The Native Grasslands Conservation Manager is a senior role responsible for development, management and administration of the program, conservation outcome delivery, as well as growing CWF’s native grassland conservation program across the Prairie Provinces.
The successful candidate will be a committed leader with a proven track record of delivering change and achieving conservation outcomes. They are capable of developing a vision for grassland conservation, acquiring grants to build program capacity, managing program staff, convening multi-stakeholder groups to identify conservation problems, working collaboratively with ranchers, producer groups, Indigenous communities, government agencies, the agri-food value chain, other conservation groups, and funders to develop creative solutions and build a comprehensive program designed to deliver results.
- Experience in agriculture or rangeland management or related subject, with expertise in botany, ecology, entomology, ornithology, or mammalogy.
- Ten years minimum practical experience in conservation with a proven background delivering conservation outcomes including project and program management.
- Strategic thinking, problem-solving skills, ability to make decisions, sound judgment and experience applying creative solutions to conservation problems.
- Ability to collaborate on building a conservation vision and achieving outcomes.
- Ability to convene multi-stakeholder groups and build a constructive dialogue to address conservation issues in a collaborative way that conserves native grasslands and supports grassland stewards on the working landscape.
- Knowledge of grassland conservation approaches, and of the linkages between sustainable ranching practices and biodiversity outcomes.
- Strong background in program development including conservation planning, grant writing, project management, budgeting, financial tracking, staff recruitment.
- Strong networking, negotiation, consultation and coalition-building skills.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
- Strong analytical skills.
- Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and manage multiple demands and competing priorities with a minimum of direction.
- Ability to anticipate problems and address issues in a timely manner and to obtain pertinent information from a variety of sources.