BC Parks is entrusted with promoting and guiding the effective management, conservation and protection of the natural, recreational and cultural heritage values in the province’s protected areas system, one of the largest systems in North America. The BC protected areas system includes over 1000 protected areas covering more than14% of the provincial land base and almost half a million hectares (or approximately 1%) of BC’s coastal and ocean area, forming the cornerstone of biodiversity protection in the province. The Conservation Section at BC Parks is responsible for setting provincial policy and guidance in these program areas in addition to working with partners inside and outside of government to implement principles of conservation biology to protect ecological integrity.
This position coordinates and leads the research, analysis, development and implementation of policies and legislation for and on behalf of the BC Parks Conservation Program. The focus of this position is freshwater aquatic and coastal marine ecosystems within the protected areas system. The successful person will work closely with staff in the Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. As a key resource for regions, the successful person will liaise with and provide policy advice and guidance regularly to operational staff and volunteers and will provide applied science advice related to protected areas to decision makers, staff and ministry executive. They will also be involved in planning activities for existing and new marine components of protected areas.