Senior Specialist, Blue Carbon

Conservation – Science, Knowledge, and Innovation Any WWF Canada office
Posted 3 weeks ago


WWF-Canada seeks a dedicated and self-driven Senior Specialist, Blue Carbon to join our Science, Knowledge and Innovation (SKI) team. This role facilitates WWF-Canada’s blue carbon program by leading research into the ecology, biology, economics, social and/or cultural aspects of coastal marine ecosystems and blue carbon habitats. The role will also lead community engagement and relationship building with a diverse array of external partners. The role includes the conceptualization, design, implementation and monitoring of coastal ecology Nature-Based Solutions to achieve WWF-Canada’s climate mitigation and biodiversity goals.

Across the many cultures and individuals that represent WWF, we are unified by one mission and one common set of values: 

  • Courage to work for change where it’s needed and to inspire people and institutions to tackle the greatest threats to nature and the future of the planet, which is our home.  
  • Integrity to live the principles we call on others to meet and to rely on traditional science and Indigenous knowledge to guide us.  
  • Respect to honour the voices and knowledge of the communities that we serve. 
  • Collaboration to deliver impact through collective action and innovation.  


  • Oversee overall strategy development and implementation of WWF-Canada’s blue carbon efforts, a structurally complex emerging initiative with multiple projects across the country
  • Lead research on the biological, environmental, economic, social and/or cultural aspects of coastal ecosystems and blue carbon storage
  • Engage with communities and a wide range of external organizations to build relationships and develop collaborations to support implementation
  • Lead the conceptualization, design and implementation of Nature-based Solutions in coastal ecosystems
  • Deliver high-quality research products within project deadlines to help support the SKI team and other conservation departments as needed
  • Lead the transition of research findings to on the ground actions
  • Communicate complex ecological information with a variety of internal and external partners
  • Manage, contracts, develop funding proposals and participate in donor-related work
  • Supervise staff interns and volunteers as needed


  • 4+ years of related experience and related post secondary education OR 7 + years of related experience to coastal marine ecosystems or blue carbon habitats. This could include experience with research, stewardship, conservation, management or restoration
  • Familiarity with First Nations Principles of OCAP, BC First Nations Data Governance Initiative, or similar data sovereignty guidelines an asset
  • Experience with on-the-ground work in community engagement including outreach to communities, individuals, organizations, meeting organization and note taking and relationship building leading to tangible outcomes such as project development and implementation
  • Strong problem-solving, creative interpersonal and strategic thinking capabilities coupled with an outcome, delivery-oriented approach
  • Knowledge of biodiversity and conservation issues in Canada consistent with WWF Canada’s conservation goals
  • Demonstrated experience in project management.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills
  • Excellent ability to multi-task and manage multiple competing priorities
  • Strong problem-solving and strategic thinking capabilities coupled with an outcome, delivery-oriented approach
  • Bilingual considered an asset
  • Alignment with WWF-Canada’s set of values.

Other Information

Please note this is a 1-year contract position.
This role can be based out of any of WWF-Canada offices – Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Halifax, Victoria, St. John’s, or Iqaluit

Deadline to Apply

You can submit your cover letter and resume by clicking the “APPLY” button.

Please ensure that your application is received on or before December 2, 2022.

Commitment to Diversity and Accessibility

Our vision is a Canada with abundant wildlife where nature and people thrive and we value and rely on diversity of thought, knowledge, expertise, and lived experience to help bring our vision to life.  

We recognize that experience comes in many forms and skills are transferable. If you feel that your unique experiences can enhance our vision, we encourage you to apply – even if you don’t meet 100% of the requirements.  

We encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuk (Inuit), Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.  

We are committed to a barrier-free and equitable recruitment & selection process. If you are contacted in relation an opportunity to join our team and require an accommodation at any point in the process, please advise the recruiter of your specific needs. We commit to managing these requests in a confidential manner.