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BC NATURE CONSERVATION

Positions: Field Operations Assistant
Organization: BC Wildlife Federation
Location: Peace Region BC
Term: full-time contract until end of Sept. 2021

About BCWF and Wetlands Workforce (WW)

The B.C. Wildlife Federation is British Columbia’s leading conservation organization. As a province-wide member-driven charitable organization, with over 43,000 members and more than 100 member clubs, our organization represents the interests of all British Columbians who aim to protect, enhance and promote the wise use of the environment for the benefit of present and future generations.

We are pleased to announce this exciting opportunity for you to join our project and make a BIG impact on watershed and wetland health in B.C. The Wetlands Workforce (WW) project will deploy work pods in the field to support the maintenance, monitoring and inventory of restored wetland sites across B.C., engage in planning activities related to the restoration of future wetland restoration sites and inventory of natural wetland sites for the development of better wetland management tools. The WW Project is supported through the Province of BC’s economic stimulus fund and will provide temporary employment for a minimum of 100 people.

All job openings at the BCWF can be found at https://bcwf.bc.ca/current-opportunities/.

Role Details

This is a full-time, contracted position until end of September 2021. Evenings, weekends and/or extended hours may be required to accommodate travel schedules, field placements, training and other events.

The Field Operations Assistant will meaningfully contribute to the health of wetlands in B.C. by directly assisting the Field Crew Supervisor with logistical, administrative, and field support for a wetland surveying project extending across northeastern B.C. The Field Operations Assistant will be involved in coordinating site access and travel to sites, arranging accommodation, communicating with project partners, and managing collected datasets. In addition, this position will involve the collection of ecological and environmental data at a number of wetlands and the operation and maintenance of field equipment including a 4WD truck, drone, and 360° camera for site access and characterization. Other duties and responsibilities may be added throughout the work term, based on project needs.

Work conditions will primarily be outdoors, in various weather conditions throughout the season, with wildlife encounters and insect activity likely. Work can be physically demanding, and applicants should be capable of and prepared to work on their feet for extended periods, in adverse conditions, and to regularly carry loads up to ~22 kg (50lb). In addition, due to the remote nature of some of the field sites, a portion of the applicant’s off-time may be spent in remote settings.

Experience in the following areas is considered an asset for this role, but we will also be offering exciting potential training opportunities that may include:

  • First Aid
  • Cultural Sensitivity Training
  • Wildlife Safety
  • Plant Identification
  • Wetland Ecosystem Classification
  • Wildlife Monitoring
  • Drone Operation
  • GIS Mapping

You will be expected to travel within B.C. to complete the duties of this position.

Core Responsibilities

  • Coordinating site access with industry, private landowners, and members of participating First Nations.
  • Scheduling crew accommodations.
  • Conducting mapping surveys to contribute to a B.C. Wetland Ecosystems Services Protocol (WESP) and B.C. predictive wetlands map. 
  • Navigating to field sites using maps and GPS on potentially rough roads (via 4WD truck) and through forested areas (~100 m on foot).
  • Caring for and maintaining field equipment. 
  • Ensuring collected field data is organized and stored safely and accurately.
  • Adhering to safety requirements and protocols in the field.
  • Respectfully interacting with members of the public, representatives of partnering organizations, private landowners, and members of participating First Nations.
  • Promoting a positive work culture among Field Crew members.
  • Other duties as directed by the Field Crew Supervisor, Wetlands Assessment & Field Coordinator and Wetlands Workforce Project Manager

Competencies and Skills

The WW aims to primarily hire those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn. Most of the work experiences listed below are assets for the position, however are not all requirements. Training will be provided to ensure that those unfamiliar with wetland assessments are comfortable and safe in their duties.

Work Experience

  • Experience characterizing natural ecosystems is an asset
  • Experience working or recreating in a wilderness/ backcountry environment is an asset
  • Experience applying and troubleshooting technology in a field setting is an asset
  • Experience with safe operation of 4WD trucks is an asset
  • Experience with GIS mapping technologies is an asset
  • Experience planning and coordinating travel logistics is an asset
  • Experience communicating with First Nations and Indigenous communities is an asset

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to be flexible in assigned duties and learn new skills as needed
  • Ability to schedule tasks and logistics on a daily, weekly and monthly basis
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Positive attitude and ability to work effectively and respectfully in a small team
  • Clear and concise verbal and written communication
  • Ability to meet physical demands of the job and traverse outdoor spaces
  • Ability to endure long days, challenging conditions, and rigorous fieldwork
  • Willing to travel extensively throughout north-eastern B.C.

Education

  • Post-secondary education in a related field is an asset

Other

  •  Class 5 BC driver’s license or equivalent with a clean driving record is a requirement

How to Apply

To apply, send a combined PDF file including a current resume or CV, cover letter, and references to: Jobs@bcwf.bc.ca

In your subject line, please include the title “WW Field Operations Assistant”.

Applications will be reviewed and accepted until a suitable candidate has been found. Only applicants who are considered for an interview will be contacted. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, interviews will be conducted over video conferencing.

We kindly ask that applications be sent by email only – no fax, mail or phone calls please.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: May 21 2021    ID: 59984