In their first week, the crew is learning how to stay safe while working in the alpine. Travelling on snow and the potential for avalanches are part of the job, so its important to know how to detect dangerous situations. Fortunately the our crew is learning from the best! The Mount Washington Ski Patrol gave lessons on learning to dig snow pits to look for unstable snow layers that might indicate avalanche risk, and how to keep a safe distance from other members of your crew.
The Marmot Recovery Foundation is seeking summer wildlife technicians. We are looking for enthusiastic, hard-working individuals that have a passion for wildlife conservation, love to work outdoors, and want to contribute to the success of our exciting recovery program for the endangered Vancouver Island Marmot.
Number of positions: 6 full-time, short-term positions. Contract length: May 2 – August 31, 2016, with some possibility of extension through September. Project base: Nanaimo, Vancouver Island.
Main tasks and responsibilities include:
Hiking for several hours a day on steep, rugged, mountainous terrain with a 10-40lb backpack.
Precise and consistent collection of inventory, survival, and reproduction data based on radiotelemetry detections and visual observations.
Accurate and timely data entry.
Live-trapping and care of Vancouver Island marmots under the direction of the project veterinarian.
Driving 4×4 trucks on active logging roads, and occasional use of ATVs and/or snowmobiles.
Willingness to camp on trips of up to 10 days in length (sites often accessible only by helicopter).
This project is based in central Nanaimo. Meeting times can start as early as 4am and field days can be very long. In the past, we have hired exceptional individuals that lived outside of Nanaimo; however, all candidates MUST expect to drive to Nanaimo for the start of each field day. No reimbursement for personal fuel or mileage will be offered. Due to the short length of the field season and the high likelihood of weather-based scheduling changes, candidates must be available to work each day within the contract period.
The Field Team is out at Mount Arrowsmith today. We were scheduled to head out yesterday, but had to delay as result of smoke. The air is somewhat clearer today, but still very hazy. Fortunately, there are no fires near any marmot colonies, but we are constantly reminded of the people and wildlife that are not as fortunate.
On happier note, the Team has located 4 adult marmots and 6 pups in 2 locations on Mount Arrowsmith just this afternoon - great news for us from this colony.
Field Coordinator Mike Lester shares this photo of our field setup this afternoon. ... See MoreSee Less
Here's a fantastic portrait of a pup by John Deal. John is a member of the Vancouver Island Marmot Recovery Team, a group of biologists from government, the private sector, NGOs, and academia that provide guidance and advice on our work to ensure there are more pups like this in the future! ... See MoreSee Less