NUMBER OF POSITIONS: 2
TYPE OF POSITION: Seasonal – 24 week positions (May – October 2021)
LOCATIONS: Based on the Saugeen Bruce Peninsula
Taking care of our environment has never been more important than it is today. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is looking for Conservation Technicians to join a team committed to protecting our most important natural areas and the species they sustain.
NCC is the nation’s leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization. Since 1962, NCC and its supporters have protected 14 million hectares (more than 35 million acres) of ecologically significant land across Canada. NCC takes a collaborative, science-based approach to achieve conservation success for the sake of nature and Canadians. With a national office in Toronto and local offices across the country, NCC delivers results you can walk on.
PURPOSE AND GENERAL DESCRIPTION
The Invasive Species Technicians will support a landscape-scale invasive species control program across the Saugeen Bruce Peninsula Natural Area. The project will be focused on identifying and controlling populations of Phragmites, Dog-strangling Vine, Garlic Mustard, and Common Buckthorn across private and public land in partnership with local communities and partners. The Invasive Species Technicians will assist with on the ground conservation management for significant natural lands protected by NCC across the Saugeen Bruce Peninsula by working closely with NCC staff, partner organizations, local stewards and volunteers.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Assist with field surveys, data collection, data entry, analysis and reporting to inform the invasive species management plan for the Saugeen Bruce Peninsula
• Assist with implementing invasive species management activities including manual and mechanical removal and chemical control;
• Assist with developing and writing management plans, volunteer engagement strategies, and effectiveness monitoring reports;
• Assist with landowner engagement and working with partner organizations
• Assist with organizing and implementing volunteer programs and events associated with invasive species control.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES
This posting is targeted to individuals possessing the following skills:
• Excellent written and oral communication skills;
• Proficient with word processing, desktop publishing, and spreadsheet software;
• Ability to work outdoors for extended periods in various weather conditions (e.g. high summer temperatures and humidity, heavy rain) and on various terrain;
• Comfort working in wilderness settings and knowledge of field safety practices;
• Physical work will be required (e.g. carrying heavy equipment off trail in remote areas);
• Ability to identify priority invasive species (Phragmites, Garlic Mustard, Dog-strangling Vine, Common Buckthorn)
• Valid class G driver’s license and comfort driving on highways and rough roads.
The following additional skills and abilities would be assets in these positions:
• Basic knowledge of plants, wildlife and vegetation communities as well as experience using identification keys;
• Navigational skills including understanding of GPS devices or applications, compass, and air photo interpretation;
• Experience engaging with members of the public or volunteers
• Pesticide exterminator license;
• Standard First Aid – Level C CPR certification
• Experience using power tools and other mechanized stewardship equipment; experience driving pick-up trucks and utility trailers.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT
• These are full-time positions within the period of May 2021 to October 2021
• Positions are based on the Saugeen Bruce Peninsula.
• Compensation: $16/hr
• Positions will include some office work that will be completed in a work from home setting. The use of the NCC office in Lion’s Head will be dependent on COVID-19 safety guidance and best practices.
NCC is an equal opportunity employer. If you are interested in joining our team, please submit your cover letter, resume and salary expectations through the Conservation Internship Program page our Career Centre (https://www.natureconservancy.ca/en/who-we-are/work-with-us/conservation-internship-program/ , select Current Opportunities).
NCC welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
We value and incorporate diverse traditions, heritage, knowledge and experiences in our mission and in our workplaces. We celebrate the full participation of people from all walks of life as we work towards common goals. We strive for a conservation movement in which equity, diversity and inclusion are the norm. This is our continuous commitment: to promote healthy people, healthy communities and a healthy planet for everyone.
Application Deadline: March 12, 2021
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