Details: Salary range between $41,000 – $46,000, depending on experience, plus benefits and holidays.
Lower mainland or Vancouver Island
The Strait of Georgia is home to over 3000 species including the world’s largest octopus, 100 year-old rockfish, vast schools of herring and salmon, millions of birds, seals, sea lions, dolphins and whales. However, the region that is an inspiration for millions of people who live here is under increasing pressure from urban expansion, pollution, and habitat destruction, and the impacts of growing use of these waters has resulted in many species being under threat. The fact that there are now 125 marine species at-risk in the region indicates that the ecosystem is in increasing trouble – meaning that we are all in trouble, as wildlife such as killer whales, salmon, basking sharks and shorebirds are indicators of the health of the planet and the future of all species, including humans.
Georgia Strait Alliance is continuing its role as a leader in advocating for better protection of species at risk in the Salish Sea, including the iconic Southern Resident killer whales, and advocating for marine planning and protection of this unique and threatened ecosystem.
We are looking to hire just the right person to work with the GSA team as our Species Protection Coordinator, and lead our advocacy, outreach, communication and research related to threats to species in the Salish Sea, and who will be an advocate for action to address them, including protecting their habitat.
This is a full time staff position (with a 3 month probationary period) with a salary range between $41,000 – $46,000, depending on experience, plus benefits and holidays.
Location: Lower Mainland or Vancouver Island
Start date: As soon as successful candidate found
The Species Protection Coordinator will report to the Executive Director.
What you’ll be doing:
Develop and implement campaign plans to achieve the strategic objectives of the Species Protection program
- Lead development of campaign plans and strategy
Educate GSA supporters and the broader community about threats to at risk species, and mobilize them to take action to demand better protection. This includes organizing and/or presenting/tabling or ensuring other presence at public meetings and events.
- Create blogs and e-blasts and promote them through online channels
- Create and promote tools for the public to take action around specific policy asks or changes
- Build support for petitions or pledges through online promotion and offline canvassing
- Build communities of interest and action through on the ground engagement and social media
Engage in government relations and policy development to advance Species Protection objectives
- Participate in consultations and workshops, prepare written submissions and briefing notes, write letters to decision-makers
- Work with Executive Director to reach out to government staff and elected officials around specific goals
- Conduct research and work with experts to further strengthen our positions, and continue to develop recommended policy alternatives
Media and communications
- Work with GSA staff to craft media releases, op/eds, statements reacting to relevant events, and other content as appropriate
- Draft blogs and create content for the website
- Manage social media posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as relates to the program
- Draft emails and other digital content as needed
- Draft content for organizational publications
Alliance building and networking
- Build and maintain strong relationships with environmental organizations, citizens groups, First Nations, government and business representatives and researchers through meetings, workshops, conferences and other opportunities
- Collaborate with allies on the southern resident killer whale, salmon farming and marine planning campaigns, including initiating and contributing to joint projects, identifying opportunities for collaboration, and managing operational aspects of the coalition
- Collaborate with other partners on issues as appropriate
Stay abreast of issue-based and political developments related to the Species Protection program and work with Executive Director to determine GSA’s positioning as needed.
- Work with Development Manager to apply for and report on grants
- Contribute to GSA’s overall strategic planning and budgeting processes
- Participate in staff meetings, calls and other organizational events and processes as needed
- Secure and oversee contractors, service providers and volunteers as needed
- Identify and pursue opportunities to strengthen GSA’s ability to achieve advocacy goals through improved engagement strategies and tools
What skills you should have:
- You are comfortable mobilizing people to take action online and offline, and you’ve done it before
- You’re a good chess player (or something similar) which means you like to strategize about the best moves and you’ve turned that thinking into outreach and advocacy campaigns – especially around protection of species at risk – and you can adapt those plans in response to changing circumstances
- You might have a post-secondary degree – you might not – but your volunteer and work experience show reliability, flexibility and ability to learn quickly
- You love speaking to people and sharing your passion about this beautiful region and the threats that current species protection policy are bringing to it
- You love to write – and you’re good at telling engaging stories in blogs, on websites, through emails or in formal submissions
- You are as comfortable rallying a crowd at a public meeting as you are talking one-on-one to people who can have an impact on the work, be they in First Nations/local/regional/provincial or federal government
- Computers are your good friend, you’re comfortable with the latest technology, and you enjoy trying out and evaluating new online platforms
- You’re not only a user of social media personally but you’ve used it for strategy and organizational work – you get how to use it and when
- You’re a self-starter, aren’t afraid to put forward new ideas, and enjoy getting feedback to make ideas better.
- You’re comfortable working on your own but you enjoy working with colleagues who you might not see everyday, within your organization and other groups.
- You are a good planner and you can track your time and work progress well, and like to share this with your colleagues.
- You love riding ferries and traveling around the region.
- It would also be great – but not a deal breaker – if you had some experience in strategic planning, grassroots organizing, government relations, and had knowledge of the local marine environment, marine planning and species at risk
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
We are accepting applications until October 24th, 5 pm. Please email your cover letter, resume and references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be contacted. Please – no phone calls or follow-up emails.
Please send in cover letter, resume and references as pdf files, not within an email. Please use this filename standard for your attachments: SP[your last name]_[your first initial]_[cover letter or resume or references or all]. For example Joe Smith will attach his resume with the filename: SP_smith_j_resume.pdf, if he includes all his documents into one it will be SP_smith_j_all.pdf. Thank you.
Start date: As soon as successful candidate found