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Birds Canada – British Columbia

Two Wildlife Technicians – British Columbia Species at Risk projects

Birds Canada is hiring an experienced, highly-motivated, and personable field staff to assist with various Species at Risk projects in British Columbia. The positions are 3-month contracts, taking place in the Lower Mainland and eastern Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

POSITION CONCEPT

The Wildlife Technicians will report daily to the BC Projects Coordinator, and will assist with all aspects of the program. Responsibilities will include but are not limited to: conducting nest surveys, nest monitoring, data collection and entry, implementing recovery activities, public outreach and education at special events, volunteer coordination, and public speaking. The technician must be comfortable engaging the public. Technicians must be capable of carrying equipment hiking to forested areas, walking long distances on steep terrain. Technician must be comfortable spending long days outdoors in hot or cool conditions.

EDUCATION

Most candidates will be in the process of, or have already completed, a B.Sc. in biology or ecology or an equivalent wildlife-related program.

QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

  • Experience working with species at risk, aerial insectivores, owls or shorebirds; experience or good knowledge of BC’s birds is an asset
  • Experience conducting bird or wildlife surveys, implementing recovery activities
  • Experience collaborating with and coordinating volunteers and partners
  • Collecting, managing, and analyzing scientific data
  • Stewardship or outreach experience, pertaining to species at risk or environmental issues, and/or outreach with diverse audiences.
  • Able to work in a team environment as well as independently with little supervision
  • Strong communication skills
  • Valid driver’s license
  • First Aid Certification or able to obtain certification prior to start date

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Survey for Species at Risk, such as Western Screech Owl, Black Swift, and/or Long-billed Curlew, nest monitoring, and implement recovery activities at sites throughout SW British Columbia.
  • Conduct stewardship and outreach with hikers and park visitors, and participate in the planning and implementation of additional outreach efforts; special events, presentations, virtual content, etc.
  • Coordinate with supervisor to plan day-to-day activities.
  • Help create and maintain good relationships with outdoor recreationists, hikers, and other stakeholders.
  • Other tasks as needed; data entry, questionnaires with hikers, social media content creation, etc.

 

SALARY: $2,880 – $3,040 per month

We encourage all candidates with the required qualifications and skills to apply to the position. However, note that some preference may be given to those who meet Canada Summer Jobs’ eligibility criteria.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11:59 pm PST, April 1, 2022.

ANTICIPATED START DATE: May 2, 2022

Position is for 3 months. Candidate will be required to work some weekends and irregular hours.

 

TO APPLY: send a short, one-page cover letter, resume and two reference contacts in a single document to David Bradley at bcprograms @ birdcanada.org. In your cover letter and resume, please highlight qualifications and skills. Please indicate if you meet the Canada Summer Jobs’ eligibility criteria in your cover letter. Applications that fail to demonstrate required qualifications and skills will not be considered. While Bird Canada welcomes all applications, only those applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted. Birds Canada will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection, and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. Interviews anticipated taking place in early April.

Birds Canada requires all employees in the workplace (field and office) to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide documentation for verification.

Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Birds Canada is committed to improving levels of diversity among its volunteers, membership, staff, and board to reflect the diversity of Canada. In an effort to do so, we are actively tracking and seeking to improve our ability to reach all candidates with our job postings. Applicants belonging to racialized groups, who identify as Indigenous, LGBTQ+, or who have differing abilities are therefore invited to self-identify in their cover letter.

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