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Employment

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


2) 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: 28April2014-22August2014 (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: 28April2014-26September2014 (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)


3) 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.


The ISCBC currently has no openings. Thank you for your interest! 

In Your Words...

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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

  • "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

  • “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

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