Summer Conservation Technician - 6 positions - Alberta (Southern)

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the nation’s leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962 NCC and its supporters have protected 2.8 million acres (more than 1.1 million hectares) of ecologically significant land across Canada. NCC takes a collaborative, science-based approach to achieve conservation success for the sake of nature and Canadians. With a national office in Toronto and seven regional offices across the country, NCC delivers results you can walk on.

Purpose and General Description

Every summer, the Nature Conservancy of Canada – Alberta Region (NCC) hires post-secondary students and recent graduates of a biological, ecological, and/or agricultural program to perform stewardship work and compliance monitoring on lands conserved by NCC. In 2019, NCC will be hiring one Conservation Technician to work in each of the following areas:

  • Waterton (based out of the Waterton/Pincher Creek area)
  • Castle-Crowsnest Watershed (based out of the Crowsnest Pass/Pincher Creek area)
  • Southern Foothills (based out of the Pincher Creek area)
  • Bow (based out of the Calgary area)
  • Prairie Grasslands (based out of the Lethbridge area)
  • Southeast Alberta (based out of the Medicine Hat area)

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct annual property inspections to identify stewardship actions, emerging threats, and risks and liabilities;
  • Monitor biodiversity targets (e.g. species at risk, vegetation communities) and threats (e.g. invasive species);
  • Support staff with compliance monitoring of conservation easements;
  • Implement recommended stewardship and management actions on NCC properties, with a focus on invasive species monitoring and removal, assisting with volunteer events, maintaining fences, installing property signs and other tasks, as required;
  • Assist with data collection, data entry, and reporting as required;
  • Act as NCC ambassadors in the field including liaising with members of the public to inform them about NCC, its mandate and property management activities.

Required Skills and Attributes

This posting is targeted to someone possessing the following skills and abilities:

  • Demonstrates an interest and/or experience in  performing stewardship (e.g. removing invasive species and old fences, hanging signage) and monitoring (e.g. invasive species, rare plant and wildlife documentation, writing standardized reports, photography, compliance reporting) duties on NCC properties
  • Be enthusiastic, positive, detail oriented, and self-motivated even when not working under direct supervision
  • Display competency with Microsoft Word and Excel, general computer skills, data management and effective writing skills. This position requires standardized reporting to be completed after monitoring in compliance with a national standard.
  • Work well within a team environment, including Natural Area Managers and other Technicians
  • Have valid Standard First Aid Level C CPR + AED Certification
  • Have a valid non-probationary (class 5) driver’s license
  • Have a background in Alberta plant and wildlife identification
  • Have experience using In Reach devices, iPads and Avenza Maps
  • Have experience identifying invasive and non-native species
  • Have experience using hand-held weed removal and fencing tools
  • Demonstrate good judgment in a variety of situations (like what you do if a bear is encountered)

Terms of Employment

  • Anticipated Dates of Employment: 16 weeks; May 6 to August 23, 2019
  • Salary: $17/hour based on a 37.5-hour work week

To Apply

Interested applicants should forward their cover letter and resume to:

Attention: Kristie Wegener

In your submission, please include the following:

  1. Fill out our brief questionnaire:
  2. Email your application package to:

To be considered for this position, please ensure:

  • Your e-mail subject line is “2019 Conservation Technician Application – Southern Alberta”
  • Your cover letter is a maximum of one page long
  • Your cover letter and resume are saved together in one .pdf file
  • Your .pdf file name is your First name Last name (e.g., “Sam Smith.pdf”)

*Please note that we have different funding sources that may have additional criteria

Application Deadline: January 27, 2019

No telephone calls please. Late applications will not be considered.

We thank everyone who applies for their interest in the Nature Conservancy of Canada; however only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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