Location: Duncan, BC, with travel throughout Cowichan Valley.
Note: Applicants must have a home base in the Cowichan Valley for the duration of the employment period or be willing to relocate for the contract term
Term: April 1 – August 31, 2020
Hours of Work: 35 hours per week
Salary: $18-$20/per hour (plus 4% vacation pay paid out hourly)
The British Columbia Conservation Foundation (BCCF) is in search of a Conservation Technician to provide technical field support for Bring Back the Bluebirds, a Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) reintroduction project.
The Conservation Technician will provide support for the project by assisting the Project Biologist with the following activities:
- Monitoring and feeding reintroduced bluebirds;
- Maintenance of bird boxes;
- Providing logistical support for the project by tracking birds, supporting translocation activities, and ensuring proper care of birds;
- Recruiting landowners to participate in the bluebird nestbox host program;
- Organizing and delivering outreach and population monitoring events, including volunteer training workshops, community events, fundraisers, and Bluebird Blitz surveys: tasks will include promoting events, tracking registrations and volunteer hours, assisting with training and delivery, and follow-up with participants;
- Updating project website and social media;
- Assisting with writing project reports, articles and outreach materials, and with other general administrative tasks.
Please note that this position requires beginning work in the early morning (before sunrise) in all weather conditions, working alone outdoors, and daily travel throughout the region.
- Must be able to accept direction from the Bluebird Project Coordinator, and Project Biologist ;
- A minimum of 2 years post-secondary education in a natural science discipline;
- Bird-watching experience and at least beginner-level identification of local bird species;
- A cheerful, approachable and personable nature as well as a willingness to recruit and work with volunteers;
- Be self-directed with an ability to work with minimal supervision;
- Attention to detail and time management skills;
- Strong organizational skills and an ability to organize events and to keep track of volunteer contributions, contacts, and budgets;
- Daily access to a computer and cell phone with reliable internet connection;
- Have a valid driver’s license, daily access to a vehicle, and ability to make site visits;
- An ability and willingness to work flexible hours, and to work outside in all weather conditions.
- An understanding of Garry Oak and associated ecosystems, plants, and wildlife;
- Familiarity with basic field equipment (GPS, binoculars, spotting scope) and hand tools (power drill, hammer);
- Experience working with birds and/or animals;
- Bird banding training and/or experience;
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including preparing written reports, and experience preparing web content, newsletter articles, and social media content;
- Experience with either concepts or practice of habitat restoration projects;
- ArcGIS experience;
- Experience coordinating volunteers.
- In the application form below, enter your name and email information.
- Upload your resume in the resume form field below.
- Write a brief cover letter explaining how your experience/qualifications match the above job description.
- Upload your cover letter in the cover letter field below.
- Once all the files are uploaded, use the submit button to send your completed application. A bright green notification box will appear at the top of the page confirming your application has been received.
We will be accepting applications for this position until February 28th, 2020.
Due to the large number of applications we receive, only those applicants who follow the steps outlined above, and clearly demonstrate they have the qualifications we are looking for, will be contacted for the short-listing/interview process.
BCCF reserves the right to cancel or postpone recruitment to this position based on project priorities, funding and other staffing considerations.