About Delta Farmland & Wildlife Trust
Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust (DF&WT) is a non-profit that was established in 1993 by a group of local farmers and conservationists with an interest in conserving agricultural and wildlife resources in Delta, British Columbia. DF&WT's mission is to promote the preservation of farmland and wildlife habitat on the lower Fraser River delta through co-operative land stewardship with local farmers.
Our stewardship programs integrate research, education, and financial incentives to promote the sustainable use of agricultural land within the lower Fraser River delta by bringing conservationists and farmers together as “Partners in Stewardship.” These programs provide farmers with cost-share funding to establish wildlife habitat and/or invest in long term soil fertility on their farms.
By providing solutions to farmers that are compatible with their crop rotations, DF&WT’s stewardship programs contribute to the long-term viability of local farming operations. This ensures that land will continue to be available for food production and wildlife conservation well into the future.
About the Opportunity
Delta Farmland & Wildlife Trust is hiring for the position of FIELD TECHNICIAN from July 2020 to April 2021. This part-time (~32 hrs/wk) position integrates sustainable agriculture and wildlife management. The work is based in Delta, BC, an area that boasts some of Canada's most productive soils and is recognized as Canada's top Important Bird Area. This is an exciting job opportunity for an enthusiastic, organized, self-motivated, and out-going scientist.
Roles and Responsibilities
The DF&WT Field Technician is responsible for:
• Assistance with field sampling for a multi-year research project in partnership with the University of British Columbia. The project is assessing the impact of various semi-natural habitats on insect abundance and diversity (July to September 2020).
• GPS verification and GIS data input of fields enrolled in DF&WT’s Winter Cover Crop and Grassland Set-aside Stewardship Programs (October to November 2020).
• Weekly waterfowl surveys of farmland throughout Delta and South Richmond (Tentative - October 2020 to March 2021).
• Weekly species-at-risk surveys including Short-eared Owl, Barn Owl and Great Blue Heron of set-asides enrolled in DF&WT's Grassland Set-aside Program (September 2020 to March 2021).
• Vegetation surveys of winter cover cropped fields enrolled in DF&WT's Winter Cover Crop Program (October 2020 to March 2021).
• Assistance with other potential research and/or communication projects.
• Final reports for each survey to be delivered to DF&WT at the end of the employment contract.
The successful candidate will possess:
• Proficient in basic in GIS analyses (e.g. ArcGIS software)
• Experience with R Studio or other statistical analysis software.
• Knowledge/training in agroecosystem and/or wildlife management. Bachelors of Science or Associates Degree in soil/agriculture/wildlife/resource management is the minimum requirement.
• Aptitude and training in the use of word, spreadsheets, and database management.
• Self-starter attitude and leadership capability.
• Class 5 Driver’s License and have access to a vehicle.
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