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Reptile Recovery Field Intern – APPLY NOW


Reptile Recovery Field Intern – APPLY NOW

Job title: Reptile Recovery Field Intern


Job description: Type of Position: Full-time (40 hr. /wk.) temporary position (16 weeks) Anticipated Start: 1 – 15 May 2017
Rate of Pay: $2194 per month fixed salary, including 4% vacation pay (equivalent to $12/hr.) Hours of Work: Flexible daily and weekly schedule to suit project needs and weather conditions.
Working weekends will be required.

Wildlife Preservation Canada (WPC) is seeking two summer interns to assist with implementation of 2017 activities related to the OPRREC program. Work will occur at the Ojibway Prairie Complex and Greater Park Ecosystem in Windsor, Ontario. The ultimate goal of this program is to recover the Ojibway population of Massasauga rattlesnakes, while providing recovery benefits to a suite of other species at risk (SAR). Working under the direction of the Program Coordinator and the SAR Field Biologist, the interns will assist with various components of this program, including 1) enhancing SAR habitat, 2) monitoring SAR reptile populations, 3) managing human-snake conflict, and 4) mitigating reptile road mortality. Supervision will be provided on-site by the Program Coordinator based on an initial multi-day orientation and training session, followed by a weekly “check-in” to discuss work progress and resolve any problems. The interns will have daily contact with either the SAR field Biologist and/or the Program Coordinator.

1. Assist with SAR habitat enhancement (e.g., invasive species pull in May and creation of shelter/gestation sites in July-Aug.) (40%),
2. Assist with SAR population monitoring (e.g., visual encounter surveys in May-June) (25%),
3. Assist with reptile barrier fence installation and monitoring (e.g., road mortality surveys from May- Aug., artificial cover object surveys in July & Aug.) (25%),
4. Participate in other projects and duties as requested (e.g., development of public outreach materials to be directed toward the francophone community, data entry, etc. from May-Aug.)(10%).
5. The interns will be undertaking tasks and responsibilities that fall within the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) field of conservation biology.
6. The interns will use of some or all of the following equipment:
a) hand-held GPS unit and digital camera and trail camera
b) two-way radios
c) hand tools (e.g., loppers, pruning saw, wheelbarrow, etc.)The interns will use of some or all of the following equipment:


  • Strong interest in biology, conservation and research-based field work.
  • Enrolled in a college or university program with an environmental focus.
  • Experience operating relevant equipment (see ‘Duties and Responsibilities’).
  • Ability to work professionally and safely under poor weather conditions, in difficult terrain (e.g. thorns, thickets, rain, heat and biting insects) and in areas of rattlesnake habitat.
  • Physically fit and able to lift heavy objects (e.g., woody debris and small logs), ride a bicycle on city streets alongside busy traffic, and work outdoors for extended periods of time.
  • Ability and willingness to work independently at times and seek clarification if unsure of correct procedures.
  • Ability to adhere to detailed field protocols, data sensitivity protocols, venomous snake safety protocols and Government of Ontario Occupational Health and Safety regulations.
  • Previous experience conducting biological surveys (especially for snakes) and proven ability to properly identify Ontario herpetofauna is an asset.
  • Previous experience in the identification of SAR and invasive plants is an asset.
  • Proven ability to record detailed and legible field notes is an asset.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite for purposes of word processing and data entry in spreadsheets is an asset.
  • Wilderness First Aid is an asset.
  • Ability to communicate in the French language (oral and written) is an asset.
  • G-class Driver’s licence and access to a vehicle is an asset.

Health and safety training will be provided by the Program Coordinator at the start of the internship. This will include a review of written and audio-visual resources to identify safe practices while working with venomous snakes, in field conditions, on roads and in inclement weather. The location of all first aid equipment and supplies will also be identified. The intern will be covered by Ontario Workers’ Compensation during the entire term of employment.
This position is tentative on funding by the Canada Summer Jobs program. Each intern must
meet the following requirements to be eligible for this position:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;
  • was registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year and intends to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;
  • be a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and;
  • be legally entitled to work according to the relevant Ontario legislation and regulations

To apply please send a cover letter and resume to: Jonathan Choquette, Program Coordinator, Please submit your application as a single PDF or MS word file attachment and include in the email subject heading “Ojibway Prairie Reptile Recovery – Reptile Recovery Field Intern”. Application deadline is midnight 5 March 2017, however, applications will be assessed as they are submitted.
Please note this position is only open to Canadian residents. Only individuals considered for an interview will be contacted. Thank you for your interest!

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Expected salary: $2194 per month

Location: Windsor, ON

Job date: Sat, 05 Sep 2020 00:00:14 GMT

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