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Employment

1) The Invasive Species Council of BC is seeking Invasive Species Liaison Workers:

TERM: May 12th to August 31st, 2014 (seasonal full time)
WAGE: $16- $18 per hour, based on experience and qualifications
CLOSING: May 4th, 2014
LOCATIONS:

  • Shuswap (1 position) - Job Reference #:001
  • Kelowna (1 position) - Job Reference #: 002
  • Fraser Valley (1 position) - Job Reference #: 003


Important:
all applications MUST clearly state the location being applied for and job reference number on their application package.

The Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC) is a registered, non-profit society whose members are involved in all aspects of invasive species management throughout the province of British Columbia. The ISCBC is currently delivering an Invasive Species Ambassador program. The main goal of the program is to prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species through pathways such as recreational boating and horticultural activities. This year the program will focus on creating a sustainable network of invasive species Ambassadors across the province. The ISCBC will be working with partnering Ambassadors to deliver consistent messaging specific to the ISCBC’s Clean Drain Dry (CDD) and PlantWise (PW) programs.

What does an Aquatics Liaison Worker do?
The liaison worker, supervised by a program facilitator, will be responsible for assisting in the development of provincial invasive species ambassador networks by identifying and engaging with a range of key government, industry and/or stewardship groups within a given region. Key responsibilities include:

  • Promoting the CDD and PW messages at relevant education and outreach events and through social media 
  • Supporting ambassadors in delivering the CDD and PW message by developing and delivering the necessary resources and tools to enable them to do so (example: training sessions, presentations, outreach material, webinars etc) 
  • Reporting and data management


Liaisons may also be required to support other ISCBC initiatives and programs. The successful candidates will be required to work a flexible schedule that includes some weekends.

Who are we hiring?
The Take Action program is being supported by Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) initiative. To be eligible to participate in the CSJ initiative, applicants MUST:

  • Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
  • Have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act3; and, 
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.

What skills do you need?
Liaisons will be engaging with partners and the public on a daily basis and therefore need to be energetic, positive, outgoing, and confident. Successful candidates must be BC residents that are self-motivated, highly organized, responsible, and work well in a team. All applicants must have completed Grade 12 or equivalent.

Ideally, you will have a strong combination of the following skills:

  • Knowledge of invasive species; 
  • Ability to engage effectively with members of the public; 
  • Strong motivational skills; 
  • Excellent oral communication skills; 
  • Excellent written skills; 
  • Experience and interest in delivering public presentations; 
  • Experience and interest in educating others; 
  • Experience working with youth and/or community groups; 
  • Experience working around water and boats; and 
  • Willingness to travel.


Additional Assets:

  • Have or are working towards a technical certificate or degree in natural resource science; 
  • Has a horticulture background;
  • Knowledge of Community Based Social Marketing;
  • Social media skills;
  • Current WCB Level 1 First Aid certification;
  • Possess a valid BC driver’s license; 
  • Experience with the Microsoft Office Suite, primarily Word, Excel and Power Point; 
  • Experience in data collection, organization and management; and • Experience with report writing.


APPLICATION PACKAGE – MANDATORY ITEMS:

Please include the following items in your application package:

1. Cover letter clearly stating:
➢ The location you would like to be considered for,
➢ The job reference number (indicated at the top of the job ad),
➢ How you meet the hiring criteria,
➢ Your relevant skills and experience.

2. Resume Please submit your application package no later than May 4th, 2014 to:

Invasive Species Council of BC
Email to:
jobs@bcinvasives.ca
Fax to: 778-412-2248

Important Information:

  • Only candidates considered for positions will be contacted. 
  • All candidates selected for an interview must be available for interview during the week of May 5th, 2014. 
  • All successful candidates must be available to start May 12th, 2014.


Please send any questions to
jobs@bcinvasives.ca

Printable Job Description (PDF)


2) Peace River Regional District has the following employment opportunity:
Invasive Plant Program Manager Application deadline April 22, 2014


3) Thompson Rivers University has 2 Summer 2014 Research Positions on the European Fire Ant (Myrmica rubra) in BC:

Note: this work involves interactions with a stinging insect. It is likely that workers will occassionally be stung. Most people experience minor pain/burning similiar to stinging nettle, although some have had more serious swelling. No cases of anaphylaxis have been reported in
association withthe stings of this ant.

