Reporting to the Executive Director of Regional Programs, the NS Program Director (PD) position is a diverse role that serves as ASF’s point person for wild Atlantic salmon conservation and restoration in NS. Primary activities include leading the development and implementation of conservation activities in Nova Scotia, as well as carrying out evidence-based advocacy and community engagement.
Duties include partnering with stakeholders and Indigenous groups to implement conservation programs, advocating for improved management of wild Atlantic salmon, participating in government working groups, meeting with relevant federal/provincial officials and elected representatives, preparing and delivering recommendations to advisory bodies, and advocating for the protection of wild salmon from key threats, according to ASF’s Strategic Plan.
The successful candidate will lead ASF’s participation in the review of environmental impact assessments for projects that may impact Atlantic salmon. Other responsibilities include delivering presentations, media interviews, and assisting ASF’s Communications, Research, and Fundraising teams.
The PD also serves as a liaison and advisor to the regional salmon council and affiliate organizations in the province. The successful candidate will work closely with ASF’s Executive Director of Regional Programs and other ASF staff located throughout eastern North America.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The successful candidate should possess knowledge of Atlantic salmon life history, biology, and fisheries, as well as threats and the current status of the species in NS. Strong communication skills and an understanding of public policy and social dimensions related to Atlantic salmon are also necessary. Thorough knowledge, skills, and experience in the following areas would be considered an asset:
- Building partnerships and implementing conservation programs
- Habitat restoration and project management
- Knowledge of the aquaculture industry in NS
- Indigenous fisheries and First Nations conservation perspectives
- Recreational angling values, practices, and management
- Environmental assessment and regulations
The successful candidate must reside within NS and will be required to travel throughout the province regularly. A reliable personal vehicle is required. The ability to work both independently and with a team is essential.
Education and Experience
Qualifications for this position would normally be acquired through post-secondary education, supplemented by progressive experience in the field of Atlantic salmon conservation. An equivalent combination of education, background and experience (including volunteer) may also be considered.
Term and Compensation
This is a 1-year term position with the potential to become full-time permanent. ASF offers a competitive salary and benefits package.
Apply by: Thursday, March 31, 2022
Please send a letter of application, resume, and references to:
Nathan Wilbur, Executive Director of Regional Programs
Atlantic Salmon Federation
ASF thanks all applicants for their interest. Receipt of application will be acknowledged; however, please note that only those selected for interviews will be contacted following the application period.