Conservation Technician

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Nature Conservancy of Canada

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Edmonton, Canada

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30+ days ago

Taking care of our environment has never been more important than it is today. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is looking for a 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 14 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.

Position Summary

If you are passionate about contributing to on-the-ground conservation and stewardship work while working with the community in the Beaver Hills, then this position might be right for you! Whether you are still enrolled in post-secondary education or a recent graduate, this position will allow you to expand your skillset working in the conservation world with a variety of field and office tasks over the spring/summer of 2023. Come work with NCC and gain experience in the beautiful Beaver Hills!

Location: Edmonton Area

Work Week: 37.5 hours per week

Position Details: 4 month position starting in May 2023 subject to funding

Salary: $19 to $20 per hour based on experience

Closing Date: February 3, 2023


As a Conservation Technician, you will be responsible for:

  • Assisting and reporting to the Northeast Alberta Natural Area Manager and working in the Beaver Hills area (e.g. east of Edmonton) and north of Edmonton;
  • Conducting annual property inspections to identify stewardship actions, emerging threats, and risks and liabilities;
  • Supporting compliance monitoring of conservation easements;
  • Monitoring biodiversity targets (e.g., species at risk, vegetation communities) and threats (e.g., invasive species);
  • Implementing recommended stewardship and management actions on NCC properties, with a focus on invasive species monitoring and removal, assisting with volunteer events, maintaining fences, installing property signs and other tasks, as required;
  • Assisting with data collection, data entry, aerial photography review and reporting writing; and
  • Acting as an NCC ambassador in the field including liaising with landowners, leaseholders, volunteers, partner organizations, and members of the public to inform them about NCC, its mandate and property management activities.

As a Conservation Technician, you can expect to be in the field with the Northeast Alberta Natural Area Manager or another seasonal staff member approximately 2-3 days per work week and in the office (e.g. at home or local Edmonton office) approximately 2-3 days per work week.

Position Requirements

  • Demonstrate an interest and/or experience in performing stewardship actions (e.g., removing invasive species, fence maintenance, installing signage, and monitoring biodiversity targets) and completing monitoring duties (e.g., documenting invasive species, significant species, photography, database entry, and report preparation)
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills when working with members of the community and/or partners;
  • Be enthusiastic, positive, detail oriented, adaptable and self-motivated even when not working under direct supervision;
  • Be able to work from home and the local Edmonton office when needed;
  • Comfortable travelling to and working in remote, outdoor settings with limited cell reception;
  • Display competency with Microsoft Word and Excel, general computer skills, data management and effective writing skills;
  • Work well individually and within a team environment, including with supervisors, other seasonal staff members, and volunteers;
  • Demonstrate good judgment and problem-solving skills in a variety of situations (e.g., what to do if a bear is encountered!);
  • Have valid Standard First Aid Level C CPR and AED certification;
  • Have a valid non-probationary (class 5) driver’s license and a clean driver’s abstract; and
  • Have a reliable vehicle and be able to drive to a central meeting location.

Position Assets

  • Background in Alberta plant and wildlife identification including invasive species;
  • Currently enrolled or recently completed post-secondary education in biology, environmental sciences, conservation, or related field;
  • Experience using iPads, mapping applications, and inReach devices;
  • Experience reviewing aerial photography; and
  • Experience using hand-held tools such as weed removal and fencing tools.

This can be a physically demanding job, requiring long days hiking on NCC properties - sometimes in inclement weather and through various terrains in including wetlands. Using and enhancing the knowledge gained during your education, your experience as a Conservation Technician will help conserve species habitat and other significant lands.

How to Apply

NCC is an equal opportunity employer. If you are interested in joining our team, please submit your cover letter, resume and preferred work location through our Career Centre by 11:59pm MST February 3, 2023.

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.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls or emails please.