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Job Opportunity: Ecological Technician

Pender Islands Conservancy invites applications for a 7-month Ecological Technician position, beginning April 5, 2022. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents and be legally entitled to work in Canada.

Hours: 35 hours per week, typically Tuesday through Saturday. Some evening work will be required for bat surveys, and early morning work for bird point count surveys.

Wage: $20/hour

Accommodation: The successful applicant will be responsible for finding their own accommodations on Pender Island, but we will assist in this process with communications to our contacts in the community.

Apply: Email cover letter, resume and contacts for 3 references to Erin O’Brien at by March 2, 2022 at midnight. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted; interviews may be held by Zoom or in person.

Position duties: The Ecological Technician will conduct ecological monitoring and restoration in terrestrial and marine environments across North and South Pender Islands. Responsibilities will include invasive plant species removal, planning and implementing native species restoration planting, songbird nest monitoring, wildlife inventories on protected lands (dawn chorus songbird surveys, acoustic bat surveys, amphibian egg mass surveys), kelp bed mapping, onshore eelgrass restoration support, forage fish spawning beach sampling, salmon stream restoration, forest inventories (vegetation surveys and mapping) and data entry. As part of a conservation team, the candidate will work with other staff and volunteers to engage community citizen scientists in our ecological monitoring, research and restoration programs, run the Conservancy Nature Centre, and assist with development of conservation- and ecology-focused youth education programs and interpretive materials. Experience with environmental education or interpretation will be considered an asset.

Required qualifications:

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

  • Ability to work with the public in a professional manner

  • Undergraduate degree in ecology, conservation sciences or related field

  • Past employment experience in ecological restoration, monitoring or other ecology or conservation-related field work

  • Preference will be given to applicants with a Class 5 driver's license and access to personal vehicle that can be used for work

  • Willing to undergo criminal record check for work with youth

  • Willing to reside on Pender Island during the work term

  • Experience working outdoors under variable weather conditions

  • Excellent attention to detail and time management skills

COVID-19: Activities are subject to change depending on provincial health orders, and work from home may be required. A workplace safety plan will be developed and implemented in collaboration with the successful applicant at the start of the work term, based on health orders or restrictions in place at that time.

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