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Position: Field Assistant
Type: summer jobs / age 30 & under
Organization: Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary
Location: Victoria, BC

Swan Lake & Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary is pleased to offer a summer job opportunity to a youth (15- 30 years) with an interest in natural areas management, horticulture, conservation biology, geography, environmental studies or biology. The successful candidate will support our many programs including: ecological restoration projects, volunteer coordination, site maintenance, building maintenance, trails maintenance, weed control, occasional custodial tasks, and general labour including heavy lifting and carpentry. The main task will be the control of invasive species particularly English ivy, Himalayan blackberry, Daphne, Scotch broom, English hawthorn and Privet.

Eligible Student Participants

To be eligible to participate in this initiative, individuals must meet the Canada Summer Jobs criteria. Please review the criteria prior to applying.


  • Able to use tools such as lawn mowers, brush cutters, garden tools, shovels etc.
  • Ability to work with volunteers
  • General labour: trail maintenance, carpentry, landscaping, weeding
  • Sciences: Plant identification, propagation, general biology
  • Invasive Plant Management: Plant Identification; best practices for control
  • Valid Class five drivers’ licence
  • Willing to work outdoors in all kinds of weather
  • Ability to work independently and have demonstrated the ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to identify hazards and work in a safe manner (need to wear CSA certified steel toed boots and other personal protective equipment for some tasks)
  • Willing to work some evenings or weekend days


  • A Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check will be requested of successful candidates

The Student Field Assistant will be working in all weather conditions often handling power tools including brush cutters, weed whackers, mowers, etc. At all times the Restoration Technician is expected to be a professional and well-prepared representative of Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary in public and partner interactions.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of this work however the list is not exhaustive and other duties and responsibilities will occur. SLCHNS retains the right to amend responsibilities as needed.

Duration and Hours of Work

Employment Duration: dependent on the Canada Summer Grant (expect at least 8 weeks up to 16 weeks)

Work will be conducted with adherence to COVID-19 safety practices.

Remuneration: $14.60/hour – 35 hours/week

Closing date: May 29, 2020


Send a resume AND cover letter and the names of two references – ideally as one pdf with subject line “Summer Site Assistant” to:

**Please include your last name in the filename(s) of your application materials**

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: May 14 2020    ID: 56644