Unique Spring Break work experience for budding biologists…

Are you a grade 11 or 12 student (or know one) in Mission, Abbotsford or Chilliwack who is interested in getting into a career in conservation biology? If so, check out this great opportunity to learn from the biologists working with the highly endangered Oregon spotted frog during Spring Break 2017. This is a temporary paid position with the Fraser Valley Conservancy from March 13th to 24th, 2017. Full training and field gear will be provided. You do not need to have previous experience, just a willingness to learn and great enthusiasm for the outdoor environment. More details included in the attachment: spring break job posting.

Send your resume to Aleesha@fraservalleyconservancy.ca by February 5th to be considered for this rare opportunity.

Calling all Summer Students – Amphibian Assistant Wanted!

 

 

We are accepting applications for a Student Conservation Steward to assist us with our amphibian-related projects this summer. The successful candidate will work alongside our Junior Biologist to learn and help with:

  • Recovery of the highly endangered Oregon Spotted frog in locations throughout the eastern Fraser Valley. This includes: bullfrog surveys and control, data entry and management, field equipment care and maintenance, trapping amphibians in restored habitats, as well as educational outreach to landowners and the general public.
  • Juvenile Western Toad migration monitoring, participating in the installation of fencing to direct migrating amphibians, as well as coordinating and supporting the volunteers assisting with the Ryder Lake Amphibian Protection Project.
  • Management of the FVC conservation properties including invasive species control and maintenance, helping with community outreach events, and promoting conservation values to the community.

This position is a great opportunity to gain experience in the conservation field. This type of work often involves slogging through wetlands, where you will be muddy and wet all day. Alternatively, sometimes the weather is fabulous, which means long hot days working in areas with little or no shade, and lots of bugs! Amphibians like to be out at night, so that means we often work all hours of the day as well. While we ensure our staff are well prepared and have all the field gear they need, this type of work requires someone with good stamina, and an optimistic attitude and a strong sense of humour.

While we do not require extensive previous work experience, we will be seeking candidates that have some experience (work, volunteer or academic) in the following areas:

  • Physically fit and comfortable working outside in all weather conditions
  • Keen interest in local conservation issues
  • Native flora and fauna identification knowledge
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Must have access to a reliable personal vehicle as you have to be able to get to the daily meeting locations in both Mission and Chilliwack (areas where public transportation is not an option)
  • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule (which can include evenings and weekends) to coincide with amphibians’ activities and public events

Additional qualifications that will be considered an asset:

  • Knowledge of amphibian biology, wetland ecology and species at risk issues (especially local species and ecosystems)
  • Field work experience; including monitoring methods, data collection, data analysis and technical reporting
  • Streamkeeper or other related volunteer experience
  • GIS knowledge and basic mapping skills
  • Experience coordinating volunteers and hosting events
  • Experience with construction projects (such as fence building)

This position is funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program; therefore, all candidates must meet the following qualifications in order to be considered:

  • Currently enrolled in post-secondary education (must have been registered full-time in the previous academic year and returning to full time studies in September 2016)
  • Be between 15 and 30 years of age (as of June 13th, 2016)
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred and be legally entitled to work in Canada

The amphibian assistant will be hired as a term employee starting after June 13th and ending August 27th, 2016. The rate of pay will be $14.00 per hour, 40 hours per week. Due to the short-term, timing-dependent nature of this work, the assistant is expected to be available 5 days a week for the entire work term.

To apply please email a resume and cover letter clearly outlining how you meet the above requirements through the link on the FVC website or directly to joanne (at) fraservalleyconservancy.ca (please ensure you put Student Conservation Steward Application in the subject line). Resumes will be accepted until 8:00 am Monday 30th, 2016. Applicants who meet the criteria for an interview will be contacted by June 1st and interviews will take place the week of June 6th.

Unique opportunity to work for the FVC – we are searching for our next Project Coordinator!

