Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary Society is hiring for a part-time, one-year contract Biodiversity Coordinator.


About Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary:

The Nature Sanctuary Society is a registered non-profit charity organization that fosters understanding and appreciation of nature through direct experience. For 47 years the Sanctuary lands have provided a conserved space for an incredible array of native plants and animals, and educational programming for millions of people to forge deeper connections to nature.

We acknowledge that the Nature Sanctuary is on the ancestral territories of the lək ̓ʷəŋən peoples, represented by the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples, represented by the W̱JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip), BOḰEĆEN (Pauquachin), SȾÁUTW̱ (Tsawout), W̱SIḴEM (Tseycum) and MÁLEXEȽ (Malahat) Nations.

We respect the vital relationships of First Peoples with these lands and waters for countless generations. We are honoured to invite and welcome Indigenous guidance and collaboration in stewardship and appreciation of the Nature Sanctuary.

The Nature Sanctuary lands are owned by Saanich, except for two small parcels which are Nature Trust BC Lands.  The lands are governed by the Board of Directors of the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary Society, a non-profit and Registered Charity organization, under the terms of a Land Management Agreement between the Society and the Municipality of Saanich.

Read more about the Nature Sanctuary by navigating the links at the following URL.


About the position:

The Biodiversity Coordinator will support the organization’s conservation, restoration and education goals as outlined in our Strategic Plan, linked at the following URL. A main focus of this position is the facilitation of our community-integrated biodiversity monitoring and ecosystem restoration approaches through the consistent collection and evaluation of biodiversity data.


This position is a good fit for you if you are interested in a long-term career in the non-profit, environmental or community engagement sectors. You will be part of a small team and support site operations, educational programs, and the administrative team. This role requires excellent communication and collaboration skills as well as the abilities to independently problem solve and innovate. You are well-organized, can follow directions, and are able to work outside on uneven terrain in rain or shine. You are able to prioritize tasks and have an adaptive, solutions-based approach. You are not afraid of spreadsheets, data analysis, or digital collaboration and design tools. You value your team and contributions to a larger purpose. A good sense of humour, equity and love of natural history / the land are also highly desirable attributes.



  • One position available on site in Victoria, BC
  • Part time 25 hours/week, one year contract, with possibility of extension. Probationary review at three months.
  • Work schedule to be determined with successful candidate. Team schedule is generally Monday – Friday 8:30-4; half hour unpaid lunch, and some flexibility required for workshops or other events
  • Hourly wage: $26-28/hour, depending on experience.
  • Our total compensation packages represent socially responsible wages. In addition to the hourly rate, other benefits of Nature Sanctuary employment include: 12 observed paid holidays with optional time off between Dec 25 and Jan 1, professional development opportunities, 70h paid vacation, 70h paid personal time, and 10% paid benefits allowance for extended health and dental coverage.


Duties include:

  • Coordinate the biodiversity and abundance monitoring of marsh wetland and Garry Oak ecosystems following current methods
  • Ensure consistent site data collection protocols and procedures (e.g., GIS and other mapping tools) are followed
  • Lead curation and archiving of biodiversity and ecological site data
  • Improve integration of Traditional Ecological Knowledge into site stewardship
  • Maintain relationships and communications with stakeholders and key partners to ensure community integration
  • Coordinate visiting researchers and other contractors as needed to meet objectives in Strategic Plan, other management plans and in alignment with grant requirements
  • Develop and implement evaluation methods to assess program strengths and identify areas for improvement
  • Support the evaluation of ecosystem conservation and restoration plans and processes to help prioritize site restoration projects
  • Support preparation of grant funding proposals and reports with clear, accurate writing
  • Help to facilitate meetings, educational workshops, events, and trainings
  • Assist with strategy, metrics, analysis and content creation for internal and external communications
  • Assist with management and mentorship of volunteers and staff through work planning, reviewing, identifying required resources, and regular communications
  • Support creation of Nature House displays and signage


  • Minimum educational requirement is a Bachelor’s degree in the natural sciences, Master’s Degree preferred, or equivalent in skills and experience
  • Experience with ecological research (e.g. photo point monitoring), particularly collecting, and analyzing data and conveying results with technical writing
  • Familiarity with or willingness to quickly learn about Garry Oak ecosystems, and native and invasive plant identification along with management practices for control and removal
  • Trained in using GIS and other mapping software as well as map data analysis and representation
  • Experience working collaboratively with a variety of partners and stakeholders with strong written and public speaking abilities
  • Highly organized self-starter with exceptional attention to detail and ability to problem solve and keep good records
  • Strong work ethic with a high degree of creativity, positivity and enthusiastic energy as well as mental flexibility
  • Comfortable and experienced using PC computers, including modern communications and collaborative computing programs, and applications (e.g. Word, Excel, Zoom, iNaturalist and Seek), as well as comfortable manipulating basic graphics (e.g. Adobe Creative Cloud)
  • Must be able to provide a recent clear Criminal Record check following an offer of employment
  • Must hold or be willing to obtain Emergency First Aid & CPR-C Certification (training can be offered through position)


  • Anti-oppression training or skills
  • Leadership and community-led ecological monitoring experience
  • Class 5 driver’s license and reliable transportation to get to events and other programs off site
  • Experience with grant or proposal writing, management and reporting
  • Experience working in the non-profit setting
  • Experience with budget preparation and management
  • Fluent in French, both written and spoken
  • Flexibility in working hours including some possible evening, weekend, and holiday shifts
  • Nursery and plant growing experience
  • Familiarity with gardening and landscaping tools
  • Familiarity with iNaturalist
  • Tea drinker



The above job description represents generally what we are seeking for this position, however we are open to folks who may have other skills to share. If you find either this position or our workplace of interest, please consider applying!

To learn more about our workplace and possible accommodations, please email Dr. Cara Gibson – cgibson [at] swanlake.bc.ca

Candidates must be eligible to work in Canada. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary requires all staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Individuals who cannot be vaccinated for medical or for reasons recognized by the BC Human Rights Act may request accommodations.

Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary Society is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion as a community-focused organization. We centre human dignity and growing our connections to each other and to our environment. We believe that each of us is responsible for addressing discrimination and that we co-create peace and good relationships. We are committed to building a diverse staff and will be hiring through an equity lens.

We are grateful to all applicants, however, due to the volume of applications we receive and the size of our staff team, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


To Apply:

Please use our online portal.

Application deadline: Open until filled.  Interviews begin: Dec 12, 2022

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of this work however the list is not exhaustive and other duties and responsibilities will occur. The Nature Sanctuary retains the right to amend responsibilities.

Job Location: Victoria

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