Ecology North
January 25, 2019
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$60,000 to $75,000/yr
Northwest Territories


Ecology North – Water Program Manager

Application Deadline: February 28th, 2019

Job Posting:

Ecology North is looking for a dynamic, independent and enthusiastic professional to work as the Water Program Manager. Salary is competitive with northern environmental non-profit organizations.

Ecology North has a history of leading water stewardship initiatives to support NWT residents in work towards a healthy northern environment. The role of the Water Program Manager will be to grow our vision for NWT water initiatives as well as continuing to support successful on-going projects.

The successful candidate will have comprehensive program management skills, experience in public education or communication, and/or a technical understanding of the field of water stewardship, with a focus on collaboration and relationship-building with youth and NWT communities. This position may include travel to remote communities for project work, and also include having to work occasional evenings and weekends, with notice.

The right person for this position will appreciate Ecology North’s mission and will embody the organization’s values and principles. The Water Program Manager needs to be a highly productive individual with a strong desire to learn and to enact change towards sustainable communities. As education and awareness are central approaches within all of Ecology North’s work, comfort in a school environment and/or with adult education is beneficial, particularly in the context of schools located in small, remote, northern communities. The successful candidate will be experienced with advocating for water and/or environmental issues through educational campaigns using an evidence-based approach. Proven ability to work collaboratively with multiple partners and in cross-cultural settings is a must. Familiarity with local, regional, territorial and federal authorities related to water management and conservation in NWT is required.

The Water Program Manager will be responsible for overall strategic program planning, fundraising activities and proposal writing, program development and evaluation, managing multiple projects, and managing staff and/or contractors.  There will be considerable collaboration on many of the projects.  Duties will include ensuring timely completion, reporting, and filing of project documents and deliverables.

The position includes substantial opportunity for professional development and increased responsibilities pending outstanding performance, including subsequent opportunities in project and program management.



Qualifications Required:


A Master’s degree in Resource Management, Indigenous Studies, Northern Studies, Environmental Science, and/or similar Environmental Education is required.


Skills and Experience Required:

  • A strong understanding of environmental issues and how they relate to the NWT at the community, regional, territorial, federal and global level;
  • Knowledge of field and laboratory methods used to investigate the aquatic environment and cumulative impacts of climate change and industrial activities;
  • Familiarity with NWT (Alberta) Science curriculum, experience developing student lesson plans and experience teaching within structured curricula;
  • Successful grant writing and fundraising experience;
  • Experience using social media to engage the public;
  • Experiencing updating content on a WordPress website is an asset;
  • Demonstrated understanding of NWT water issues, management framework, legislation and policies;
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with multiple partners and in cross-cultural settings. Familiarity with local, regional, territorial and federal authorities related to water management and conservation;
  • Strong analytical skills with experience in authoring research, planning or assessment reports;
  • A track record of managing projects with deliverables completed to a high quality within budget and on time;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and research experience.
  • Excellent computer literacy skills, including word processing and spreadsheets;
  • A successful track record of planning, organizing, carrying out and evaluating public workshops and events;
  • Experience in program development and evaluation;
  • A valid driver’s license is an asset but not required.



  • Interest in learning more about the environment is crucial to this position. You are not required or expected to know everything about everything, but you must be open and excited about learning, and passionate about protecting the environment;
  • Enjoy working with a wide variety of people, including children;
  • Be a self-starter, work independently, but also as a team member;
  • Be able to work occasional evening and weekend hours with notice;
  • Occasional travel out of Yellowknife may be a requirement of the position; and
  • Must be willing to conduct general office administration as required.


Performance Criteria:

  • Development of strong working relationships with all relevant organizations, staff and Board;
  • Creativity, innovation and passion for your work;
  • Successful development of project concepts, forming partnerships and securing funding;
  • Consistently meeting and exceeding project requirements set out in contracts and contribution agreements;
  • Respecting deadlines and budgets; and
  • Successfully carrying out the prime functions of the job description.


Term of Employment:

This position will be a full‐time contract for 1 year with anticipated extension, depending on the successful generation of additional funding sources. Salary is based on a full‐time rate of $60,000 to $75,000 per year commensurate with the selected candidate’s experience.  Health benefits and leave allocations are included as specified in the Ecology North personnel policy.


Anticipated start dates:

March 1, 2019 or as soon thereafter as possible.


The position is based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

At the final stage of screening, after interviews but prior to signing a contract, all potential candidate(s) will be required to produce a vulnerable sector check to ensure that no prior conviction may present an impediment to working with vulnerable people. Staff are required to submit an updated criminal records check annually.



This position reports to the Executive Director of Ecology North.


Application Process:

Please submit your cover letter and resume no later than midnight, MST on February 28, 2019, either by e‐mail or in person to:


Craig Scott, Executive Director, Ecology North


P.O Box 1684, Yellowknife, NT, X1A 2P3


All questions related to this posting can be directed to Craig Scott by phone or e‐mail.

To learn more about Ecology North, please visit

Company Info

The Organization:

Ecology North is a charitable, non-profit organization that was formed in 1971 to support sound environmental decision-making on an individual, community and regional level. 

Ecology North has grown from a volunteer driven organization to one that includes ten staff members.  Ecology North’s mission is to bring people and knowledge together for a healthy northern environment.

Ecology North staff are highly effective independent workers, who also support one another as a team. We have five main program areas: water stewardship, climate change mitigation and adaptation, waste reduction, local food sustainability and environmental education. We are currently looking to fill a vacant position in the water stewardship stream.


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