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Species-at-Risk (SAR) Research Program Coordinator

Job Information
Author shawanaga2018
Date October 20, 2018
Type Full Time
Company Shawanaga First Nation Lands & Resources
Salary 24.00 - Per Hour
Location Various locations
Category Research / Development
Contact Information

Major Purpose:

Shawanaga is creating a Species-At-Risk (SAR) Research Program in the local area with a large focus on reptiles. This coordinator position will play a major role in the development of this research and monitoring program, which has the goals to assess the local populations of SAR on Shawanaga First Nation, and the threats presented to them. This research will involve intensive fieldwork throughout the summer. This includes daily surveys for reptiles on roads and in wetlands in all weather conditions and requires large amounts of time spent in marshes, and in remote areas in challenging conditions. This work will include a focus on monitoring construction areas to ensure that development that is being undertaken is not negatively affecting SAR species. After field season, rigorous data analysis, mapping with ArcGIS, and report writing will occur. Additionally, in the fall/winter months, permit and funding applications are prepared and submitted. Another large focus will be on conducting outreach events and gatherings with community members to gather TEK (Traditional Ecological Knowledge) about local SAR as well as give educational presentations on local SAR. The program coordinator should be involved in meetings with developers on the First Nation to ensure any future developments occur in a sustainable manner. Professional collaboration will also be necessary between the program coordinator, project partners (like Laurentian University), and developers.

This project is currently seeking a committed, motivated team player to develop and oversee the establishment of this research project.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Plan, organize, and carryout daily road and habitat surveys for reptiles.
  • Safe handling of, and data collection from turtles, lizards, and snakes (including venomous Massasauga Rattlesnake)
  • Organization and management of data, including data entry into Excel spreadsheet database.
  • Annual data summary of abundance and diversity of reptiles.
  • Analysis of data to calculate reptile population sizes, etc.
  • Mapping and analysis of data using ArcGIS.
  • Write annual reports summarizing the work conducted each field season and permit obligations.
  • Prepare and submit necessary permit and funding applications, etc.
  • Correspond (via email, phone calls, in-person meetings) with project collaborators (e.g., Laurentian University), and developers on their construction projects to ensure the work is sustainable for Species-At-Risk reptiles
  • Host regular community based presentations and workshops about SAR reptiles to engage community members and gather TEK

Knowledge and Experience:

  • This position requires a university degree or college diploma in the field of biological sciences, and/or work experience in applied fieldwork, conservation, and biology.
  • Knowledge of Ontario reptiles, ecological principles, field research and conservation is required.
  • Nesting surveys and nest excavation experience is preferred.
  • Animal first-aid and rehabilitation preferred.
  • Experience and knowledge in handling reptiles – venomous reptile training is preferred.
  • Sensitivity training for Species-At-Risk or an equivalent conditions is a must.
  • Field research experience in remote and challenging conditions is a must.
  • Ability to tolerate extreme weather conditions and biting insects, while spending full days in the field.
  • Experience with data management and organization.
  • Knowledge of mapping in ArcGIS, as well as analysis in spatial data.
  • Experience in designing and conducting research studies, and strong analytical skills such as quantitative analysis (e.g. Statistics, R coding) and computer skills are essential.
  • Experience applying to research funding and subsequent reporting is beneficial.
  • Experience applying to permits (ESA, SARA, WSCA) and subsequent reporting is beneficial
  • Excellent writing, presentation, organizational and interpersonal skills are required.
  • Delivering outreach and educational events and workshops preferred.
  • Excellent oral and written communication in English is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment collaboratively with partners and to be a committed leader and worker.
  • Managing field technicians and designating tasks is preferred.
  • Must have a class G driver’s license, criminal record check and vehicle.
  • Valid First-Aid/CPR certification.

Please submit a cover letter that addresses how your previous work experience will satisfy the requirements of this job, three references and CV. All applications must be submitted by November 3rd, 2018 by 3:00 pm

Preference may be given to Aboriginal candidates with relevant on reserve employment experience and/ or those with knowledge and understanding of Shawanaga First Nation history and community. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. We wish to thank everyone for their applications.


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