Position: Sustainable Communities Project Leader

Start date: As soon as possible (flexible)

End date: March 31, 2023 (with the possibility of extension)

Remuneration: $18.00 per hour plus 4% vacation pay and statutory benefits at 35 hours per week.    

Job Description/Responsibilities:

This position will involve the delivery of two projects that focus on integrating environmental sustainability concepts into human land-use activities in communities in southwest Nova Scotia; these projects include (1) the Annapolis Valley Sand Barrens Community Conservation Initiative, and (2) Natural Infrastructure for Stormwater Management.

The main objectives of the Natural Infrastructure (NI) project include implementation of NI projects at multiple sites within southwest Nova Scotia, capacity building among key stakeholders to promote the broader application of NI as a tool, the integration of NI demonstration sites into educational programming, and the creation of hands-on engagement opportunities for members of the public.

The Annapolis Valley Sand Barrens project is a long-term initiative in year 4 of implementation. The overall objective of the project is to ensure the persistence of this unique ecosystem. This work is part of the Kespukwitk (Southwest Nova Scotia) Priority Place Initiative.

Both projects involve engaging and liaising with a broad range of stakeholders, including representatives from municipal and provincial governments, private businesses, conservation practitioners, and private landowners, among others. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills and an ability to adapt content to various target audiences. The project leader will be responsible for project planning, delivery, tracking and reporting.

Normal work hours will be 8:30 am – 4:30 pm; early morning or late evening work may be required on occasion. The position will include a mix of office work based out of CARP’s office in Annapolis Royal as well as field-based activities. The position will require access to a personal vehicle, with compensation provided according to the prevailing provincial mileage rate.

Specific tasks may include:

  • Confirmation of NI sites and subsequent planning for NI implementation in year 2 of the project (e.g. identifying contractors, sourcing materials, obtaining permits);

  • Engaging all relevant stakeholders in NI planning processes;

  • The development of monitoring and evaluation tools (assessment forms, surveys, etc.);

  • Field assessments and data collection to support project monitoring and evaluation;

  • Planning, delivery, and evaluation of public engagement activities (workshops, seminars, etc.);

  • Coordination with the Education and Outreach Program Leader to identify themes for programs/activities, and develop metrics for program tracking and evaluation;

  • The development of long-term strategies to support the conservation and protection of the sandplain heathland ecosystem in the Annapolis Valley;

  • Analysis of previously collected land-use data to improve the current understanding of threats to the Annapolis Valley sand barrens;

  • The identification and engagement of partners and stakeholders in efforts related to the conservation and protection of the Annapolis Valley sand barrens;

  • Other activities as needed to accomplish project objectives/outcomes;

  • Other activities to support the CARP team as assigned.


Reporting Relationships:

The Sustainable Communities Project Leader will report to the designated program coordinators on matters specific to the delivery of programs/projects and report to the Administration Manager on all HR, contractual reporting deadlines and financial matters (e.g., travel claims, sick days, and vacation). The Sustainable Communities Project Leader works closely and in cooperation with other staff members and in accordance with all CARP policies approved by the Board of Directors. The Sustainable Communities Project Leader is not part of the CARP management team and no staff report directly to him/her/them.  

Responsibilities of the Employer:

The employer will provide a safe and respectful work environment free from discrimination and harassment, meet the financial obligations to the employee in a timely manner and, within the financial capacity of the organization, provide the employee with equipment, materials and supplies to carry out his/her/their duties. In consultation with the employee, the employer will carry out a performance evaluation within three months of the start of the contract and annually thereafter at minimum.

Responsibilities of Employee: 

The employee will carry out their duties described above in a timely fashion, conduct themself and ensure that those reporting to them conduct themselves in a professional manner and follow all policies of the employer and ensure that those reporting to them follow all policies of the employer.


To Apply:

E-mail resume and cover letter as a single document to Administration Manager, Susan Lane, at susanlane@annapolisriver.ca. Please use subject line “Sustainable Communities Project Leader Application”. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to identify if they are pre-qualified for any employment subsidy programs (e.g., through Eco Canada, Clean Foundation, etc.).