LOCATION: Hitacu, Macoah, and surrounding Pacific Rim areas
Are you passionate about wildlife in your area?
Do you want to contribute to human-wildlife conflict reduction in a meaningful way?
Are you detailed oriented, do you thrive on diverse project work and do you enjoy bringing people together to find common ground?
WildSafeBC is the provincial leader in preventing conflict with wildlife through collaboration, education, and community solutions. WildSafeBC’s message of "keeping wildlife wild and communities safe" underscores the important role humans play in reducing our impact on wildlife and increasing community safety. Our work focuses on actions we can take to avoid attracting wildlife into our communities, increasing awareness of human-wildlife conflict issues, and seeking solutions to reduce conflict and increase public safety.
The WildSafeBC Community Coordinator position is more than just a job; it is a unique opportunity to make a real difference in reducing human-wildlife conflicts where you live. Professionalism, commitment, and good communication skills are essential for this position as well as an ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
Community coordinators will be trained in the use of proven education and delivery techniques, which they will then be able to implement within their communities regarding conflict-reduction information about all species of wildlife as part of BCCF’s WildSafeBC program.
ƛ̓icḥuuł WildSafeBC Coordinator will work to mitigate human-wildlife conflict using regional collaborations, education, and community solutions with concentration throughout the respective ḥahuułi (traditional territory) of the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Government - Ucluelet First Nation and Toquaht Nation. This work will reach outlying communities, incorporating individual community wildlife coexistence challenges, cultural values, and the Nuu-chah-nulth guiding principles of interconnectedness and landscape coexistence: Hishuk’ish tsawalk (everything is one) and Uu-a-thluk (taking care of).
Tasks of the community coordinator are dependent on community needs and may include:
- Identifying problem wildlife attractants within a community.
- Setting up and presenting public education displays during community events and special functions.
- Conducting door-to-door campaigns in neighbourhoods where wildlife conflicts are present.
- Developing and maintaining a working relationship with local Conservation Officers and Bylaw Officers.
- Delivering WildSafeBC presentations to community groups, service clubs, and schools.
- Working with the YG and TN communications staff and local media (ex. newsletters, social media, print, radio) to reach the communities of Hitacu, Macoah and Salmon Beach.
- Working with all groups and individuals within the communities, regardless of their views or personal positions toward wildlife.
- Contributing to long term human-wildlife conflict reduction plans that are based on community desires.
- Volunteer recruitment, orientation, and direction to assist with various functions of the program.
- Monthly reporting of your activities as well as contributing to an annual year-end report.
- Valid Class 5 driver’s licence preferred
- Preferred access to a reliable vehicle that can be insured for work purposes
- Must be willing and able to successfully pass a Criminal Record Check
- Have a good understanding of local human-wildlife challenges
- Must communicate clearly both in speech and written word.
Traditional and local knowledge of wildlife occurrence and human-wildlife coexistence, particularly throughout the Pacific Rim Region.
Additional courses or degrees in related fields would be an asset. These can include coursework in:
- Biology, Wildlife Conservation, Campsite Management
- Natural Resource Management: Wildlife and Fisheries
- Renewable Resources – Fish, Wildlife and Recreation
- Renewable Resources Management
- Strong interpersonal skills and willingness to work with a variety of people.
- The ability to work in a professional manner with minimal supervision.
- Strong communications skills (both oral and written).
- General computer proficiency and a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, or willingness to learn
- Internet use and Social media experience, or willingness to learn
Part time: Total of 500 hours over the duration of the contract.
Contract date: May 9, 2022 – November 30, 2022
Wage: $20 per hour – dependent on funding
Closing date: Job notice will be posted until filled with the best fit candidate. Apply soon to be considered.
There will be a compulsory training session for successful candidates May 9 - May 12, 2022.
*The successful candidate will hold office space at the Toquaht Nation and Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Government - Ucluelet First Nation offices.
*Preference will be given to local indigenous community members.
Using the form below, please submit a cover letter and a complete resume including 3 references with contact information. These must be submitted as two separate documents.
* Technical support is available for Nation citizens through the Toquaht Nation and Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Government - Ucluelet First Nation offices, if needed, to complete the application process.
Please submit in .pdf format with your name in the file title (e.g., Jane_Public_Coverletter.pdf). Please clearly state how you meet the qualifications for this position in your application, as only candidates deemed qualified will be contacted for interviews.
The British Columbia Conservation Foundation (BCCF) is committed to ensuring that no person is denied employment opportunities or benefits for reasons unrelated to ability, and to achieving and maintaining a workforce that is representative of women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.
BCCF undertakes to identify and remove any discriminatory policies and practices found in the recruitment, selection and hiring, promotion, training, retention and termination of employees in all levels and categories of employment.
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