Key Biodiversity Areas Regional Coordinator
Title: Part-Time British Columbia Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA) Regional Coordinator
Department and program: KBA Conservation Program
Project: KBA Program Coordination Support
Position Level: SCI 3/4
Reports to: Dr. Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne, KBA Coordinator
Compensation: This part-time position or contract will be prorated based on a full-time annual salary of $55,000 to $70,000
Application Deadline: 28th February 2020
The BC KBA Regional Coordinator will compile and organize data for Canadian Key Biodiversity Areas work in British Columbia, develop a shortlist of trigger species and ecosystems for which to apply the KBA Standard (based on their own assessment of feasibility and expert input), liaise with relevant species and ecosystem experts, and organize a workshop with experts and key government and NGO staff to identify and/or review a set of KBAs. In addition, the consultant/employee will develop the materials necessary for KBA nomination and review and support the process of submitting candidate KBAs to the global KBA Secretariat where needed.
- Post-graduate degree in biodiversity conservation or other related fields of study
- Reasonably broad knowledge of BC's flora and fauna
- Excellent analytical skills, ideally some experience using GIS and other tools for spatial data management and analysis
- Ability to assimilate and effectively analyze a large amount of material;
- Superior networking skills
- Excellent organizational and project management skills
- Experience working in a cross-cultural setting with indigenous governments or communities and/or understanding of diverse Indigenous histories, worldviews, and Indigenous knowledge systems
- A passion for the conservation of nature and wildlife
Identifying the places that are most important for sustaining biodiversity is critical for informing a wide range of land-use decisions, ranging from mitigating the impacts of development projects to creating protected areas. In order to provide a coherent and global approach to identifying sites important for biodiversity, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) developed and adopted A Global Standard for the identification of KBAs in 2016. An international KBA Partnership was formed in order to encourage and support the identification of KBAs and to maintain a documented list of sites identified against the KBA Standard.
The identification of KBAs in Canada is timely, in that it supports the Canadian Pathway to Target 1 process and the commitment expressed in the CBD’s Aichi Target 11 to establish protected areas and other effective conservation measures in areas of particular importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services. The National Advisory Panel recommended (#13) that the Global KBA Standard be adopted in Canada and accompanied by efforts to develop and apply a Canadian KBA standard. The purpose of the Canadian KBA Coalition is to do that, and to carry out its work in the spirit of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and in accordance with recommendations made by the Indigenous Circle of Experts.
Suggested specific tasks are listed below but may evolve or change as needs are identified. The consultant/employee will work closely with Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne (KBA Canada) and the Government of British Columbia and adjust to the needs of the Canadian KBA program as required.
A. Project planning for British Columbia Key Biodiversity Areas:
- Develop a work plan, timeline, and scope for the BC KBA project, in consultation with the BC government and KBA Canada Secretariat
B. Data compilation, assessment, and preparation:
- Assess long lists of species and ecosystems that could ‘trigger’ KBAs in BC for feasibility
- Compile data for application of KBA Standard to a shortlist of ‘trigger’ species and ecosystems
C. Workshop organization:
- Organize a workshop to review and refine KBA proposals, delineate KBAs and expose a wide range of BC experts to the KBA process
- Communicate (or coordinate outreach with partners) with rights holders and stakeholders to inform them of KBA initiative in BC and provide opportunities for input
D. Support documentation of KBAs and submission to Global KBA Partnership
- Work plan for an inclusive process to identify and delineate a set of BC KBAs.
- Workshop to review site proposals and delineate set of BC KBAs (date TBD)
- A set of BC KBA proposals to be submitted to Global KBA Partnership via Canadian KBA Coalition.
- Compiled supporting data for BC KBA work
- Short (<10 pp) summary report outlining process undertaken and lessons learned from it.
The consultant/employee will be under the supervision of Dr. Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne (Wildlife Conservation Society Canada), the Canada Key Biodiversity Area coordinator.
The project term is March 15 – December 15, 2020. Remuneration will be commensurate with experience, but the consultant/employee will be expected to work part-time (2-3 days per week).
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Key Biodiversity Areas Regional Coordinator
Wildlife Conservation Society Canada
British Columbia, BC