Invasive Species Technician

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Nature Conservancy of Canada

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Edmonton, Canada

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14 days ago

Location: Southwestern Alberta (Crowsnest Pass or Pincher Creek) with preference for Crowsnest Pass

Position details: Two Full Time Contracts between May – October (4 or 6 months, 37.5 hrs/week)
Compensation: $19-25/hr – based on experience and credentials

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

Position Summary:

The Invasive Species Technicians will support NCC’s invasive species program with a focus on the Southwest corner of Alberta. The invasive species program aims to identify, map, and control populations of invasive species on NCC owned properties. The Invasive Species Technicians will primarily assist in all aspects of invasive species management and support other stewardship programs as needed.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Identify and map invasive species on NCC properties;
  • Monitor and document effectiveness of invasive species control measures that have been implemented;
  • Collect and manage invasive species data and ensure NCC’s database is kept up to date;
  • Spray invasive species with backpack sprayer; mix and prepare herbicides; maintain equipment;
  • Hand pick or use a brush cutter to mow invasive species;
  • 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;
  • Participate in community led invasive species control events;
  • Assist the restoration program with invasive species control and mapping, site visits and native seed harvesting; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements:

  • 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 entry level ArcGIS applications) 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 and navigation;
  • Be 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, able to work as part of a team, and self-motivated even when not working under direct supervision;
  • Be willing to travel approximately two hours on a daily basis and occasionally spend multiple days in other areas of Alberta (as far as Edmonton) to complete invasive species management activities;
  • Display competency with Microsoft Word and Excel, general computer skills, data management, effective note taking and writing skills;
  • Have valid Standard First Aid certification;
  • Have a valid non-probationary (class 5) driver’s license and a clean driver’s abstract;
  • Current pesticide applicator’s license and/or authorized assistant certification and associated experience would be considered an asset; and
  • Prior to starting the successful applicant will need to obtain their authorized assistant certification.

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. Some travel and overnight stays may be required.

How to Apply

NCC is an equal opportunity employer. If you are interested in joining our team, please submit your cover letter, resume and salary expectations through our Career Centre.

Application Deadline: February 19, 2023, 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.