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Position: Invasive Species Field and Education Assistants
Type: summer job / age 30 & under
Organization: East Kootenay Invasive Species Council
Location: Cranbrook, East Kootenay, BC

Invasive Species Field and Education Assistant

1. OVERVIEW:

Position: Invasive Species Field and Education Assistant

Reporting to: Education and Communications Manager or Field Operations Coordinator

Term: Full-time, seasonal employee position.Beginning May 11th (Education)/ May 19th (Field), 2020, ending August 28th, 2020 depending on funding. 32-35 hours/week, 4 or 5 days/week

Wage: $16-18/hr (DOE) + 4% vacation pay, mileage rates, and other benefits

Location: Staging location is 1902 Theatre Rd, Cranbrook. Home office can be based anywhere within the Regional District of East Kootenay (preference is Cranbrook/Kimberley area).

2. BACKGROUND:

The East Kootenay Invasive Species Council (EKISC) is an environmental non-profit organization with the mission to mitigate the negative environmental, social, and economic impacts of invasive species. EKISC has a variety of programs, initiatives, and partnerships regarding invasive species management and outreach. Further information on EKISC’s operations can be found at our website: http://www.ekisc.com

3a. JOB SUMMARY - Education

The Education Assistant will raise public awareness on the impacts of invasive species within the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK). This position will include a progressive training program with information about aquatic and terrestrial invasive species identification, impacts, management options, and restoration techniques. With guidance from the Education and Communications Manager, the Assistant will be given weekly plans regarding various education and outreach programs. The Assistant will travel across the region to represent EKISC at various events, set up display booths, educate the public about invasive species identification and management, and distribute information. Some field work activities may also be part of the position, including hand pulling weeds, reseeding disturbed sites, surveying, and more. Administrative duties will include developing and distributing outreach resources, press releases, and social media updates.

3b. JOB SUMMARY - Field

The Field Assistant will conduct fieldwork to mitigate the impacts of invasive species within the Regional District of East Kootenay. This position will include a progressive training program with information about aquatic and terrestrial invasive species identification, impacts, management, and restoration techniques. With guidance from the Field Operations Coordinator, the Assistant will be given weekly plans regarding various fieldwork duties. The crew will travel across the region to conduct fieldwork activities including hand pulling weeds, applying herbicide, reseeding disturbed sites, establishing and monitoring research trials, biocontrol collection and dispersal, monitoring weed infestations and treatments, surveying waterways for Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), conduct lake monitoring for invasive mussels, and more. Some education and outreach activities will also be part of the position, including weed pulls, display booths, representing EKISC at various events, and delivering practical workshops. Administrative duties will include data collection/management, and social media updates.

4. TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Deliver educational messages to the public about invasive species at various venues (boat launches, farmer's markets, fairs, garden centres, parks, special events, etc.)
  • Teaching courses and workshops such as plant ID, invasive plant removal, and best management practices (Education Assistant)
  • Various field work including terrestrial and aquatic invasive species surveys, mechanical and chemical treatments, research trials, data collection, monitoring, and restoration (Field Assistant)
  • Develop and/or deliver educational activities for children and youth (Education Assistant)
  • Develop and distribute outreach and communication resources such as event posters, newsletters articles, social media posts, and DIY videos (Education Assistant)
  • Computer work such as sales tracking, event tracking, email correspondence, program evaluation, data entry, and media updates
  • Read, understand, and abide by the EKISC Employee Handbook which includes health and safety practices and emergency procedures.
  • Assist Field and Education and Communications Coordinator and Managers when required
  • Assist with other duties as assigned.
  • Support the operations of EKISC as a not-for-profit organization.

5. SKILLS, QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:

  • Education and/or work experience in Education, the Natural Sciences (biology, ecology, conservation, resource management, forestry, etc), or similar fields.
  • Positive and supportive attitude, especially in challenging and changing situations
  • Experience conducting diverse field work in variable conditions (Field Assistant)
  • Able to carry out physical duties such as, but not limited to hand-pulling weeds, wearing a backpack up to 20 lbs, standing for long periods and using tools (shovels, weed whacker)
  • Proficiency and comfort working on a boat/canoe, and in remote locations (Field Assistant)
  • Familiarity with navigation, maps, GPS, and tablets (Field Assistant)
  • Comfortable and confident with public speaking and engagement (Education Assistant)
  • Self-motivated and comfortable working independently.
  • Effective communication and organizational skills.
  • Experience with environmental education.
  • Knowledge of regional native and invasive species (terrestrial and aquatic).
  • Experience working with children and/or youth activity programs is an asset (Education Assistant)
  • Flexibility to work on weekends, holidays, and some evenings.
  • Ability to occasionally work from a home office (use of own computer/phone required)
  • Criminal record check will be required.
  • BC driver’s license, and use of a personal vehicle (required for some field work)
  • OFA Level 1
  • BC Pesticide Applicator’s Certificate and experience are assets

6. ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for this position, candidates must:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment.
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.

7. APPLICATION:

Please submit a resume and cover letter indicating how you meet the hiring criteria to:

Jessie Paloposki, Education and Communications Manager: jessie@ekisc.com with subject line: Education Assistant Position, or Danny Smart, EKISC Field Operations Coordinator at danny@ekisc.com with subject line: Field Assistant Position.

Job posting closing date: March 31st, 2020

Interviews: Week of 6th – 9th, April 2020

Position start date: 11th/19th, May 2020

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Mar 13 2020    ID: 56422