Position: Action for Adaptation – Environmental Policy Analyst/Planner
Organization: BC Conservation Foundation
Location: South-west BC (work from home), some travel may be required
Work Schedule: 24 hours/week
Wage: $45+ per hour (commensurate with experience), plus 4% vacation pay bi-weekly
Contract timeline: Fixed term contract April 2024 – March 2025
Closing Date: March 25, 2024
Partnering with the BC Conservation Foundation, the Coastal Douglas-fir Conservation Partnership (CDFCP) is seeking an environmental policy analyst / planner to support on the Action for Adaptation project. Action for Adaptation is a collaborative project that is being delivered by the CDFCP and UBC Botanical Gardens. The project will develop a Biodiversity Atlas for Local Governments and First Nations. The online Atlas will help identify areas of high biodiversity and carbon value. The Biodiversity Atlas will include mapping layers such as:
- Land cover and land cover change.
- Environmentally Sensitive Areas.
- Terrestrial carbon.
- Species at risk and of cultural value.
- Ecosystem connectivity.
- Hydrologically sensitive ecosystems.
The Atlas will be supported by policy language, guidance documents and case studies, which will be the focus of the work completed by the Action for Adaptation – Environmental Policy Analyst / Planner.
CDFCP provides a forum for the conservation and stewardship of Coastal Douglas-fir and Associated Ecosystems. These ecosystems contain more species at risk than any other ecological zone in British Columbia and the area is a high priority for implementing recovery actions for species at risk. CDFCP currently has funding through the Federal Canada Nature Fund Priority Places initiative and through the Nature Smart Climate Solutions Fund.
- A degree in environmental planning / policy / law or similar.
- Minimum of 5 years experience in one of the above fields.
- Proven experience building and maintaining relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders.
- Demonstrated experience of undertaking independent research and analysis.
- Knowledge and experience of developing environmental policy for local government or First Nations in BC.
- Experience working with local governments and First Nations.
Note: Applicants have to have their own home work station including computer and any software needed for this role.
- Membership or eligibility for a professional body, such as the Canadian Institute of Planning is desirable.
- Knowledge of the implementation of nature-based solutions to address climate change and to enhance biodiversity by local governments and First Nations.
- Knowledge of conservation issues and species at risk recovery on the south coast of BC.
- Knowledge of incentive projects to encourage private landowners to protect the natural environment.
- Experience with developing online decision support tools.
- Fundraising and proposal writing experience.
- Review and analyse existing environmental legislation and policy guiding local governments and First Nations decision making in south-west BC to identify gaps and undertake interviews to determine opportunities to fill the gaps.
- Pulling on existing BC climate and environmental policy, develop a comprehensive suite of policy language to support local governments and First Nations with the implementation of the Biodiversity Atlas layers into their land use planning documents.
- Develop case studies / story maps describing examples of local government and First Nations implementing nature-based solutions to address climate change and the enhancement of biodiversity.
- Pull together a library of key guidance documents for environmental planners relating to the protection and conservation of the natural environment and its role in climate adaptation.
- Support the CDFCP Program Manager and UBC Climate and Conservation Engagement Coordinator with the delivery of project tasks that meet funding requirements.
- Identify and apply for funding that is inline with the objectives of the Action for Adaptation project.
- Develop and maintain relationships with stakeholders.
Due to the large number of applications we receive, only those applicants who follow the steps outlined above, and clearly demonstrate they have the qualifications we are looking for, will be contacted for the short-listing/interview process.
BCCF reserves the right to cancel or postpone recruitment to this position based on project priorities, funding and other staffing considerations.
We recognize the importance of a diversified workforce, and we encourage Indigenous People(s), First Nations, and Métis candidates, women, members of visible minority groups and diverse ability persons to apply.
BC Conservation Foundation is an organization committed to upholding the shared responsibility of creating lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Canada. We are committed to awareness, learning and understanding the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions 94 Calls to Action (2015), BC’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples act (2019) and other related reports.
While BC Conservation Foundation does not currently have a mandatory COVID-19 policy, we take The BC Public Health Officer’s guidelines seriously. Many of clients have enacted mandates that stipulate vaccination requirements be met by their workers and contractors. In light of this we encourage all BC Conservation Foundation employees, our contractors and volunteers to be fully vaccinated before entering client mandated worksites, unless having a properly supported human rights exemption reflected under the provisions of the BC Human Rights Code.
BC Conservation Foundation respectfully acknowledges that we operate on the traditional and unceded territory of many Indigenous Peoples throughout British Columbia.
To apply for this job:
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Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter and a complete resume including 3 references with contact information. These must be submitted as two separate documents in .pdf format with your name in the file title (e.g. FirstName_LastName_Coverletter.pdf).
Please clearly state how you meet the qualifications for this position in your application, as only candidates deemed qualified will be contacted for interviews. If you have questions please include them in your cover letter.