Invasive Species Community Outreach Liaison

Position: Temporary, Summer, Student

Location: Owen Sound area, Ontario

Application Deadline: April 30, 2017 at 11:59 PM (ET)

The Bruce Trail Conservancy is once again partnering with the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) and their Invading Species Awareness program to hire a summer student to help with our strategy for invasive species control. Below is all pertinent information concerning the position:


  • This position is for work exclusively in the Owen Sound area (i.e. within a 30 minute drive)
  • The duration of the contract is between 6-12 weeks (specifics to be determined)
  • Applicants MUST be under 30 years of age
  • Applicants MUST be returning to post-secondary school on a full time basis in September 2017
  • The application deadline is April 30th, 2017 at 11:59 PM
  • The position is pending funding approval

Key Responsibilities:

  • Liaison with community groups and resource professionals to assist in the development of invading species awareness initiatives;
  • Attend and provide support to community events, such as fishing derbies or community fairs;
  • Conduct presentations to various community organizations;
  • Coordinate community groups in stewardship and monitoring activities; and
  • Develop educational materials on invasive species/contribute articles to local newspapers/newsletters.

Education and Qualifications:

  • Enrolled in post-secondary education in biology, environmental science or a related resource management program;
  • Registered as a full-time student in post-secondary education for the 2016-2017 academic school year in one of the above related fields, and enrollment in post-secondary education for the Fall of 2017;
  • Between the ages of 15 and 30 at the beginning of employment;
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Knowledge of invasive species affecting local environments;
  • Plant, fish, and invertebrate identification skills;
  • Knowledge and skills relating to monitoring local waters and natural areas for invasive species;
  • Experience networking with resource professionals/agencies and engaging volunteers/public in invading species awareness and stewardship projects;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including experience conveying information to the public (e.g. presentations to community/contributing articles to newspapers/newsletters);
  • Familiar with computer and database management skills (MS Office, MS Outlook, Internet);
  • Knowledge of the principles of field work, such as accurate data recording, use of technical equipment, and record keeping;
  • Ability to work flexible hours and perform occasional field work; and
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to work effectively with minimal supervision.

Other Requirements:

  • Proof of enrollment in post-secondary education for the Fall of 2017 (e.g. letter from the school, time table, etc.);
  • Valid G driver's license;
  • Valid Pleasure Craft Operators Card (for positions required to operate watercrafts);
  • Valid police reference check; and
  • Valid OFAH Membership.


  • Valid Emergency First Aid with Level A CPR and AED certification (as a minimum); and
  • Valid fishing license.


To Apply:

Please submit in one document an OFAH Invading Species Community Outreach Liaison Application Form, cover letter, résumé and one letter of reference indicating that you are applying to the Owen Sound - Bruce Trail Conservancy location, and how your skills and qualifications meet each of the requirements of this position to:

Attention: Invading Species Awareness Program Coordinator
Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters
P.O. Box 2800
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 8L5
Fax: (705) 748-9577

The deadline for applications is April 30, 2017 @ 11:59 PM (ET)

NO TELEPHONE CALLS OR EMAIL INQUIRIES PLEASE Only candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted.