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Omineca Fisheries Technician 2024 – 1 Position (part-time & weekends)

Location: Prince George, BC + nearby rivers


The BC Conservation Foundation, in partnership with the Omineca Fisheries team of BC’s Ministry of Water Lands and Resource Stewardship (WLRS) is seeking one Omineca Fisheries Technician for the summer of 2024 to collect drought-related fisheries information mainly from angler interviews. The position will be located in Prince George, with field visits to survey regional fisheries.


Information collected from this project will serve a broad purpose of informing and updating fisheries management related to cumulative drought conditions in the Omineca Region. Joining our project team is a great opportunity to work independently while being the front facing part of an interdisciplinary team of professional biologists and managers in the Ministry of WLRS.


The nature of the work is diverse and will require interested candidates to be outgoing and willing to engage with anglers in remote areas along rivers. The Fisheries Technician will be onboarded and trained in June, begin surveying fisheries in July, and complete reporting duties until mid-September.


We are offering one part time summer opportunity, but additional opportunities (Small Lakes Stock Assessments) within our team may be available upon completion of this project. Candidates should identify their interest and availability though to the end of October.

Principal goals of the project in 2024:
• The technician will: provide a presence in regional watersheds to assist with Rainbow Trout, Bull Trout and Arctic Grayling fishery management through engagement with anglers.
• Improve angler knowledge on fishing regulations, drought conditions, best fish handling practices, and continual scientific information outreach.
• Characterize the extent of fishery use, composition of anglers using the fishery, and current quality of angling experience.
• Collect feedback from anglers about the management of the watershed and share current fisheries management information with anglers.


Duties:
• Canvas fisheries hot spots to conduct site reconnaissance using standardized field forms.
• Engage in outreach, and provide anglers with an opportunity to provide feedback on regional fisheries management.
• Deploy temperature probes at selected sites to determine water temperatures through July-August.
• Communicate Omineca Fisheries program goals and objectives to resource users and solicit voluntary feedback on a semi-quantitative basis (opportunistic creel).
• Inventory, install, and maintain fishing information/signage within the watershed.
• Technicians will be equipped with a field tablet, GPS, and camera to document their work via photos and/or video.

Candidates must possess a suitable combination of the following qualifications:
Attributes:
• Eager to engage with freshwater fisheries in British Columbia.
• Enthusiastic about conservation of aquatic ecosystems and fisheries in British Columbia.
• Team players who work independently, taking the lead on project implementation with guidance.
• Friendly and outgoing personality, willing to interact with anglers and public in a positive way.
• Willingness to work on weekends, including holiday weekends.
• Comfortable working in remote settings of Northern BC (wildlife aware, safety aware).
• Field Safety conscious.

Skills:
• Driving and navigating resource roads safely (FSRs and secondary roads, maps, and VF radio use).
• Experience with working in and around streams.
• Experience and knowledge in the following areas:
• Conservation
• Recreation
• Indigenous Relations
• Community Outreach and Education
• Knowledge of outdoor safety procedures and application.
• Experience and/or knowledge of field equipment and tool use.
• Experience listening to and applying the ideas of others from different backgrounds.
• Willing and able to perform daily physical project work (hiking, wading, driving 4×4 vehicles).
• Conflict resolution and team management.
• Time management and organizational skills.

Biological and research skills:
• Strong written and oral communication skills (i.e., writing research reports).
• Ability to conduct basic online surveys and questionnaires, including remotely (online).
• Prior experience in fish sampling and fish species identification.
• General data collections skills.
• General knowledge of recreational freshwater fisheries management approaches, including but not limited to BC.
• Applicants enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree or diploma related to fields in biology, fish & wildlife, natural resource science, environmental science or related fields will be given preference.

Required qualifications:
• Class 5 Drivers license.
• Occupational First Aid level 1 or higher.
• Bear aware training.
• Pleasure Craft Operator Certificate (for optional Stock Assessment component).

Employment Details:
Rate: $28-30/hr
Tentative start date: mid-June, 2024.
Term:
Fisheries Technician: June – September 2024 – Approximately 208 hours
Additional opportunity: Small Lakes Stock Assessment – mid-September / October 2024 – Approximately 250 hours.
Closing date: May 29, 2024, and the positions will remain open until filled.
Please note: The position is subject to final approval and availability of funds.


To Apply for this job:
Using the form below, please submit 1) A statement of relevant experience and interest in the position (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.

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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