Conservation Technician Job Posting

Job Posting: Conservation Technician (Term)

Duration: ~33 weeks starting August 16, 2021 (flexible) until March 31, 2022

Application deadline: Thursday, August 5, 2021 at noon.  

Wage: $20.50 per hour, 37.5 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). HAT works and stewards' ecosystems as visitors in the traditional and unceded territories of the L'kwungen, W̱SÁNEĆ, SC’IȺNEW, and T'Sou-ke Nations, Nations who have lived in relationship with and stewarded these lands since time immemorial and continue to live in relationship to the Land today. 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, and indigenous communities to coordinate effective habitat conservation projects. 

HAT is looking for a dynamic, highly-organized, self-motivated individual to assist with our programs this fall and winter. The position will assist HAT with its GIS mapping, data management, and research on ecological restoration both on and outside of protected areas, as well as the behind-the-scenes planning that informs our conservation programs. There will be occasional field work.

Your duties will include:

60% GIS Mapping, Report Writing, and Research

  • Using GIS (ArcGIS) for mapping polygons and points, data management, and analysis
  • Producing comprehensive reports synthesizing data into tables as well as producing maps
  • Researching and review of restoration, forestry, ecology, and other related literature

20% Crew and Field Work

  • Assisting in the facilitation of restoration crew members, groups of children, youth, and/or adults (pending COVID circumstances)
  • Occasionally collecting field data (GPS and Avenza PDF Maps app) and extensive use managing data in MS Office (Excel)
  • Occasionally removing of invasive vegetation from protected areas and other natural areas

20% General and other Program Support

  • Daily use of Microsoft Office Suite – Outlook, OneDrive, Teams, Word, and Excel to complete tasks and communicate with the HAT staff

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

  • understanding of Garry oak and associated ecosystems, current threats, and opportunities for restoration
  • ability to multi-task, manage time effectively and co-ordinate crew members
  • identifying native and exotic species, including species at risk
  • planning and implementing ecological restoration, assessment and inventory projects
  • understanding ecological principles and environmental interpretation
  • understanding of the effects of recreational activities on ecosystems 


 The candidate must demonstrate a capacity for 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 collaborative and dynamic work. Applicants must be prepared to 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. The individual must meet the Employment and Social Development Canada - Canada Summer Jobs criteria (see list below). 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 [not necessary to be a student];
  • willing to complete a criminal record check (upon hiring) for work with children.


Application Instructions:

  1. Submit your application before the deadline: Thursday, August 5, 2021 at noon.
  2. Email your application (resume and cover letter) with the 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.
  3. Please include three references. They will not be contacted until after interviews are complete and you will be informed prior to contact.
  4. Ensure that your application addresses all requirements, as well as any relevant skills or experience you have.  
  5. Visit our website at and our Facebook/Instagram pages (@habitatacqtrust) for information on HAT’s current projects, history, and successes.
  6. Remember that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted, we are not able to confirm the receipt of all applications individually. Thank you for your understanding.


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