Job posting: Salmon Conservation Technician

We are seeking Conservation Technicians to assist with field work in the Fraser River Estuary.

Raincoast Conservation Foundation is seeking Conservation Technicians to assist with fieldwork for our Wild Salmon Program. Technicians will play a crucial role in gathering data on juvenile salmon presence, migration timing, and their utilization of various estuary habitats.

Additionally, Technicians will assist in monitoring restoration projects that aim to enhance salmon access to salt marshes on Sturgeon Bank, support ongoing research initiatives across the estuary, and conduct invertebrate, vegetation and other surveys. These positions will provide an excellent opportunity to learn about and work in the fields of research, conservation, and resource management while developing useful skills applicable to these and other job fields.

Salary and details

Job Type: Temporary summer contract (March to August)
Anticipated hours: 36- hour work weeks (plus 4% vacation pay)

Start date: March 25th, 2023
Salary range: $20-23 per hour (commensurate with experience)
Location: Lower mainland, BC. Be able to travel to field work sites. Variable daily work schedule, including early mornings and occasional work on weekends based on the tidal cycle.

Application deadline

February 7th, 2024.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Participate in juvenile salmon monitoring and other fish sampling activities, including setting nets, retrieving, enumerating, identifying, and safely handling juvenile salmonids and other fish species in a tidal environment.
  • Assist researchers with ongoing data collection and new research projects.
  • Conduct invertebrate sampling with various methods.
  • Carry out vegetation surveys.
  • Record accurate data, complete regular data entry, and maintain equipment as needed.
  • Experience operating or familiarity with outboard motorboats, Pleasure Craft Operator Card, or Small Vessel Operator Proficiency Certificate an asset.

Desired skills and qualifications

  • Pursuing or completed post-secondary education in biology,ecology, environmental science, or resource management (or equivalent knowledge and experience).
  • Valid driver’s license, a current driver’s abstract, and access to a reliable vehicle.
  • Interest in biology, local species, and ecosystems; GPS-based technologies and survey techniques.

Additional details

  • This position involves physical work, heavy lifting, work performed from boats, and outdoor work in challenging tidal environments in all weather conditions.
  • Field equipment will be provided by Raincoast and candidates will be trained in safe use of all necessary equipment.

About Raincoast Conservation Foundation

Raincoast is a team of conservationists and scientists empowered by our research to protect the lands, waters and wildlife of coastal British Columbia. We use rigorous, peer-reviewed science and community engagement to further our conservation objectives. We call this approach informed advocacy. Since 1996, Raincoast has been making progress toward our habitat and wildlife protection goals. 

About the Wild Salmon Program

Raincoast’s Wild Salmon Program is focused on ensuring that wild salmon thrive across their historic landscape at abundance levels that sustain wildlife. Initiated in 2006, the Wild Salmon Program addresses threats facing the survival of wild salmon. These include fisheries management, habitat loss, hatcheries, and siloed decision making. At the same time, we offer alternatives to the systemic problems that drive short-sighted and commodity-based decisions on the land, in the water, and over resources, by all levels of governments. 

How to apply

Please send a cover letter and your resume to , by February 7th. Please include contact information for at least two references.

Email applications with “(Job title)” in the subject line. Attach a single PDF file for your one-page cover letter and your resume – name it your first and last name.

The cover letter should express why you want this position and identify how you are qualified. We thank all applicants, but only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Raincoast welcomes applications from all interested and qualified candidates. Our organization is the product of diverse visions and perspectives and we welcome the unique contributions that you can bring. Raincoast is committed to fostering and maintaining a workplace culture that is inclusive and does not tolerate or accept discrimination or harassment.

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