Species at Risk Technician – Blazing Star Environmental

Job Description
The Species at Risk Technician will support the Conservation Biologist and Principal on all of Blazing Star Environmental’s projects with a focus on fieldwork and the associated data entry and report writing. This position will include post-construction reptile and vegetation monitoring, environmental impact studies, biological research, and species inventories, interacting with clients, and working as part of a team.

Specific Responsibilities
Assist with post-construction reptile monitoring surrounding a wind energy facility
Assist with environmental impact studies
Assist with Ecological Land Classification
Conduct biological surveys for species at risk (including breeding bird surveys)
Conduct ecological monitoring for Blanding’s turtle and massasauga (including turtle capture)
Lead a team to effectively complete fieldwork
Assist with educational hikes and presentations to the public
Input data recorded in the field into spreadsheets and databases
Communicate with partner organizations and clients
Gather data from various sources to input into mapping software and complete GIS analyses
Compile results into final reports for clients

Required Skills
Excellent written and verbal communications skills
Attention to detail
Knowledge of biology and ecology including conservation biology, biodiversity and species at risk issues
Knowledge of Ontario’s birds, plants and/or herpetofauna, including species identification and ecology
Good organizational and problem-solving skills
Demonstrated ability to work independently, as part of a team and to collaborate with multiple partners
Proficiency with Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel and Word
Willingness to safely work in cold water for extended periods when conducting herpetofauna surveys
Willingness to work long days and weekends when conducting fieldwork or outreach activities
Willingness to regularly travel throughout southern Ontario for fieldwork and outreach
Have a valid G-class Ontario driver’s license
Be legally entitled to work in Canada
Comfortable working in remote wilderness areas

Beneficial Attributes
Experience capturing and handling animals
Experience working with venomous snakes
Ability to complete environmental impact studies
Certification or experience in Ontario Wetland Evaluation System
Certification or experience in Ecological Land Classification
Knowledge of GIS mapping software (QGIS preferred) and Microsoft Access
Knowledge of fish, bats or invertebrates
Potential Learning Opportunities
Experience conducting a reptile mark-recapture study
Experience conducting Ecological Land Classification
Experience writing a property management plan
Experience creating formal bids for environmental consulting projects
Experience writing government grants
The successful candidate must be eligible for either:
Canada Summer Jobs (https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/canada-summer-jobs.html) or
Career Launcher internship (https://careerlauncher.ca/about/).

To Apply:
Please apply by e-mailing your resume, eligibility checklist and 1-page cover letter to Monique Aarts by 11:59 pm on April 11, 2021. Please include Species at Risk Technician in the subject line.
Monique Aarts
Conservation Biologist
Blazing Star Environmental
104 McLaughlin Blvd.
Oshawa, ON, L1G 2P3