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.

RLAPP Toadlet Migration 2015

Check out this videos from the Western toad migration in Ryder Lake last summer.  There are hundreds of tiny toads moving along this ~35 meter stretch of fencing towards one of the safe crossing routes. The toadlets even seem to prefer the smooth fence material for migration over the adjacent grass!

 

 

 

2015 Overview

Not nearly as interesting as photos of amphibians or our staff doing cool stuff, but important never the less!

Below are links to our 2015 financial statements and the year in review presentation from our AGM last month. It was another successful year of the FVC – working with our amazing partners, funders and volunteers in our continued efforts to protect the biodiversity of the Fraser Valley. New for 2016, we once again have a formal office space in Mission. We are in the office most days, if you plan to stop by, please call first to ensure someone is there, and we aren’t out helping toads or counting snails!

2015 Financial Statements

2015 Year in Review Presentation

 

Amphibian Monitoring Volunteers

Do you enjoy cold walks on rainy nights?  Sign up to be an amphibian road survey volunteer!The Fraser Valley Conservancy is looking for tough volunteers to help with night time amphibian surveys as a component of our Ryder Lake Amphibian Protection Project.  The objective of this survey is to determine the effectiveness of our toad tunnel and associated fencing at reducing road mortality.  We will be counting live and dead amphibians along a stretch of Ryder Lake and Elk View roads in Chilliwack, BC.

Volunteers must be prepared to walk 6 km in cold, dark and wet conditions while hunting for amphibians.  Surveys will start after dark and last until the survey is complete, generally 1-3 hours.  You will need weather appropriate gear (rain jacket, rain pants, boots or waterproof shoes, gloves).

Unfortunately, surveys cannot be planned in advance as they are completely dependent on rainy weather.  If you are interested in volunteering for this project please e-mail us and you will be added to a contact list.  When it looks like conditions are going to be good (i.e. wet) an e-mail will be sent out requesting volunteers for a specific day and time.  Usually this e-mail is sent the day before or sometimes the day of a survey.  Unfortunately, only a small group can help each night so only the first couple of people to respond can volunteer on a given night. However, there will be lots of opportunities!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to e-mail or call (604-625-0066).

Windebank Creek Spring Work-Party: Saturday Feb 27th at 9am

Okay so it might not be spring quite yet…
but we want to get a head-start in our ongoing battle against the blackberry and build nest boxes for the birds, bees and bats to use this coming year!

A great group of BCIT students have been helping us with a restoration plan for our section of Windebank Creek. They are organizing a Windebank Creek Maintenance and Nest Box Building Event the morning of Saturday February 27th.
Come out and help us cut blackberry, we will be targeting the new emerging shoots, and hopefully tackling the upstream section. Plus you can help provide habitat and attract pollinators to the creek by constructing bird, bat and mason bee nesting boxes. Kids can help too!
Light snacks will be provided. This event is rain or shine so please dress appropriately for the weather and ensure you are wearing sturdy shoes or boots. We will have some supplies but please bring clippers and gloves if you have them.

This event will take place at the usual location: the dead end at the west end of Logan Street in Mission (you will see the gate to our property which lies below the mall at the Northeast corner of Lougheed and Cedar Connector).

If you can confirm you will be attending  that would be great, send us a quick email to let us know so we have enough supplies on hand. If you want to just decide and show up on the day, that is fine too – the more the merrier!

Fencing successfully installed at the Toad Tunnel!

Toad fencing Volunteers 2016.

Toad fencing Volunteers 2016.

A huge thank you to the awesome group of volunteers who showed up on Saturday morning and installed fencing to guide migrating frogs and toads through the new toad tunnel!

Adult frogs, salamanders, and toads are now on their annual spring migration from their forest homes to various ponds and wetlands where they will lay their eggs.  The newly installed fencing will guide them to the toad tunnel which allows safe passage under Elk View road.  We installed the fencing along the forest side of the road (opposite the breeding pond) to guide the animals safely through the tunnel and towards the wetland.

We also added some fabulous compost/sand mix from Biocentral to the tunnel making it more like the natural environment.

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Amphibian Fencing Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for Volunteers to install amphibian fencing!

Saturday February 13th, 2016 from 10am – 1pm

Toad tunnel fencing 2015

We are currently looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help install directional amphibian fencing for our Ryder Lake Amphibian Protection Project.  The amphibian crossing structure has been installed thanks to the contributions made by Lafarge Canada Ltd (more details).  To ensure this crossing structure is effective, we need to install fencing that will direct amphibians towards the tunnel entrance.  The adult amphibians will start migrating to the wetland for breeding in late February or early March.

The fencing will be constructed from silt fencing material attached to wooden stakes using staples or screws. This is the same type of lightweight black fabric fencing seen near construction projects.  The most challenging part of this project will likely be working in wet or muddy conditions on a steep slope. Volunteers must be prepared to work in cold or wet conditions and will need work gloves.We will be onsite at the Toad Tunnel on Saturday February 13th starting at 10am. If you are interested in volunteering for this project to protect some frogs and toads please send me an e-mail to obtain further details!  Snacks will be provided.If you have any questions please do not hesitate to e-mail or call (604-625-0066).

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.

OSF spring break 2016

FVC AGM Tuesday February 16th, 2016!

In an effort to avoid having to take care of society business during the busy summer field season, we will be holding our Annual General Meeting (AGM) much earlier this year (February 16th). If you are interested in volunteering for a position on our board please email us, the board nominating committee will be meeting on January 26th and will be considering applications at that time.

Annual General Meeting

February 16, 2016 7:30 pm
33179 2nd Avenue, Mission BC
Join us at our Mission office to hear and see
what we’ve been up to this past year!
  • We will present information on the projects we have been working on this year.
  • You can meet the FVC staff, Directors, and members.
  • Participate in society business including election of board members.
  • Annual $10 membership fee will be collected at the door, guests are also welcome.

Meet and greet starts at 7:00 pm and the AGM will commence at 7:30 pm.