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Invertebrate Survey Field Technician 2019

Pay Rate: $15/hour (plus 4% vacation paid on an hourly basis) 7 hours per day, 5 days per week

Work Term: June 1 – July 26, 2019 (7 weeks)

Job Description:

The successful applicants will conduct fieldwork on Hornby and Denman Islands within provincial parks and protected areas. Fieldwork includes surveying for butterflies, as well as the collection of bumblebees and other pollinators for future identification, and other invertebrates at risk as opportunities arise. Tasks also include removing/cutting non-native weeds (e.g., thistles, holly, Scotch Broom) and vegetation, removing this vegetation from the park, completing plant surveys for a select group of plants, trapping and collecting insects. Indoor work includes sorting through collected insect specimens and preparing them for museum accession, data entry and photo organization.

The technician will be expected to:

  • Be based out of Hornby or Denman Island and complete fieldwork within parks and protected areas.
  • Focus surveys on B.C. crown lands including road right-of-ways, provincial parks and protected areas, recent clear cuts and other properties where permission has been obtained.
  • Be prepared to work in the field for shifts for five continuous days
  • 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 prepared to cut vegetation with hand clippers, place the cut vegetation into garbage bags and physically haul that material to a disposal site within the park. No motorized or wheeled devices are permitted in the park.
  • Be physically fit and prepared to work a 7-hour field day all weather conditions.
  • 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 butterflies.
  • Knowledge of the local butterfly fauna, and willingness to learn this fauna and be able to identify these species without capture or collection.
  • 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., bicycle, vehicle or other transportation. You will be given an allowance depending on the type of transportation used.

Qualifications:

  • Under 30 years of age.
  • Canadian Citizen.
  • Intending to return to post-secondary school in September 2019.
  • Student majoring in a field of environmental sciences.
  • At least one invertebrate biology course.
  • Knowledge on butterflies, 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.

Skills:

  • Competent in operating, managing, and downloading data from GPS units and digital cameras
  • Ability to use entomological collection tools, including aerial netting, setting up malaise traps, blue vane traps and collecting specimens for deposition within a museum
  • Must have basic bee, butterfly, 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 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.

To apply:

  • 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 as soon as a suitable candidate is found.
  • No phone calls or emails please. If you have questions, please include them in your cover letter.

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