Employment Opportunity

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Job Description

The Urban Ecology Coordinator will be a key member of the ACAP Saint John team and will carry out a range of environmental work associated with (but not limited to) the prioritization, protection and management of watershed lands, watercourses, urban greenways and wetlands throughout Greater Saint John, as well as contributing to on-going partnerships, education, outreach and communication initiatives associated with ACAP Saint John's mission and goals. 

The work will be dynamic, and will include all elements of ACAP Saint John's current projects including: program goals, program promotion, environmental education and outreach, GIS‐based prioritization to identify future projects, in-stream habitat remediation and fish rescue operations, liaising and coordinating with partner conservation organizations/partners, fostering the growth of the Saint John Harbour Environmental Monitoring Partnership [SJH-EMP], decision‐making and developing strategies to advance ACAP programs, writing and proofing proposals, liaising with stakeholders and rights holders, site visits to evaluate potential environmental challenges and volunteer program planning and management. The Urban Ecology Coordinator will also support ACAP Saint John with its social media initiatives and education program.

The Coordinator is expected to work cooperatively in a team‐based workplace, yet with a high degree of independence and self‐direction. The Coordinator will report to the Executive Director.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a natural science (biology, forestry, fisheries & wildlife, botany, environmental science, et cetera). Graduate-level research experience or Graduate-level degrees will be considered an asset;
  • Experience leading/assisting with field projects and collecting environmental data;
  • Interest, and at least some formal training, in environmental education and watershed management; 
  • Ability to safely work outdoors in all weather conditions;
  • Positive attitude and ability to work closely and collaboratively with staff, volunteers, and external stakeholders; and a,
  • Motivated self-starter who is able to work independently.


  • Knowledge of and passion for the issues and challenges facing non-profit organizations;
  • Experience studying Cumulative Effects and work with large databases;
  • Strong writing and reporting skills, including proposal writing and record-keeping;
  • Electrofishing/Electro-seining field experience, training or certification;
  • Professional or academic knowledge of the natural environment and/or physical geography of Saint John, New Brunswick;
  • Knowledge of and passion for environmental education, conservation and restoration;
  • Previous experience in project management or leadership;
  • Experience with GIS platforms [preference given to experience with ArcGIS]; and,
  • Communications skills for interaction with community volunteers of all demographic backgrounds.

Because this position is funded through Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Science Horizons Program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Intend to lead an environmental career related to science, technology, engineering, or mathematics;
  • 30 years of age or younger;
  • Canadian citizen, landed immigrant, or refugee status;
  • Eligible to work in Canada;
  • Graduated from a post-secondary institution;
  • Unemployed or underemployed;
  • Have not participated previously in a federal youth employment or education program.

For more information on qualifications for the program, please visit http://www.eco.ca/eyc/

Additional Information

The advertised position is designed to be full-time [40 hours per week], from August 22, 2016 through to March 31, 2017.

ACAP Saint John 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. 

About ACAP Saint John

For over two decades, ACAP has conducted successful in-school environmental education programs, summer camps, ecological inventories, water quality monitoring programs, habitat restorations, watercourse restorations, wetland enhancements, contaminated site remediation and engaged thousands of area residents in community cleanup initiatives. ACAP Saint John has an excellent reputation in the community for acting as a third party mediator on contentious environmental issues, and continues to expand their role as a public source of knowledge and information dissemination.

At its heart, ACAP Saint John is an environmental incubator, one that transforms and evolves our region’s landscapes with the help of governments, companies and community collaborators. Our work is designed be seen, felt and experienced throughout the environment – from our wetlands and coastlines to our streets and public spaces.

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume by August 12, 2016 to executivedirector at acapsj.org * with the subject line, "Urban Ecology Coordinator" - only those short-listed for an interview will be contacted.

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