‘Seeing Cowichan Forests Beyond Trees’ Project Coordinator wanted

Seeing Cowichan Forests Beyond Trees’ Project

 Project Coordinator Job Posting (temporary/full-time position)

Who We Are:

The Cowichan Land Trust is committed to conserving, protecting, and enhancing the quality of the human and natural environment in and near the Cowichan Valley Regional District, British Columbia. We help to take care of the land and water in the Cowichan Valley for the benefit of all life now and in the future. We do this by acquiring land, entering into conservation agreements, and by providing education and support to individuals and other groups who are caring for the land.

Project Purpose and Overview:

We view healthy endemic forests in their rich, bio-diverse totality and not just as tree plantations for the production of industrial fibre. We believe there is a growing recognition that dynamic, full-spectrum forests are critical for nurturing pollination, flood prevention, water conservation, water and air purification, climate change resilience, non-timber forest products, fish and wildlife, and social/cultural well-being. 

Over the four-month project duration, under the supervision of the Executive Director and with the support of a volunteer board committee, the Coordinator will work to engage the public in conversations aimed at broadening traditional views of forestry and posing new ones. The project will explore ways to work with communities and landowners to protect and restore privately-owned forests in the Cowichan region. The viability of initiating projects aimed at protecting and restoring private forest lands will be examined and associated action plans developed. 

This initiative is funded by the Vancouver Foundation ‘Systems Change’ grant program and we are grateful for its financial support. 

We seek a project coordinator to help us deliver this timely project.

Job Responsibilities

The project will engage interested members of the Cowichan community, recruit volunteers, solicit donations, and develop action plans for future initiatives. The Coordinator will work with a project team to hold workshops/meetings in Cowichan communities in order to:

  • build public recognition about the scarcity of and threats to the Coastal Douglas-fir type forests
  • foster support for the protection and restoration of forest land and identify community priorities related to such efforts
  • identify privately-held existing or potential forest land worth protecting
  • solicit donations of land, money, or conservation covenants for protection of forest land 
  • recruit volunteers to help with forest land restoration
  • conduct geographical research and consult with governments, non-profits, businesses and significant landholders
  • identify existing and potential partners and sources of support
  • study and compile information about similar activities in other jurisdictions
  • investigate forest ownership, land tenure, and stewardship options for long-term restoration and protection of private forest land
  • explore government policy mechanisms that would provide incentives to private landowners who protect and restore forests
  • have conversations with owners of forest land, and
  • explore methods to evaluate and monetize ecosystem services provided by forests

Pertinent Knowledge and Skills 

  • experience in Environmental Planning and/or related fields
  • demonstrated research, public engagement and group facilitation skills
  • short and long term strategic planning
  • effective written and verbal communication skills
  • functional understanding of Coastal Biogeoclimatic Zones, various working forest models, land-use zoning and jurisdictional dynamics
  • post-secondary level education in relevant field(s) of study 
  • familiarity with private land transaction processes
  • familiarity with GIS and map interpretation, and
  • BC Driver’s License and use of a private vehicle

Working conditions

  • Hours and rate to be discussed based on skills and experience
  • The Project will take place between March 1 and June 30, 2020.
  • Work base: Duncan, BC

Please send your cover letter and resume as one PDF document (with link to portfolio if available) to the Forest Conservation Committee:


Subject: Project Coordinator application

Closing date: February 24, 2020 

* We appreciate the interest of all applicants, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.