Summer Student Job Posting: GIS Technician & Field Assistant

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We are looking for someone who fits the requirements for a Canada Summer Student position with Watershed Watch as our GIS Technician and Field Assistant. Full details are below:

Job Title: GIS Technician and Field Assistant

Tasks and Responsibilities:

The student will be responsible for assisting with the advancement of Watershed Watch Salmon Society’s Connected Waters campaign which aims to restore and reconnect salmon habitat in the Lower Fraser River watershed. Under the supervision of the Connected Waters Campaign Manager, the student will support the collection of data in the field using Global Positioning System (GPS) units; generate maps and other GIS reports; maintain and consolidate spatial data relevant to the Connected Waters mapping campaign; and gather water quality data from site locations.

This job will provide career-related work experience for someone studying Geography, Environment, Science, or Technology. Students will be involved in weekly staff calls to get a broader understanding of the organization and to provide greater appreciation of how a small non-profit operates – being effective on the ground in the lower mainland, and across the province. Students will be encouraged to stay up to date on current issues relating to salmon and their habitats and will be supported in sharing their opinions and experiences through blogs on our website and social media. Learning opportunities will include: building professionalism, time management, gaining field work experience, researching specific topics, data collection and maintenance and report writing.

Relevant Skills:

  • Knowledgeable in the use of ARC GIS or other mapping program
  • Capable of using a GPS/mapping unit
  • Understanding of SHIM mapping
  • Capable of conducting basic water quality and fish trapping as needed
  • Excellent data entry skills
  • Able to work independently
  • Must have a valid BC Driver’s License and access to a vehicle (mileage and parking will be reimbursed)


Supervision and Mentoring:

The GIS and Field Assistant will be supervised and mentored by Connected Waters Campaign Manager, Lina Azeez. After an initial 1 week training, the student will create a work plan for the work term that will take into consideration their personal goals as well as the needs of the organization. They will work closely with Lina, as well as independently. There will be regular in-person check-ins with their supervisor, and they will also participate in weekly staff conference calls to interface with other Watershed Watch staff and learn more about current campaigns and areas of focus. We will also be updating the manual developed for last year’s summer students to further ease their transition into their positions.

About us:

Watershed Watch is a registered charity working for the conservation and restoration of BC’s wild salmon and their habitats. We use scientific expertise, strategic alliances, public education, citizen engagement, and innovative projects to tackle threats to salmon and promote solutions.

Desired level of education: Post-secondary (community college, CEGEP, technical institute, university)
Number of students: 1
Anticipated start date: Immediate
End date: August 31, 2018
Number of hours per week: 37.50
Hourly wage rate: $15.00
Other requirements: This position is open to students between 18 – 30 years old who were enrolled full-time in a post secondary institution this past year with plans to return to school in September 2018. Students must also be permanent residents or Canadian citizens.

To apply:

Submit a cover letter that expresses why you are interested in this position and that clearly outlines how you meet the core competencies and required qualifications.

Submit a resume that clearly outlines all relevant work experience and includes references.
Please note that while we appreciate all interest, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Watershed Watch Salmon Society
Lina Azeez, Connected Waters Campaign Manager
Cell: 604-537-2341

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