Job posting: Species Monitoring and Outreach Technician

Raincoast is looking for an intern to assist with ecological monitoring on conservation properties on Pender Island, BC.

Raincoast Conservation Foundation is looking to hire a Species Monitoring and Outreach Intern for a 16-week  term with possibility of extension. This partially remote, partially field-based position will include assisting with vegetation surveys and other baseline monitoring which will inform the development of long-term management and restoration plans for two conservation properties located on North Pender Island, British Columbia. The position will also include data entry and management, some outreach and event coordination work, and maintaining important partnerships. 

Because Raincoast is a completely remote organization, the desk-based portion of the position will require that the successful candidate has access to their own computer, a reliable internet connection, and an adequate place to work when not in the field. The field-based portion will take place on North Pender Island and the Saanich Peninsula. As such, applicants must be located in an area that makes travel to these locations feasible. 

Salary and details  

Job Type: 16 week contract with possibility of extension
Anticipated hours: 40 hours per week for 16 weeks
Salary: $21.85/hour
Location: Remote with required field work on Pender Island and surrounding area
Anticipated start date: April 1 2024

Application deadline

March 15th 2024 at 11:59 PM (Pacific time).

Desired skills and qualifications

  • Degree or diploma (completed or in progress) in biology, ecology, environmental science, environmental technology, ecological restoration, or similar
  • Strong plant identification skills within the Coastal Douglas-fir biogeoclimatic zone
  • Strong understanding of vegetation sampling design and methodologies
  • Experience with data entry and management
  • Proficiency using a GPS and/or compass
  • Proficiency undertaking basic statistical analysis
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently, and problem-solve
  • Organized and resourceful with demonstrated time-management abilities
  • Willingness to participate in fieldwork for up to a week at a time on Pender Island and areas around the Saanich Peninsula
  • Access to a vehicle will be necessary for the field components of this position

About Raincoast 

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.

Our on-the-ground presence has given us a deep-rooted understanding of BC’s vast coastline. We work in partnership with scientists, First Nations, local communities and NGOs to build support for decisions that protect marine, freshwater, and terrestrial habitat on the BC coast.


Due to funding requirements, all applicants must be enrolled – or accepted for enrolment – in a full-time undergraduate or graduate program at one of the four Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions partner institutions: University of Victoria, University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, or University of Northern BC. Students must either be returning to complete their degree programs following the internship or have completed their programs the semester prior to the start of the internship.

Applicants must have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

Application instructions

Please send your resume and cover letter to jobs [at] raincoast [dot] org by March 15th.

Email applications with ”Species Monitoring and Outreach Technician” in the subject line. Attach a single PDF file for your cover letter and resume using your first and last name in the file name (e.g. CoverLetter&Resume_JordanChen.pdf)

Due to the anticipated volume of applicants, we will only respond to those invited for an interview. We thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying.

Raincoast will endeavor to provide equal opportunity to all qualified employees and applicants for employment. All aspects of employment will be governed on the basis of merit, competence, and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by the Indigenous identity, race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, political belief, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or age of that person. All hiring practices are done in accordance with the BC Human Rights Code.

Funding for this position has generously been provided by Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.

You can help

Raincoast’s in-house scientists, collaborating graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and professors make us unique among conservation groups. We work with First Nations, academic institutions, government, and other NGOs to build support and inform decisions that protect aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, and the wildlife that depend on them. We conduct ethically applied, process-oriented, and hypothesis-driven research that has immediate and relevant utility for conservation deliberations and the collective body of scientific knowledge.

We investigate to understand coastal species and processes. We inform by bringing science to decision-makers and communities. We inspire action to protect wildlife and wildlife habitats.

Coastal wolf with a salmon in its month.
Photo by Dene Rossouw.