We’re growing again…looking for an exceptional restoration field technician to join our team!

The Fraser Valley Conservancy (FVC) is excited to announce a brand-new position for a wetland restoration technician! This person will be working as part of the Precious Frog team, on the first year of a three-year project with great opportunities for growth in future years. If you have a background in restoration, ecosystems knowledge and are dedicated to conservation, read on….

We are looking for a flexible, curious, and personable employee who can take on project management roles. You will work with a diversity of personalities in challenging conditions, and will need to be able to think on your feet. Applicants with local knowledge and ties to the Fraser Valley or Lower Mainland preferred. You will be mentored by several knowledgeable biologists; together you will be working towards the recovery of the endangered Oregon Spotted Frog and other wetland species in the Lower Mainland of BC.

Description of Work:

Fall and Winter
  • Learning and implementing all technical aspects of the Precious Frog project. Including database management, documenting methodology, statistical analysis, restoration project planning, as well as site investigation and design.
  • Site enhancement work including invasive control, native plantings and bioengineering.

 

Spring
  • February through March assisting with all aspects of the busy amphibian breeding season: egg mass surveys, capture-mark-recapture, bacterial swabbing, marking and release of juveniles.
  • Reporting to government and funding sources.
Summer
  • Field duties in the early summer include night-time bullfrog surveys and control programming, data entry and management, field equipment care and maintenance, etc.
  • Late summer activities revolve around the habitat restoration projects. Maintaining and monitoring past projects, as well as coordinating current projects.
  • Working with municipalities, providing support for frog-friendly drainage maintenance.
  • Assisting with outreach and mentoring of student staff.

General Work Requirements:

You must be capable of performing physically demanding tasks such as walking long distances in mucky sites, paddling canoes and kayaks, lifting and transporting canoes and kayaks, carrying field equipment, etc. Waders and field equipment will be provided. You must be willing to work a flexible schedule during the field seasons.

Our office is in Mission, and many of the field sites are in the Eastern Fraser Valley. You must have a reliable vehicle and be able to transport field gear with you. You will be reimbursed for mileage from the office to field sites.

You will be hired for to work full-time (40 hours/week) from September 4th to March 31st, 2018. If you are the right fit for our team, a two-year extension will be offered at the end of the first work term. The intent is for you to grow with our organization, and potentially work on other projects as the years progress. The starting rate of pay will be $19 to $23 per hour, based on level of experience.

Required Qualifications, Experience and Skills:

  • Bachelors degree in a related field.
  • Minimum of two years (24 months) relevant work experience.
  • Eligible for professional or in training designation  I.E. BC Registered Professional Biologist, Professional Agrologist, Professional Engineer and Geoscientist, etc.
  • Experience in aquatic field work.
  • Versatile, adaptable and resourceful: able to incorporate adaptive management principles, rapidly assimilating new information and adapting activities while maintaining the integrity of the project.
  • Demonstrated landscape assessment skills for the purposes of habitat restoration and site management planning, including vegetative, topographic, hydrologic, soils assessments.
  • Experienced in project management (work planning, contractor coordination, safety, budgeting).
  • High level of comfort working independently in remote areas.
  • Experience writing and implementing a management plan.
  • Detail oriented with highly developed observation skills.
  • Highly competent in MSWord, Excel, and desktop GIS skills.
  • Knowledge of local plants, Fraser Valley ecosystems, species at risk, invasive species, and wetland species.
  • Outstanding communication skills, both verbal and written, to a wide range of audiences.
  • Experience coordinating field crews, students, and/or volunteers.

Assets:

  • MSAccess, FileMakerPro, Adobe InDesign, QGIS knowledge.
  • Topographic surveying experience.
  • Overseeing a construction project experience.
  • Amphibian experience.
  • Bullfrog control experience.
  • Knowledge of local land use practices.

Application Process:

Submit a cover letter, which clearly outlines how you meet the above requirements, and corresponding resume to admin@fraservalleyconservancy.ca

Applications will be accepted until midnight Sunday, August 20th, interviews will be conducted later that week and may include a practical component. There may be a testing component as part of the interview process, and you may be asked to provide an example of a habitat restoration plan or implementation report that you have produced.

Only applicants short-listed for the interview process will be contacted.

Toadlet Migration 2017 – Not What We Expected!

One of the things about working with nature is that you never can predict what is going to happen. Science is a tool we use to help guide our decisions, but when it comes down to it nature is going to do its own thing.

Our latest experience with this has been the 2017 Toadlet migration. Before we installed the toad tunnel, we spent many years researching the best location where it could help the most toads cross the road safely. For the first two years it worked well, they migrated along the directional fencing we installed with the help of volunteers, to either the tunnel or the culvert under Elk View Road. This year we were super prepared for the pending migration, everything was meticulously installed while the weather warmed up and the toad tadpoles morphed into little tiny toadlets. However, instead of following their usual route out of the wetland, across the hay field, they decided to go in the opposite direction this year! So now there are streams of migrating toadlets, crossing Elk View Road out of the other end of the wetland and too far south from our fencing and tunnel to benefit from its safe passage. Only the occasional toadlets are migrating the other direction and can benefit from the use of the tunnel.

Therefore, it is especially important this year that people follow the voluntary detour. The toadlets are so tiny it is impossible to see them when driving, many people don’t even notice them when walking. There is no way to avoid killing toadlets driving on Elk View Road between Ryder Lake and Huston Roads, however there is a simple detour that only adds 300m to the drive. The only way can help the toadlets this year is by taking the detour.

We will endeavour to continue to post updates on our YouTube channel if you want to follow there migration progress this year.

Hopefully next year they will continue with their usual migration route. In the meantime, the FVC staff will review the results from this year’s data collected and see if we can come up with an alternate safe crossing if the toadlets repeat this pattern again in the future.