Conservation Research & Policy Coordinator - Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

Post Date: 7/12/2022
Opportunity Type: Job
Organization/Grantor: The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
Position/Title/Fund: Conservation Research & Policy Coordinator
Deadline: July 17, 2022; Open until filled
Location: British Columbia, Canada

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – British Columbia (CPAWS-BC) is part of one of Canada’s oldest non-profit conservation groups. We have been defending lands and waters in BC since 1978 and are dedicated to keeping BC’s natural environment thriving forever. Nature is BC’s best hope.

CPAWS-BC works on the unceded territories of Indigenous Peoples. We recognize that all people have the right to a healthy environment. Identity, culture, and survival are often deeply rooted in people’s connection to the land and ocean. However, not all people have equal access to and decision-making powers over the use of land and the ocean. As a conservation organization, we have the responsibility to uphold the values of justiceequitydiversity, and inclusion of marginalized voices and perspectives. CPAWS-BC’s hiring practices give priority to Indigenous, Black, and racialized people, and those who face systemic barriers to employment.

Reporting to the Terrestrial Conservation Manager, the Conservation Research and Policy Coordinator will work closely with the Terrestrial Conservation Team and other staff to support CPAWS-BC’s work to support the creation and management of healthy, resilient protected areas. The Conservation Research and Policy Coordinator will play a key role in terrestrial conservation campaigns and programs, with a primary focus on research, policy development, and partnership building.

As a small team, we find the nature of staff roles are strongly shaped by the skills and experience a successful candidate brings to the work. The Coordinator can work anywhere in BC, so long as they have a good internet connection and have some measure of privacy when participating in meetings via Zoom or other online platforms. This position may be requested to travel within BC or Canada, especially as we emerge from pandemic restrictions.


  • Conservation research and policy development: Lead research on terrestrial conservation issues and develop policy recommendations for public, partner organizations, and government audiences. 
    • Conduct research to support conservation campaigns and policy analysis (literature reviews, interviews with knowledge holders, and environmental scans)
    • Lead the research and preparation of public and stakeholder consultation submissions and CPAWS-led research reports
    • Providing public policy advice to decision-makers and community partners.
  • Campaign delivery and government relations: Support the delivery of terrestrial conservation program activities and campaign plans, as well as research and relationship building with key government officials.
    • Work with Terrestrial Conservation Manager to identify key government officials, including staff and elected leaders, who can advance conservation in BC
    • Identify and keep tabs on government consultation processes and shifting priorities
  • General program support: As a small team, we often wear many hats to support each other. 
    • Work with Terrestrial Conservation Team to build relationships with Indigenous partners, with a goal of collaborating on conservation campaigns and related program work
    • Supporting grant writing and reporting, as needed
    • Responding to and supporting community requests related to terrestrial conservation in BC

Qualifications & Skills:

  1. Knowledge of protected areas and conservation issues in British Columbia, including Indigenous-led conservation 
  2. Knowledge of or interest in BC and Canadian politics, government relations and policy development
  3. Ability to conduct research and synthesize findings 
  4. Solid writing skills, including technical writing
  5. Time and task management skills, such as creating and sticking to project timelines, especially when working with a team of people
  6. Skills that support facilitation, such as active listening and summarizing
  7. A keen interest in collaboration and team building
  8. Excellent communication and relationship-building skills

It would also be helpful if you have any of the following skills, qualifications or equivalent experiences, though they are by no means required:

  • Experience working with Indigenous communities (or are a community member)
  • Experience working with all levels of government, especially provincial 
  • Experience working with GIS software, such as ArcGIS
  • Experience working within a remote or hybrid team and using associated tools and tech 
  • Experience working on a non-profit or charitable organization
How to Apply:

CPAWS-BC strives to maintain and expand a diverse and inclusive workforce. We strongly encourage applicants to state whether they are part of a visible minority, experience challenges with ableism, or are Indigenous. We also welcome applicants who are diverse in other ways, including in sexual orientation, gender identity, or other aspects that contribute to the mosaic of backgrounds at CPAWS-BC.

  1. If you’d like to apply, send in your application—detailed info on this below
  2. We’ll contact you for a first interview
  3. If both parties want to proceed, we’ll give you a small task to complete
  4. We’ll arrange a second interview
  5. If you’re the successful candidate, we’ll make you an offer

Please send us one page cover letter, along with your resume to Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, we encourage you to apply by midnight (Pacific Daylight Time) on July 17, 2022. We encourage you to use your cover letter to tell your story and share any information about yourself that you think is important for your application. Please clearly state “Conservation Research and Policy Coordinator” in the subject line. You will receive an auto-response informing you that your application has been received.

Please create one PDF combining cover letter and resume, and title it in the following format: “Last Name_First Name_ConservationResearcher.” We’d love you to include your answers to the following questions: 

  1. How did you hear about this position?
  2. What interests you most about this position? What excites you about working in conservation BC?
  3. Briefly tell us about your current/most recent job. Why are you looking for a change?
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