ABMI Access Coordinator

Posted Date: Oct 6, 2021
Application Deadline: Oct 20, 2021

Status: Open

Department of Biological Sciences
Competition No: S106111460D3
Position Type: Full Time - Grant Funded
Salary Range: $71,859 to $100,145 per year
Grade - 11
Hours - 40

This competition is open to all applicants however internal candidates and applicants who were former employees of the University of Alberta in the past 18 months will be given priority consideration before external candidates. Please indicate your internal status using the "Advertisement" drop down menu when applying.

This position has an end date of one year from the date of hire, with the possibility of extension and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: www.hrs.ualberta.ca.

The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI) supports natural resource decision-making by providing relevant, timely and credible scientific knowledge on the state of provincial biodiversity. The ABMI collects data from 1656 permanently located survey sites across Alberta. These sites are systematically spaced across the province to ensure an unbiased sample of Alberta's biodiversity. Long-term access to these survey sites is critical for maintaining our ability to report on trends in biodiversity. It is also imperative that the precise locations of survey sites remain confidential. The Access Coordinator arranges for and supports field crew access to ABMI survey sites on private and public land across the province including: private, federal, provincial, municipal and Indigenous lands. They also maintain and manage confidential information related to the survey sites.

This position often requires frequent and extended travel to rural areas of Alberta.

Duties

  • Identifies applicable land holders for all primary and backup survey points during each survey year
  • Makes initial contact, travels and meets with all affected land owners to sign access agreements
  • Notifies land holders in advance of ABMI field survey activities
  • Develops and distributes follow up information packages
  • Maintains and updates confidential database with site and land holder information
  • Develops and maintains website content for White Area partners
  • Maintains open and positive relationships with land holders and other groups that participate in the ABMI survey activities by allowing access to their lands
  • Assists with the establishment of access agreements and legal instruments that enable long-term access
  • Develops training and support material for ABMI staff regarding access policy and procedures (e.g. access conditions, instructions)
  • Participates in field crew training sessions
  • Provides advice and direction to field crews during access activities (in consultation with Field Crew Supervisors and Monitoring Centre Director)
  • Assists in the development and continuous improvement of marketing material for rural stakeholders
  • Participates in presentations to rural stakeholders to raise awareness of the ABMI and access needs

Qualifications

  • Minimum Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Ecology or related discipline; equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered
  • Minimum 1 year experience in public relations or stakeholder communications including working with local communities and members of the public to enhance understanding of scientific research and managing confidential information
  • Ability to address stakeholder concerns with tact and diplomacy
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences including the public, rural land-owners, industry partners, Indigenous communities and government managers
  • Ability to work independently to achieve the necessary access agreements and permissions; travel to meet with land owners, land holders, and stakeholders;
  • Willing to work an atypical schedule
  • Valid Class 5 Driver's License; access to a reliable vehicle
  • Experience working in the agricultural industry is an asset

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

 
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