Invasive Species Technician – PEI Invasive Species Council
Organization: PEI Invasive Species Council, PEI Watershed Alliance Location: Prince Edward Island (may be homebased but will include some travel/field work)
Duration: Fulltime, 24 weeks until November, 2021 (possibility of extension based on funding)
Salary: $17-$18/hour, based on experience
Start Date: May 31, 2021 (at the latest)
The PEI Invasive Species Council (PEIISC) is a non-profit group of individuals and organizations focused on creating a framework for the management of invasive species that threaten PEIs economic, environmental, and social health.
The PEI Watershed Alliance (PEIWA) is a non-profit cooperative association of watershed management groups on Prince Edward Island with the overall goal of improving and protecting the environmental quality of Prince Edward Island watersheds, for the benefit of all Island residents.
Job Description & Responsibilities:
This position will work closely with the PEIISC Coordinator to help build sustainable capacity for PEIISC and assist PEIWA in carrying out important work that will move invasive species initiatives forward and benefit rural and urban forests, species at risk, the health of PEI forests as well as raise public knowledge and awareness on invasive species (IS).
We are looking for a highly motivated individual to assist in the coordination of local projects and initiatives which will work towards preventing the spread and impact of invasive species, resulting in a more resilient forested landscape.
Specific responsibilities include some of the following:
- Assist with research and write strategic funding applications • Assist with the planning and delivery of several priority IS projects. Will be required to take the lead on specific projects
- Assist with the planning and coordination of invasive species workshops/educational opportunities and events related to PEI’s forested landscape
- Increase collaboration with stakeholders, assisting with planning and delivery of activities such as organizing webinars, events, and meetings • Work with the PEIISC Coordinator and PEIWA to provide educational opportunities to watershed groups and Indigenous conservation groups, and develop demonstration sites for IS removal
- Assist with developing best management practices for priority invasive species across PEI, including the movement of soils and fill
- Work towards engaging the horticulture industry on invasive plants and promoting native species
- Working with the PEIISC Coordinator, explore ways to support the existing “Don’t Move Firewood” initiative
- Working closely with PEIISC Coordinator, build partnerships with other organization that will help to reduce the spread of invasive species • Build on existing Early Detection Rapid Response work, through other IS work, connections and partnerships
- Continue to track and record invasive species on PEI
- Support and move forward educational efforts of the PEIISC. Raise awareness to motivate target audiences to prevent the spread of invasive species in general and in our forested landscape. Develop educational resources
- Revitalize the PEI Spotters Network. Raise the awareness of invasive species in the general public and encourage reporting activities • Continue to build a web and social media presence for PEIISC and increase awareness of invasive species
Qualifications and Skills:
- Graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution with a minimum of a 2-year diploma in a related field of study (i.e. environmental sciences, biology), or equivalent work experience
- Understanding of environmental sciences related to invasive species and forest ecosystems
- Ability to work with a variety of stakeholders
- Excellent oral/written communication and interpersonal skills. • Experience applying for funding and grants is an asset
- Strong computer and social media skills
- Attention to detail along with good organizational skills
- Creative problem solver, quick learner, ability to consider a variety of viewpoints
- High energy and passion for the organization’s mission
- Curious and self-motivated with the ability to work independently or as part of a team
- Able to work occasional weekends and weekday evenings
- Valid drivers license and access to a reliable vehicle
- Flexible work hours and the opportunity to work from home • Ability to work with a growing non-profit organization and help with the success and direction of invasive species work on PEI
- Work in the environmental sector improving the health of PEI forests and ecosystems
- Opportunity to work with many different organizations and agencies who are devoted to improving PEI’s environmental health
- Career development opportunities
To apply for the PEI Position: Send your cover letter and resume to the Prince Edward Island Invasive Species Council c/o firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than May 10, 2021, with ‘Invasive Species Technician’ as the subject line.