Invasive Species Technician

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Nature Conservancy of Canada

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Calgary, Canada

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6 days ago

Location: Southwestern Alberta (Pincher Creek or Crowsnest Pass) with preference for Crowsnest Pass
Position details: Full Time Intern Contract from June 2022- June 2023 (37.5 hrs/week)


Taking care of our environment has never been more important than it is today. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is looking for an Conservation Technician to join a team committed to protecting our most important natural areas and the plants and animals they sustain.

NCC is the nation’s leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962 NCC and its supporters have protected 15 million hectares (more than 35 million acres) of ecologically significant land across Canada. NCC takes a collaborative, science-based approach to achieve conservation success for the sake of nature and Canadians. With a national office in Toronto and seven regional offices across the country, NCC delivers results you can walk on.

Purpose and General Description

The Technician will support an invasive species control program mainly focused in Southern Alberta. The project will be focused on identifying and controlling populations of invasive species. The position will conduct invasive species management on natural lands protected by NCC. The technician will also be responsible for assisting in the delivery of conservation programs in the south western region of Alberta.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Identify and document invasive species on NCC properties;
  • Monitor effectiveness of weed control measures that have been implemented;
  • Support staff with documenting and controlling invasive species;
  • Collect and manage invasive species data and ensure NCC’s database is kept up to date;
  • Spray invasive weeds with backpack sprayer; mix and prepare herbicides; maintain weed-spraying equipment;
  • Use a brush cutter to mow invasive weeds;
  • Act as NCC ambassadors in the field including liaising with members of the public to inform them about NCC, its mandate and property management activities;
  • Aid in the land stewardship activities identified by the manager;
  • Assist in the completion of annual monitoring reports for NCC-owned lands or lands under easement;
  • Other duties as assigned.


Position Requirements

  • Successful completion of post-secondary education in landscape ecology, conservation biology, natural resource management, or related field;
  • Have a working knowledge of invasive species in Alberta (specifically plant species) and have strong identification skills at various growth stages;
  • Demonstrate an interest and/or experience in performing on the ground stewardship actions related to invasive species including hand and chemical removal;
  • Display competency with mapping systems (GIS and Avenza Maps) and be able to utilize hand held mapping tools in the field to document invasive species;
  • Be confident in outdoor skills including wildlife safety, check in procedures, navigation and comfortable working alone in remote areas and demonstrate good judgement in different situations (i.e. if you encounter a hazard);
  • Be enthusiastic, positive, detail oriented, and self-motivated even when not working under direct supervision;
  • Be willing to travel to other areas of Alberta (Red Deer or Edmonton) to conduct invasive species work, if needed;
  • Display competency with Microsoft Word and Excel, general computer skills, data management and effective writing skills;
  • Have valid Standard First Aid certification;
  • Have a valid non-probationary (class 5) driver’s license and a clean drivers abstract; and
  • A pesticide applicator’s license and associated experience.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously, including excellent problem solving, planning and organizational skills, and attention to details and timelines;
  • Applicant must be able to drive a rental vehicle in Alberta (over the age of 21);
  • This can be a physically demanding job, requiring long days hiking on NCC properties with a backpack sprayer, or using a brush cutter - sometimes in inclement weather and through various terrains.
  • Committed to the mission and values of NCC.


To Apply:

NCC is an equal opportunity employer. If you are interested in joining our team, please submit your cover letter and resume through our Conservation Internship Program page in our Career Centre by June 24, 2022 at 11:59 pm EST.


NCC welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.


We value and incorporate diverse traditions, heritage, knowledge and experiences in our mission and in our workplaces. We celebrate the full participation of people from all walks of life as we work towards common goals. We strive for a conservation movement in which equity, diversity and inclusion are the norm. This is our continuous commitment: to promote healthy people, healthy communities and a healthy planet for everyone.