Close to Home Project Coordinator

Another exciting opportunity is here! We’re hiring a project coordinator for a four-year position to build and deliver a brand new program connecting Fraser Valley communities to climate action. Check out the job posting details below, or download the pdf here.

Ready to apply? Email your resume and cover letter to Aleesha@fraservalleyno.wpengine.com. Applications are due by midnight, July 18th, 2021.

 

 

Do you have what it takes to be part of our Summer Conservation Crew 2021?

It’s that time of year again – we are looking for two keen, young, conservationists to join our team for the summer!

As a crew member you will help us maintain our conservation properties and assist with important projects like the toadlet migration.

To apply read through the qualifications and details below and submit your cover letter and resume to Jon@fraservalleyno.wpengine.com by midnight April 4th.

Click here to email your application to Jon

We’re hiring a project coordinator!

The Fraser Valley Conservancy is hiring for a brand-new position — researching the impacts of a recent bullfrog introduction into a sensitive ecosystem, and developing management options to ensure the persistence of biodiversity. This is a great opportunity to take ownership of a project and make your mark in the Fraser Valley’s conservation field.
See the below for more details.
Share this posting with the up-and-coming biologists in your life who are ready to take on a unique and exciting challenge in invasive species control and biodiversity management. Click here for a shareable pdf.
This project starts right around the corner, so don’t delay! Applications are due by midnight, Sunday, May 10th. Email Aleesha@fraservalleyno.wpengine.com with your resume and cover letter that clearly outlines how you meet the qualifications we are looking for below.

 

Looking for a froggy field tech to join our team for a month…

**This posting is now closed. We are currently conducting interviews. Thank you for your interest! Stay tuned to our Facebook page and the Precious Frog page for more opportunities in the future**

It’s February and that means that frog breeding season is just around the corner. It also means that we need to temporarily expand our Precious Frog team to ensure we have enough eyes on the ground looking for egg masses laid by the endangered Oregon Spotted frog.

To be considered you must be available between February 24th and March 31st for a total of 20 days of work (exact days will be weather dependent). You must have a positive and eager attitude and thrive on spending cold wet days tromping around wetlands. You also must have excellent eyesight, observational skills and attention to detail. If this sounds like you read on…

Click here to submit your resume and cover letter outlining your frog finding skills.

Any budding biologists looking for a Spring Break amphibian adventure?

Calling all nature lovers and future biologists! It’s just about that time of year again – amphibian breeding season! The Fraser Valley Conservancy is looking for two Grade 11 – 12 students to spend one week of their spring break wading through wetlands to help recover the Oregon Spotted Frog. See the job posting below for details. Send your resume and cover letter to jon@fraservalleyno.wpengine.com by midnight Thursday, January 31st, 2019. Share with your friends! Download the pdf here. 

 

 

Summer of 2019

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be part of the FVC summer crew? It is a combination of hard work, great conversations about conservation, and some fun thrown in.

But don’t take it from us, here is what Abbey and Jessica had to say…

First from Abbey:

Over the summer of 2019, I worked full time for the FVC. I found out about this opportunity through my previous volunteer experience with FVC, particularly with scientist Sofi Hindmarch. Working for the FVC was my dream summer job all through high school, and I was elated when I got the position.

My favorite aspect of this job was the variety: one day I might be pulling out invasive plants from a restoration site, the next I might be counting bats in a suburban site. Having so many facets to my job allowed me to learn new skills. This was my first chance to work in an office. This was a challenge since all my previous jobs had been active jobs. Sitting at the computer was more difficult than any fieldwork I had to do, but I came out more patience and with better typing skills.

Fieldwork was divided between invasive species removal and research. The invasive species removal was very strenuous and dirty work. I improved my fitness by pulling out blackberries for 7 hours a day. Working hard for such long spans of time built up my tenacity.

Research was the most exciting aspect of working at FVC. I worked with many species: western toads, bullfrogs, bats, painted turtles, and screech owls. Carrying out the methods I had studied was super fun, and it helped to reaffirm my interest in field biology. I also was able to learn about the background work that must be done before studies can be carried out; oftentimes, there is a long process of communication, funding applications, planning, and dealing with residents that must be done before and during fieldwork. These details haven’t been taught to me in school yet, so it was an important lesson.

A final aspect of my employment was attending outreach events. Our goal for the summer was to attend 5-6 events around the Fraser Valley. The purpose of these outings was to promote the work of FVC to event attendees. I had a great time chatting with people, including children.

My time at the FVC was incredibly productive and enjoyable. I am happy that I decided to apply for this position, and I know that it’s addition to my resume will aid in my future employment. I am thankful to all the people I got to meet and work with.

And Jessica:

I am a fifth-year biology student at UFV looking to pursue a master’s in conservation biology. The experience I received this summer confirmed that this is the direction I would like to go in. I had a fantastic time working for Fraser Valley Conservancy.

I learned about FVC from a required volunteer component of a second level conservation class. I signed up to help survey for Sideband and Oregon forest snails on the Three Creeks property. It was raining and miserable that day, and I had the most phenomenal time in the field! This opportunity pushed me from the genetics focus I had intended to take to outdoor conservation work, which I never thought I would enjoy as much as I do.

I had the opportunity to work in the field doing invasive species removal with Jon, conduct surveys of Western toadlets, and truck through bogs with Natasha photo point monitoring. I had the chance to see baby barn owls through cameras with Sofi and to connect with local communities through outreach events with Aleesha.

Each week there was something new and interesting to do. Even with invasive species removal, which took 60 per cent of our time, each site was different and interesting, and I enjoyed the company of Jon and Abbey. People often stopped to chat with us about what we were doing.

I learned valuable skills that I will certainly be using in future jobs. I learned to identify invasive species and the strategies to remove them. It was interesting returning to sites later in the summer and seeing how quickly other invasives can take over an area. I also learned why certain native species are chosen over others to plant in disturbed sites to help combat invasive species and to naturalize the site.

I also worked with some of our local at-risk or endangered animal species. We conducted Western toadlet surveys during which I learned about the migration of these toadlets and, through later analyzing the data, the value of the toadlet tunnel. I had the chance to help Sofi look for Western screech owl nests in a forest and saw a great horned owl for the first time. I also helped Sofi survey baby barn owls and I learned about the life cycle and population dynamics of barn owls in the Valley.

During trap monitoring with Natasha, I learned to identify some native fish species, the basic technique for photo point monitoring, and I learned that canary reed grass does usually grow in deep water (while wearing only rubber boots). I was taught basic GIS mapping skills at a workshop which will help me in my upcoming conservation GIS course.

Each person I worked with was so willing and excited to share their knowledge with me. There was a great deal of trust shown to me and Abbey with the work we were asked to do independently. I leave FVC confident that this is the career direction I want to pursue, if others in this field are half as friendly and knowledgeable as the people I got to work with this summer.

Huge thanks to these UFV students for working so hard this summer, their positive attitudes and passion for conservation!