LOCATION: Invermere, Radium, Fairmont Hot Springs and surrounding area
Are you passionate about wildlife in your area?
Do you want to contribute to human-wildlife conflict reduction in a meaningful way?
Are you detailed oriented, do you thrive on diverse project work and do you enjoy bringing people together to find common ground?
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 a unique opportunity to make a real difference in reducing human-wildlife conflicts where you live. Professionalism, commitment and good communication skills are essential for this position as well as an ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
Community coordinators will be trained in the use of proven education and delivery techniques, which they will then be able to implement within their communities regarding conflict-reduction information about all species of wildlife as part of BCCF’s WildSafeBC program.
Tasks of the community coordinator are dependent on community needs and 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.
- Developing and maintaining a working relationship with local Conservation Officers, Bylaw Officers, local government, community groups and Indigenous communities.
- 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.
- Performing garbage tagging at night using educational stickers.
- Maintaining an active presence on our WildSafeBC local Facebook pages.
- Providing bear spray workshops.
- Determining which wildlife attractants are causing problems within a community.
- Developing long term human-wildlife conflict reduction plans that are based on community needs and desires.
- Volunteer recruitment, orientation and direction to assist with various functions of the program.
- Working with local businesses and campgrounds.
- Monthly reporting of your activities to BCCF staff.
- 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.
- Must have demonstrated public speaking skills.
- Must be able to build relationships with partners and collaborators.
Post secondary education which may include:
- Bachelor of Science in Biology or suitable equivalent
- Natural Resource Management: Wildlife and Fisheries
- Renewable Resources – Fish, Wildlife and Recreation
- Renewable Resources Management
- Bachelor of Education or a related equivalent
- Strong interpersonal skills and willingness to engage with the public.
- Strong communications skills (both oral and written).
- General computer proficiency and a good working knowledge of virtual meeting platforms, cloud-based filing systems, Word and Excel.
- Good working knowledge of social media platforms.
- Specific computer skills: All short-listed applicants will be required to complete a Word and Excel competency test prior to interviews.
Part-time: 730 hours over the duration of the contract with a potential for additional hours based on funding.
Term: May 9, 2022 – November 30, 2022
Wage: Range of $20-22 per hour, based on experience
Closing date: DEADLINE EXTENDED to Tuesday May 31, 2022 at 4:00pm PDT. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. This position may be filled before the closing date. Apply as soon as possible!
*Hours and wages are dependent on funding. BCCF reserves the right to cancel or postpone recruitment to this position based on project priorities, funding and other staffing considerations.
*Training will be provided upon hiring.
*All candidates are required to have a home-based office with access to a computer with video and audio capabilities along with internet access.
*Preference will be given to local candidates.
COVID-19: While we at BCCF do not currently have a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy in place, many of our clients have enacted mandates that stipulate vaccination requirements be met by both their workers and their contractors. In light of this, some BCCF workers, contractors and volunteers—i.e., those who are or will be conducting work in spaces where our clients’ mandates are enforced—will be required to be fully vaccinated before they will be allowed to enter any of the mandate-affected worksites or risk being prevented from conducting the work, unless a properly supported Human Rights exemption applies.
In order to be compliant, some BCCF workers will be asked by a BCCF employment or contract representative to provide proof of vaccination status in order to facilitate their right and safe access to premises, worksites, or spaces that are affected by our clients’ mandates. If you are one of our workers who will be directly affected by these vaccination policies, you will be contacted by a BCCF employment representative who will offer details and further direction surrounding your access to affected sites. Please do not attempt to go to mandate-affected worksites without first speaking with your BCCF representative.
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.
The British Columbia Conservation Foundation (BCCF) is committed to ensuring that no person is denied employment opportunities or benefits for reasons unrelated to ability, and to achieving and maintaining a workforce that is representative of women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.
BCCF 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.