The Algonquins of Ontario (AOO), as represented by the Algonquin Negotiation Representatives (ANRs), are seeking an American Eel Project Technician to support an American eel (“pimisì” in Anishinaabemowin) conservation and community science project on the Ottawa River (“Kichi-Sìbì” in Anishinaabemowin). This opportunity is open to members of the 10 AOO communities. We ask that you please identify which Algonquin community you are connected to in your application.
The eel is a species of great cultural, ecological, and economic significance and was once abundant in the Ottawa River. Sadly, this species has suffered significant population declines over the last century within this watershed. Despite being listed as Endangered under Ontario’s Species at Risk Act in 2008, populations have continued to decline. Significant recovery effort is needed to avoid potential extirpation of this species in the Ottawa River and its tributaries.
The AOO work hard to advocate for eel protection and to restore populations within the Algonquin Traditional Territory. As part of these efforts, the AOO have developed a project in partnership with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and Shared Value Solutions Ltd., a third-party consultant, to gather information on the current distribution of eels in the Ottawa River from April 2023 to March 2024. The American Eel Project Technician will assist with the implementation of this project and the management of the project-specific database.
This role will be a temporary part-time contract position with work taking place between May and November 2023 (approx. 30 weeks). The position will include a wage of $30 per hour at approx. 8-12 hours per week. Hours may vary each week and the majority of work will be conducted remotely. The use of a personal computer is required. Costs for the use of a personal cell phone and home internet will be reimbursed. The use of a personal vehicle is also required. Mileage to field locations will be reimbursed to a maximum of $1550.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Complete onboarding training requirements (listed below);
- Assist with the installation and maintenance of public outreach signage at key locations along the Ottawa River;
- Communicate project goals and participation instructions to project partners, AOO community members, and public stakeholders;
- Manage Microsoft Excel database of American eel observation data;
- Assist with the planning and implementation of American eel educational workshops/presentations for AOO community members and the public.
- Valid Class “G” Driver’s License with access to a dependable vehicle
- Ability to travel to various locations along the Ottawa River
- Access to a personal computer and internet
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) 2015*
- Standard First Aid with CPR/AED Level C certificate*
* In the event that a candidate does not have the training, training will be provided.
TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
- Knowledge of the AOO land claim and Settlement Area
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills
- Research, problem solving, and organizational skills
- Intermediate computer skills and an understanding of the use of internet and email
- Experience using Microsoft Excel
TRAINING TO BE PROVIDED:
- Virtual Self-directed Training (~4 hours total): o Workplace Violence and Harassment Training for All Audiences (Federal)
o Occupational Health and Safety Awareness Training for Workers
o Personal Workplace Safety and Security Training
o Safe Driving for Work
o Heat Stress Awareness and Prevention
o Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) 2015
- Standard First Aid with CPR/AED Level C certificate (16 hours) – if needed
Qualified candidates are invited to submit their resume and a letter of introduction by 12:00 PM on Monday, May 1st, 2023. Only those candidates
Applications can be submitted to the Algonquins of Ontario Consultation Office via Krystal Mitchell, AOO’s Fisheries & Wildlife Management Advisor, by email at email@example.com.