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Amphibian Conservation Field Technicians

Job Title: Amphibian Conservation Field Technician

Job Term: May 13 to October 4, 2024 (flexible based on availability).

Hours: 35 hours per week, shifts are Monday through Thursday nights.

Salary: $25-$29 per hour – commensurate with experience and funding availability.

Location: Creston, BC

Closing Date: April 19, 2024

  • Accommodation in Creston will be provided.

Job Description

Do you want to work with a team of exceptionally talented and bright people to make a real difference in the world?

British Columbia Conservation Foundation’s vision is for thriving fish and wildlife populations in British Columbia. Our mission supports fish and wildlife through education, collaboration and habitat conservation. The Foundation is a mission-driven, registered non-profit and charity. We are one of the most active environmental non-profits in the province and were established in 1969.

BC Conservation Foundation is looking a seasonal Amphibian Conservation Field Technician position in the Creston Valley. The technician will assist the American Bullfrog Action Team (ABAT) in carrying out the field work component of the Kootenay Bullfrog Control Program based in Creston, BC with occasional travel throughout the area. Under the supervision of Ministry of Water Land and Resource Stewardship (WLRS) project leads, the successful candidate will work in a team and on a flexible schedule to monitor and control amphibian populations in wetland and riparian habitats. This is a fieldwork position consisting primarily of night shifts. Experience working in an outdoor setting in adverse weather and environmental conditions is a necessity.

Responsibilities

  • Deployment/retrieval of Acoustic Recording Units (ARUs).
  • Monitor amphibian populations in wetland and riparian habitats – targeting invasive American bullfrogs for eradication.
    • Nocturnal calling and eyeshine surveys, egg mass surveys, trapping, and active capture using electrofishing units, dip nets, and other methods.
  • Access sites via canoe, power boat, hiking through thick brush, wading through wetlands in all weather, and at night.
  • Capture and euthanasia of invasive American bullfrogs in accordance with the Canadian Council on Animal Care’s guidelines on the care and use of wildlife.
  • ID and record observations of all herpetofauna while on survey.
  • Collect and record environmental data.
  • Analysis of stomach contents of euthanized bullfrogs.
  • Use of inReach communication devices and safety monitoring systems.
  • Maintenance and repair of field equipment.
  • Adherence to BC’s Hygiene Protocols for Amphibian Field Staff and Researchers to prevent the spread of invasive species and diseases.
  • Please Note: much of the work associated with this position occurs after dark, and sometimes into early hours of the morning. Flexibility in scheduling and an ability to maintain a sharp focus and attention to detail and safety in the field is essential.

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Valid First Aid (Worksafe BC Level 1)
  • Valid Class 5 driver’s license
  • Experience with boating and safety – canoes, kayaks and/or motorized craft
  • Competent working with tablets and computers
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience working in the outdoors, in adverse weather and environmental conditions
  • Competent navigating through complex terrain
  • Ability to work independently, in a team, and remotely

Preferred Qualifications and Skills

  • Electrofishing Certification – or ability to obtain prior to start date
  • Pleasure Craft Operator Card
  • Valid passport (there is the potential to work in adjacent wetlands in the United States)
  • Familiar with field survey procedures and equipment
  • Ability to troubleshoot mechanical and technical challenges
  • Experience in mobile data collection, use of GPS, measuring tools, dissection
  • Familiarity with interior BC native frog species
  • Extremely strong attention to detail
  • A degree, diploma, or enrolment in the natural sciences
  • A passion for conserving native herpetofauna species

Our Commitment to Equity and Inclusion

We recognize the importance of a diversified workforce, and we encourage Indigenous People(s), First Nations, and Métis candidates, women, members of visible minority groups and diverse ability persons to apply.

BC Conservation Foundation is an organization committed to upholding the shared responsibility of creating lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Canada. We are committed to awareness, learning and understanding the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions 94 Calls to Action (2015), BC’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples act (2019) and other related reports.

BC Conservation Foundation respectfully acknowledges that we operate on the traditional and unceded territory of many Indigenous Peoples throughout British Columbia.

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