The South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program (SOSCP) is seeking a dynamic and skilled professional to help local government partners advance their ecological goals and encourage biodiversity conservation practices in the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen.

Reporting to the South Okanagan-Similkameen Conservation Program (SOSCP) Manager, and working closely with senior municipal/regional planning staff, this unique advisory and technical contract position is responsible for environmental review, policy, and technical land use assistance, ensuring that plans, policies and projects reflect an integrated approach for biodiversity and improved environmental conservation practices on behalf of the municipalities/regional district.


  • Post-Secondary degree in biological sciences (including terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, conservation biology, fish and wildlife management and biodiversity) Natural Resources Management, Environmental Planning, or equivalent combination of education, experience and training.
  •  3 to 5 years of increasingly responsible professional environmental management experience.
  • Valid BC Driver’s Licence – Class 5.
  • Registered as Professional Biologist (RPBio) in B.C. with the College of Applied Biology, or eligible to become a Professional Biologist within 6 months.
  • Experience in a professional biological capacity including: development or review of development proposals, subdivisions, development permits, and environmental assessments.
  • Experience with geospatial analysis and environmental data using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and thorough working knowledge of species and ecosystems databases.
  • Thorough knowledge of South Okanagan Similkameen terrestrial and aquatic species and ecosystems.
  • Detailed knowledge of municipal, provincial and federal environmental regulations, reporting requirements, standards and codes of practice.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of the planning and land use legislation applicable to Municipal and other local governments in British Columbia.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with a commitment to teamwork and customer service.
  • Strong presentation and public speaking abilities, with experience and/or training in facilitation methods.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Knowledge of MS Office and related software, general office equipment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to analyze data, prepare written correspondence and reports, prepare and make presentations to staff, the public, and elected officials.

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This is a full time contracted position to March 31, 2020; contract fees are commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Qualified applicants may submit a detailed resume, with cover letter, by Monday August 12th, 2019 at 4:00 p.m., to:

“SOSCP Land Use Biologist” C/O South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program (SOSCP) 102 Industrial Place, Penticton BC V2A 7C8, or E-mail (Word or PDF format only)


The Regional District of Okanagan- Similkameen (RDOS) is seeking qualified individuals to volunteer as a member for the newly established South Okanagan Conservation Fund Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).

The South Okanagan Conservation Fund is in support of undertaking and administering activities, projects and works that include, but are not limited to, water, environment, wildlife, land and habitat conservation efforts to protect natural areas within participating areas of the South Okanagan which includes Electoral Areas A, C, D, E and F of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, along with the District of Summerland, Town of Oliver and City of Penticton.

Committee members will be appointed by the RDOS Board of Directors, based on qualifications, expertise and experience.  The TAC’s role is to provide sound, expert, technical review of annual project proposals and provide recommendation to the RDOS.  The TAC is not a decision making body.

Candidates for membership must possess expertise in the following areas:

  • Management, restoration and enhancement of fish and wildlife habitat, including sensitive terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems;
  • Native fish and wildlife conservation including species at risk;
  • Land and natural resource management, environmental studies, environmental science, hydrology, hydrobiology, ecology, or conservation biology.

Prospective committee members will have the following qualifications:

  • Practical knowledge of and experience in the specific technical areas;
  • Understanding of conservation practices and approaches including stewardship, outreach, traditional ecological knowledge, acquisitions and securement;
  • Practical knowledge of the non-profit and society sector;
  • Strong ethical standards and personal integrity;
  • Ability and willingness to address issues in a non-partisan manner, while considering the opinion of others and working as a team member;
  • Comforts with open dialogue and agreement through consensus;
  • Willingness to sign, and adhere to the Conflict of Interest Guidelines and Confidentiality agreement;
  • Willingness and ability to attend and participate actively in Committee meetings and/or field tours.


Technical Advisory Committee members may serve a maximum of three years, with some members serving one or two year terms initially to ensure membership continuity.

If you are interested in serving on this committee, please submit your resume by July 7, 2017 at 4:30pm to:

  • Christy Malden, Manager of Legislative Services
    101 Martin Street
    Penticton, BC V2A 5J9Email:
    Direct line: 250.490.4146

More information on the South Okanagan Conservation Fund Terms of Reference, including the TAC Terms of Reference and the Conflict of Interest Guidelines, can be found here.  Visit South Okanagan-Similkameen Conservation Program website for further information.

The South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program (SOSCP) is pleased to announce the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) Board has received an award to acknowledge and celebrate local governments for their efforts in protecting biodiversity. The RDOS Board is being recognized with this award for their work in protecting rare species and ecosystems by establishing the South Okanagan Conservation Fund.

