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Fisher Data Technician

Closing date: June 21, 2024

Number of Positions: 1

Term: July 9 to August 31

Hours: 35 hours per week

Salary: $20/hr + 4% vacation pay paid hourly. For 2 weeks of field work, accommodation and per diem provided. For at home data work, home office allowance provided.

Location: Remote (anywhere within the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo Electoral district: https://www.elections.ca/res/cir/maps2/mapprov.asp?map=59013&lang=e) for the data work. 100 Mile House for the portion of field work.

The British Columbia Conservation Foundation (BCCF) is looking to fill one seasonal position for a Wildlife (Fisher) Data Analyst in the Cariboo. The analyst will assist the BC Government’s ‘Recovering Fisher Populations’ Project, predominantly by processing camera trap images but also with a small portion (2 weeks at the end of August) in the field assisting with small mammal and/or habitat surveys. This work will feed into mesocarnivore distribution models and research relating female fisher foraging and diet requirements to habitat. These key knowledge gaps were identified during recovery planning for Columbian fisher. Outcomes of this research will provide government agencies with a greater understanding of where fisher occur, and what habitat quality is needed to improve fisher survival and reproductive outputs. Funding from Canada Summer Jobs, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and the Ministry of Water, Land and Resource Stewardship (WLRS) will contribute to the success of an ongoing fisher recovery project in BCs Interior Douglas Fir (IDF) Biogeoclimatic zone. Under the supervision of WLRS (and Thompson Rivers University project leads when in the field), the successful candidate will work remotely when processing camera trap image data and, in a team, when completing field work. The field component (final 2 weeks) will be on a flexible schedule to collect field data related to the habitat use of female fishers, and the ability of the habitat to support prey populations. Experience working outdoors in adverse weather and environmental conditions is necessary..

Position Duties Include:

Processing camera trap data remotely (vast majority of the work).

Deploying and checking remote wildlife cameras.

Assisting with small mammal live-trapping surveys.

Collecting habitat information on known fisher locations and within fisher home ranges.

Data entry and digitizing data collected in the field.

Similar duties as required.

Access sites via ATV and hiking through thick brush in summer.

Use of inReach communications devices and safety monitoring systems.

Maintenance and repair of field equipment.

Please Note: flexibility in scheduling, a sharp focus, attention to detail, and safety in the field are essential.

Minimum Qualifications/requirements:

Eligible for the Canada Summer Jobs Wage Subsidy Program

Legally entitled to work in Canada

Valid Class 5 BC driver’s licence

Valid First Aid (Worksafe BC Level 1)

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

Asset Qualifications and skillsets:

Familiar with field survey procedures and equipment

Experience driving an All-Terrain-Vehicle

Experience driving a snowmobile

Experience with VHF telemetry

Ability to troubleshoot mechanical and technical challenges

Experience in mobile data collection, use of GPS, measuring tools,

Extremely strong attention to detail

A degree, diploma, or enrollment in the natural sciences A passion for conserving native wildlife


To Apply for this job:
Using the form below, please submit 1) A 1-page Cover Letter, and 2) An up-to-date curriculum vitae / resume that outlines academic standing and related experience, as well as the contact information for three references.

This position will close when a suitable application is found, do not delay in applying.

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.

British Columbia Conservation Foundation recognizes, acknowledges and appreciates that we are able to live, work and learn on the traditional territories of the First Nations and Indigenous Peoples of BC. Acknowledging the principles of truth and reconciliation, we recognize and respect the history, languages and cultures of First Nations, Metis, Inuit and all Indigenous Peoples of Canada whose presence continues to enrich our lives and country.

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