The Land Between is looking to hire a Conservation Technician
Remuneration: $18/hour at 35 hours/week
Must be 30 years old or younger to apply (funding requirements)
Anticipated start date: October 28th to October 28th 2020
This role involves strategic planning, communications, data collection and education/interpretation/outreach. The position is an assistant position to the Executive Director and the incumbent will be working with a team of specialists.
Specifically the position will involve data collection for species at risk including occurrences, habitat features, information on threats, DNA samples as needed (under permits), body condition measurements for turtles at risk, and using GIS data to assess priority lands for conservation and areas for mitigation of threat. The position also involves turtle nest excavation, nest data sampling. The position involves conducting inventories on lands harbouring species at risk and elements of biodiversity/habitat; confirming presence/absence of species at risk or of significant habitat features; also creating habitat management plans including restoration plans for species at risk recovery; and creating mitigation plans for turtles at risk. The positive environmental impacts include recovery of turtles at risk and other related species at risk; increased or improved species at risk habitats; increased protection and stewardship of species at risk and related habitats within a connected biodiversity corridor. To conduct sampling and monitoring for species at risk.
Responsibilities: To research, summarize, and communicate habitat requirements for notable species at risk, with a focus on reptiles, across the region. To identify priority lands and sites for conservation of, and mitigation of threats to species at risk by using all available data and with GIS technology and available mapping. To gather data on turtles at risk through road and site surveys, and including body condition, DNA and where available, nest data.To conduct presence/absence surveys for turtles, five-lined skink, snakes at risk, and other species. To gather data on new occurrences and habitat condition. To engage in landowner contact and outreach in order to conduct site visits; to inventory habitats; and to train landowners in monitoring of species at risk and related habitats. To work directly with landowners in order to create management plans and to support training of landowners in Citizen Science. To work with experts to install mitigation measures for species at risk such turtle underpass sites. To be a liaison between partners and municipalities in order to facilitate mitigation solutions that benefit species at risk with a focus on road permeability. To excavate Blanding’s turtle nest sites as directed/as needed under permits. To communicate results, present findings in public presentations and reports. Outreach and communications including social media updates, blogs, and posts. Negotiations with partners and municipalities to find solutions for mitigating threats. Attend meetings and contribute knowledge to collaborative team towards advancing recovery efforts and actions. General adminstration of memberships, enrollment, milestone tracking, tracking deliverables.
Minimum 2 years in Environmental Science/Conservation sector
Bachelor Degree or Diploma in Environmental Science or equivalent field
Working knowledge of GIS
Adobe platforms (illustrator is an asset)
Own vehicle and clean driving record
Recent graduate and must be under the age of 30 (funding requirements)
To apply, please complete the application here and provide a covering letter and resume that responds directly to the qualifications and job duties. Include a writing sample.