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Job title: Environmental Research Technician
Contract Term: May 6th - August 26, 2017
Full time 37.5 hours/week
Wage: $12.00/hour, depending on funding

Position availability subject to funding


Job Description:

We are looking for a highly motivated Environmental Research Technician to join our team for the summer! The Environmental Technician will assist the Project Coordinator in continuing environmental assessment, monitoring, and research in the Gorge Waterway and Portage Inlet. Monitoring and research programs include: water quality monitoring, Olympia oyster monitoring and research, herring research, and Coho salmon rehabilitation. The successful candidate will have some experience conducting field work, will be a team player as well as be able to work independently, and maintain consistent and professional communication with volunteers, community groups, and co-workers. Flexibility in the candidate’s schedule is necessary to reflect the dynamic nature of this position.

Position Summary:

The Environmental Research Technician will:

  • Assess the survival and recruitment of intertidal and subtidal Olympia oysters (Ostrea lurida) populations at various locations in the Gorge Waterway and Portage Inlet;
  • Monitor the settlement of Olympia oyster larvae and non-native species utilizing settlement stakes compliant with DFO protocol and contribute to a large-scale data set;
  • Create a high quality annual report summarizing the data collected regarding the native Olympia Oyster in the Gorge Waterway;
  • Assess and monitor local salmonids, herring, plankton, and water quality as collaboration with other institutions and organizations (e.g. water quality testing for Gorge Swim Fest);
  • Maintain consistent and professional communication with volunteers, community groups, co-workers, and associated administrative staff;
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of displays for the Gorge Waterway Nature House as applicable to ongoing monitoring and assessment programs;
  • Develop resources to share initiatives with the public including displays, media releases, and programming content;
  • Perform other duties as required.

Qualifications Required:

  • Post secondary student in biology, environmental studies, or related field. This job will require an strong understanding of marine animals biology and ecological principles;
  • Experience with aquatic animal husbandry;
  • Experience with self-directed studies, field work, data analyses, and scientific writing is desirable;
  • Experience organizing volunteers;
  • Valid driver’s license (use of own car may be required on occasion);
  • First Aid certification, CPR-C, and FOODSAFE (may be provided);
  • Willingness to submit a Criminal Record Check.

Eligibility criteria of candidate:

  • Was registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year;
  • Intends to return to school on a full-time basis during the next academic year;
  • Is a student in a secondary, post-secondary, vocational or technical program;
  • Is between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;
  • Is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;
  • Is legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations.

How to Apply:

Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 21st, 2017. 

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