Caribou Recovery Work

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Caribou Recovery Work

West Moberly First Nations and Saulteau First Nations (the Nations) are dedicated to helping caribou survive in our traditional territory.  To that end, the Nations are implementing management and research in support of caribou recovery and in support of achieving the shared recovery objective of the Intergovernmental Caribou Partnership Agreement; an agreement between the two Nations, British Columbia, and Canada.

The agreement addresses recovery of caribou populations within the Central Mountain group of caribou.  Specific management and research projects are overseen by the Nikanese Wah tzee Stewardship Society (the Society) which is a not-for-profit collaboration between the two Nations and implementation of the projects is managed on behalf of the Society by Wildlife Infometrics Inc. 

The Society has recently embarked on an initiative to increase capacity within the Nations community members to engage in, and undertake, caribou recovery initiatives through specific training and mentoring programs and through “boots-on-the-ground” coordination of, and participation in, field work. 

The full-time (2 members from each community) and a back up position (1 member from each community) work opportunities are described in detail below, and broadly include assisting implementation of the following projects:

  • Coordination of wolf removal
  • Construction and operation of caribou maternity pens
  • Coordinating the collection of terrestrial lichen forage for penned caribou
  • Capture and collaring of caribou
  • Mortality investigations and retrieval of deployed radio-collars
  • Caribou population surveys
  • Restoration of caribou habitat

 

Current 2021 Employment Opportunities

 

We are now accepting applications for these three opportunities:

Maternity Pen Construction and Maintenance
Duration: 10 days (+/-), starting week of February 16th 2021

 

Caribou Guardian
Duration: March 8th 2021 through July 2021

 

 

Now Accepting Applications

Maternity Pen Construction and Maintenance

 

Specific work site: Pen maintenance at the Mt. Rochfort (Burns Road) maternity pen site.

Specific workdays: Work is scheduled to begin on February 15th. May require spending the previous night at the hotel in Hudson’s Hope depending on the crew member’s residence. Typically, these work sessions will be for a 10-day period but may be less if work is completed sooner. 

Description of work:

Ensuring the maternity pen is fit to house caribou.
Primarily involves repairing geotextile fabric with nails and/or needle and thread, which can be very strenuous on hand and wrist ligaments.

Snow drifts will also have to be addressed to ensure they do not allow caribou to jump out of the pen or for predators to jump into the pen. This requires shoveling down snow drifts and can be very strenuous on the upper body.

At least one of the two electric fences will also need to be setup to deter predators. Will require a team of ~4-5 people.

Both sites are remote and ~2hrs from our communities.

Work will be 10-12 hr days and involve extended periods of walking and physical labour. Additional tasks may include hanging (or dismantling) geotextile fences, digging with picks and shovels, hanging high tensile aircraft cable, working from ladders, etc.

Construction/carpentry experience is preferred, and candidates with previous pen guardian experience will be highly preferred. Each of these three tasks can involve monotonous and repetitive movements in cold conditions and therefore good physical fitness is strongly advised.

Specific skills/equipment:

In addition to the basic skills/equipment noted above, the successful candidate will:

Have access to a reliable truck, and snowmobile with the proper insurance on each
Have a helmet for use if/while operating off-road vehicles

Be willing to stay on site or in a designated hotel for up to 10 days with personal accommodation
Have experience using hand tools
Have experience with the safe operation of chain saws
Be driven and capable of working independently (or in small groups)
Carpentry experience is a benefit

How to Apply

Interested applicants should provide resume and copies of any tickets to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applications will only be accepted at the TREP office by calling reception and arranging for a time to drop them off (250-788-7290).  While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

If you do not have a vehicle or sled/ATV, please note in your cover letter or email, as we are trying to secure other modes of transportation that can be provided.

 

 

Now Accepting Applications

Caribou Guardian(s)


Specific work site:
Mt. Rochfort (Burns Road) maternity pen site.

Shift: 8 days on, 6 days off; March through July

 

Description of work:
To guard the caribou pen 24hrs/d during work shift: every 8-day shift conducted by one community is followed by a second 8-day shift conducted by the alternate community with one day of overlap usually on Mondays where overlap between crews shall not be less than 4hrs. Leaving site for non-emergency reasons is not permitted.

Duties

  • Timely communication of potential issues (e.g., predators, fence conditions, animal health, etc.)
  • Actions as required to mitigate impact of predator related issues in a 2km buffer
  • Care and proper maintenance of the pen and camp site including equipment. Keep area clean.
  • Potentially assisting others in the collection of data (e.g., antler drop dates, fecal pellets, etc.)


 Daily/Twice Daily

  • Sweeps around the exterior of the pen to check for sign of predators, holes in the pen structure, trees that may compromise the pen structure, and proper operation of the electrical fence
  • Feeding of the penned caribou with terrestrial lichens and/or pelleted food
  • Contact with the project manager to communicate results of caribou and pen inspections
  • Observation of caribou from an observation tower to ensure all animals are present and to collect observations of individual health status
  • Inspection of, and if necessary, adjustment of, weigh-scales and trail cameras
  • Completion of hardcopy data forms to record all observations about the penned caribou and the pen
  • Actions as required to reduce or eliminate human use of the area of Mt. Rochfort


Weekly

  • Sourcing of camp groceries, caribou forage lichens and pelleted food, and other supplies necessary for an 8-day work session; sourcing for firewood as needed
  • Sweeps around the pen perimeter on the inside to check for holes in the pen structure or for possible hazards


Qualifications

  • Valid BC driver’s license, and access to a vehicle for travel to and from the pen site
  • FAC and proficiency in the use of a firearm; also, a firearm needed for protection against bears, wolves, cougars, lynx, wolverines, and other predators
  • Level 1 First Aid or higher
  • Training in the use of radios, Spot messenger, InReach, Sat phones, remote telemetry equipment, and trail cameras
  • Training in the maintenance of electric fence including but not limited to: trimming vegetation, fixing broken wires or wires rendered ineffective due to unintended grounding, removing debris that may have fallen on the fence
  • Training in the proper use of all data collection forms
  • SFN will provide necessary PPE for pen use only
  • Have access to a reliable truck, and snowmobile and ATV with the proper insurance on each
  • Have a helmet for use if/while operating off-road vehicles

How to Apply

Interested applicants should provide resume and copies of any tickets to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applications will only be accepted at the TREP office by calling reception and arranging for a time to drop them off (250-788-7290).  While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

If you do not have a vehicle or sled/ATV, please note in your cover letter or email, as we are trying to secure other modes of transportation that can be provided.