Conservation Scientist - Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

Post Date: 7/12/2022
Opportunity Type: Job
Organization/Grantor: Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative
Position/Title/Fund: Conservation Scientist, full-time
Deadline: Open until filled
Location: Canmore, Canada

The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) is a joint Canada-U.S. not-for-profit organization with a mission to connect and protect wildlife habitat from Yellowstone to Yukon so people and nature can thrive. We are the only organization dedicated to securing the long-term ecological health of this entire region. We take a scientific and collaborative approach to conservation and highlight and focus on local issues that affect the region.

Y2Y is seeking an experienced professional to be our next Conservation Scientist. This individual should have a passion for communicating science, collaborations, and ensuring the practical application of science to serve conservation. The purpose of this position is to work within Y2Y and with external entities to ensure that multidisciplinary science and knowledge are guiding where we do our work; informing how to solve vexing conservation challenges; and monitoring our progress. Most of the work this position will engage in will be at the Y2Y region level. On occasion, work may support targeted national or global connectivity policies we are seeking to impact. Work may also occasionally focus on a site-level project if there is the opportunity to incorporate the model across the Yellowstone to Yukon region.

This person should enjoy creating and supporting diverse collaboratives and be able to design scientific research that is integrated to ensure there are clear pathways and users to advance conservation. Understanding how to work within an ethical space framework is also important. This person should delight in communicating science in a variety of ways from small groups, to talks and interviews, and through writing; and have demonstrated communication skills to communicate to both science and non-science audiences. We prefer the position be based at or within driving distance of the main office in Canmore. This individual will report to the Program Director and will assume oversight of Integrated Science and Conservation projects and team. This includes managing the budget, overseeing, and engaging in fundraising, and promoting a transparent and inclusive work culture. In addition, they will monitor scientific research led by place-based conservation project staff and provide advice and input.

Responsibilities: Advance scientific research and syntheses that align with the organizational mission and current strategic plan, and that guide where we do our work; inform how to solve vexing conservation challenges; and/or help us monitoring our progress. To do this will require:

  • With Y2Y leadership, define priority science needs and the pathway for how the science will support conservation action
  • Lead or support collaborative initiatives (biological and social science, Indigenous and/or local knowledge) on key issues, sometimes playing a convening role
  • Develop and maintain positive connections with external scientists and institutions and encourage research in areas that that would most help advance conservation
  • Commission experts to advance syntheses or particular science and to communicate that science to support our priorities
  • Oversee Y2Y science team from staff to postdocs to interns and contractors and monitor place-based project conservation staff work on project-level science efforts
  • Work with Y2Y conservation staff to integrate key science needed to guide and communicate their work
  • Participate in external committees and advisory positions where it will assist core Y2Y work
  • Oversee and lead fundraising proposals and reports to support this priority work
  • Communicate science to key rights-holders (federal and regional governments and Indigenous governments) and stakeholders to support advances to our conservation priorities and/or promote Y2Y as a legitimate model
  • Represent Y2Y in earned media (e.g., newspaper and radio), online (e.g., social media and blogs) and through giving talks to a variety of audiences (e.g., scientists, funders, partners, etc.)
How to Apply:
  • To explore this opportunity further, please send your resume in confidence to
  • Questions about the position can be directed to
  • Short, preliminary interviews may be held via conference call or Zoom. Final interviews will be held in-person in Y2Y’s Canmore office.
  • If you anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application or interview process you may contact, in confidence, Robyn Barton, HR Consultant at
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