Director of Conservation and Advocacy

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – British Columbia (CPAWS-BC)

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Remote

Full time

Sep 14

Permanent, full-time (1.0 or 0.8 FTE)

Reports to: Executive Director

Direct Reports: Two managers

This position can work out of a Vancouver office or may choose to work remotely elsewhere in British Columbia. Currently, the majority of our team is choosing to work from home. One to two in-person, all-staff retreats are scheduled per year. The successful candidate will travel to Victoria and/or Lower Mainland as needed for internal and stakeholder meetings.

The annual salary for the position is $85,000, plus generous health and dental benefits, RRSP matching program, 15 days paid vacation, and scheduled annual cost of living increases.


The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – British Columbia (CPAWS-BC) is part of one of Canada’s oldest non-profit conservation groups. We have been defending lands and waters in BC since 1978 and are dedicated to keeping BC’s natural environment thriving forever. Nature is BC’s best hope.

CPAWS-BC works on the unceded territories of Indigenous Peoples. We recognize that all people have the right to a healthy environment. Identity, culture, and survival are often deeply rooted in people’s connection to the land and ocean. However, not all people have equal access to and decision-making powers over the use of land and the ocean. As a conservation organization, we have the responsibility to uphold the values of justiceequitydiversity, and inclusion of marginalized voices and perspectives. CPAWS-BC’s hiring practices give priority to Indigenous, Black, and racialized people and those who face systemic barriers to employment.


The newly created role of Director of Conservation & Advocacy is a senior leader within CPAWS-BC responsible for the oversight and implementation of conservation campaigns and advocacy. They will provide leadership in developing and enacting campaign strategy, developing effective government relations and advocacy plans, oversee stakeholder relations and coalition-building strategies in order to work towards conservation goals.


The Director of Conservation and Advocacy has overall responsibility for:

• Working with conservation staff to develop strategic campaign and advocacy plans that drive success on CPAWS-BC’s Impact Measures.

• Overseeing the development and leading the implementation of a strategy specific to Indigenous relations within conservation campaign and advocacy initiatives (e.g., reconciliation, decolonization, and/or Indigenization of partnership relations, funding, and governance models, and/or staff competencies)

• Hiring, directing, and managing the conservation team to ensure a coordinated approach and strategy to CPAWS-BC’s work to achieve new public protected areas in BC, ensure the proper management of established protected areas, and defend other ecologically significant areas from harm.

• Collaborating with the Executive Director and the Development team on the funding, budget, and governance support required for conservation work.

• Liaising between the conservation staff and the Board of Directors and providing guidance to the Board on conservation and strategic decisions (e.g., impact measures)

• Facilitating all government relations related to CPAWS-BC’s conservation program and campaign areas, including lobbying activities, and preparation of policy papers and briefs.


• A strategic and creative approach, being detail-oriented, highly motivated, diplomatic and tactful, with excellent judgment and demonstrated problem-solving skills, with the ability to make decisions in a changing environment and anticipate future needs.

• An encouraging and supportive leadership style which aims to bring out the best in people and aligns them around bold goals.

• Demonstrated ability in identifying innovative solutions and opportunities, taking risks, and implementing goal-oriented strategies.

• A passion for protecting Canada’s lands, ocean, wildlife, and species at risk.


• Progressive experience leading multidisciplinary teams in the conservation non-profit sector and/or government and working effectively across the organization and functions

• Expertise in program development and managing campaigns and a proven track record in government relations.

• Demonstrated experience in effective communications and community engagement strategies to galvanize public opinion and buy-in, and affect change within regional, provincial, and/or federal policy and public opinion

• Strong understanding of and commitment to JEDI principles (justice, equity, diversity & inclusion), including and specifically in reconciliation, decolonization, and/or Indigenizing relationships


Should you be interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Joel Harnest, in confidence, at We will respond to all who express interest.

CPAWS-BC strives to maintain and expand a diverse and inclusive workforce. We strongly encourage applicants to state whether they are part of a visible minority, experience challenges with ableism, or are Indigenous. We also welcome applicants who are diverse in other ways, including in sexual orientation, gender identity, or other aspects that contribute to the mosaic of backgrounds at CPAWS-BC.

Applications will be received and reviewed on a rolling basis, with an intended start date no later than November 1, 2022.

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