Omineca Watershed Assessment Technician – Prince George - 2 positions
Tentative Term: August 2021 – October 31, 2021
Hours: Approximately 400 hours – Shifts of 4 days on, 3 days off
Wage: $21-$23 per hour (commensurate on experience)
Location: Prince George, B.C.
Anticipated Start Date: Early August
Closing date for application: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; Monday, July 26th; Thursday, July 29th, Tuesday, August 3rd. Applications recommended by the earliest date listed.
BCCF, in partnership with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (MFLNRORD), is seeking two Watershed Assessment Technicians to carry out stream crossing, water quality and fish passage assessments in the Parsnip River watersheds (near Prince George).
Technicians will use basic field equipment including a measuring tape, clinometer, rod and level etc. to assess watershed conditions in designated Fisheries Sensitive Watersheds. A two‐person crew will carry out the field assessments, and training will be provided in current Forest and Range Evaluation Program (FREP) assessment protocols by MFLNRORD staff. Data entry and assisting with report writing may be part of the job activities.
This is a remote fieldwork-based position. Technicians will work in a team of two and will stay in a provided trailer during fieldwork. The work schedule will be four days on and three days off. Crew members will be supported at all times by BCCF Safetyline services. Candidates should be positive team players, able to live and work with a fellow field technician throughout the term.
Candidates are required to meet the following qualifications:
- Graduate of, or be enrolled in, a post-secondary degree/diploma program in biological sciences, natural resource conservation/management or equivalent;
- Possess basic field data collection skills and ability to complete field data sheets consistently and accurately;
- Experience working in remote locations;
- Be physically fit in order to conduct strenuous field surveys over varying terrain and through water;
- Ability to orient in a wilderness setting using GPS and/or iPad with geo-referenced maps;
- Competent and safe driver able to navigate large 4x4 vehicle on resource roads for long distances;
- Experience using radios and check-in systems and following other safety protocols while in remote locations;
- Ability to work in a team and stay positive in challenging conditions;
- Possess a valid WCB level 1 first aid certificate or higher;
- Possess a valid British Columbia Class 5 drivers licence.
Preference may be given to candidates that meet these additional qualifications:
- Can provide their own waders (lace up boots ideal);
- Possess an electrofishing certificate;
- Possess Swiftwater Rescue training certificate;
- Familiarity assessing riparian and aquatic habitat attributes in the field;
- Experience using ArcMap GIS software;
- Bear aware training;
- Wilderness First Aid certification.
*Please submit copies of these certificates and any other pertinent and current certificates with your application.
Please note that this position requires working with another crewmember in close proximity (i.e. sharing accommodation and vehicles). Employees will be required to follow BCCF’s COVID policies. These policies may be subject to updates as the situation evolves and changes. At present, employees are subject to BCCF’s COVID-19 Policy to mitigate their chances of exposure and to ensure that equipment and work areas are sanitized regularly. Please see https://bccf.com/sites/default/files/COVID-19%20BCCF%20Safety%20Plan%20-%20June%202021.pdf for details. In addition to BCCF safety controls, successful candidates may be asked to adhere to or exceed FLNRORD’s COVID protocols and control measures.
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. Please submit in .pdf format with your name in the file title (e.g. John_Smith_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.
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The BC Conservation Foundation 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.