Conservation Projects Manager


Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES) is a community-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to encouraging stewardship of our natural world through environmental education and conservation action based in Stanley Park.  We are seeking a highly motivated individual to identify, lead and manage Conservation Projects including habitat enhancements, restoration initiatives, urban wildlife monitoring & best management practices, and liaising with the Park Board for ecological integrity. 

If you have strong strategic and technical ecology experience, are a keen leader for a small team of staff and volunteers, and you have a passion for connecting diverse audiences to nature through hands-on action, we encourage you to apply:


The Conservation Projects Manager is responsible for

  • identifying, planning and developing conservation projects based on ecological needs for Stanley Park;
  • managing two field technician staff plus numerous volunteers; hiring, directing, coaching, evaluating, as applicable
  • collaborating with a diversity of program partners and stakeholders including but not limited to Vancouver Park Board and academic institutions;
  • setting objectives and timelines, and accomplishing grant & contract deliverables that reflect the organization’s mission as well as public image;
  • setting and tracking work plans, budgets, and data;
  • providing technical direction on diverse data collection and monitoring of field programs;
  • evaluating the effectiveness of programs and projects
  • undertaking wildlife inventories based on RISC standards; maintaining appropriate permits; staying current on wildlife laws and Best Management Practices;
  • responding to emerging issues while attending to ongoing projects and related administration;
  • delivering media interviews; speaking at public forums as a SPES representative;
  • contributing to grant applications; writing project, contract and grant reports.


  • Minimum B.Sc. degree in ecology, conservation or resource management or Diploma of Technology and minimum 3 years effective technical experience in varied conservation resource management relevant to BC ecology;
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in a diversity of stewardship/conservation project management;
  • RPBio designate a preferred asset
  • Strong understanding of BC ecology and wildlife; strong knowledge of conservation issues in local Vancouver region;
  • Demonstrated success in effectively hiring, coaching, supervising, evaluating and managing employees; demonstrated success in engaging volunteers;
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully planning and implementing community based habitat conservation action through multi-disciplinary teams and diverse community partners
  • Excellent ecological data collection and analysis skills, citizen science, and competence in collaborating with stakeholders; prioritizing restoration and enhancement
  • Self-directed, self-motivated, organized and flexible; diplomatic and a team player
  • Excellent oral communication and presentation skills; clear and accurate writing skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills with a collaborative work style;
  • Effective management of overlapping priorities and deadlines; creativity in solving problems;
  • Proven ability to create and effectively manage project and program budgets;
  • Passion for nature and belief in the SPES mission;
  • Experience working with diverse groups including First Nations, planners, environmental organizations, government agencies, academic institutions, and others an asset
  • Commitment to frequently work outdoors in any weather conditions with a flexible schedule that may occasionally include evenings and weekends.
  • Working knowledge of GIS methodologies an asset as well as experience with RISC standard survey techniques and environmental law/regulations (eg.Species at Risk Act)
  • Proficiency in MS Suite including Excel, Access database system; experience with Lightroom, InDesign, Photoshop, (etc) an asset
  • Standard first aid including CPR C (can be provided)
  • Class 5 BC Drivers License 
  • Criminal Records check including vulnerable sector search

Hours: FULLTIME, REGULAR 37.5 hours per week

Pay: $50,000 - $55,000 / annum

Application closing date: September 16, 2018

Application Procedure

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.  Mail or email only to:

Dylan Rawlyk, Executive Director  

Stanley Park Ecology Society /

PO Box 5167 / Vancouver, BC  V6B 4B2


For E-mail applicants:     

Please state "Conservation Projects Manager" followed by your name in Subject Heading.  

Send both your cover letter and résumé as attachment(s). 

Apply by:   September 16, 2018    Early applications encouraged

We thank all candidates but only those receiving an interview will be contacted.