Land Protection Coordinator -- Career Opportunity

Position Description: Land Protection Coordinator (Permanent) 

Timeline: Starting September 13, 2021 (flexible)  

Application deadline: Thursday August 12, 2021 at noon. 

Compensation: $23 to $26.50 per hour commensurate with experience, 0.6 FTE (part-time) or ~22.5 hours per week, plus:

  • a comprehensive and competitive benefits package with paramedical coverage 
  • a flexible schedule and casual work environment
  • paid vacation earned after 6 months employment
  • membership to Modo Carshare for work and personal use
  • passionate colleagues

 

Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT) is a Victoria-based land trust working with our community to protect habitat within the Capital Regional District (CRD). HAT works and stewards ecosystems as visitors in the traditional and unceded territories of the L'kwungen, W̱SÁNEĆ, SC’IȺNEW, and T'Sou-ke Nations, Nations who have lived in relationship with and stewarded these lands since time immemorial and continue to live in relationship to the Land today. Our mission is to conserve natural spaces on southern Vancouver Island and the southern Gulf Islands through land acquisition, legal protection of private land, restoration, education, and stewardship programs. We work closely with community groups, government, individual landowners, and indigenous communities to coordinate effective habitat conservation projects. 

Program Area Overview:  

HAT Protected Lands Program helps to protect and conserve natural environments through negotiating land acquisition, conservation covenants, and other forms of protected areas, monitoring existing legal land protection agreements, and collaborating with partners and nations to ensure the ecological integrity of habitats is conserved. 

Position Overview

Reporting to the Executive Director and working in close consultation with HAT Operations staff and Board of Directors, the Land Protection Coordinator’s role is to plan, organize, implement and evaluate land protection projects consistent with HAT’s vision, mission, and values. 

Position Deliverables/Accountabilities: 

  • Works closely with the Executive Director and other staff to implement land protection projects including meeting with landowners, working collaboratively to negotiate and draft agreements such as conservation covenants, managing projects to meet various deadlines, drafting briefing materials and correspondence, liaising with legal counsel, and collaborating with partner agencies; 
  • Assists the Executive Director to identify and analyze potential conservation covenant and land acquisition projects for Board consideration; 
  • Liaises with the general public about HAT’s potential involvement;
  • Ensures that project files are well organized, comprehensive, regularly updated, and organized to facilitate the provision of regular progress reports to the Board; 
  • Ensures that all necessary land protection and ongoing legal requirements are undertaken regularly, including covenant landowner communications, covenant monitoring, and administration of issues pertaining to HAT’s interests in land;  
  • Participates in project-related events and activities, using all opportunities to promote awareness and support of HAT and its projects with the general public, stewardship groups, schools, businesses and all levels of government agencies; 
  • Participates on committees as directed by the Executive Director.

Communications: 

Internal: Executive Director for leadership, direction, and consultation; with Committees and Board of Directors for input and information exchange, with HAT staff and volunteers to achieve goals.  

External: with legal representatives, representatives of local, provincial, and municipal agencies, landowners and managers of protected areas, and representatives of partner organizations and the general public as to inquiries about HAT’s land protection program.  

 

Position Competencies: 

Passion for the Environment: Demonstrates a strong alignment of one’s own values with those of the organization, puts the organization’s mission first, and defends its principles. 

Collaborative Relationship Building: able to develop, maintain and strengthen partnerships with others inside or outside the organization who can provide information, assistance, and support; 

Cultural Agility: able to work respectfully, knowledgeably, and effectively with many cultures including Indigenous cultures. It is noticing and readily adapting to cultural uniqueness in order to create a sense of safety for all; 

Analytical Thinking:  able to tackle problems using a logical, systematic, sequential approach; 

Forward Thinking: able to anticipate the implications and consequences of situations and take appropriate actions to be prepared for possible contingencies; 

Effective Communication: the ability to express ideas, facts, and information in a clear, timely, and organized manner to create positive supportive partnerships; 

Open Listening: able to let go of conventional means of listening. Able to listen to and value the telling of stories, and letting pauses in conversation extend into silence rather than jumping in to dispute, agree, question, or move on. Aware of personal bias or judgment and its effect on one's ability to hear; 

Professionalism: is honest and forthright, takes responsibility for own actions, conveys a command of relevant facts and information, acts in a manner that conveys trustworthiness, reliability, and dependability; 

Thoroughness: takes steps to ensure work is of high quality, that information is complete and accurate, follows up with others to fulfill commitments, monitors work quality, uses systems to organize and keep track of information or work progress. 

Attention to Detail: thoroughly reviews all work for completeness, accuracy, and clarity of intent, with attention to detail, no matter how small. 

 

Qualification Criteria: 

  • Post-secondary accreditation in an applicable field of study, or significant relevant experience, preferably in a non-profit environment; 
  • Demonstrated ability in project planning, development, evaluation, and management; 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and interest in ecology, contracts, and/or legal or technical writing; 
  • Strong interest in HAT and its mission;  
  • Well-developed computer skills and ability to effectively use basic office technology and software (eg: word processing, presentations, database management); 
  • Willing and able to work irregular hours including some weekends; 
  • Willing and able to undertake professional development and training as appropriate 
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal skills, ability to interact and consult with individuals at all levels inside the organization and in the broader community. 

 

Application Instructions: 

  1. Submit your application before the deadline: Thursday August 12, 2021 at noon.
  2. Email your application (resume and cover letter) with the subject line: “Land Protection Coordinator” addressed to Katie Blake, Executive Director at hatmail [at] hat.bc.ca 
  3. Please include three references. They will not be contacted until after interviews are complete and you will be informed prior to contact. 
  4. Ensure that your application addresses all requirements, as well as any relevant skills or experience you have. 
  5. Visit our website at http://www.hat.bc.ca and our Facebook/Instagram pages (@habitatacqtrust) for information on HAT’s current projects, history, and successes. 
  6. Remember that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted, we are not able to confirm the receipt of all applications individually. Thank you for your understanding. 

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