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Join the HAT Team this Summer 2020

We expect to have one position available: Conservation Technician.

We're looking for a hard-working, enthusiastic person to support our programs in conservation. See details below and apply by Tuesday April 14th at 5:00pm

This position is contingent on federal funding from Canada Summer Jobs. Anticipated confirmation by early May 2020.


Job Posting: Conservation Technician

Duration: 16 weeks, starting early May 2020

Wage: $15.00 per hour, 35 hours per week (full time)

Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT) is a Victoria-based land trust working with our community to protect habitat within the Capital Regional District (CRD). Our mission is to conserve natural spaces on southern Vancouver Island and the southern Gulf Islands through land acquisition, legal protection of private land, restoration, education, and stewardship programs. We work closely with community groups, government, individual landowners, indigenous communities, and conservation organizations to coordinate effective habitat protection projects.

HAT is looking for a dynamic, self-motivated individual to assist our programs this summer. 

Your duties may include:

  • collecting field data (GPS and Avenza) and managing data in MS Office (Excel)
  • writing reports in MS Office (Word)
  • conducting ecological restoration, surveys and assessments
  • facilitating groups of children, youth and adults
  • removing of invasive exotic vegetation from protected areas
  • public outreach regarding environmental protection and stewardship
  • writing articles for publication in our local community magazine and for our social media outlets
  • researching and review of restoration, forestry, ecology and other related literature
  • using GIS (ArcMap) for mapping and data analysis

You will gain skills and experience in most, if not all, the following areas:

  • understanding of threats, behaviors, and habitats for Species At Risk of interest to HAT
  • ability to multi-task, manage time effectively and co-ordinate projects
  • identifying native and exotic species, including species at risk
  • event planning and media relations
  • planning and implementing ecological restoration, assessment and inventory projects
  • understanding ecological principles and environmental interpretation
  • understanding of the effects of recreational activities on ecosystems
  • GPS and Avenza navigation and GIS mapping skills


This position will require physical, social, and intellectual work. The candidate must demonstrate a capacity for leadership, attention to detail and organization, the ability to work as part of a team with a sense of humour, and a willingness to learn and engage themselves in hard work. Applicants must be prepared to spend long hours outside doing physical labour or hiking in remote areas, and be available for work on some evenings or weekends. The applicant must have current Standard First Aid, or be willing to obtain it before starting the position. Position is pending funding from Canada Summer Jobs and individual must meet the Canada Summer Jobs criteria and must be eligible to work in Canada, and be between the ages of 15-30. A criminal record check will be required. HAT operates on a variety of locations throughout the region and reliable vehicle/transportation is required in order to work at these varying locations.  Eligible applicants must satisfy all of the following criteria:

  • be legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • be between 15 and 30 years of age;
  • willing to complete a criminal record check (upon hiring) for work with children.

Please ensure that your application addresses all skills and criteria listed above.  

Visit our website at and Facebook page for information on HAT’s projects, history, and successes.

Application deadline: 5:00pm on Tuesday, April 14th 2020.  Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Email your application (resume and cover letter) with subject line: “Conservation Technician” addressed to Katie Blake, Executive Director at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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