Pacific Wild is currently seeking a creative full-time, permanent Wildlife Specialist who is experienced in developing and delivering terrestrial-related campaigns for conservation or advocacy non-profit organizations.
Are you passionate about visual storytelling, and communications that educate, inspire, and affect change? Do you have great writing skills, and experience developing campaigns that are visually compelling, strategic, science-based and focused on positive conservation outcomes? If this sounds like you, come join us!
Pacific Wild is a small but well-established conservation charitable organization, with our office headquarters located in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia. Using powerful and authentic visual storytelling, evidence-based reporting, innovative research, public education, legal action and community-led initiatives, Pacific Wild leverages its many partnerships to influence public opinion, policy, and legislative change to protect ecosystems and sustain biodiversity throughout the Pacific Northwest.
At Pacific Wild, we are committed to defending wildlife and their habitats by developing and implementing conservation solutions in collaboration with First Nations, local communities, creators, scientists, businesses, organizations, and a mobilized citizenry.
We are committed to our work and seek to uphold our core organizational values – passion, integrity, diversity, accountability, and respect – in everything that we do. We are committed to providing a safe, respectful, and inclusive workspace for everyone and encourage applicants who bring unique perspectives, worldviews, and backgrounds.
What We Offer
- Competitive compensation with a great benefits plan
- An environment that fosters the spirit of creativity and innovation
- A remarkably talented, passionate, and strongly self-motivated team
- A culture that supports justice, equity, diversity, decolonization, and inclusion in the workplace
A campaigner and subject matter expert, the Wildlife Specialist drives campaigns relating to the protection of species and habitat, specifically wolves, bears and ancient forest ecosystems in the Great Bear Rainforest and other parts of British Columbia. The Wildlife Specialist participates in researching and developing campaign strategy and communications assets in collaboration with staff, scientists, and other advocacy groups.
- Participate in strategic planning to maximize protection of lands and wildlife areas of British Columbia, as well as key species within those lands, through advocacy campaigns and other relevant initiatives, including researching and drafting campaign strategy documents for individual campaigns.
- Take an ecosystem-based approach to wildlife protection and recognize the intrinsic value of non-human animals.
- Analyze and monitor government policy and scientific research to inform campaign strategy and to produce accurate, current and clear campaign communications.
- Be a spokesperson for relevant campaigns to media outlets, partners, and the public.
- Identify opportunities for new campaigns and areas of collaboration with Indigenous communities and other advocacy groups through networking activities.
Coordination and Relationship-Building
- Build and maintain strong relationships with diverse stakeholders, including Indigenous community partners; federal, provincial, and Indigenous governments and consortiums; academia; local communities; local industries and the environmental sector.
- Attend and help organize relevant meetings and events with representatives of governments, other advocacy groups, affected community members, as well as public talks and local events.
Develop Communications Materials
- Collaboratively develop communications materials relating to PWA’s current project and campaign areas, with a primary focus on lands and wildlife (Materials include but are not limited to public communications such as website content, social media posts, email outreach, public presentations, and outreach to First Nations and other stakeholders)
- Support the Communications Team with information and resources for campaign-specific communications such as website-based engagement tools, opinions pieces, media releases, sign-on letters, and responses to membership inquiries.
- Research, draft, and/or review science-based materials, and consult with local knowledge holders, regarding land and wildlife campaigns.
- Review and draft feedback on government management plans for lands and wildlife programs, protected areas, or other relevant policies during public consultation periods
- Translate technical and complicated information into easily understandable and actionable communication materials.
- Assist with grant proposal writing and donor relations efforts, as needed.
- Stay up to date on relevant research, policy, events, and advocacy efforts related to target campaigns.
Required Skills & Experience
- Minimum five years’ experience working in land use, policy analysis, natural resources, or wildlife biology/management or in environmental advocacy.
- Experience with campaign work in the not-for-profit sector an asset
- Experience with investigative reporting an asset
- Experience with media relations
- Demonstrated high degree of scientific literacy and ability to interpret complex information to guide public communications and campaign strategy.
- Excellent analytical and verbal and written communication skills, with an ability to write and speak concisely and persuasively to diverse audiences.
- Highly motivated, with ability to work independently, manage projects, proactively solve problems, develop ideas, and execute on deliverables.
- Strong creative thinking and storytelling skills
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
- Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills, including team building, facilitation, and collaborating with diverse stakeholders.
- Demonstrated commitment to social justice and experience organizing within a decolonization framework.
- Established connection to environmental, First Nations, and progressive communities in B.C.
- Basic understanding of marine ecology is an asset to be able to participate in all our campaigns in a meaningful way when needed.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and Google Drive tools
- Experience creating content for multiple social media platforms is an asset.
- Experience working in Adobe Creative Suite is an asset.
- Experience preparing for and/or conducting audio or video interviews is an asset.
- Experience working with ArcGIS and large data sets is an asset.
Qualifications & Education
- Bachelor’s degree in biology, geography, environmental studies, ethnoecology, journalism, resource management or similar field of study.
This is a full-time, permanent position working from our office in Victoria, BC. Relocation assistance will be evaluated for the successful candidate.
To be considered for opportunity, please apply at firstname.lastname@example.org with your resume and cover letter outlining your background and experience. Applications will be accepted until October 1, 2023 at midnight.
Pacific Wild is committed to creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration, regardless of their age, gender identity or expression, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, any physical or mental disabilities, or other characteristics protected by applicable human rights laws.