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Student Summer Job Posting



The Sunshine Coast Wildlife Project, in partnership with BC Conservation Foundation, is seeking applicants for up to 5 summer student positions:


Positions 1-3 (university students) - Start Date: May 9, 2016, 16 weeks, 40 hours per week, $16/hour


Positions 4-5 (high school student or recent grad) - Start Date: June 20, 2016, 10 weeks, 40 hours per week, $13/hour


JOB DESCRIPTION: Wildlife Project Assistants will assist with wildlife research, environmental stewardship, and community engagement activities on the Sunshine Coast.  They will participate in field surveys of wildlife to characterize species presence and distribution, and identify critical sites for wildlife on the Sunshine Coast. Wildlife Project Assistants will participate in some of the following project activities: amphibian terrestrial and aquatic surveys, turtle nesting and live trapping surveys, bat roost counts and acoustic surveys, owl and goshawk call-playback surveys and nest searches, collection of eDNA samples from creeks and wetlands, and habitat assessment and mapping.  They will also participate in habitat enhancement activities, including shoreline naturalization, wetland restoration, and installation of bat houses, and owl and swallow nest boxes. Finally, they will participate in outreach to Sunshine Coast residents to encourage sound stewardship of wildlife and their habitats, including workshops, children’s programs, and outreach tables at community events.


QUALIFICATIONS:  We are seeking 3 highly-motivated university students pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies in Biology, Ecology, Zoology, Forestry, Environmental Sciences, Resource Management, or related field.  We are also recruiting for 2 high school students or recent high school graduates seeking to enter one of these fields.  Candidates must be physically fit, able to work independently, available to work some weekends and nights and in all weather conditions, and extremely comfortable working in the outdoors.  Previous experience conducting field surveys of wildlife preferred.  Previous experience working with the public a plus. Driver’s license and access to own vehicle a plus. 


ELIGIBILITY:  To be eligible to apply for this position, applicants must be between 15 AND 30 YEARS OF AGE at the start of the employment; have been registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year; be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and be legally entitled to work in Canada. These summer student positions are partially funded by the Canada Summer Jobs program and are dependent upon us being awarded the funding again this year.


HOW TO APPLY:  The application deadline is April 10, 2016.  Please send a cover letter and resume (including names, email addresses and phone numbers of 3 references) by email to Dr. Michelle Evelyn: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


ABOUT THE SUNSHINE COAST WILDLIFE PROJECT: Since 2006, the Sunshine Coast Wildlife Project and has been taking action to conserve, restore and enhance habitat on the Sunshine Coast and implement on-the-ground threat abatement measures to ensure the survival of wildlife species.  Activities include wildlife surveys and monitoring, habitat restoration and enhancement, public engagement, and community-based stewardship.  Wildlife Project Goals are: (1) To Identify, Protect, Restore & Enhance Wildlife Habitat by conducting surveys to identify occupied sites and delineate critical habitat and by working with stakeholders and community members to maintain, restore and enhance these habitats; (2) To Sustain Populations of Target Species in the long-term by assessing populations and taking action to mitigate threats and work with residents and stakeholders to ensure that appropriate management and recovery strategies are implemented; and (3) To Educate & Engage Community Members, increasing public awareness of the conservation status and habitat needs of local wildlife species, and encouraging stewardship through partnerships, outreach, and community involvement.


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