Current opportunities (1) Stewardship Coordinator, (2) Environmental Field Technician (3) Annapolis Estuary Monitoring and Research Project Leader

(1) Position: Stewardship Coordinator

 

Start date: As soon as possible        End date: March 31, 2022 (with the possibility of extension)

 

Remuneration: $16.00- $17.51/hour, depending on experience

 

Location of work:

 

Work will be based out of CARP’s Annapolis Royal office. Field sites will primarily be within the Annapolis River watershed (Town of Digby through western Kings County), but in some cases may be located elsewhere in Nova Scotia. Field activities will take place on a combination of public and private lands.

 

Job Description/Responsibilities:

 

The Stewardship Coordinator will work under the direction of the Program Manager in a supportive and cooperative team environment. The Stewardship Coordinator will be responsible for leading and/or assisting with the delivery of a variety of projects that focus on different ecosystems and/or land-use types. At present this is confirmed to include work focused on the Annapolis Valley sand barrens (a.k.a.broom crowberry sand barren), wetland restoration in partnership with the Town of Middleton, and may include stormwater management/green infrastructure projects with municipalities within the watershed.

 

The successful candidate will be required to work with a broad range of stakeholders and partners, and to cultivate and maintain working relationships with these groups and individuals. The candidate will be required to become familiar with and utilize a variety of conservation planning tools and frameworks, including the Open Standards for Conservation.

 

This position will require a mix of office and field work. The successful candidate will be required to use their personal vehicle for work travel and will be compensated according to the prevailing provincial mileage rate. The candidate must have excellent written and interpersonal communication skills and be comfortable working with members of the public and partners from external organizations.

 

Specific tasks may include:

 

  • The identification and execution of strategies for effective landowner engagement in stewardship activities and programs;

  • Planning and participation in public outreach events to support landowner/community engagement in stewardship activities;

  • Field based assessments such as general habitat assessments, species at risk surveys, or riparian health assessments;

  • Planning and delivery of school-based or extra-curricular educational programs;

  • Citizen science volunteer training and volunteer support;

  • Site identification, planning and coordination for habitat restoration and enhancement activities;

  • Habitat restoration or enhancement activities such as tree planting or creation of bioswales;

  • Coordination with external partners to deliver collaborative projects, identify project synergies or partnership opportunities;

  • Report writing for a variety of audiences, including project funders, private landowners, or members of the public;

  • Production of maps using GIS for planning or reporting purposes;

  • Research and data synthesis or analysis;

  • Representation of CARP at workshops, meetings or conferences;

  • Participation in staff meetings and project planning meetings as required.

 

Qualifications:

-College or university degree in a related field (environmental science, biology, agriculture, forestry, etc.)

-A valid Nova Scotia driver’s license and access to a vehicle

-Excellent communication skills

-General knowledge of Nova Scotia’s biodiversity

-Competency in a variety of computer software programs for word processing, data entry/analysis, and graphic design

 

Preferred experience:

-Private land management or extension services

-Habitat restoration and enhancement

-Report or technical writing

-Data entry, processing and analysis

-Workshop or event planning and/or facilitation

-Mapping or other applications using ArcGIS

-Experience working within southwest Nova Scotia

-Experience conducting botanical surveys

 

Additional information:

Preference may be given to applications who have been pre-approved for the Eco Canada Internship Program, Clean Foundation Green Jobs program, or other similar funding programs, or to candidates who may be eligible for these programs

 

To apply:

Send resume and cover letter to Program Manager, Katie McLean, at katiemclean@annapolisriver.ca. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.

 

(2) Position: Environmental Field Technician

 

Start date:  August 23, 2021 (start and end date flexible) End date: October 15, 2021

 

Remuneration: $14.00 per hour plus 4% vacation pay and statutory benefits at 35 hours per week. 

 

Job Description/Responsibilities:

 

The Environmental Field Technician will primarily support the delivery of CARP’s stewardship and ecological restoration projects and programs. The Environmental Technician will conduct tasks under the direction of the Program Manager and Project Leader(s) related to ecological monitoring and assessment, biological surveys, sampling and data collection, data management, volunteer training and coordination, educational program development and delivery, and other related tasks. 

 

The Environmental Field Technician will be required to conduct physically demanding work and work under various weather conditions (e.g. cold, rain, mud, wind, heat) and wear personal protective equipment such as a reflective vest, hip or chest waders, and/or personal floatation device. They will work in a variety of field conditions that may require navigating difficult terrain, working from boats, working in and around wetlands and watercourses etc. 

 

The Environmental Field Technician will be expected to spend time in the office entering data and conducting reporting requirements as required. Normal work hours will be 8:30 am – 4:30 pm; early morning or late evening work may be required on some occasions. The position will include work from CARP’s office in Annapolis Royal as well as field-based activities across the watershed (Digby though Aylesford). A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle are considered assets, but not essential for the position. 

