JOB POSTING Position: Communications & Development Coordinator

JOB POSTING Position: Communications & Development Coordinator

Term: part-time position starting mid-July 2019

Hours: 20-30 hours/week

Wage: $23 - $25/hour depending on experience Deadline for application is Sunday, June 23, 2019

Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT) is a Victoria, BC-based regional land trust that helps people understand and care for natural environments in the Capital region.

The Communications & Development Coordinator plans, organizes, implements and evaluates specific outreach and fund development projects as directed by the Executive Director. The Coordinator will work as part of a team including HAT’s Stewardship, Land Protection, and Habitat Management Coordinators.

Duties include:

  • Works closely with the Executive Director to implement HAT’s annual fundraising and development strategy focusing on building membership base, fundraising campaigns and planned giving; 
  • Assists the Executive Director to identify funding needs and funding sources including new opportunities for grant proposals; researching, preparing, submitting, presenting, and following up on funding applications; 
  • Takes lead role in creating and distributing HAT’s written communication materials including press releases and articles, newsletters, educational and outreach materials, and managing a variety of social media outlets; 
  • Identifies and leads implementation of HAT’s participation in events, including community events, workshops and seminars;
  • Communicates with donors, members and the general public; 
  • Maintains comprehensive and well organized project files and prepares reports for the Board and funders;
  • Maintains databases related to memberships, donors and volunteers, ensuring privacy protection protocols are in place and observed.

Skills/Qualifications

  • Strong interest in HAT and its mission;
  • Demonstrated skill in fundraising, specifically in grant writing;
  • Demonstrated ability in writing, especially for the public;
  • Well-developed computer skills and ability to effectively use basic office technology and software (eg: word processing, powerpoint); 
  • Experience with website maintenance, database management; Salesforce (or similar customer relationship management software), graphic design software is an asset;
  • Experience with event-planning; 
  • Strong interpersonal, written and verbal skills, ability to interact and consult with individuals at all levels inside the organization and in the broader community; 
  • Ability to be self-directed;
  • Strong public speaking skills (e.g. presenting on projects to donors, municipal grantors, and public); 
  • ability to prioritize, problem-solve, and multi-task; 
  • Willing and able to undertake professional development and training as appropriate 
  • Willing and able to work irregular hours including some weekends;
  • possess Driver’s Licence and access to a motor vehicle for transportation may be required;
  • Sense of humour and proven ability to work in a close team;
  • Experience working with non-profit organizations an asset.

Please apply to: Katie Blake, Executive Director, with subtitle: “Communications and Development” submitted by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mail Habitat Acquisition Trust, PO Box 8552, Victoria, B.C., V8W 3S2

Application should include: Resume and Cover letter that demonstrate how the candidate meets the qualifications and competencies in the job description. We would like to thank all applicants for your interest in working with HAT. Those selected for an interview will be contacted as soon as possible.

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Welcoming some new friendly faces to the HAT Team!

Welcome, summer interns! 

This summer, we are please to have two stellar summer interns, Nicole da Silva and Ronna Woudstra


Nicole da Silva

Nicole is studying biology and environmental studies at Uvic. She is passionate about wildlife and conservation. Having grown up in Victoria, she is thrilled to be contributing to the environmental stewardship of the Victoria area while working for HAT.

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Nicole on one of the first covenant monitoring site visits of 2019 (left) and with HAT's Land Protection Coordinator, Barb von Sacken (right)

Ronna Woudstra 

Ronna is of Irish and Dutch decent and is currently residing in unceded Lekwungen territory, now known as the Shelbourne community. She is a recent University of Victoria graduate with a BSc. in Biology and a minor in Anthropology. Throughout her studies she focused on ecosystems, ecology, plant biochemistry, and how we as humans understand and conceptualize the physical world around us. In her extracurricular life she is a soccer player, pianist, painter, and a disc golf enthusiast who finds joy in being outside and exploring nature with her dog, Lily.