We are looking for the right person to join our team and help us implement a wide variety of conservation-focused projects. This is a rare opportunity to have full-time work with an organization whose mandate is to protect and enhance the biodiversity of the Fraser Valley.

We have spent the last two years developing this role, and we are now looking for a new biologist to take over and continue to advance this important work.

 

The job description is relatively straightforward, as there are three main areas of focus:

Expertise and support for our outreach program.

This includes producing informative property reports for private landowners including simple maps and habitat features; assisting with the design and accuracy of outreach materials; providing engaging and informative talks to a wide range of audiences (from academics to pre-schoolers); working with staff and contractors to provide data management support and solutions; creating and updating informative website and social media pages; and promoting the Fraser Valley Conservancy and our mandate in a cooperative and positive manner.

Advise and actively participate in the land management of our conservation properties.

This includes completing detailed baseline reports, writing and updating management plans as necessary; physically implementing invasive plant control as well as habitat enhancement and restoration work; recruiting and supervising staff, students and volunteers who are assisting with the property management activities; completing inventory surveys of sensitive species that occupy our properties; and addressing any other land management issues as they arise, including fostering relationships with neighbouring landowners.

Coordinate the ongoing Ryder Lake Amphibian Protection Project.

This includes adaptive management of the toad tunnel and its directive fencing; implementing and analyzing the monitoring methodology for the effectiveness of crossing structure; coordinating and supporting volunteers to assist with the project; writing ongoing funding applications and technical reports; sharing knowledge with other like-minded organizations, media, and industry partners.

The formal details are:

  • one-year term employment (renewed annually), based on a 32-hour per week schedule (additional hours may be available based on other work secured)
  • must be available to work evenings and weekends (for survey work and the occasional weekend event) when needed
  • initial pay range ($20-25/hour) based on experience and skills
  • must have a reliable vehicle that can be used for work (applicable mileage is reimbursed), our office is based in Mission and public transit is not an option for any of our work in the valley
  • ideally we would like to fill this position by June 13th, but can be flexible with the right person

If you think you have the skills and dedication to be considered for this position, please submit a cover letter outlining how the experience listed in your attached resume demonstrates your suitability.

We do not have a preference for the type or level of post-secondary education you have, or the number of years you have worked with a specific species or area of expertise. The quality of your experience, skill set, and ability to communicate how you can support the conservancy’s work will be used to evaluate your eligibility for this position.

We are looking for someone who will grow with our organization, propose effective and creative solutions, be highly organized, all while being diplomatic and enthusiastic. We encourage our employees to pursue their areas of interest and support them with continuing education and a positive work environment.

We will be accepting applications until 8:00 am Friday, May 27th, and interviews will take place the following week (June 1st and 2nd).

Please submit all applications directly to Joanne(at)fraservalleyconservancy.ca.

Spring Break Job Shadowing Opportunity with the Oregon Spotted Frog Project!

Are you a grade 11 or 12 student (or know one) in Mission, Abbotsford or Chilliwack who is interested in getting into a career in conservation biology? Did you see the Chilliwack Progress article and think this may be a great learning experience?

If so, check out this great opportunity to learn from the biologists working with the highly endangered Oregon spotted frog during Spring Break. This is a temporary paid position with the Fraser Valley Conservancy from March 14th to 25th, 2016. Full training and field gear will be provided. You do not need to have previous experience, just a willingness to learn and great enthusiasm for the outdoor environment.

Send your resume to Aleesha@fraservalleyconservancy.ca by March 1st to be considered for this opportunity.

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Ever Wonder What it’s Like to be a Summer Student with FVC?

As a team of three summer students working for the Fraser Valley Conservancy we had many interesting experiences. While a large part of our job was removing Himalayan blackberry, a necessity for any conservation work in the Lower Mainland, we also took part in a variety of different projects and picked up new skills along the way!

