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  • Living Oceans Society is seeking a Marine Protected Areas Campaigner to play a key role in ensuring that a network of marine protected areas is established in British Columbia that conserves marine and coastal biodiversity and contributes to a sustainable economy. This position provides the opportunity to use lessons learned from MPA processes from around the world to ensure that an effective and comprehensive network is established along Canada’s west coast.

    Reports to: Marine Planning and Protected Areas Director

    Position based in: Vancouver or Sointula, B.C.

    Term: Term position 5 days per week for 3 months with potential for renewal

    Starting Date: December 2014/January 2015

    Salary: Pro-rated based on $42,000 to $47,000 per year plus benefits

    Application Deadline: December 10, 2014

    How To Apply: 

    Send your cover letter and resume to:

    MUST BE ELIGIBLE FOR EMPLOYMENT IN CANADA – Applicants from outside Canada please indicate your eligibility options in your cover letter (i.e. NAFTA work visa, skilled worker visa, etc.).

    Roles and Responsibilities: 

    The MPA Campaigner is responsible for implementing the Marine Protected Areas Campaign at Living Oceans Society. This campaign is designed to establish a network of marine protected areas through existing planning initiatives focused on spatial planning and ecosystem based management of the marine environment in British Columbia.  

    Responsibilities include:

    • Collaborate with the Marine Planning Director to develop campaign goals and objectives including (but not limited to) stakeholder outreach, public education and communications.
    • Identify and effectively apply relevant scientific, social and economic data and analysis to achieve the goals and objectives of the campaign.
    • Represent Living Oceans Society in discussions concerning MPAs with federal, provincial and First Nations governments, stakeholders, scientists and communities.
    • Prepare and develop all relevant communications materials including: government briefs, publications, press releases, and on-line materials in consultation with Marine planning Director and LOS communications staff.

    Knowledge and experience requirements:

    • Post secondary education in environmental studies communications, marketing, politics, interdisciplinary studies or related fields, a Master’s degree will be considered an asset.
    • Campaign experience and familiarity with current campaign tools and practices.
    • Familiarity with current and emerging national and international research on Marine Protected Areas and networks of MPAs.
    • A strong understanding of marine protected area policies specific to the Pacific coast of Canada.
    • Experience in or understanding of the following will be considered assets:
      • B.C. First Nations Right and Title, and the New Relationship with B.C. Government.
      • Coastal communities and economies
      • Ecosystem based management concepts and principles.
      • The Convention on Biological Diversity and the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
    • At least two years of proven campaigning and/or community organizing
    • Familiar with print, broadcast, on-line and social media

    Skills and attributes:

    • Creative, innovative and strategic in seeking pathways to address complex problems.
    • Analytic in the synthesis of complex and disparate data, and able to distill critical information from diverse and detailed sources.
    • Ability to translate scientific and technical concepts and ideas in a compelling fashion across disciplines and between technical experts and present them to more general audiences.
    • Able to set clear objectives, identify and follow priorities, and manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously.
    • Excellent writing, oral communication and presentation skills with a demonstrated ability to communicate with peers, partner organizations, the scientific community, and government decision makers.
    • Creativity and enthusiasm for working with a range of media including TV, radio, print and social media.
    • Ability to work independently and conduct work by phone and other remote media.
    General Requirements: 
    • Commitment to the Living Oceans Society mission and programs
    • Willingness to travel
    • Good team player, flexible work style, and excellent interpersonal skills
    • Fearlessness and perseverance will be considered assets