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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.

 

This past year, we have strengthened our organizational foundation by revisiting and updating our mission, vision, values, (see documents at this URL) and a 3-year Strategic Plan (see document at this URL).

To meet our new goals, the Society is seeking community volunteers for our Board Governance Committee and Capital Asset Management Task Group to June 30, 2023. There will be a possibility of extending the term as a Committee volunteer or being considered for a position on our Board of Directors at the June AGM, if interested.

We welcome applicants from a broad range of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences with a strong interest in environmental protection and restoration.  We are looking for people who are conscientious, collaborative and forward thinking. Time commitment is approximately 6-10 hours/month for committee meetings and related tasks.

Board Governance Committee (1 position):

  • Knowledge and understanding of non-profit governance boards and best practices
  • Proficiency in organizational policy development and writing
  • Assistance with Board Policy Manual and Bylaws updates
  • Previous experience on a non-profit Board an asset

 

Board Capital Asset Management Task Group (1 position):

  • Knowledge and understanding of the development of comprehensive, long-term plans for facilities and capital projects
  • Experience in general construction, engineering, architecture or land use planning
  • Familiarity with risk management and capital investment strategies an asset

Applicants must reside within the boundaries of the Capital Regional District (CRD).

 

To apply, please fill out and follow the instructions in the form at this URL.

Board Committee Community Member Application Form

Application deadline: Open until filled.  Reviews begin November 30, 2022.

 

Three images. Left front of Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary Nature House. Middle, aerial photo of Nature House. Right, Inside of Nature House showing educational exhibits.

COMPENSATED POSITIONS

We are currently accepting applications for three

compensated part-time positions.

Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary Society is hiring for a part-time, one-year contract Community Relations Assistant.

 

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:

You will support marketing and communications initiatives as well as offer some administrative support across the organization. You will be creative, self-directed as well as an excellent team player. As this is a communications role, being pleasant, friendly and outgoing is important, as are the ability to multi-task, and the capacity to manage unexpected events as they arise.

The Community Relations Assistant 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 communications with our members, donors, visitors and other stakeholders.

This position is a good fit for you if you are interested in working in the non-profit, environmental or community engagement sectors. You will be part of a small team and work most closely with our education and administrative teams. This role requires excellent communication and collaboration skills. You are well-organized, can follow directions and are able to problem solve and innovate independently. Having a deep interest in water and land conservation is a plus too!

 

Specifications:

  • One position available on site in Victoria, BC
  • Part time 14 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: $22-24/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:

  • Research, strategize, create and publish social media, website, e-newsletter and print content with consistent branding and messaging across all communications
  • Regularly connect with other team members to understand communications needs
  • Maintain a communications calendar to ensure that essential assets are available in a timely fashion
  • Assist with the regular distribution of key communications (e.g. e-newsletters, annual membership campaign)
  • Support the preparation of funding proposals, reports, cases for donor support and other materials with clear graphics and other visual assets
  • Assist with metrics and analysis for internal and external communications
  • Support creation of Nature House displays and signage as well as other educational multi-media

 

Qualifications

  • High school diploma with additional certification in graphic design, or equivalent in skills and experience
  • Proven experience with marketing and communications initiatives (print, web and social media)
  • Comfortable and experienced using PC computers, including modern communications and collaborative computing programs, and applications (e.g. Word, Excel, Zoom), as well as proficiency with graphic design software (e.g. Adobe Creative Cloud)
  • Professional attitude
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to be creative, resourceful and proactive
  • Excellent organizational skills with exceptional ability to manage time and multi-task

 

Assets

  • Anti-oppression training or skills
  • Class 5 driver’s license and reliable transportation to get to events and other programs off site
  • Experience working in the non-profit setting
  • Fluent in written French
  • Strong feelings about typography

 

Eligibility

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 and follow the instructions located at this URL.

Application deadline: Open until filled.  Interviews begin: Nov 28, 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.

Three images: Left, Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary Staff Team at Dino Labs Dec 2021. Middle, montage of Staff Team removing invasive plants at SṈIDȻEȽ, July 2021. Right, Staff Team after removing invasive plants at Swan Lake, July 2022.

Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary Society is hiring for a part-time, one-year contract Office 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 Office Coordinator will support the organization’s conservation, restoration and education goals as outlined in our Strategic Plan, linked at the following URL. Specifically, this role brings high level administrative support to the Executive Director across operations. Main areas of focus will be recurring organizational procedures, contract oversight, policy compliance, and financial administration and fundraising support.

This position is a good fit for you if you are interested in making an important difference in a community-engaged environmental organization. You will work most closely with the Executive Director and other administrative staff. This role requires a highly professional attitude, with a strong sense of accountability, and proficiency at fully completing tasks properly with little oversight or correction.

 

Specifications: 

  • One position available on site in Victoria, BC
  • Part time 21 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. Some flexibility required to support occasional events.
  • Hourly wage: $28-30/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: 

  • Maintain records of the Society's business activities (e.g. prepare and file Society Annual Reports, other funding agreements) and prepare reports for Board and other stakeholders
  • Oversee renewal and submission of annual contracts and other required reports (e.g., insurance, grants)
  • Oversee and maintain systems for recurring organizational procedures and supply needs
  • Oversee Facility maintenance, rentals and administration of other infrastructure
  • Maintain inventory of Society assets and organizational risk register
  • Support the preparation of funding proposals, reports, cases for donor support and other materials with metrics and other data
  • Support payroll and other Human Resource-related documentation
  • Support financial administration and year end audit documentation as required
  • Support provincial and federal compliance with all organizational policies and procedures
  • Assist with organizing and administering Society fundraising activities and other events, e.g., annual Native Plant Sale, recognition events, etc.
  • Assist with growing membership and legacy fundraising programs
  • Act on behalf of the Executive Director in their absence (e.g. co-ordinating staff activities, assisting the Chair and Board Members with Society activities as required)

 

Qualifications 

  • University, College or equivalent degree or diploma in business, office administration or accounting, or equivalent in skills and experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of financial administration, legislation and professional practices of Canadian non-profits
  • Demonstrated ability in project management from inception to completion with the ability to connect daily tasks to longer-term, overarching strategic goals
  • Comfortable and experienced using PC computers, including modern communications and collaborative computing programs, and applications (e.g. Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, QuickBooks)
  • Excellent organizational skills with exceptionally high level of attention to detail and ability to manage time and multi-task
  • Ability to be a resourceful and proactive problem-solver
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, specifically English

 

Assets

  • Anti-oppression training or skills
  • Fundraising experience
  • Interest in Natural History
  • Supervisory experience
  • Class 5 driver’s license and reliable transportation
  • Fondness for spreadsheets

 

Eligibility

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 and follow the instructions located at this URL.

Application deadline: Open until filled.  Interviews begin: Dec 5, 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.

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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.

 

Specifications:

  • 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

 

Qualifications

  • 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)

 

Assets

  • 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

 

Eligibility

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 and follow the instructions located at this URL.

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.

Follow @SwanLakeNature across all social channels to stay tuned for position openings.

Journal with sketch of Hooker's onion