Our crew began in May conducting snail surveys at the Three Creeks site in Abbotsford. We learned to identify some local species, specifically the red-listed Oregon forest snail and the blue-listed Pacific sideband snail. We were lucky to find several of each in our plots, as well as a very friendly ensatina salamander.

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Pacific sideband snail

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Common ensatina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We then travelled to the man-made Peppindale Wetlands in Aldergrove where our crew was taught how to complete topographic surveys. We surveyed wetland plants and also searched the area for bullfrogs, looking for the large egg masses and listening for the unmistakable plopping sounds made by young frogs.

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Removing invasive American bullfrog egg masses.

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Conducting topographic survey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After our time at these sites we began work with the Fraser Valley Watershed Coalition, a partner organization with the FVC. At their sites in Yarrow, we helped to survey fish at a stream in the Yarrow Eco Village. The crawfish were definitely the trickiest to retrieve though I am happy to say that we all survived without injury!

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Our crew of three surveying fish in Yarrow.

While our other experiences were definitely memorable, we all agreed that our favourite part of the summer was working by Ryder Lake in Chilliwack during the mass migration of juvenile western toads. We were amazed to see thousands of these dime-sized toads travel across roads from their breeding ponds to their forest habitats. During the migration, we assisted with toad surveys and learned how to hold and measure these little amphibians. Our crew also helped to install directional fences to corral the toads towards the FVC’s new amphibian crossing structure dubbed the “toad tunnel”.

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Western toads caught on the wrong side of the fence using an “escape hatch” to crawl to safety.

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Sub-adult Western toad who has made it safely through the tunnel to the forest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The field experiences and learning opportunities this summer were priceless. The knowledge, industry contacts and hands-on experience will help our careers and has left us with some great memories.

Summer Student Work Opportunities at FVC…

The FVC is looking for two curious, hard-working and keen Student Conservation Stewards to join our team for the summer of 2015!

 

The summer students will work as part of a crew, under the supervision of Fraser Valley Conservancy (FVC) biologists and alongside community volunteers. They will be assisting with:

  • managing FVC conservation properties including invasive species control, restoration work as well as baseline surveys (photo-point monitoring, vegetation, gastropod, and mammal surveys);
  • monitoring juvenile Western Toad migration and participating in the installation of an amphibian crossing structure;
  • working with partner organizations assisting with fish salvage and stream restoration (including bio-engineering); and,
  • organizing and hosting outreach events, engaging youth volunteers, and promoting conservation values to the community.

These positions are a great opportunity to gain experience in conservation field. While we do not require extensive previous work experience, we will be seeking candidates that have some experience (work, volunteer or academic) in the follow areas:

  • Physically fit and comfortable working outside in all weather conditions
  • Keen interest in local conservation issues
  • Native flora and fauna identification knowledge
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Must have access to a reliable personal vehicle as the work will take place around the Fraser Valley (Chilliwack, Abbotsford and Mission). The students will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the daily meeting locations in each community
  • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule (which can include evenings and weekends) to coincide with toad migrations and public events

Additional qualifications that will be considered an asset:

  • Knowledge of amphibian biology, wetland ecology and species at risk issues (especially local species and ecosystems)
  • Field work experience; including monitoring methods, data collection, data analysis and technical reporting
  • Streamkeeper or other related volunteer experience
  • GPS knowledge and basic mapping skills
  • Experience coordinating volunteers and hosting events
  • Experience with construction projects (such as temporary fence building)

These positions are funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program; therefore candidates must meet the following qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in post-secondary education (must have been registered full-time in the previous academic year and returning to full time studies in September 2015)
  • Be between 15 and 30 years of age (as of May 25th, 2015)
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred and be legally entitled to work in Canada

Two student stewards will be hired (funding dependent) as term employees from May 25th 2015 to August 22, 2015. The rate of pay will be $13.50 per hour, 32 hours per week.

To apply please email a cover letter and resume clearly outlining how you meet the above requirements and resume to applications@fraservalleyconservany.ca.

