We are now accepting applications for our summer field team!
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.
Number of positions: 1-4 full-time, short-term positions.
Contract length: May 1 – August 31, 2019, with some possibility of extension through September.
Contract structure: Fixed-term employment contract, starting at $2,780/month.
Project base: Nanaimo, Vancouver Island.
Main tasks and responsibilities include:
- Hiking for several hours a day on steep, rugged, mountainous terrain with a 30-40lb 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.
- Camping 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 be 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 that weather will change work plans and scheduled days off, candidates cannot be assured of conventional weekends and must be flexible to work at any time during the contract period.
Successful candidates will possess:
- A Class 5 Drivers License (or equivalent).
- First Aid – minimum OFA Level 1.
- A high level of physical fitness and stamina.
- Experience with multi-day backcountry camping trips.
- Experience driving 4×4 and all-terrain vehicles in steep, mountainous terrain.
- A detail-oriented mindset and the ability to remember and follow specific directions regarding data collection protocols and animal care.
- A commitment to adhere to safety protocols and contribute to safe operating practices.
- Strong communication skills, a positive attitude, and the ability to contribute to a fun and supportive team environment.
- Experience working around and caring for animals would be an asset.
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three references to the Field Coordinator, Mike Lester, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications must be received by 4pm Monday, February 11. Only those applicants chosen for interviews will be contacted. We anticipate scheduling interviews in the week of February 25. Some positions may be funded by Summer Jobs Canada. Additional eligibility requirements may apply. Short-listed candidates will be invited to a non-mandatory field experience day in late February. This event will facilitate candidate demonstration of backcountry fitness and aptitude for learning specialist techniques.