Job Posting: Invasive Species Technician – PEI Invasive Species Council  

JOB OPPORTUNITY 

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)

Hours: 37.5/week

Salary: $17-$18/hour, based on experience

Start Date: May 31, 2021 (at the latest)

About Us: 

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

Benefits: 

  • 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 bhoar@greenthumbphoto.com, no  later than May 10, 2021, with ‘Invasive Species Technician’ as the subject line.