Intervale Associates is seeking a wildlife technician to implement the 2018-2019 fall/winter season activities for the recovery of American marten in Newfoundland, also known as Newfoundland marten. The Newfoundland marten is a genetically distinct population of marten, which was listed as endangered in 2000. Its status was changed to threatened in 2007 and in recent years there have been signs of continued progress towards recovery. The project aims to reduce the threat of accidental mortality associated with trapping and snaring activities and to engage volunteers in a monitoring technique that involves noninvasive sampling of marten hair to confirm marten presence. The project is based in the Corner Brook area of Newfoundland and involves travel to many communities across Newfoundland.
Under the supervision of an experienced Marten Stewardship Coordinator, the technician will be responsible for interacting with trappers, snarers, and other forest users to promote the use of modified trapping and snaring techniques that prevent incidental catch of non-designated species. The technician will help train, recruit, and maintain 60-100 volunteers from across the island in the monitoring of marten using hair snag platform devices. The technician will construct wood platforms used in monitoring and construct wood boxes used in water-based mink box traps. The technician will distribute these and other materials to volunteers and trappers and distribute approved 22-gauge wire to snarers, while promoting best practices among all interest groups.
The technician will be given opportunities to engage in other fish and wildlife conservation projects such as shorebird monitoring and stream restoration for wild Atlantic salmon. The technician will learn about the operations of a small nonprofit organization working with communities and stakeholder groups in the conservation of species of ecological, cultural, and economic importance to Newfoundland.
The position is 6 months, from September 2018 through February 2019, with the possibility of contract extension. Compensation is Cdn $13.50/hr, based on a 37.5 hour work week, with work-related expenses paid for travel within Newfoundland.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references through the CICan Internship portal. Applications may be received until July 1, 2018. Early applications are strongly encouraged. All applicants must be legally eligible to work in Canada.
Duties and responsibilities
- Meeting with and training volunteers in using hair snag devices for noninvasive sampling of marten fur
- Maintaining volunteer contact and motivation
- Assisting with presentations to trappers and encouraging the adoption of modified trap designs
- Giving presentations to school groups and the public
- Construction of water-based mink box traps that prevent accidental mortality of other wildlife and pets
- Construction of hair snag platform devices used in monitoring for Newfoundland marten
- Working with adults and youth who practice snaring, to promote the use of approved 22-gauge brass wire and to encourage best practices
- Collecting data in the field and maintaining a database in Excel
- Effective and timely communication with program staff and partners
- Writing brief reports
- Additional tasks as required
Knowledge and skills
- Basic knowledge of Newfoundland wildlife and the hunting/trapping culture of rural Newfoundland.
- Passion for wildlife, the outdoors, and the conservation of biodiversity.
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to cultivate positive relationships with trappers, snarers, ATV users, and snowmobile users.
- Organizational skills including collection and transcription of field and meeting notes.
- Skill in using Microsoft office programs: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
- Strong communication skills with the ability to write short reports.
- Ability to operate a vehicle safely and in a variety of winter weather conditions.
- Ability to work in the field in most weather conditions, including cold, snow, rain, and wind, and to tolerate biting insects.
- Ability to walk up to 15 km on uplands or beach in warm seasons, and up to 5km in winter on snow.
- Ability to navigate in the field, operate a GPS unit, and use binoculars.
- Ability to work safely in variable weather conditions including cold temperatures, in forest and other habitats, and with tolerance for biting insects.
- Ability to operate power tools safely.
- Skill in operating an ATV and a snowmobile is an asset.
- Prior experience in hunting, trapping, snaring, or handling wildlife is an asset.
- A valid driver’s license is required and access to a vehicle for the duration of the contract is preferred.
College diploma or university degree in a related discipline (e.g. wildlife technology, ecology, biology) or other discipline if a keen interest in wildlife and the duties of the job can be demonstrated.
Driver’s license required; Standard First Aid and CPR, or Wilderness First Aid and CPR an asset