WildSafeBC Community Coordinator – Squamish Lillooet

Position: WildSafeBC Community Coordinator

Location: Lillooet, Squamish, Pemberton, and surrounding areas

Wage: $21 – 23 per hour      

Type: Contract

Hours: 500 hours, with possibility of more hours dependent on funding

Term: May 6, 2024 to November 30, 2024

Anticipated Start Date: May 6, 2024

Application closing Date: April 8, 2024 at 9 am PST – date extended until position is filled

Are you passionate about wildlife in your community?

Do you want to contribute to human-wildlife conflict reduction in a meaningful way?

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.

WildSafeBC is the provincial leader in preventing conflict with wildlife through collaboration, education and community solutions. The WildSafeBC message of “keeping wildlife wild and communities safe “emphasizes the important role humans play in reducing our impact on wildlife and increasing community safety. Our work focuses on actions we can take to avoid attracting wildlife into our communities, raising awareness of human-wildlife conflict issues and seeking solutions to reduce conflict and increase public safety.

The WildSafeBC Community Coordinator position is a unique opportunity to make a difference in reducing human-wildlife conflicts where you live. Professionalism, good communication and community engagement skills are essential for this position as well as an ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Community Coordinators will attend group training sessions to learn WildSafeBC conflict-reduction information relating to BC wildlife species, and effective engagement and delivery techniques, which they can bring into their communities.

Responsibilities:

  • Delivering WildSafeBC presentations to community groups, service clubs, and schools.
  • Arranging, setting up and presenting public displays and conducting bear spray workshops at community events and special functions.
  • Conducting door-to-door campaigns and garbage bin tagging in neighbourhoods where wildlife conflicts are present.
  • Developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with local Indigenous communities and knowledge keepers.
  • Developing and maintaining a working relationship with local Conservation Officers, Bylaw Officers, local municipalities and community groups.
  • Working with the local media (print, radio, television and social media).
  • Working with all groups and individuals, including local businesses and campgrounds, within the community, regardless of their views or personal positions regarding wildlife.
  • Identifying wildlife attractants that are causing problems within a community and develop human-wildlife conflict reduction plans based on community needs and desires.
  • Recording and reporting of activities and specific data as requested by the Provincial program development staff.
  • Production of an end-of-season Annual Report for the community program.

Essential Qualifications

  • Must have a valid Class 5 driver’s licence.
  • Must have a reliable vehicle that can be insured for work purposes and pass daily vehicle inspections.
  • Must be willing and able to successfully pass a Criminal Record check.
  • Have a good understanding of local human-wildlife issues.
  • Must have a proven ability to write clear and concise reports.
  • Must have demonstrated public speaking skills.
  • Must be able to build relationships with partners and collaborators.
  • Must reside near to or in the community and be able to legally work in Canada.

Skills and Assets

  • Strong interpersonal skills and willingness to engage with the public.
  • Strong communication skills (both oral and written).
  • General computer proficiency and a good working knowledge of virtual meeting platforms, cloud-based filing systems and Word and Excel.
  • Good working knowledge of social media platforms.
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology or a suitable equivalent.
  • Bachelor of Education or a related equivalent.
  • Natural Resource Studies..
  • Relevant experience in communications and community engagement.

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_Location_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 connect with the role and how you meet the qualifications of this position.

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

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:

Inventory

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.)

ARU deployment and data retrieval is done during the day.  NOTE: CANDIDATES MUST BE COMFORTABLE HIKING OFF TRAIL THROUGH FOREST AND NAVIGATING CHALLENGING TERRAIN.

Capture/Banding/Radio-Telemetry

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.