Specialist, Resilient Habitats

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The Specialist, Resilient Habitats supports WWF’s ambitious Strategic Plan (2020-30) on advancing the establishment of marine and terrestrial protected and conserved areas with a focus on First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Indigenous-led priorities, other effective conservation measures (OECMS). The specialist will support stewardship and protected area outcomes through activities such as working closely with Indigenous people and local communities who desire to implement area-based conservation measures and assist with policy supporting land and sea-based resilient habitat, as appropriate. The ideal candidate is a highly motivated and organized individual that is committed to long-term stewardship and protections of lands and waters as a mechanism for conservation benefits including enhanced biodiversity and carbon stored in nature.

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. 


  • Support resilient habitat outcomes through spatial stewardship and protections in large scale ecosystems in WWF Canada priority geographies, with a focus on First Nations, Inuit, and Métis leadership and priorities.
  • Assist the implementation of conservation benefits mechanism that support the enhancement of biodiversity and carbon stored in nature.
  • Assist in funding applications, reporting, community consultation and engagement activities related to implementation of conservation actions by both WWF-Canada and its partners.
  • Build and maintain critical knowledge on local and national policy directions affecting WWF-Canada’s priority areas as it relates to marine and terrestrial conservation.
  • May assist associate specialists and coordinators.


  • At least 4 years of relevant experience OR a combination of a related post-secondary education and 2+ years of relevant work experience in terrestrial and marine conservation topics, including but not limited to Indigenous-led conservation (e.g., wildlife and/or land monitoring experience, community protocols, guardians), marine and terrestrial protected areas, OECMS and IPCAs.
  • Experience about designing, planning, stewardship and implementation of protections of lands and waters.
  • Knowledge about Indigenous culture and protocols, and ability to work in an ethical space where different worldviews and knowledge systems interact with mutual respect, kindness, and generosity.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills with the capability to engage a range of audiences and adapt communication styles to multiple cultural environments (e.g., communication when following Elder protocols or cultural safety protocols).
  • Ability to manage database and strong computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Excel and Word.
  • Project coordination/management experience is an additional asset.

Other Information

This role may require safe travel. Safe travel will be determined by following International, Federal, Territorial, and Provincial requirements and following consultation with local and Indigenous communities where applicable.

This position can work from any WWF-Canada office, however Toronto, Ottawa or Victoria preferred

Deadline to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this exciting opportunity, please click Apply, and ensure that your application is received on or before May 19, 2023 at 5PM.

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.