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Nature Reserves Manager

Position Overview

The Nature Reserves Manager leads and oversees Ontario Nature’s Nature Reserve management and stewardship and works closely with the Conservation Science and Stewardship Director to achieve excellence in biodiversity conservation. This includes management planning, easement compliance monitoring, and collaborative restoration and research projects to ensure that Ontario Nature’s properties are managed to maximize their potential for biodiversity conservation, connect people with nature, and act as key ecological anchors within a larger landscape conservation context.

The ideal candidate has a proven ability to manage complex projects and lead teamwork in a fast-paced environment. They have experience working collaboratively with researchers, Indigenous communities, conservation organizations, governments, and stakeholders across sectors to advance conservation and shared interests.

About Ontario Nature

Ontario Nature is a charitable conservation organization that protects wild species and wild spaces across Ontario through conservation, education and public engagement. We represent over 155 member groups, and more than 30,000 individual members and supporters throughout the province. We are there wherever and whenever nature needs us most. To learn more, visit:

Why Work with Ontario Nature

  • Flexible work hours and location, in accordance with our Remote Work Policy
  • Progressive workspace and membership perks at the Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto
  • Generous vacation leave and 4 paid days off in addition to statutory holidays during our office closure in late December
  • 12 paid sick days per year and comprehensive benefits package including health, dental and group RRSP program
  • Fulfilling, purpose-driven work, alongside 30 passionate and committed colleagues
  • An ongoing commitment to create an inclusive and equitable environment for employees, volunteers, members and supporters
  • Opportunities for advancement, skill development and cross-sectoral collaboration
  • Support for taking initiative and pursuing aligned personal interest projects
  • Team building and social opportunities

Principal Responsibilities


  • Oversee management for the nature reserve system employing best practices for developing and implementing management plans.
  • Lead work to engage partners in nature reserve management, research projects and related conservation initiatives.
  • Manage all aspects of relationships with nature reserve stewards and oversee their work as prescribed by management plans and steward agreements.
  • Manage research projects related to Nature Reserves in collaboration with the Conservation Science Manager.
  • Manage the creation and maintenance of the new land management database, Landscape.
  • Lead infrastructure management on Nature Reserves, including the creation and management of trails and associated features.
  • Oversee data management and organization, and production of cartographic products for the Nature Reserves program.


  • Provide input on landscape conservation plans to inform our acquisition strategy and build and maintain relationships with conservation partners and Indigenous communities.
  • Support land acquisitions through revision of conservation project assessments and reviewing documentation, as required.


  • Lead program planning, including operating plans, communications plans, and logic models, ensuring consistency with organizational goals and strategic plan.
  • Track and evaluate achievement of program goals and objectives and project deliverables.
  • Work with Director of Conservation Science and Stewardship to develop program and project budgets and manage these budgets.


  • Work with the development team and program staff to develop funding proposals and reports to funders.
  • Work with the development team to support organizational fundraising efforts and effective donor and community relations, as directed.


  • Act as a key spokesperson with the media and others on conservation science matters, especially Ontario Nature’s species at risk and land management work.
  • Lead the development of print and online content and outreach materials to promote public understanding of and support for nature reserves.
  • Work with other Ontario Nature staff to respond to questions about science and natural history and to provide outreach assistance.
  • Support and advise on content referencing land management initiatives and other research projects for communications and development materials.


  • Manage Nature Reserves program staff, including hiring, supervision, work planning and performance management.
  • Manage hiring and supervision of external consultants.


  • Organize and participate in the Board Nature Reserves Committee.
  • Adhere to Ontario Nature’s confidentiality standards for sensitive data.
  • Adhere to Canadian Land Trust Standards and Practices.


  • Masters degree in ecology, biology, natural resource management or a related field.
  • Minimum five years relevant work experience.
  • Sound knowledge of land trusts including their purpose, standards and practices, and experience with nature reserve management.
  • Ability to work respectfully with members of Indigenous communities, representatives of organizations outside the conservation community and newcomers to Canada.
  • Sound knowledge of Ontario’s flora and fauna and experience with Ecological Land Classification.
  • Proven ability to supervise, mentor and motivate staff and volunteers.
  • Demonstrated skills in project planning and management including budgeting and fundraising.
  • Strong verbal, listening and written communications skills.
  • Strong planning, database management and analytical skills.
  • Superior problem-solving skills, sound judgment and self-reliance.
  • Proficiency in ArcGIS software and all applications of the Microsoft Office suite of programs including PowerPoint, Excel and Word.
  • Current first aid and CPR certification.
  • Valid class G driver’s licence and ability to rent a vehicle in Ontario.

Desirable assets include:

  • Experience working with Indigenous communities on conservation initiatives.
  • In depth knowledge of provincial and federal species at risk policy and recovery strategies.

Anticipated Start Date: December 2022

Type of Position: Full time, permanent

Compensation: $66,000 – $83,000 per year

Location: This position will be based at Ontario Nature’s Head Office (720 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON). This position may work remotely within southern Ontario in accordance with Ontario Nature’s operational Remote Work Policy.

Working conditions

The job requires travel across Ontario and flexibility to accommodate weekend and evening work for field work, meetings, events, and to meet certain funding deadlines.

Physical Requirements

On occasion, the job can be physically demanding, including hiking, snowshoeing, tree-planting, hole-digging and camping in uncomfortable conditions. Must be able to stand for extended periods of time during some events and occasionally lift heavy objects of around 30 lbs.

Direct Reports

  • Nature Reserves Coordinator
  • Nature Reserves Ecologist
  • Nature Reserves GIS Technician
  • Nature Reserves Technician
  • Program interns and technicians as hired on term contracts

To Apply

  • Include your resume, cover letter and three references in one PDF document, addressing your qualifications and experience.
  • Include “Nature Reserves Manager” in the subject line.
  • Email your application to
  • Deadline for applications: November 6, 2022.
  • We encourage interested candidates to apply sooner as we will conduct screenings and schedule interviews throughout the application window.

Although Ontario Nature appreciates the efforts of all those who apply for this position, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No unsolicited emails or phone calls please.

Ontario Nature is committed to employment equity, diversity and accessibility. Requests for disability-related accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process, and applicants should make their requirements known when contacted.

To apply to this position, please contact the job poster via email