Information and Data Management Specialist, the Grasslands Conservation Council of British Columbia

The Grasslands Conservation Council of British Columbia (GCC) is seeking an ambitious, energetic and organized individual to work as a team with the GIS Coordinator to complete the Priority Grassland Initiative. Using a recently completed provincial grassland GIS in conjunction with other data sets and the expertise of regional agrologists, ecologists, grassland experts and First Nations, the successful candidate will solicit data, manage information and deliver effective communication and facilitate a process that will identify priority areas in each of the major grassland regions across BC.  Value criteria such as rare and unique ecosystems, species at risk, habitat, grassland condition, landscape connectivity, levels of representation, forage value and risk will be applied to identify priority grassland sites. This analysis and collaborative process will yield strategic recommendations for each grassland region, supported by maps, data and other information. The information and tools produced through this initiative will be extended to provincial, regional and local governments, First Nations, and industry to inform land use planners and decision-makers, as well as achieve conservation and stewardship of BC's grasslands.

Responsibilities

  • Coordinate and facilitate the retrieval of data and the management of information.
  • Facilitate effective communication between all levels of government, First Nations, NGO's and other partners.
  • Coordinate and facilitate communications, workshops and meetings with scientists, resource professionals, land use planners and other experts.
  • Assist with the development of maps, analytical tools and supporting information to assist in land use planning and decision-making.
  • Coordinate the production of regional strategic documents, including grassland portfolios, regional conservation targets, grassland status reporting and recommended strategies for conservation.
  • Organize meetings with a provincial technical advisory committee, regional committees and government.
  • Write reports, program updates for funders and partners, and prepare funding proposals.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations on the Priority Grassland Initiative.
  • Work with GCC staff and board to effectively communicate and raise the profile of the GCC and its programs and the need for conservation and stewardship.

Qualifications

  • University degree in Geography, Ecology, Agrology, Natural Resource Science or related field
  • At least 3 years work experience in natural resource management, land use planning and Geographical Information Systems.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Highly organized with the ability to manage several tasks and multiple deadlines
  • Good understanding of government, ArcGIS, ArcView and data-base management
  • Ability to work well under pressure and to overcome challenges
  • Must be able to work well as part of a team and with committees
  • Excellent inter-personal skills, diplomatic, cheerful, and dynamic
  • Must be resourceful and a creative thinker
  • Must be a motivated self-starter

Full-time term position to March 31, 2007 (Extension for two additional years subject to funding).
Start Date: September 01, 2006 or ASAP
Annual Salary: commensurate with experience. Includes benefit package.

Apply in confidence by resume and covering letter by 4:30 pm July 31, 2006:

Bruno Delesalle
Executive Director
Grasslands Conservation Council of British Columbia
954 A Laval Crescent
Kamloops, BC  V2C 5P5
Or Fax to: 250-374-6287
No Phone Calls Please!

For more information on the GCC visit our Website at www.bcgrasslands.org

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