BCCF is seeking an experienced and motivated wildlife/habitat biologist to help support an important term project in the Kootenay-Boundary region. Working with technical leads from the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development regional office in Cranbrook BC, the successful candidate will bring wildlife habitat and research expertise together with innovation and consultation to develop and amend four Ungulate Winter Range (UWR) Orders in the East Kootenays.
Work Schedule: Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm with some flexibility for longer field days required
Work Location: Cranbrook, BC or surrounding area
Start Date: January 7, 2020
Contract End Date: March 31, 2020
Pay Rate: $30-$35/hr (commensurate with experience), plus 4% vacation pay
Position Description: You will be responsible for working directly with Ministry staff to develop and amend ungulate winter range (uwr) management for the East Kootenay region. UWR Orders are based on current understanding of ungulate habitat requirements in winter, as interpreted by the Ministry regional staff from current scientific and management literature, local knowledge, and other external expertise from the relevant region. Sections 9 and 12 of the Government Actions Regulation of the Forest and Range Practices Act outline the regulatory authority for establishing UWR.
The position will include research, regional coordination and consultation, and fieldwork as required. Related tasks include, but are not limited to, (1) engaging with affected stakeholders, First Nations and ungulate habitat experts on Order development and review, (2) developing forest retention requirements for specific ungulates based on scientific literature and other information sources, (3) using GIS software to review modelled ungulate winter range and make changes where necessary, (4) complete standard UWF Order summary and rationale templates for consultation packages, (5) compile consultation lists for all affected stakeholders and First Nations, and (6) organization and lead field days when necessary. Projects can be challenging and workloads vigorous; you will be required to provide excellent project management skills to ensure deadlines and deliverables are met. Professionalism is essential as you will be dealing with multiple stakeholders and have a significant public profile.
BSc or MSc degree in biological sciences, natural resource conservation or management, conservation biology, fish or wildlife management and biodiversity
Minimum 2 years experience in related work: report writing, literature reviews, field work, leading meetings and field days, using GIS software to create maps and edit spatial data, project management
Preference may be given to candidates with a background in operational forestry practices and legislation
Registered Professional Biologist or eligible for registration by the College of Applied Biology
In-depth knowledge of East Kootenay Boundary region and Ungulate habitat requirements
Experience working with community, local government, First Nation and wildlife agency staff and representatives
Excellent verbal communication and presentation skills
Effective data analysis and excellent technical reporting skills
Superior computer skills and experience working with MS Office
Experience using GIS mapping systems and project management software
Class 5 Driver’s license, with reliable transportation
Ability to work independently and as a supportive and valuable team member
Experience employing field safety protocols and first aid training
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