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Provincial Riparian Specialist

Company: Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society - "Cows and Fish"
Location : Calgary/Edmonton Area,AB
Job Description

Cows and Fish is looking to fill a provincial position, to work with partners and support our other
staff at regional or local levels.   A self-directed, and motivated person will:

•     Provide leadership and support to our staff through expertise in riparian ecology and range science

•     Provide provincial and limited regional support to watershed / stewardship / community
groups, landowners, resource agencies regarding riparian ecology and management

•     Take on a leading role in coordinating and implementing provincial level priorities and
projects, collaborating with partners, and securing and reporting on funding, travelling
extensively to do so.

•     Deliver outreach on riparian ecology and land uses, to partners, communities and landowners.

In a nutshell:  we need someone with strong riparian scientific expertise who is very effective at
working with people and partners, who can share their passion to motivate and improve voluntary
riparian stewardship efforts through strategic partnerships and collaboration, is willing to travel
and is looking for a great group of people to work with for many years to come.


Familiarity with riparian and range ecology, riparian health evaluation methods, vegetation
community interactions, plant identification, soils, computers and photography required. 
Experience working with agricultural and conservation organizations, community groups and
landowners valued.  Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills are expected for
scientific and non-scientific audiences, in addition to being familiar with potential partners and
having strong networking and collaborating skills.  Social media use, website design or maintenance
experience are an asset and experience writing funding proposals valued.
Experience with GIS, databases and relevant applied scientific research valued.  Education or
experience related to other riparian related sciences is required, and may include hydrology,
wildlife, fisheries, species at risk, wetland classification, restoration or other areas. 
Practical knowledge in riparian planning or watershed prioritization, restoration or grazing
management, and project design / management are expected.  Experience including budgeting, grant
securement and reporting to funders or partners highly valued.  Candidates must have a valid class
5 driver’s license, be willing to do extensive travel (with long days), overnight away from home
and do some work outdoors in a field setting.   You will have a B.Sc. with a major related to
environmental science, conservation or range ecology; those with graduate work preferred. 
Eligibility for P. Ag. (Alberta Institute of Agrologists) or P. Biol. (Alberta Society of
Professional Biologists) required.  The successful candidate must have a minimum of 3 years of
practical experience in community engagement, education / extension, riparian management or
relevant research; candidates with under 5 years of experience
will need to make a strong case of their suitability.

Review the detailed job description: www.cowsandfish.org/whatsnew/jobs.html

Applications must include: cover letter, resume, 3 references and 2 writing samples (extension or technical/scientific). Please submit all application components as 1 digital file to: jobs@cowsandfish.org. Please include “Provincial Riparian Specialist – Job Application” in the email subject line.

Hiring details: Candidates must be available for in-person interviews (Jan 31 & Feb 1 tentatively set for Calgary).

Position will begin early 2019.