Project: Taylor’s Checkerspot Recovery
Type of Position: Full-time (37.5 hr/wk), temporary contract (26 weeks) with possibility of extension and advancement to a permanent salaried coordinator position, depending on performance and funding
Rate of Pay: $19-20/hr, commensurate with experience, plus 4% vacation pay
Anticipated Start: 14 February 2022
Hours of Work: Flexible daily and weekly schedule to suit project needs and weather conditions. Working evenings and weekends will be required.
Wildlife Preservation Canada is seeking a Species-at-Risk Butterfly Technician to implement recovery activities for Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly.
The primary focus of the position will be the captive management, rearing, and release of individuals to supplement and reintroduce wild populations Taylor’s Checkerspot towards achieving recovery objectives. The position is based out of the Greater Vancouver Zoo, in Aldergrove B.C. The Technician will also assist with field work, population monitoring, outreach initiatives and habitat stewardship as required and directed; with locations including Vancouver and Denman Islands. This position offers a unique opportunity to work first-hand with a critically endangered species and gain experience in animal care and population recovery techniques in both a captive and field setting.
Under the supervision of the Lead Biologist, the technician will be responsible for the ex-situ rearing and husbandry of Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies (TCB) and will participate in releases as part of reintroduction efforts on Hornby Island. Additional field-based activities may include population surveys, monitoring and collection.
Specific duties include:
REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENC
Highly Preferred Skills and Experience:
Skills and Knowledge to be Gained From this Position:
This position may be partially funded through ECO Canada’s Science Horizons Youth Internship (https://eco.ca/environmental-professionals/employment-funding-and-job-board/apply-for-job-funding/). Please indicate in your application if you meet the ECO CANADA Internship eligibility requirements of being age 30 or younger, being a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or hold refugee status in Canada and having a post-secondary accomplishment (some exceptions apply)
If you do not meet these requirements but consider yourself to be a strong candidate based on the skills and experience in the job description above, then please still send us your application for consideration.
Saving endangered species is strengthened by and requires the contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, heritage, knowledge, experiences, and identities. WPC values the diversity of the people we employ and that we work with. We strive to promote equity, diversity and inclusion in our workplace. We are committed to selecting and developing employees to create a diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization and therefore encourage applications from all qualified individuals.
Health and safety:
This position requires work in close proximity with other staff inside at partner facilities, participation in outreach events, and regular interaction with other WPC employees and volunteers, as well as working with employees, students, and volunteers from other organizations. In addition to following WPC’s safety guidelines for operating during a pandemic, the selected candidate must therefore be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to ensure the health and safety of our employees, our volunteers and partners, and the communities we operate in.
To apply please send a cover letter and resume to: Andrea Gielens, Lead Program Biologist – Taylors Checkerspot Recovery Program, Andrea@wildlifepreservation.ca . Please submit your application as a single PDF or MS word file and include the email subject heading “Lead Species-at-risk Butterfly Technician Application”. Applications will be assessed as they are submitted, and the position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found. Applications will not be considered after midnight (PST) January 28, 2022. All applicants must be legally eligible to work in Canada.
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Jan 4 2022 ID: 62278