Resumes will be accepted until 8:00 am Monday April 20th, 2015. Applicants who meet the criteria for an interview will be contacted by April 24th and interviews will take place the week of April 27th.

Spring Break Employment for High School Students Interested in Conservation in Agassiz!

Are you a grade 11 or 12 student who likes spending time exploring the outdoors, learning new things and getting soaking wet and muddy? Are you fascinated by frogs and wetlands? If so our partners on the Spotted Frog Project have a couple of unique opportunities for the right people. Please note this work is in Agassiz in the Eastern Fraser Valley and is not accessible by public transit – due to this limitation all students must be either based in Agassiz or have the ability (i.e. a car) to get to the meeting site in Agassiz daily.

No phone calls please! Direct all inquiries and applications to applications@fraservalleyconservancy.ca

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Conservation Intern Opportunity!

The Fraser Valley Conservancy (FVC) is accepting applications from qualified candidates for our Science Horizons Intern position. The intern will be working on the first year of a three-year project with great opportunities for growth and project development in future years.

We are looking for a flexible, curious, independent and personable employee who can grow into project management roles. The intern will work with a diversity of personalities in challenging conditions, and will need to be able to think on their feet. This is a fantastic position for an eager, energetic recent graduate with a strong interest in wildlife, plants, and field work. Days will be long, hot, cold, wet, muddy, and buggy. An optimistic attitude, good humor and laughter are crucial – must be able to rock a smile through bug hats! If wet, slimy and up to the shoulders in muck sounds like fun to you, please apply.

Description of Work:

Field duties in the early summer will include night-time turtle nesting surveys, bullfrog surveys and control programming, data entry and management, field equipment care and maintenance, etc. Late summer activities will include assisting in habitat construction projects and trapping turtles and amphibians. Fall activities will include planting at restoration sites and wrapping up summer projects. Winter months will be spent reporting on completed works, managing databases and developing project plans for upcoming seasons. Spring field work will include amphibian egg mass surveys and capture-mark-recapture field work. Training will be provided but the intern will then be expected to work independently approximately 30% of the time. Waders and field equipment will be provided.

As the summer field work will be mainly in the eastern Fraser Valley, the intern will be expected to stay in field accommodations while working in the area. The field work will be completed in all weather conditions, much of it at night in the early summer.

Applicants must be physically 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.

The intern will be hired for 1576 hours (approximately 10 months) to work full-time (40 hours/week) on various species-at-risk projects in the Fraser Valley, from June 16th, 2014 to March 31st, 2015. Rate of pay will be $18.00 per hour.

Work Duties:

The intern will work with and be mentored by project biologists working towards the recovery of endangered wetland species in the Lower Mainland of BC. The intern will be assigned duties such as, but not limited to:

  • Invasive species control
  • Bullfrog control and monitoring
  • Trapping amphibians and reptiles
  • Western Painted turtle nest monitoring
  • Telemetry tracking of turtles and frogs
  • Data entry, data management, technical reporting and project planning
  • GIS mapping
  • Habitat restoration
  • Environmental monitoring of construction sites

Qualifications and Requirements:

This is a Science Horizons funded internship, therefore in order for an applicant to be considered they must meet the following criteria (these are non-negotiable):

  • Are aged 30 years or under as of June 16th, 2014
  • Have graduated from a university, college, post-secondary school of technology, post-secondary institution
  • Are legally entitled to work in Canada (Canadian citizen, permanent Canadian resident status, hold a valid Canadian work permit to work on a full time basis, or granted refugee status in Canada)
  • Will not be in receipt of Employment Insurance during the internship
  • Will not be in school during the internship

In addition, we are looking for the following required skills and qualifications:

  • Environmental sciences degree
  • Minimum of two seasons’ experience in related field work (paid or volunteer); including monitoring methods, data collection, analysis and reporting
  • Knowledge of wetland ecology and species at risk issues
  • Local plant identification knowledge
  • GPS knowledge and basic mapping skills
  • Animal handling experience
  • High level of comfort working in remote areas in the presence of wildlife and livestock
  • Outstanding communications skills, verbal and written
  • Strong note-taking skills (attention to detail, legible handwriting)
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently
  • Access to a reliable personal vehicle to use for field work purposes (neither the office, nor the work sites are accessible via public transit)
  • Willing to work a flexible schedule including nights and weekends, often outdoors under all weather conditions, and regularly staying overnight in field camps.

