Natural Habitat Technician/Interpreter – Save Our Seine



POSITION: Full-time, seasonal term position (280 to 350 hours, 8 to 10 weeks) depending on funding
TIME FRAME (APPROXIMATE): Consecutive weeks between May 25 and August 31, 2021
WAGE RANGE: $11.90/hour
WORK LOCATION: Seine River Greenway within Winnipeg (from the floodway to the Red River).
ELIGIBILITY: This position is funded by Canada Summer Jobs. Candidates must: be youth between the ages of 15 and 30; be Canadian citizens/permanent residents/persons with refugee status; have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment; and be eligible to work legally in Canada. International students are not eligible.
PRIORITY FOR HIRING: Youth facing barriers to employment are encouraged to self-identify if they: are recent immigrants or refugees (arrived in Canada in the past 5 years), Indigenous or Metis, a visible minority, LGBTQ2, or a woman in science; have a disability or literacy barrier; have not finished high school; or have not been employed (i.e., first job experience).
APPLY TO: Subject line: Natural Habitat Technician/Interpreter

This is an entry level position that requires no prior work experience. Under the supervision of the Seine River Clean-up Coordinator, the Habitat Technician will work with River Keepers and community volunteers on a variety of habitat enhancement projects along the Seine River Greenway. You will:
• Get hot, wet, and muddy while doing physical work outdoors (including in poor weather)
• Work closely with a small, energetic team of youth to clean and maintain the river and natural parks in the Greenway
• Learn to identify Manitoba species (wildlife, native plants, invasive plants)
• Remove garbage, trash, and woody debris from the Seine River, often using a rowboat, canoe, and other equipment
• Remove invasive plants along the riverbanks (buckthorn, burdock, thistle, etc.) and assist with planting native plants
• Assist with habitat restoration projects (including Niakwa Trail Rain Garden, The Triangle, The Meadow)
• Clean and maintain walking trails, riverbanks, natural spaces, and habitat projects (weeding, watering, litter removal)
• Protect riparian trees from damage by beavers by wrapping the trees with wire mesh
• Assist with inventories of natural features and monitoring (photography, field notes, GPS, water testing)
• Assist with the planning and delivery of public events and interpretive materials to raise awareness and appreciation for the Seine River
• Attend safety training and use personal protective equipment as required
• Follow all safety policy/procedures (Provincial Workplace Safety and Health Act, Manitoba Safe Work, SOS)
• Physically able to perform the duties of the job, which includes working outdoors, bending for prolonged periods
• Commitment to learning and following Manitoba’s Safe Work practices and water/boating safety practices
• Passion for nature, the outdoors, and/or the Seine River
• Desire to learn about the Seine River, its natural and cultural history and share that knowledge with the public
• Interest in a career in the natural sciences, biology, physical geography, interpretation, or a related field
• Interest in returning in future years as a River Keeper, River Keeper lead hand, or Coordinator
ASSETS: Valid Province of Manitoba Driver’s Licence, First Aid training, boating safety training

SAVE OUR SEINE is a community-based environmental organization and registered charity. Its mission it to protect, preserve, and enhance the Seine River through education, awareness, and hands-on participation that enables all citizens to connect with the river’s natural and cultural heritage.

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