A working group of local governments from across BC has been coming together with the BC Ministry of Environment under the banner “Species and Ecosystems at Risk-Local Government Working Group (SEAR-LGWG)” to enhance the protection of species and habitats at risk. This is the inaugural year of this award sponsored by the working group to acknowledge the efforts of local governments in protecting biodiversity. For their role in fulfilling that mandate, SOSCP Program Manager Bryn White did not hesitate to nominate the RDOS.

SOSCP presented the award on behalf of the SEAR-LGWG to the RDOS Board at their February 16th Board meeting.

“We are thrilled the RDOS Board has deservedly won the very first SEAR-LGWG Award,” says White. “The RDOS Board and staff has shown great leadership with the establishment of the South Okanagan Conservation Fund. This innovative Fund will protect species and ecosystems for generations to come. It also will work regionally across electoral area and municipal borders, engaging all citizens of the South Okanagan to come together to protect the wonderful region in which we live, work and raise our families. Their vision will leave a significant legacy for nature and a positive future for our communities.”

From right to left: RDOS Board Chair Karla Kozakevich, SOSCP Program Manager Bryn White, and SOSCP Chair and Nature Trust of BC Okanagan Land Coordinator Nick Burdock.

Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship Society is a non-profit, local, charitable organization that assists land owners, managers and community groups in voluntary conservation of important habitats on private lands and within communities of the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys.

We work collaboratively, in partnership with many stakeholders, including private landowners, communities, schools, government, non-profits, industry and partners with shared visions in order to achieve our goals.

All work completed with OSS is done so confidentially and information is only shared with the expressed consent of the landowner.

BCCF is dedicated to the conservation, enhancement and restoration of fisheries, wildlife and forestry resources. The organization provides project management services to other organizations to administer, implement and deliver conservation projects. BCCF supports training and employment opportunities for first nations, students and displaced forestry and fisheries workers on conservation projects. Through the Habitat Sustainability Fund, the foundation has provided money to help purchase several properties including some near Vaseux Lake in the South Okanagan.

The BCLSS promotes stewardship, understanding and comprehensive management of lakes, reservoirs and watersheds. They act as a communication and information distribution network between public lake interest groups, government and industry. Through organizing projects, educating the public, and building resources and tools BCLSS hopes to assist in the preservation of BC’s water resources. Locally, they have been working together with landowners to restore lakeshore habitat.

BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands

The Ministry of Agriculture and Lands provides provincial leadership to achieve sustainable development of the province’s land, water, and resources while maintaining environmental, economic and social values. This Ministry’s goals are 1) to contribute to the objective of stimulating resource based economic development; 2)to enhance sustainable economic development through land and resource plans; 3)to deliver integrated land and resource information to clients in an efficient and effective manner and; 4) to contribute to the environmental, social and economic well-being of the people of BC through the sustainable management and development of Crown land and water.

BC Ministry of Environment

The ministry’s vision is a clean, healthy and naturally diverse environment that enriches people’s lives, now and in the future. The ministry helps British Columbians limit the adverse effects of their individual and collective activities on the environment. The ministry works to protect human health and safety by ensuring clean and safe water, land and air; to maintain and restore the natural diversity of ecosystems, and fish and wildlife species and their habitat; and to provide park and wildlife recreation services and opportunities to British Columbians and visitors.

BC Ministry of Natural Resource Operations

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations was created in March 2011 to deliver integrated land management services for British Columbians. It is the main agency responsible for establishing the policy and conditions for access to and use of the province‟s forest, land and natural resources. The merger of Natural Resource Operations with Forests and Land integrates policy with operational resource management.

The Okanagan Region of the BC Wildlife Federation is the organization that brings together 19 volunteer Conservation/Fish & Game clubs in the Okanagan Region. These clubs are the original “hands on” grassroots conservationists that developed the Conservation Ethic.

The Burrowing Owl Conservation Society of BC was incorporated in 2000 and became a registered charity in 2001. Two major goals are: To establish and maintain stewardship programs for the conservation and enhancement of burrowing owl populations and their habitats in BC To raise funds to support program activities, including the work of breeding facilities, field monitoring and conservation studies for the burrowing owl program in BC. The Society also operates one facility for captive raised Burrowing Owls in BC. The San Rafael Aviary is located in Langley, BC, producing owls for release to locations in southern BC.

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – BC Chapter is a registered non-profit society that works to preserve wilderness and maintain the ecological integrity of parks throughout British Columbia. The Chapter plays a key role in establishing new protected areas and in improving the management of existing parks. As a lead member of the Grasslands Conservation Council of BC, CPAWS-BC monitors existing intact grassland to ensure they are managed to protect their ecological integrity. CPAWS also supports the conservation of interior grasslands and is spearheading efforts to establish an Interior Grasslands National Park.