UPDATE: The deadline for applications has now passed. Thank you to everyone who expressed interest. We will reading your applications and contacting short-listed candidates over the next 2 weeks.

The Marmot Recovery Foundation is seeking Wildlife Technicians for the 2022 summer. 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.

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.

Number of positions: 1-4 full-time, summer term positions.
Contract length: May 2 – August 31, 2022 with some possibility of extension through September. Contract structure: Fixed-term employment contract, starting at $2,800/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.
  • Camping on trips of up to 10 days in length at remote, challenging locations (sites often accessible only by helicopter).
  • 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.

Successful candidates will possess:

  • First Aid – minimum OFA Level 1.
  • A Class 5 Drivers License (or equivalent).
  • 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.
  • This position is best suited for individuals with an interest in a career in biology, wildlife conservation, environmental studies, or a related field.
  • COVID-19 vaccinations are mandatory for Marmot Recovery Foundation employees.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three references to the Field Coordinator, Kevin Gourlay, at: resumes@marmots.org.

Applications must be received by 4pm Monday, February 14th. Only those applicants chosen for interviews will be contacted. We anticipate scheduling interviews for the week of February 28. Some positions may be funded by Summer Jobs Canada. Additional eligibility requirements may apply.

The Marmot Recovery Foundation invite applications from members of equity-seeking communities who bring value to the recovery of the Vancouver Island Marmot through their lived experiences.  We encourage members of all equity-seeking groups to self-identify within their application cover letter.  When a candidate voluntarily discloses this information in their cover letter, the information will be used only for the fulfillment of the career opportunity.  Disclosure and/or self-identification with an equity-seeking group will not lead to advantageous treatment of a candidate who is not qualified.