Invertebrate Survey Field Technician – Lower Mainland and Lower Fraser Valley 2021
Pay Rate: $17/hour (plus 4% vacation pay) 7 hours per day, 5 days per week
Work Term: May 31 – August 27, 2021 (13 weeks)
The successful applicants will conduct fieldwork within the lower mainland and lower Fraser Valley of British Columbia. Fieldwork includes surveying for pollinators including native bees and bumble bees, grasshoppers, spiders, tiger beetles, robber flies and wasps, freshwater molluscs, among others.
We are looking for two local field technicians (based from the Guildford area, in Surrey) to work on inventory for invertebrate species at risk. The two local technicians will be part of a larger invertebrate conservation team (also based out of Surrey), who are concurrently working on other invertebrate conservation projects.
Duties will involve travel to and from field sites around the general areas of Tsawwassen east to Manning Park, north to Pemberton, and south to the international border, collecting invertebrate specimens, spatial and habitat data for the target species, setting up and retrieving insect sampling traps, sorting and pinning specimens, and data entry and processing.
The technician will be expected to:
- Be based out of the Guildford area in Surrey and complete fieldwork within parks and protected areas, provincial crown lands and private lands (with permission) within approximately 2-hour radius around the Guildford area.
- Focus surveys on B.C. crown lands including road right-of-ways, provincial parks and protected areas, and other properties where permission has been obtained.
- Be prepared to work in the field for shifts up to ten continuous days in length (10 on 4 off). Some weeks will involve overnight travel, including camping in campsites and/or remote areas, while other weeks will just require day trips from the Surrey area.
- Work as an efficient team with other fellow crew members working on related projects in a productive and professional manner. You may not be working with someone every day but may be on occasion.
- Be physically fit and prepared to work a 7-hour field day all weather conditions, spending most of your time outdoors, sometimes hiking long distances within hilly terrain and not on designated trails.
- Download their GPS data daily, as well as their photos from their camera, and maintain data and samples in an organized manner.
- Work independently and with minimal supervision.
- Be prepared to leave out traps and collect/kill invertebrates for future curation and identification.
Specifically, the technician will be responsible for conducting surveys for invertebrate species at risk, including native bees and bumble bee surveys on this project including:
- Aerial netting surveys and hand-searching at specific locations for flying pollinators.
- Knowledge of the local ground beetle and bumble bee fauna, willingness to learn this fauna.
- Aerial net other insects, trapping and collecting insects and preserving them for future identification.
- The technicians will also be responsible for emailing their data once per week to a project coordinator (e.g., GPS data, photographs, field notes) and potentially producing a summary report of findings within an excel spreadsheet, and a summary word document.
- GPS electronic data recording will be required.
- Providing their own transportation. E.g., vehicle or other transportation. You will be given an allowance depending on the type of transportation used.
- Under 30 years of age.
- Canadian Citizen.
- Post-secondary education majoring in a field of environmental sciences.
- Experience working on invertebrate surveys and at least one invertebrate biology course.
- Knowledge on ground beetles, bees and other pollinators is considered an asset.
- Past field inventory experience is required.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and problem solve with minimal supervision.
- Valid Class 5 BC drivers’ license and willing to provide a driver’s abstract.
- Valid OFA level 1 First Aid or equivalent will be required.
- Competent in operating, managing, and downloading data from GPS units and digital cameras
- Ability to use entomological collection tools, including aerial netting, knowledge of installation of pitfall traps setting up malaise traps, blue vane traps and collecting specimens for deposition within a museum
- Must have basic bee, beetle, and other invertebrate identification skills and be willing to expand this knowledge base daily.
- Must be able to collect voucher specimens and record field data according to given Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy standards.
- Knowledge of plants is a strong asset.
- Habitat assessment skills an asset.
- Microsoft Office computer skills are required.
- Physical fitness at a level required to complete strenuous field work under all weather conditions.
- Please submit a cover letter and resume using the submission form below and include your name in the file name (e.g. Resume_John_Smith/Coverletter_John_Smith).
- Only applicants who clearly demonstrate they meet the above qualifications will be contacted for an interview.
- Apply early as this posting will close on May 14th.
- No phone calls or emails please. If you have questions, please include them in your cover letter.