We are now accepting applications for an 8 month position starting January 14th 2019
The Mayne Island Conservancy is looking for one highly motivated, enthusiastic person to fill an eight-month position on Mayne Island. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a Canadian university or college; be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person with refugee status; and legally entitled to work in Canada.
Position Title: Ecosystems Technician
Start Date: January 14th, 2019
End Date: August 30th, 2019
Hours: 34 hours per week on average. Work schedule is primarily during the day during the week but some weekend and evening work is required for events and the public market.
To apply: Email cover letter, resume and three references (contact info only, letters of reference not required) to
Rob Underhill (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Application deadline is December 9th. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by December 11th, and interviews will be held December 17th and 18th in Victoria. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Position description: This position is approximately 50% office work and 50% field work. It will involve the following activities:
- Manual removal of invasive plant species in all weather conditions.
- Assisting with installation of deer fencing.
- Ecological monitoring related to habitat restoration (vegetation surveys, photo monitoring, GIS)
- Native plant propagation and nursery management (watering, weeding, seed collection, potting up, selling plants)
- Plan and coordinate a bioblitz to inventory and describe marine and terrestrial species of Mayne Island, targeting mid-May 2019.
- Conduct eelgrass and kelp mapping and monitoring by kayak
- Communicate project goals to the public at the Farmers Market
- Create environmental education materials and deliver interpretive walks
- Conduct visual and acoustic bat surveys in cooperation with land owners
- Assist with the training and coordination of volunteers
- Collect geographic data using Garmin and Trimble GPS units
- Conduct data entry and produce maps using ArcGIS 10.1
- Other activities and projects as required
Skills Acquired: Intern will learn how to:
- Identify native plants and ecosystems
- Manage exotic plant species
- Propagate native plants
- Conduct a mapping survey by kayak
- Collect geographical data and create maps using GIS software
- Learn about terrestrial and nearshore marine ecology
- Coordinate volunteers and work with the public
- Encourage environmental stewardship
- Increased interpersonal communication skills through presentations and interactions with the public
- Increased organizational skills through coordinating and developing events such as the bioblitz
Skills and Qualifications
- Ability to work with the public in a professional manner
- Ability to work with minimal supervision and in a group
- Ability to work at physically demanding tasks in all weather conditions
- Ability to safely operate a kayak
- Excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills
- Ability to be self-directed, independent, flexible, and creative
- A passion for stewardship and conservation of terrestrial and marine ecosystems
- Must have a valid Class 5 driver’s license. Ability to drive standard is ideal.
- Preference will be given to applicants currently enrolled in a post-secondary program in the following areas of study: biology, resource conservation, geography, environmental science, environmental studies, or related field
- Preference will be given to applicants willing to reside on Mayne Island for the duration of the work term – we will help you find appropriate rental accommodation
- Preference may be given to students with access to a personal vehicle and willing to use that vehicle for work (reimbursed @ $0.50/km).
- Invasive species management experience
- Knowledge of local marine and terrestrial ecosystems
- Native plant propagation or horticulture experience
- Field survey experience
- Experience coordinating volunteers
- Event planning and coordination experience
- Knowledge of regional and local specialists on marine and terrestrial species
- Knowledge of local conservation issues
- GIS knowledge and experience
- Ability to Identify plants native to the Coastal Douglas Fir Biogeoclimatic zone
- Experience working with youth
- Valid first aid certificate or willingness to acquire
- Graphic design, photography, and video editing experience
- Familiarity with using iNaturalist citizen science website