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Job Posting – Parks Coordinator

The Southern Alberta Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS SAB) is seeking a Parks Coordinator to join our team in Calgary, Alberta.  The Parks Coordinator would work with the CPAWS team on planning and implementing projects and campaigns related to provincial and national parks in Southern Alberta. This is a full-time position of 37.5 hours per week for a year with the possibility of extension.

CPAWS Southern Alberta is a dynamic and successful science-based conservation organization that works to protect Alberta’s parks and wilderness areas and educate and inspire Albertans to get outside and engage in stewardship.  For over 50 years we have helped create significant protected areas in Kananaskis, the Whaleback and most recently the Castle.  We have also stopped legislation that weakens protection to our provincial parks. Our national parks, Banff and Jasper would look very different today if it were not for the work of CPAWS. For example, we were instrumental in establishing the now world renowned wildlife crossing structures in the national parks.  We are known for being solutions oriented and working with government, industry, First Nations, and other stakeholders to protect new areas and ensure that legislation and management prioritize conservation of nature and promote sustainable nature-based recreation.

The Parks Coordinator will be the key person on CPAWS SAB parks projects.  He or she will have a strong understanding of CPAWS SAB’s work and work closely with the Executive Director, Conservation Director and CPAWS staff both locally and nation-wide to strategically implement all directed parks work over the next year.  Specifically, the Parks Coordinator will:


  • Work with CPAWS SAB staff to develop a strategy for provincial and national parks campaigns.
  • Research and stay on top of emerging parks issues in Alberta (federal and provincial), including protected areas campaigns, parks legislation and parks management.
  • Assist in researching and writing CPAWS position papers, campaign plans, reports and engagement materials.
  • Creatively engage partners and the public in supporting parks, stewardship and sustainable recreation.
  • Represent CPAWS and the conservation perspective at parks consultations and stakeholder meetings.
  • Work with other conservation and stakeholder groups on collaborative projects
  • Help develop and implement our parks related government relations strategy.
  • Assist with fund development for this department as requested.
  • Assist with other conservation projects and work as required.

The successful candidate will be an outgoing self-starter with an understanding of conservation in Alberta, superior communications (verbal and writing) skills who is highly organized, creative, able to multitask and meet deadlines. They will have completed a post-secondary degree in environmental science, policy or a related field and or have a minimum of 3 years work experience in environmental science, campaign planning, public engagement and/or influencing public policy.  Experience working in a not-for-profit is an asset. 

Office hours will be mutually agreed upon with a minimum of 3 days a week in the office, occasional evening and weekend work may be required. The successful candidate should live in or be willing to relocate to the Bow Valley, Calgary or area.  A valid driver’s license and vehicle is an asset for this position.

Please send your cover letter and resume by October 6th 2017 to kmorrison@cpaws.org