Freshwater Turtle Technician (Ottawa)

Canadian Wildlife Federation Published: March 25, 2019
Ottawa, Canada
Job Type
Freelance / Limited Contract
Analyst / Research / Natural Resources/ Restoration /

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CWF is dedicated to ensuring an appreciation of our natural world and a lasting legacy of healthy wildlife and habitat by informing and educating Canadians, advocating responsible human actions and representing wildlife on conservation issues.

Position Overview

The Turtle Conservation Field Technician will assist with various aspects of a species at risk turtle project in eastern Ontario. The goals of the project are to identify road mortality hotspots, survey wetlands for at-risk turtles, identify and protect nesting sites, incubate turtle eggs, and increase public awareness of turtle conservation issues.

Location: Head office located in Kanata, Ontario. Field work will occur throughout eastern Ontario.


  • Working as part of a team, carry out road mortality and wetland surveys for species at risk turtles.
  • Conduct turtle nesting surveys and help collect species at risk turtles eggs for incubation.
  • Use wildlife reporting systems and spreadsheets to document wildlife occurrences with photos, GPS locations, and relevant information.
  • Assist in the care and incubation of species at risk turtle eggs.
  • Adopt safe work practices (especially with respect to working on or near roads), reporting unsafe conditions immediately and attend all relevant in-services regarding occupational health and safety. Follow all guidelines for employees and employers as legislated under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  • Perform other duties as required.


Education and Skills:

  • Students should be enrolled in post-secondary education. Ideal candidates will be enrolled in a Wildlife Technician Program, Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences, or a related program.
  • A background in biology and field methodologies is valuable as the job will involve identifying wildlife species, working with species at risk, collecting precise biological data, preparing outreach materials on turtle conservation, and potentially conducting a review of published papers on relevant topics.
  • Strong English communication skills (verbal and written) are required.
  • Ability to organize information is essential.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team is essential.
  • Standard First Aid.
  • Experience conducting field surveys for wildlife an asset.

Working Conditions:

  • Must be capable of working in all weather conditions. Work is primarily out of doors.
  • Working hours are primarily Monday to Friday however time of day and hours per day will vary.
  • Some evening and weekend work will be required.


Canada Summer Jobs Program Criteria:

In order for candidates to be considered, they must meet the criteria set by the Canada Summer Jobs funding program. To be eligible, participants must:

  • Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment.
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment.
  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.
  • International students are not eligible participants. International students include anyone who is temporarily in Canada for studies and who is not a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada.
  • Offer of employment is conditional upon the Canadian Wildlife Federation receiving funding for the Canada Summer Jobs Program as well as confirmation of credentials.

To Apply

  • Interested and qualified applicants are encouraged click "Apply" below to submit their resume and cover letter by April 1st, 2019.
  • Demonstrate in your cover letter experience in nature, either job related field work, or outdoor recreation (e.g. backcountry camping).
  • Please quote position title that you are applying for in the subject line of your email.
  • Only the candidates who meet the qualifications and experience for the position will be contacted for an interview.
  • We thank you for your interest in the Canadian Wildlife Federation.

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If your acceptance of the terms and conditions of this Offer of Employment necessitates a specific accommodation because of a disability or a medical need, please contact the Human Resources Department. This ensures that the appropriate accommodations are in place before you begin your employment. Do not hesitate to reach out to the Human Resources Department if you require an accommodation related to a disability or a medical condition at any point during your employment with CWF. ~

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