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CPAWS-NWT Employment Opportunity

Position: Conservation Planner
Organization: CPAWS-NWT Chapter
Location: Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

CPAWS-NWT is one of 13 Chapters of the Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society (CPAWS), which is a national non-profit conservation organization established in the 1960s. The NWT Chapter was founded in 1996 by a group of NWT volunteers and since 1999 has been supported by a volunteer Board of Directors and a small number of staff who work with public and Indigenous governments and organizations, communities, other non-government organizations and individuals to achieve conservation goals.

Our mission is to promote the conservation of land, water, and wildlife in the Northwest Territories (NWT). More information about CPAWS-NWT, including our (vision, mission, values and goals) is available on our website at:

As a key part of the CPAWS team, the Conservation Planner will lead initiatives that primarily focus on the conservation of boreal forest ecosystems in the NWT. A dynamic workload could include engagement in protected areas establishment, land use planning, species at risk stewardship or community lead conservation efforts.

Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Conservation Planner also will be accountable through the ED to the volunteer Board of Directors and chapter members.


Under the general direction of the Executive Director, carries out the following activities:


  • Design, lead and manage conservation campaigns, with support from other staff
  • Promote the establishment of protected areas and protection of key wildlife habitats
  • Provide advice to resource management authorities that promote the application of conservation principles in land and resource management decision-making
  • Provide input to policy and legislative reviews by submitting comments, writing briefing notes and participating in meetings with elected government members and senior government staff
  • Build partnerships and contribute capacity to collaborations that support conservation
  • Work with our National organization on conservation efforts that will impact the NWT
  • As required by ED, serve as spokesperson addressing media, supporters and the public on issues


  • Assist with planning and organizing CPAWS-NWT events and public meetings, including logistics, volunteers, speakers, advertising, and agendas/programs.
  • Work with staff in developing communications strategies and messaging
  • Contribute content and story ideas for the chapter website, social media initiatives, newsletters and other communication materials]


  • Develop annual and project work-plans with other staff
  • Support ED in annual campaign, strategic and work planning
  • Contribute to funding proposals
  • Meet with Chapter Board periodically
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director

Qualifications and Equivalencies:

  • Post secondary education in related field (degree in environmental sciences, geography or physical sciences preferred) with relevant work experience
  • Ability to communicate scientific concepts and research results to decision-makers and the public
  • GIS and/or mapping experience is desirable
  • Excellent strategic thinker
  • Strong presentation and messaging skills
  • Experience working in northern Canada
  • Experience working in a cross-cultural environment, including with Indigenous peoples and organizations
  • Must work well as part of team and individually with the ability to respond quickly and flexibly to changing events and work assignments
  • Able to take initiative and juggle and prioritize a variety of tasks
  • Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to develop and foster enduring relationships in community, government, and non-profit sector
  • Positive, results-oriented, problem-solving attitude
  • Ability to use social media in support of CPAWS-NWT
  • Ability to travel and work occasional evenings and weekends as required

Position: This is a one-year, full-time (37.5 hours per/week) position with a possibility for extension, based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Some travel, primarily in the NWT, may be required.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should submit their CV and cover letter by email to by May 31, 2018. Successful applicants will be contacted by June 4th for interviews.

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Numéro : 45643       Date publiée sur May 11 2018