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Northern Spotted Owl Field Inventory and Reestablishment Program – Technician

Position: Northern Spotted Owl Field Techician

Organization: BC Conservation Foundation 

Location: Squamish, BC

Work Schedule: 40 hours/week, Varied schedule

Wage: $20-22 per hour plus 4% vacation pay bi-weekly

Type: Full time, Varied schedule, Mid April 2024 – Late October 2024

Closing Date: Closes when positions are filled

Position Description

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

Are you detail-oriented, love the outdoors, thrive within them, and enjoy bringing them to life.

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

The BC Conservation Foundation (BCCF) is seeking two technicians for work on the Northern Spotted Owl Field Inventory and Reestablishment Program. The technicians will assist Provincial Government and BCCF staff with placement and retrieval of Acoustic Recording Units (ARUs) and data for the detection and monitoring of Spotted and Barred Owls throughout the Northern Spotted Owl range within BC. Pay rate $20-22/hr based on experience (Tentative). Allowances of $52 per field day for food and $20 per field day for gear will are provided.

This position is based out of Squamish, BC and applicants are fully responsible for any relocation and accommodation required to be available in that area. . Please outline your ability to be based out of Squamish or the surrounding area (Pemberton, Whistler, North Vancouver, Surrey, Langley, Chilliwack, Hope, etc.) in your application. Local applicants are highly encouraged to apply.

Duties Include:


Call play-back inventories, ARU(Autonomous recording units) placement and retrieval for both Spotted and Barred Owls are conducted in old-growth forests across the range of the Northern Spotted Owl.

Call play-back inventories are conducted at night surveying along logging roads and or by hiking through forest. The inventories follow the provincial resource inventory standards committee protocols vol. 42. (ftp://nris.mt.gov/Public/Maxell/Owl_Surveys/BC_Inventory_Methods_Owls_2006.pdf.)



The position may require capture and relocation of Barred Owls outside of the Spotted Owls reestablishment zone. NOTE: CANDIDATES MUST BE COMFORTABLE HANDLING LIVE RODENTS (MICE). Any captured Spotted and Barred Owls are fitted with USFW metal lock on bands as well as color bands for future id. Currently backpack style radios and or GPS beacons are attached to captured Spotted and Barred Owls. Hands on training in banding and backing will be provided if necessary. NOTE: CANDIDATES MUST BE COMFORTABLE AND PREPARED TO HANDLE LARGE RAPTORS.  Spotted Owls with VHF radio tags will be tracked using telemetry, this involves off-trail hiking to find the individual.

Field Work

Field shifts typically last 8-10 days and require camping at field sites and living out of a work truck. Stipend for gear and food is provided for all field days. Field days will split 50% day work and 50% night work.

Work will begin in mid-April and go till end of October.

Candidates must be familiar with the physical demands of working in Coastal Terrain. Please provide detailed examples of past experience working in challenging conditions and hiking in these areas.

Essential Qualifications

  • Applicants must be legally eligible for work in Canada.
  • Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or diploma related to fields in biology, zoology, conservation, and or forestry.
  • Applicants must have previous backcountry experience and related field gear.
  • Applicants must be physically fit, capable of lifting 50lbs and comfortable hiking 15km on and off road, and be prepared to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Applicants must be willing to work a varied schedule that includes evening shifts, and be available to work 7 days a week (10 day shift Tuesday – Thursday of the following week).
  • Applicants must possess a driver’s license that is valid for use in BC.
  • Applicants must be based out of Squamish or the surrounding area.

Strong Assets

  • Biological work experience in the conservation of threatened and/or endangered species,
  • Bird handling skills and banding skills,
  • Experience working with ARUs
  • Experience working outdoors in a variety of conditions including off trail navigation,
  • Competency in using Excel and Word,
  • Valid First aid certification

To apply for this job: 

Applicants are to submit a cover letter and resume as separate files, each in .pdf format with their name in the file title (e.g. YourName_BCCF_CoverLetter.pdf) using the form below. Applications must be submitted via this website only (no outside sources). Be sure to clearly indicate in your cover letter how you meet each of the Essential Qualifications.

The posting closes when positions are filled, interviews to be scheduled very shortly afterwards for selected candidates.


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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