At the Nature Trust we are protecting Nova Scotia’s natural areas through private land conservation. We have a positive, uplifting, and good news mandate, and are achieving tangible, lasting environmental impacts. By joining the Nature Trust team, you’ll be helping to protect Nova Scotia’s most special places, from towering old growth forests and pristine coastal wilderness, to habitat for endangered wildlife. You’ll dedicate your time to a cause that truly matters and you’ll make a tangible, lasting impact.

The Nova Scotia Nature Trust is seeking keen individuals from a variety of professional backgrounds to join the Board of Directors in a volunteer capacity.

The board of directors is the Nature Trust’s legal authority and is responsible for the organization’s effective governance to ensure its sustainable operations and fulfilment of its mission. A Board member acts in a position of trust for the community.  Each board member has a legal, moral, and fiduciary responsibility to participate in the board function so that the board fulfills its responsibilities and discharges its duties.  Board members believe in and are committed to our mission, and act responsibly and prudently as its stewards.

This is an exciting time to get involved with the Nature Trust Board of Directors as the organization has just completed a governance review. We are looking to add members to a variety of our committees to help with conservation, finance, human resources, and fundraising. This is a perfect time to use your professional expertise and love for nature to engage a renewed vision and contribute your leadership skills in a meaningful way.

Specific Expectations of Board Members

  • An average time commitment of at least 16 hours/month (includes preparation, committee, and meeting time)
  • A personal annual financial contribution that is meaningful for the individual board member
  • Serving and actively participating on at least one board committee or campaign team
  • Attendance and active participation in Board and committee meetings, the annual general meeting (June), annual board retreat/strategic planning and other key events
  • Being aware of and avoiding any real or perceived conflict of interest
  • Fostering a positive and productive working relationship with other Board members, staff, volunteers, and supporters
  • Serve a minimum of a 3-year term

The Board of Directors is currently seeking to diversify membership and highly encourage professionals from varying geographical areas, backgrounds, and demographics to apply. These may include, but are not limited to, representation from:

  • The South Shore area
  • Cape Breton
  • Parrsboro Area
  • Visible minorities
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community
  • Persons who identify as First Nations, Métis, or Inuit
  • Professionals under 30 years of age
  • Professionals with business/corporate sector experience
  • Professionals with real estate experience
  • Professionals with experience working with protected areas, land conservation or land trusts

Please contact Lara Ryan (Board Member, HR & Nominating Committee Chair) to express interest or seek further information at 


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