Now hiring: Marmot Field Technicians
We are hiring Marmot Technicians for the summer! If you or someone you know is interested in a career in conservation, field biology, or related work, consider applying to join the summer field team!
The Marmot Recovery Foundation is seeking summer wildlife technicians to work with the critically endangered Vancouver Island Marmot. We are looking for enthusiastic, hard-working individuals that have a passion for wildlife love to work outdoors, and want to contribute towards the success of our exciting conservation program.
Number: 1-4 full-time, seasonal positions.
Contract length: Monday May 4 – Wednesday September 2, 2020, 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 under variable weather conditions on steep, rugged, mountainous terrain with a 30-40lb backpack.
• Precise and consistent collection of field data based on radio-telemetry and visual observations.
• Accurate and timely data entry.
• Live-trapping and care of marmots under the direction of the project veterinarian.
• Driving 4×4 trucks on active gravel resource roads, and occasional use of ATVs and/or snowmobiles.
• Camping on trips of up to 10 days in length (including sites with limited helicopter access).
This project is based in central Nanaimo. Start times can be as early as 4am and field days can be very long. In the past, we have hired exceptional individuals living outside of the Nanaimo area; however, all candidates MUST have
the capacity 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 disrupt work
plans and scheduled days off, candidates cannot always be assured of conventional weekends and must have the flexibility 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 adhering to safety protocols and contributing 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, Cheyney Jackson, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications must be received by 4pm Wednesday, February 12. Only those applicants chosen for interviews will be contacted. We anticipate scheduling interviews for the week of March 2. Some positions may be funded by Summer Jobs Canada. Additional eligibility requirements may apply.