 

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Ronna with HAT's Stewardship Coordinator, Paige Erickson-McGee (left) and removing Scotch Broom from a restoration site (right)

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Volunteer Spotlight June 2019 - Alf Birch

In this month's Volunteer Spotlight, we'd like to highlight Alf Birch, a long-time and loyal HAT volunteer. Alf recently returned from a short hiatus and has come back with new zeal and endless energy! From helping out with this year's Annual General Meeting in January, to owl monitoring, to helping with Earth Day at the Boys and Girls Club, and even more behind the scenes work besides, Alf has been a big part of our recent successes in outreach and monitoring.

We asked Alf what keeps him coming back to HAT after years of volunteering and what first inspired him to begin volunteering with us:

What was it about HAT that made you want to get involved?

"I find HAT's activities are very practical, effective and hands-on.  I really enjoy rolling up my sleeves and getting involved in a variety of field work.  Over time I've seen the impact that HAT volunteers are having on conservation covenant properties and many other areas where landowners are taking steps to preserve nature features.  I also very much enjoy working with HAT staff and other volunteers. This is a wonderful community of people who care deeply about our natural environment and about educating people about the role that we can all play.  I continue to learn about the ecology of this region and about how people can come together to preserve and enhance it."

What has been your favourite experience volunteering with HAT so far?

"There have been so many great experiences in working with HAT over serveral years.  Travelling to Senanus Island in Saanich Inlet to pull English Ivy, hiking in the Sooke Hills to monitor HAT covenants, counting bats on a summer evening at an incredible maternal colony in Metchosin, listening for Screech Owls on a cold night on Willis Point Road and many others.  I guess what tie these together and what I enjoy most are the camaraderie of the HAT community and the sense of making a small but very important contribution to what I believe is important."

Thank you for your hard work, dedication and commitment to our organization. It is a priviledge to have you on board and we are very happy to recognize your support of our organization through our volunteer spotlight this month.

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If you'd like to experience what volunteering with HAT is all about, watch for opportunities in the Volunteer Opportunities Section of our E-news or get in touch with us!

 

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Owl(s) be home for summer!

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May 27, 2019

This year has already become very promising for our Western Screech-owls. With one next box occupied by a pair and 3 (possibly 4) chicks in Maple Bay in the Cowichan Valley, and another in the Highlands with 3 chicks.

 As the monitoring season continues we are hopeful that more Western Screech-owl pairs will have taken up residence in HAT nestboxes around the CRD. For more information on how you can get involved or to learn more about threats to the Western Screech-owl, visit our website.

Image above: Cowichan nest with chicks circled in green. PC: Madrone Consulting. 

*These nests are monitored by HAT and biologists with Madrone Consulting. Western Screech-owls (kennicottii subspecies, on Vancouver Island) is listed as a species of Special Concern based on the May 2002 COSEWIC assessments. In British Columbia, the species and active nests are protected from direct harm under the Wildlife Act; the macfarlanei subspecies is on the British Columbia Red List (potentially Threatened or Endangered) and the kennicottii subspecies is on the Blue List (Special Concern).

Videos and images produced and shared with permission from Madrone Consulting.

 

Cowichan Nest, May 6, 2019

Highlands Nest, May 11, 2019

 

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Gifts of Securities, a great way to give to conservation

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Donating appreciated equity can be a gift for both you and your favourite charity, Habitat Acquisition Trust! 

Did you know you can donate gifts of securities can not only benefit your favourite charity (HAT) but also benefit you! Donating securities has the potential to help you realign your portfolio and give back to your community in a tax-efficient way that may have an even greater impact than if you were to sell your stock and donate the cash value after liquidating. 

By donating securities, you can avoid the capital gains tax on the appreciated amount you would have incurred had you sold the stock, plus get a tax deduction for the full fair market value of your long-term capital gain asset (up to 30% of your adjusted gross income). 

Another wonderful way to give: give stock through a Donor Advised Fund. This option presents the opportunity to grow your donation, tax-free. 

To learn more about how you can contribute to HAT while benefitting from a tax deduction, talk to your Financial Advisor, contact our friends at Raymond James, and read this article on The Gift of Appreciated Stock, to ensure your gift of securities to HAT can make to strongest impact possible for conservation. 

Raymond James is kind enough to provide this service free of charge, so your gift to HAT can make to strongest impact possible for conservation. 

Photo by: Alanah Nasadyk

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