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Job Opportunity- Freshwater Conservation Scientist


Freshwater Conservation Scientist


About Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Canada

WCS Canada ( was established in May 2004 as a Canadian non‐government organization with a mission to conserve wildlife and wildlands by improving our understanding of and seeking solutions to critical problems that threaten key species and large wild ecosystems throughout Canada. We implement and support comprehensive field studies, specifically in two large landscapes in Northern Canada, gather information on wildlife, and seek to address conservation challenges by working with First Nation communities, governments, regulatory agencies, conservation groups, and industry.
The Position:  WCS Canada is seeking a Freshwater Conservation Scientist in Ontario’s Northern Boreal (ONB) Landscape program (  This position offers an opportunity to contribute to freshwater conservation and develop applied and field-based research in one of the world’s most intact landscapes, work with a team of talented scientists, and pioneer new approaches to freshwater conservation in northern Ontario, nationally, and internationally.

The roles and responsibilities of this position includes developing a freshwater conservation strategy, designing and implementing field-based and applied research in the ONB Landscape, developing planning tools, and providing input on environmental planning, policy, legislation, and best practices affecting freshwater resources.  In addition, the Freshwater Conservation Scientist will promote the conservation of freshwater resources among provincial and national governments, First Nations, international agencies, and other non-governmental organizations through collaboration, partnerships, and communication of freshwater research; contribute to scientific scholarship in freshwater conservation and mentor the next generation of young scientists; and inspire others to care about freshwater conservation to effect change in policy, legislation, and best practises.  This position will coordinate with other WCS Canada and WCS global programs where applicable.
Qualifications:  A doctorate in a field related to the conservation of biological diversity in freshwater systems; demonstrated field and applied experience, preferably in boreal and sub-arctic freshwater systems; demonstrated management experience; ability to foster teamwork within programs; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; diverse fundraising and communication experience; experience working in northern ecosystems and with Indigenous Peoples is desired.  The position is based in Thunder Bay, Ontario (negotiable).


Salary Range: $60,000 to $67,000 based on experience, plus benefits.
Application Process:  To review the complete job description, please see the employment section of the WCS Canada website.  Applications will be accepted through October 31, 2014.  Anticipated start date:  January 2015.


To apply, please send cover letter outlining your qualifications and relevant experience and CV to WCS Canada by email or mail:


By email:                [email protected] with the subject “Freshwater Conservation Scientist”

By mail:                  Human Resources

Wildlife Conservation Society Canada

Suite 204, 344 Bloor Street West

Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2J2


We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected for interview will be contacted.

Cheryl Chetkiewicz, Ph.D. | Associate Conservation Scientist & Landscape Lead | Wildlife Conservation Society Canada (WCS Canada) | PO Box 10316 | Thunder Bay, ON | Canada P7B 6T8 | Tel: 807-472-1440 | Fax: 807-788-0904| skype:  cchetkiewicz | | WCS Canada Annual Report


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