LOCATION: Hitacu, Macoah, and surrounding Pacific Rim areas
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. This position requires maturity, self-reliance and the ability to work alone for long periods of time with minimal supervision. Professionalism, commitment and good communication skills are also essential.
Community coordinators will be trained in the use of proven education and delivery techniques, which they will then be expected 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 Natural Laws of interconnectedness and landscape coexistence.
Tasks of the community coordinator may include:
- Delivering WildSafeBC presentations to community groups, service clubs, and schools.
- Setting up and presenting public displays during community events and special functions.
- Conducting door-to-door campaigns in neighbourhoods where wildlife conflicts are present. Coordinators are expected to be pro-active and positive in their approach with the public.
- Developing and maintaining a working relationship with local Conservation Officers and bylaw officers.
- Working with the local media (print, radio, television and social media) to reach the entire community.
- Working with all groups and individuals within the community, regardless of their views or personal positions they have with regards to wildlife.
- Determining which wildlife attractants are causing problems within a community.
- Developing long term human-wildlife conflict reduction plans that are based on community desires.
- Detailed monthly reports of your activities as well as producing an annual year-end report.
- Volunteer recruitment, orientation and direction to assist with various functions of the program.
- Must have a valid Class 5 driver’s licence.
- Must have a reliable vehicle that can be insured for work purposes and pass daily vehicle inspections.
- Must be willing and able to successfully pass a Criminal Record check.
- Have good understanding of local human-wildlife issues.
- Must have a proven ability to write clear and concise reports.
Traditional knowledge of wildlife occurrence and human-wildlife coexistence, particularly throughout the Pacific Rim Region. Additional courses or degrees in other 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
- Bachelor of Science in Biology or suitable equivalent
- 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
- Internet use
- Social media experience
Part time: Total of 570 hours over the duration of the contract.
Contract date: Sunday May 10th – November 30th, 2020
Wage: $20 per hour – dependent on funding
There will be a compulsory training session for successful candidates in Kamloops, Monday May 11th - Thursday May 15th 2020. All costs will be covered. Successful candidates will be required to travel on Sunday May 10th. However, this may be modified as result of potential travel restrictions.
*All candidates are required to have a home-based office with access to a computer with video and audio capabilities along with internet access.
*The successful candidate will hold office space at the Toquaht Nation and Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Government - Ucluelet First Nation offices.
*Preference will be given to local candidates.
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.
Closing date: Monday April 6th, 2020 – 4:00 pm