 

 

Specific tasks can include:

 

  • Conducting wood turtle and snapping turtle visual surveys, and supporting the training of citizen science volunteers in field protocols; 

  • Assisting with the construction on in-stream fish habitat structures;

  • Assisting with the deployment of environmental monitoring equipment, such as camera traps, and temperature data loggers; 

  • Assisting with the collection of water quality monitoring data;

  • Completing data review, digital data entry and archiving of any field photos;

  • Assisting with boat based fish sampling work;

  • Assisting with aquatic habitat suitability assessments;

  • Work as a member of a team under the direction of CARP Management and the Project Leaders;

  • Other duties as required from time to time such as equipment cleaning, photocopying, answering telephone, sweeping and organization of field or office equipment.

 

Additional requirements:

This position is funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program. Applicants must be under the age of 30 to be eligible. Candidates do NOT need tone a student to be eligible for this position. 

 

To Apply

Applicants are required to send cover letter and resume in 1 document to Susan Lane, susanlane@annapolisriver.ca. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and will be considered until the position is filled.

(3) Position: Annapolis Estuary Monitoring and Research Project Leader

Start date:      Monday August 20 or as soon as possible        End date:    March 31, 2022 (with the possibility of extension)    

Remuneration: $16.00 per hour plus 4% vacation pay and statutory benefits at 35 hours per week. 
       
Job Description/Responsibilities:
The Project Leader is responsible for the planning, coordination, and implementation of a multi-faceted project focused on the Annapolis estuary ecosystem. This project will support the innovative use a variety of technologies to collect and analyze environmental data for use by decision-makers who are working to balance efforts to support climate change adaptation and mitigation, the sustainable application of tidal energy generation technology, and the conservation of biodiversity. The project will focus on the Annapolis estuary, Nova Scotia, the location of North America’s first tidal generating station. This is a collaborative project and will require working with partners at Acadia University, The Striped Bass Research Team, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Applied Geomatics Research Group, and various partners within the energy sector. The Project Leader will conduct tasks under the direction of the Program Manager related to project planning and reporting, ecological monitoring and assessment, biological surveys, sampling and data collection, data management, volunteer training and coordination, educational program development and delivery, and other related tasks. The Project Leader will also be responsible for the delivery of the Annapolis River Guardians water quality monitoring program, including biweekly sample collection, data analysis, and preparation of the 2021 Annapolis River Watershed Report Card. 

This position will involve a mix of office-based and field-based work. The Project Leader will be required to conduct physically demanding work and work under various weather conditions (e.g. cold, rain, mud, wind, heat) and wear personal protective equipment such as a reflective vest, hip or chest waders, and/or personal floatation device. They will work in a variety of field conditions that may require navigating difficult terrain, working from boats, working in and around wetlands and watercourses etc. The position is based out of CARP’s Annapolis  Royal office, with field activities taking place across the watershed area (Digby though Aylesford). Regular work hours are between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, but some flexibility will be required for fieldwork, which must be scheduled based on the local tides. 


Specific tasks can include:

  • Boat-based egg tow sampling for striped bass at three historical spawning locations in the Annapolis River and estuary 

  • Beach seine surveys at 12 Annapolis River sites, 4 Bear River sites, and 1 Allain's Creek site 

  • Site selection and deployment of acoustic receivers 

  • Fish sampling using a variety of methods including fyke nets, seine nets, gill nets and targeted angling

  • Collection and acoustic tagging of various anadromous species, including Atlantic sturgeon, striped bass and Atlantic salmon

  • Monthly salt wedge sampling at sites from the Annapolis Causeway to Bridgetown 

  • Support for the development of an anadromous fish stewardship centre 

  • Recruitment of volunteer striped bass anglers and coordination of scale sample collection 

  • Bi-weekly water quality monitoring

  • Water quality data analysis and reporting

  • Monitoring equipment maintenance and calibration

  • Coordination of activities with external partners and sub-contractors

  • Engagement of new partners within the energy sector

  • Coordination and facilitation of meetings with various project partners and stakeholders

  • Creation of reports for a variety of audiences

  • Work as a member of a team under the direction of CARP Management and the Project Leader;

  • Other duties as required from time to time such as equipment cleaning, photocopying, answering telephone, sweeping and organization of field or office equipment

  • Qualifications

  • Degree or diploma in a related field

  • Experience conducting field-based fish sampling using a variety of techniques

  • Experience with acoustic monitoring is considered an asset

  • Familiarity with multi-parameter sonde units for water quality data collection

  • Familiarity with the Annapolis Estuary and/or Bay of Fundy is considered an asset

  • Experience operating an outboard motor and boat

  • Pleasure Craft Operators License

  • Valid Nova Scotia Drivers License

  • Access to a personal vehicle 

 

Additional information:
Preference may be given to applications who have been pre-approved for the Eco Canada Internship Program, Clean Foundation Green Jobs program, or other similar funding programs, or to candidates who may be eligible for these programs

 

To apply:
Send resume and cover letter to Program Manager, Katie McLean, at katiemclean@annapolisriver.ca. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.