Employment Opportunity, Operations Program Assistant

Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Committee

Employment Opportunity

Position: Operations ProgramAssistant

Number of Postions: 1

Start Date: Monday, May 11th,2015

Term: 14 weeks, 40 hours/week (with possible extension until August 28, 2015)

Location: Worksites within theRegional District Central Kootenay and Regional District Kootenay Boundary Area A and B

Wage: $15.00 per hour plus 4% holidaypay.

Application Deadline: April, 27th, 2015

Interviews: May, 4th, 2015

Summary of Position

CKIPC is a non-profit society that was formed by a group of residents and company/agency representatives who were interested in promoting collaborative approaches to invasive plant management in 2005. The Committee includes representatives from non‐profit societies, utility companies, government agencies, and local companies. On behalf of its partner organizations, CKIPC delivers an invasive plant program throughout the central Kootenay region, which includes Electoral Areas A through K of the Regional District Central Kootenay (map available from: www.rdck.bc.ca/corporate/electoral_areas.html), and areas A and B of the Regional District Kootenay Boundary (map available from: http://www.rdkb.com/Default.aspx).

CKIPC program activities include education and awareness; prevention and early detection of new species introductions; coordinated and collaborative management; inventory, control and containment of invasive plants; and applied research.

Work tasks and responsibilities of the Operations Program Assistant:

  • Ground truth/verify invasive species reports
  • Inventory invasive species with a tablet and GIS pro
  • Assess environmental damage caused by invasive species
  • Assess human health risks posed by invasive species
  • Manual treatment of invasive plants in prioritylocations
  • Collect and release biological controlagents
  • Monitor previous biological control agents releasesites
  • Provide technical support to CKIPC Operations Program Coordinator (create maps, manage data, place signage)
  • Broadcast (hand) seeding of disturbed soils
  • Provide landowners with information on invasive plant identification andmanagement
  • Participate in invasive species management research projects
  • Education or related experience with invasive species
  • At least one year of post-secondary education or equivalent diploma in one or more of the following fields: forestry; sustainable resource management; fish, wildlife and recreation; environmental science; biology; ecology; conservation agricultural science; integrated pest management; GIS
  • Valid BC Driver’s License (drivers abstract will be requested from those selected for an interview)
  • Ability to carry out field work including work in adverse field conditions
  • Navigate using maps and GPS units; familiarity with tablets
  • Ability to maintain records and maps
  • Required to work a flexible 40 hour work week (with some evenings and weekends) for the full 14-­‐week period

Students must provide their own personal outdoor workgear, this includes items such as: sturdy work boots, rain gear and sun protection. Personal protective safety gear will be provided by the employer as required for any specialized tasks.


The successful candidate must demonstrate, at a minimum, the following:

  • Clean criminal record check

Preference may be given to those candidates who possess:

  • Valid Level 1 OFA or First Aid withCPR or willingness to train
  • Previous experience working outdoors in all weather conditions (either volunteer or paid)
  • Knowledge of local flora andfauna
  • Experience with invasive plant identification and management
  • Experience with using hand held GPS units and GIS


  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of theemployment;
  • have been registered as full-­time student in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-­time basis in the next academic year;
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.

Only candidates being considered for this position will be contacted. Position is subject to funding availability. Please submit your cover letter and resume no later than April 27th, 2015 at 4 pm.

Jennifer Vogel, Executive Director
Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Committee
Email: jvogel@ckipc.ca
Phone: 1-844-352-1160
Web: www.ckipc.ca