Additional qualifications that will be considered assets:

  • Knowledge of amphibian or reptile biology
  • GIS skills and experience
  • Good examples of completed field studies or monitoring reports
  • Experience coordinating field crews, students, and/or volunteers
  • Experience overseeing construction projects
  • Experience facilitating a wide range of stakeholders
  • Knowledge of species at risk and other sensitive ecological issues in the eastern Fraser Valley
  • Understanding of the agricultural sector
  • Canoeing or kayaking experience
  • Applicants with local knowledge and ties to the Fraser Valley or Lower Mainland will be preferred

To apply:

Submit a cover letter, which clearly outlines how you meet the above requirements, and corresponding resume to applications@fraservalleyconservancy.ca. Please ensure to include the position being applied for in the subject line.

Applications will be accepted until 8:00 am Monday May 26th, interviews will be conducted May 28th and 29th. Only applicants short-listed for the interview process will be contacted.

Student Work Opportunities at FVC!

The Fraser Valley Conservancy (FVC) is looking for two university students to work as Conservation Stewards on various FVC projects this summer.

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The projects will include the Ryder Lake Amphibian Protection Project (RLAPP), McKee Peak conservation property surveys, Windebank Creek restoration, and community outreach events. The students will work under the supervision of FVC staff and will work alongside volunteers.

Duties will include: assisting with the monitoring of the juvenile Western Toad migration; participating in the design, installation and monitoring of an amphibian crossing structure in Ryder Lake; and assisting with baseline surveys of FVC conservation properties. Baseline surveys will include vegetation, gastropod, and mammal surveys and the establishment of photo monitoring points. The students will also play a key role in organizing and hosting outreach events, engaging youth volunteers, and promoting conservation values to the community. This job may also involve physical control of invasive plants, planting native species, report writing, and data entry.

These positions are funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program; therefore candidates must meet the following qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in post-secondary education (must have been registered full-time in the previous academic year and returning to full time studies in September 2014)
  • Be between 15 and 30 years of age (as of June 2nd, 2014)
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred and be legally entitled to work in Canada

In addition, successful candidates should have:

  • Keen interest in local conservation issues
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently
  • Physically fit and able to work outside in all weather conditions
  • Native flora and fauna identification knowledge
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Access to a reliable personal vehicle to use for work (the FVC office and most of the project sites are not on a bus route)
  • Willing and able to work a flexible schedule (which will include evenings and weekends) to coincide with toad migrations and public events

Additional qualifications that will be considered an asset are:

  • Knowledge of amphibian biology, wetland ecology and species at risk issues (especially local species and ecosystems)
  • Field work experience; including monitoring methods, data collection, data analysis and technical reporting
  • Streamkeeper or other related volunteer experience
  • GPS knowledge and basic mapping skills
  • Experience coordinating volunteers and hosting events
  • Experience with construction projects (such as temporary fence building)
  • Experience with media relations

Two student stewards will be hired as term employees from June 2, 2014 to August 22, 2014. The students will be paid $12 per hour up to 40 hours per week.

To apply please email a cover letter clearly outlining how you meet the above requirements and resume to applications@ fraservalleyconservany.ca.

Applicants who meet the criteria for an interview will be contacted by May 19th and interviews will take place the week of May 20th, 2014. Resumes will be accepted until midnight, Sunday May the 18th.