Summer Student 1/ Contractor: (Field: Natural History and Control)

Salary $19.00/hr
Period of employment: April 28, 2014 - August 22, 2014 (35 hrs/wk)
Location: Greater Vancouver Area, Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island

Requirements:

1) Completed at least 3 yrs B.Sc. or related degree, experience in entomology and field work an asset

2) Vehicle with at least Class 5 Drivers Licence (kilometers covered at $0.50/km)

Project Objectives:

a) To install, monitor and manage traps designed to attract colonies of European fire ants.

b) To perform fine scale mapping of plots hosting known fire ant colonies to:

     i) monitor colony movements.

    ii) assess foraging distances and food sources.

    iii) assess environmental factors associated with foraging and colony movements.

c) To periodically remove nests during the summer to count queens, workers and larvae.

d) To monitor temperature and moisture under a variety of substrates that may function as passive heat sources and moisture traps for fire ant colonies.


Summer Student 2/ Contractor. Field: Mapping

Salary $19.00/hr
Period of employment: April 28, 2014- Sept. 26, 2014 (end date flexible for students) (35 hrs/wk)
Location: Greater Vancouver Area, Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island

Requirements:

1) Completed at least 3 yrs B.Sc. or related degree, experience in entomology and field work an asset

2) Vehicle with at least Class 5 Drivers Licence (kilometers covered at $0.50/km)

Project Objectives:

a) To map the area around known point locations (e.g., residential areas, parks, etc.,) of the European fire ant.

b) To collect fine scale landscape element data on the edges or internal gaps of known infestations to determine if any of these factors limit or encourage the spread of colonies.

c) To randomly sample in communities (where permitted by the municipality) to more accurately determine the extent to which the European fire ant is established in southwestern BC.

d) To liase with and provide informational or some direct support to environmental managers and various public stakeholders with respect to the European fire ant.

Please send CV to:
Dr. Rob Higgins
Biological Sciences
Thompson Rivers University
rhiggins@tru.ca
250.392.8176 (office)


4) The Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society (OASISS) is currently seeking up to 4 enthusiastic, creative and organized individuals to join their team this summer!

Please refer to the attached job posting for further details. Application deadline is May 2nd, 2014.

In Your Words...

  • “Thank you for orchestrating access to the Hot Spots crew for GINPR.  This crew allowed us to move the restoration project on Princess Margaret ahead by months if not by years.”

    Wayne Bourque, Superintendent of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, Parks Canada

  • “Our crew has finished their work at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site and Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. I want to thank you, on behalf of Parks Canada, for providing the crew to us. They were well-trained and got a lot of important restoration work done in our nationally-important heritage areas.”

    Brian Reader, Species at Risk Manager, Parks Canada

  • "We had a great hike at Kenna Cartwright Park. The kids built a snowman and we all enjoyed the views. The outreach worker showed us some plants that don't belong in the park, gave us info about them and what to do about them, and gave us all some cool gifts from the Invasive Plant Council. Thank you!"

    Susan Hammond, Kamloops Young Naturalist Club

  • “I am impressed with the coverage of the GIS mapping data now available. I will be developing an Invasive Species Management Plan for Pacific Spirit over the next several years and these maps will help as a coarse indication of current conditions, and in guiding initial inventory and monitoring efforts.”

    Markus Merkens, Pacific Spirit Park area manager, Metro Vancouver

  • “Working with the Hot Spots crew in Saanich in 2010, we practiced different methods to treat knotweed with glyphosate using the injection gun on several sites. With these skills I was able to implement Saanich's first knotweed eradication pesticide treatment program for private properties.”

    Donna Wong, Environmental Stewardship Officer, District of Saanich

  • “Parks Canada and Canadians have benefited from the partnership to have on-the-ground Hot Spots crews, and we would be happy to work with a crew in the future at one of our many national parks and national historic sites that are in need of invasive plant management.”

    Brian Reader, Species at Risk Manager, Parks Canada

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