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.

Successful candidates will possess:

  • A high level of physical fitness and a passion for nature conservation
  • A detail-oriented mindset, and the willingness to follow 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.
  • A Class 5 Driver’s License (or equivalent).
  • First Aid – OFA Level 1.
  • Familiarity with Vancouver Island mountains and backcountry.
  • Experience driving 4×4 and all-terrain vehicles.
  • Experience working around animals and a knowledge of animal husbandry techniques would be a bonus.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three references to our Field Coordinator, Cheyney Jackson, at: resumes@marmots.org.
Applications must be received by 4pm Monday, February 29. We thank all applicants for their interest in this project. Only those applicants chosen for interviews will be contacted. Interviews will be scheduled for the weeks of March 7 and 14.