Project:                  Native Pollinator Initiative Program Technician
Location:                Based out of Guelph, Ontario – field work will require some travel
Type of position:   Full-time (37.5 hours /week) temporary position (24 weeks)
Anticipated start:   Week of 2 April 2018
Rate of pay:           $2,366 per month fixed salary, including 4% vacation pay
Hours of work:      Flexible to suit project needs and weather conditions. Working some weekends will be required

Position Summary:

Wildlife Preservation Canada (WPC) is seeking one technician to assist with the implementation of 2018 spring and summer activities related to the Native Pollinator Initiative. Work will involve mostly time in the field, occurring at multiple sites. The goal of our pollinator program is to facilitate the recovery of declining bumble bees and other at-risk pollinators, through field surveys, research, and the development of a conservation breeding program for the yellow-banded bumble bee. Working under the direction of the Ontario Program Coordinator, the technician will assist with various components of this program, including: 1) wild bumble bee population surveys, monitoring activities, and collections, 2) assisting in the preparation for and delivery of science communication and outreach programs, and 3) assisting with data entry, compilation, analysis, and preliminary report preparation. Supervision will be provided daily by the Ontario Program Coordinator.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Assist with spring and summer wild bumble bee population surveys at multiple sites in Southern Ontario, including spring collections of yellow-banded bumble bee queens for use in our captive breeding program.
  • Assist a Masters student with monitoring artificial nest boxes in the field (as-needed basis).
  • Ensure accurate and detailed entry of field data into Excel spreadsheet(s), and ensure records are appropriately updated and maintained.
  • Assist with data compilation and analysis, the production of summary reports for landowners and collaborators, and the preparation of grant applications.
  • Assist with the program’s science communication and outreach component (e.g. in-person presentations, print materials, website updates, social media posts, blogs).
  • Assist with the coordination of a volunteer citizen science bumble bee survey program (including volunteer management, e-mails, online event scheduler, social media, website posts).
  • Participate in other projects and perform additional duties as required.

Skills and Experience Required:

  • Strong interest in ecology, conservation, and research-based field work.
  • Plant and insect identification skills an asset, with an emphasis on pollinators and pollinator-friendly plants.
  • Experience conducting biological surveys and working with species at-risk an asset.
  • Ability to work professionally and safely in uncomfortable weather conditions (high heat and humidity), for long hours (up to 12 hours/day).
  • Ability to be available on short notice due to weather-dependence of field activities.
  • Ability and willingness to work independently at times and seek clarification if unsure of correct procedures.
  • A strong eye for detail and experience with keeping accurate, neat field records and performing precise data entry.
  • Strong communication skills and a positive attitude, ability to work in a team environment.
  • Experience with delivering public presentations an asset.
  • Experience with scientific writing an asset.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite for purposes of word processing and data entry in Excel an asset.
  • G-class driver’s license and access to a vehicle an asset.

To apply please send a cover letter and resume to: Genevieve Rowe, Ontario Program Coordinator, Applications must be received by 11:59 pm EST, March 16, 2018.  Please submit your application as a single PDF or MS word file attachment and include in the email subject heading “WPC Pollinators at Risk Technician – Guelph Region”.  We thank you for your interest, however only individuals considered for an interview will be contacted.

Thank you for your interest!