Field Biologists & Technicians
Duka Environmental Services Ltd.

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Posted: 01-01-2019

Closes: 02-15-2019

 

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Wanted for Summer 2019

Field biologist and Technicians
Integrated Pest Management and Mosquito Control

We are looking for physically fit, motivated students and recent graduates interested in working outdoors and in a wide variety of habitats and conditions. Successful applicants must have a willingness to work under highly variable weather conditions and changing priorities. Regular and routine visitation of ponds, marshes and other water bodies, both temporary and permanent, is required to ensure the timely identification of developing mosquito populations, their collection and control.

Successful applicants will develop effective, and useful, field sampling and surveying skills as they work independently, and as part of a team. Practical skills to be further developed include field data book entry and activity record keeping, sample collection, preservation and labelling, electronic data collection, GPS use/tracking of activities and mapping of habitats.

Staff will learn to prioritize their work activities and schedules using historical site information and the ongoing review and assessment of changing weather conditions along with river and lake levels.

Must have excellent communication skills, a friendly and enthusiastic disposition as there is a significant amount of interaction with the public, property owners and business operators. Must be comfortable approaching the public and property owners to initiate conversations and follow up on requests for more program information.

The work term can start as early as mid-April (depending on availability after exams) and extend into August. For recent graduates, this is often a sufficient amount of "work hours/weeks" for Employment Insurance benefit qualification.

YUKON SUMMER 2019 – Work Description

Position Title: Field Biologists and Technicians. Two positions.

Employment Term: Tentative; as early as 09 April to as late as 09 August 2019

Work Location: Based in the City of Whitehorse. Majority of work to be concentrated at
Whitehorse, travel to, and overnight stays in other Yukon communities may be required.

Job Summary: Responsible for monitoring, collecting and identifying invertebrate (insect) populations with a focus on mosquitos and their predators. Describe and map aquatic habitats. Maintenance of a development site database, data entry, photographs etc. Accurate and complete recording of daily monitoring and treatment information. Public education and control of mosquito populations through an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach using physical, cultural and biological controls. Timely reporting of field activities and liaison with various office personnel, both corporate and client.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Field surveying, monitoring, site mapping and control of mosquito populations. Use of ASUSTM Notebook PC (Tablet) to record and report (WordTM/ExcelTM-based software) observations and all required data. Photographs, electronic mapping updates using Google EarthTM and Google Earth ProTM. All surveillance and treatment data uploaded, while in the field, and as it is completed, using either a mobile "hotspot" (smart phone) or through a WiFi data plan to a DropBox. Weekly and monthly summaries (email) of activities. Daily check in and provision of planned work schedule.
2. Collect, record and update relevant information (site descriptions, photographs, property ownership, monitoring and treatment data) necessary for the maintenance of a database and to the satisfaction of regulatory agencies.
3. Frequent, personal contact with the public, client and government agencies.
4. Maintain a daily, accurate and complete log of all activities, contacts, surveillance and control.
5. Use of biological control products including Bacillus thuringiensis var. israelensis (VectoBac 200G, PCP # 18158) to control larval mosquito infestations.
6. Schedule and organize daily activities and any community visits to maximize program efficiency and efficacy.

Position Requirements and Skills:
1. Willingness and ability to work outdoors in various weather conditions.
2. This is a field position which requires some flexibility of daily work hours. Work days average 7.5 hours; 37.5 hours/week.
3. Responsible, confident, mature attitude, good work ethic and ability to work and live Independently, as required. Must be physically fit and able to adapt to changing priorities.
4. Post-secondary education (University, College) in biology, chemistry or related science.
5. Entomology and/or pesticide use experience an asset.
6. Good interpersonal and organizational skills. Cell phone required.
7. Valid driver's licence. Please provide details of any restrictions, if they exist.
8. A reliable vehicle is required. Reimbursement for personal vehicle use to complete surveillance, sampling and treatments will be provided. There is no rough or extreme off road driving required and all work equipment and supplies to be carried in the vehicle are 'clean'. Rental vehicles will be used for travel outside of Whitehorse.
9. Current resume with handwritten cover letter. References are required at time of application.
10. This is a field position having regular interaction with business and home owners. Appropriate dress will be required. Acceptable clothing includes walking shoes/hiking boots, walking shorts, jeans, cargo pants etc., collared shirts and tee-shirts.
11. Pesticide Applicators Certificate issued by the BC Ministry of Environment. To be completed in Whitehorse before field work starts. Self-study kit and materials supplied will be reviewed. Certificate examination (3 hours) is open book using study kit supplied.

The Company will provide:

1. Assistance in acquiring the Pesticide Applicators Certificate. Employee must have valid certificate before employment can start.
2. All safety gear and work-related materials.
3. Good experience under practical field conditions and the opportunity to work independently and as part of a team. Opportunity to work around helicopters and participate in survey flights.
4. All training and support necessary to effectively perform job-related duties.
5. Data collection devices (Tablets, laptops, IPads) and materials as appropriate.

Remuneration:

1. The work week averages 37.5 hours. Salary is $ 2600 per month, paid 15th and 31st.
2. Expenses for work related disbursements for travel and accommodations etc. outside of Whitehorse will be reimbursed following submission of receipts and completed expense account forms. A corporate VISA card may be supplied. Receipts must be retained and forwarded to Langley BC office by mail at month end with appropriate expense tracking forms.
3. Reimbursement for personal vehicle use ($0.42/km) in Whitehorse while completing work-related duties will be provided.

Notes:

1. Duka Environmental Services Ltd. would like to thank all applicants in advance for their interest. Not all submitted applicants will be interviewed.

Please email resume and handwritten (preferred) cover letter to duka@telus.net.

 



Details

Positions open: 2
Hours per Week: Averages 7.5 hours/ 37.5 hours/week
Wage: $2600.00 per month
Availability:

Full Time Seasonal

Application Process

Applicants must include:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter

Apply to: Duka Environmental Services Ltd.