Reptile and Amphibian Field SurveyTraining Course

Organization: the Nature Conservancy of Canada

Job Type: Volunteer

Location: Beausoleil Island, Georgian Bay Islands National Park, Ontario ON

Posting Date: Mar 31, 2014

Deadline: Apr 25, 2014

Organization Description:

Ontario Nature, the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

Job Description:

2014 Reptile and Amphibian Field Survey Training Course

Ontario Nature, the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources are proud to announce the third annual reptile and amphibian field survey training course.

Dates:      Monday May 26 to Wednesday May 28, 2014

Location:   Beausoleil Island

This training course will be held on beautiful Beausoleil Island, which is within Georgian Bay Islands National Park about 150 kilometers north of Toronto. The island has many different habitats that support an incredible diversity of reptiles and amphibians, with confirmed accounts of 15 reptile and 12 amphibian species.

Accommodations: Camp Kitchikewana

Camp Kitchikewana is a YMCA camp on Beausoleil Island within Georgian Bay Islands National Park (

Cost: $500*/person
         $400*/person for students or not-for profits
*Meals and accommodations are included in the cost and will be provided by Camp Kitchikewana

Instruction provided by: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (Joe Crowley), Ontario Nature (Tanya Pulfer), The Nature Conservancy of Canada (Jennifer McCarter), Scales Nature Park (Jeff Hathaway), Fleming College (Josh Feltham) and others.


This three-day training course is designed for participants with a wide range of backgrounds, from naturalists, students and conservation professionals to anyone interested in increasing their Ontario reptile and amphibian ID skills, knowledge about survey techniques and protocols and in gaining practical, hands-on experience in conducting surveys for reptiles and amphibians.

Through classroom and field components you will learn about:

•    Reptile and amphibian biology and behaviour
•    Identification of Ontario species and their habitat
•    Survey protocols and techniques for snakes, skinks, turtles, frogs and salamanders

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To register, email:
                              30 spaces available on a “first come-first serve” basis

Registration Deadline:     Friday April 25

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Species At Risk Volunteer

Organization: Upper Thames River Conservation Authority

Job Type: Volunteer

Location: London, Ontario ON

Posting Date: Apr 24, 2014

Deadline: May 11, 2014


Organization Description:
Job Description:


The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) is offering a volunteer opportunity for an individual to participate in a well-established research and recovery program for at-risk reptile species in Southern Ontario.  This volunteer opportunity will provide theoretical and practical field biology skills, including detailed research and data recording, animal handling, habitat assessment, habitat rehabilitation and creation, as well as provide safety training, canoeing skills, community outreach skills, interpretation of Species At Risk legislation, and opportunities for independent learning, team participation and problem solving. 

Proposed Activities

The activities will include efforts to study and recover a number of at-risk wildlife species (primarily reptiles),  listed both Federally and Provincially, in both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.  These efforts align with peer reviewed recovery strategy goals designed to conserve and recover species based on both landscape level and single species level recovery strategies.  The project being proposed by the UTRCA is both well-respected within the local community and the scientific community and will provide field skills and on the ground experience for the candidate. 

The volunteer may have an opportunity to be provided with the following:

- carry out appropriate recovery actions, as identified in current provincial/federal reptile-at-risk recovery strategies/plans;
- conduct scientific research on species at-risk throughout the Thames River watershed and portions of the north shore of Lake Erie, necessary to aid in species recovery;
- collect, compile, enter and organize data;
learn about species at risk identification and recovery;
- gain knowledge of local natural history;
- learn wildlife capture and handling skills;
- mark, measure, weigh, assess health of a number of at-risk turtle and snake species within the Upper Thames River Watershed and possibly along Lake Erie;
- participate in turtle nest site creation, maintenance and protection;
- participate in turtle egg protection/incubation and hatchling release;
- participate in turtle and snake surveys and monitoring;

- assist in distributing results to appropriate government and non-government groups;
- receive workplace training

Additional Opportunities That May Also Be Available

Volunteer may have the opportunity to use and enhance presentation skills by presenting information to individuals and community groups;
Volunteer may also be able to take part in Fisheries and Benthic Research, which may include benthic studies and electro fishing studies within the Upper Thames River Watershed;
Volunteer in other UTRCA conservation activities throughout the watershed


Field equipment and personal protective gear will be provided by the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority.

Please note that this is an unpaid volunteer opportunity with an anticipated start date in May, 2014.  See UTRCA website at for full volunteer details.


Volunteer must be able to get to Fanshawe Conservation Area (Upper Thames River Conservation Authority) each morning (near Huron Street and Clarke Road in the City of London).
Schedule must be flexible since hours and volunteer days vary depending on the season
Must be in good physical condition for field work
Must be able to volunteer outside, in heat, humidity, with insects, supervised and unsupervised
Must be willing to handle wildlife (will be taught wildlife handling skills)
Canoeing/kayaking experience an asset, but will be taught if participant has no prior experience
Understanding of, or experience with, local wildlife an asset
Education in natural sciences or related program an asset

Apply To:

Email cover letter and resume to:

Mary Sloan
Upper Thames River Conservation Authority
1424 Clarke Road, London, ON  N5V 5B9

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