization of physical and financial resources for the achievement of strategic goals and plans, including office space and related equipment, administrative and financial management processes and technology, and field-related resources;
  • Ensures the maintaining of accurate and comprehensive files and records to mitigate risk and support planning;
  • Acts as the organization’s Privacy Officer and takes appropriate measures to mitigate risk associated with the protection of personal and/or proprietary information including processes to maintain secure, accurate and comprehensive files and records;
  • Provides leadership for community outreach and education initiatives designed to encourage investment and engagement through funding, donations and other forms of community support;
  • Provides leadership and support on key fundraising activities to facilitate achievement of fundraising targets;
  • Promotes collaborative partnerships with other stewardship agencies, organizations, First Nations and government departments;
  • Develops and maintains effective relationships with the media, business and community leaders.

Position Competencies:

Organizational Insight: Uses subject matter knowledge and expertise to develop plans for the effective securement, allocation and utilization of resources to meet or exceed organizational objectives;

Effective Communication: Expresses ideas, facts and information in a clear, timely and organized manner, and articulates a clear vision;

Relationship/Partnership Development: Adapts and uses an array of skills and techniques to build and sustain positive, supportive relationships;

Leadership: Acts with integrity and takes responsibility for own actions, builds a culture of mutual respect, co-operation and understanding by engaging and motivating staff, coaching and managing performance and fostering long-term learning and development;

Situational Insight: Adapts to and works effectively within a variety of situations and with various individuals or groups, modifying approach as operational goals and plans evolve, maintaining an awareness of the needs of subordinates and continuously seeking ways to improve outcomes.

Qualification Criteria:

  • Strong interest in land conservation and HAT’s mission;
  • Post-secondary accreditation in an applicable field of study, or significant relevant experience, preferably in a non-profit environment;
  • Management or supervisory experience, preferably in the non- profit sector;
  • Demonstrated ability in project planning, development, evaluation and management;
  • Demonstrated skill in fundraising, community outreach and communications;
  • Strong interpersonal, written and verbal skills, ability to interact and consult with individuals at all levels inside the organization and in the broader community;
  • Well-developed computer skills and ability to effectively use basic office technology and software (eg: word processing, presentations, web site maintenance, database management);
  • Willing and able to work irregular hours including some evenings and weekends;
  • Willing and able to undertake professional development and training as appropriate
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle preferred.



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