Project Watershed is Hiring: Environmental Technicians for Summer 2021
The Comox Valley Project Watershed Society is an action-oriented environmental non-profit organization. Our mission is to promote community stewardship of Comox Valley watersheds though education, information, and action. We work to protect, restore, and sustain the watersheds, estuaries, and the near-shore ecosystems, within the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island and beyond (our geographic area includes the northern Salish Sea from Bowser to the Oyster River estuary).
While the output of Project Watershed’s work will hopefully be the protection and restoration of our local watersheds and associated sensitive habitats, the process by which we carry out our objective is also of prime importance. Through involving our fellow citizens in useful work, we hope to foster an enduring relationship between citizens and their watersheds and coastal habitats, to empower them as stewards of their local landscapes.
We will be hiring four environmental technicians that will be working to support Project Watershed’s restoration and monitoring projects for the Summer 2021. These individuals will work to support our Restoration Specialist and Senior Biologist in carrying out maintenance, monitoring, and restoration of two main sites in the Comox Valley, Kus-kus-sum (including its surrounding ecosystems), and Glen Urquhart Creek. This will include invasive species monitoring and management, native species planting, water quality monitoring, and supporting with field assessments and monitoring of restoration and reference sites.
These positions are part-time for 5 months starting May 17th, 2021. Each technician will contribute ~400hrs throughout the employment period, about 20-25hrs a week, at $20/hr. Technicians will need to be flexible as some weekend work may be required.
These positions are ideal for youth and early career professionals looking to advance their knowledge and expertise in field work, restoration, and watershed stewardship. On-site and in-office training and mentorship will be offered to ensure that employees are equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to inform their work and benefit their career futures. Project Watershed aims to promote diversity, equity and inclusion, and empower young people with skills and knowledge to inform their work as watershed stewards within their communities.
Duties and Responsabilites
- Support Restoration Specialist and Senior Biologist with activities related to restoration and monitoring on Project Watershed’s current projects, Kus-kus-sum and Glen Urquhart Creek
- Invasive vegetation management, based on best practices
- Planting native vegetation, both riparian, upland, and nearshore
- Conducting stream habitat assessments
- Data collection for monitoring and restoration projects
- Vegetation monitoring
- Water quality monitoring
- Other duties related to restoration and monitoring work, as needed
- Some work or educational experience in environmental sector, conservation, or resource management
- Enthusiasm working outside in variable conditions
- Ability to work effectively as a team
- Previous knowledge of local flora and fauna considered an asset
- Knowledge of invasive species management considered an asset
- Ability to work with hand tools, gardening equipment and small machinery an asset
- Proven ability to develop and maintain effective, co-operative relationships
- Ability to work weekends
- Ability to lift up to 50lbs and work in physically challenging conditions
- First Aid and/or WHIMIS an asset
Join Project Watershed
If you are interested in applying please submit your resume and a cover letter by April 28th, 2021 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that only those candidates who are invited for interviews will be contacted.
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