Specialist, Urban Biodiversity | WWF-Canada

Specialist, Urban Biodiversity

Posted on 18 October 2019

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Position Description

Urban centres have a tremendous impact on the biodiversity of a region where city dwellers draw heavily from ecological resources. At the same time, the dense population and infrastructures make it difficult for biological diversity to thrive or even exist in cities.

Supporting biodiversity in cities is essential for the conservation of local and regional species. It also provides a platform for urban citizens to understand and appreciate the natural processes that ultimately govern global and human sustainability. If pursued systematically it allows a urban region to respond to the climate crisis by strengthening local nature-based carbon capture and storage opportunities.

The Specialist, Urban Biodiversity, plays a crucial role in leading WWF-Canada's urban biodiversity projects and related initiatives. Based in our Montreal office, the position leads research and implementation on biodiversity and promotes best practices for cities by working with local communities, industries, universities, and governments.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead efforts to strengthen urban biodiversity including contributions cities can make to increase local nature-based carbon capture and storage.
  • Remain up-to-date on on biodiversity best practices for cities and surrounding regions.
  • Develop and implement urban biodiversity indicators.
  • Contribute the urban biodiversity perspective to WWF-Canada reports and initiatives across Canada.
  • Carry out regular updates and manage content for WWF’s Biopolis web  based on developing and maintaining relationships with local organizations, businesses, universities, governments, policy makers, and cities to promote, evaluate, and monitor information and biodiversity best practices
  • Assess and leverage opportunities to incorporate urban biodiversity assessments and related climate crisis responses into WWF-Canada’s project work.
  • Contribute to fundraising efforts for urban biodiversity initiatives.

What We Are Looking For

  • Post graduate degree or equivalent in biology, environmental studies, natural resource management, or urban planning
  • At least 5 years of experience in environment or natural resources management, urban planning, or landscape architecture
  • Bilingual in French and English with strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Understanding of biodiversity issues in Quebec
  • At least 5 years of project management skills, project management designation or equivalent training is preferred
How to apply
If you are interested in applying for this exciting opportunity, you may submit your application either through our online portal or direct mail. Please submit your application using one method only.
You can submit your cover letter and resume by clicking HERE.
Direct Mail
Attn: Human Resources Department
410 Adelaide St West
Suite 400
Toronto, ON M5V 1S8
If you are submitting an application via direct mail, please include your answers to the following questions:
  1. Apart from its mission, what makes WWF-Canada an employer of choice for you?
  2. Are you legally eligible to work in Canada?
  3. Are you fully bilingual in English & French?
  4. How many years of project management experience do you have?
  5. How many years of urban biodiversity experience do you have?
  6. What are your salary expectations?
  7. How flexible are your salary expectations?
  8. Where did you see this posting?

Deadline to Apply

Please ensure that your application is received on or before November 3, 2019, 5 p.m. EST. 

Commitment to Diversity and Accessibility

WWF-Canada is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome diversity in the workplace and encourage applications from all qualified candidates including women, members of visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and aboriginal peoples.
WWF-Canada is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity, please advise the Human Resources Representative in a timely fashion of any accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.
We thank all applicants for their interest in joining WWF-Canada.  Given the volume of applications received, we request that you do not follow up your application with a phone call or email.  We will contact only those candidates selected for interviews and thank you for your understanding.