Youth Employment Opportunity: 2021 IYWEP at Harkness

Indigenous Youth Work Exchange Program – Summer 2021 – Harkness Laboratory of Fisheries Research


The Indigenous Youth Work Exchange Program (IYWEP) is currently seeking an Assistant Fisheries Technician to participate in aquatic research studies at Harkness Laboratory of Fisheries Research in Algonquin Provincial Park. The successful candidate may participate in some or all of the following tasks:

  • Netting index surveys, angler creel surveys, biological sampling of fish, water quality monitoring, aquatic habitat assessment, lake depth mapping, field equipment maintenance/repair, and computer data entry
  • Operation of boats, outboard motors, canoes, ATVs, and other specialized equipment may be required
  • Participation in other ecosystem research projects in Algonquin Park to gain a variety of experience, e.g. wildlife surveys, species at risk surveys, etc.
  • Working outdoors in diverse weather conditions and overnighting in remote areas

To qualify for this position the youth must self-identify as an Indigenous person (First Nation, Inuit or Métis), be between the ages of 15 and 24 upon commencement of employment in the first year of participation (or between 15 and 29 if a person with a disability), and be a student. The job is advertised as an eight-week summer contract with the possibility of extension, but as long as additional funding is secured, Harkness would prefer the position to be 16-19 weeks (May-Aug) for someone in post-secondary education.

To view the full job description and qualifications please click here.

Additional information can be found at Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Nick Lacombe, Senior Resource Technician, Harkness Laboratory of Fisheries Research by email

The application deadline is April 2, 2021 but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Recruitment for these positions is facilitated in partnership with participating Indigenous communities and organizations.

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