Environmental Monitoring Technician for Blazing Star Environmental

Blazing Star Environmental in cooperation with HIFN and Laurentian University is looking for one to two ( 1- 2 ) HIFN Community Members who are interested in applying for position/s of Environmental Monitoring Technician. The community members who apply must show interest in learning different ways of studying reptile populations. Most of the work will be outside at locations on HIFN reserve #2 and in nearby control sites.

Monitors will be responsible for finding, capturing, and processing reptiles; conducting vegetation monitoring; setting up experimental plots for plant and reptile monitoring. The monitors will spend long periods outdoors, wading in wetlands, walking through the bush and need to be comfortable working under all kinds of weather.

The goal of the program is to understand the effects of the fire and the wind project on snakes and turtles and their habitat and monitor the change in population size over time.


To be eligible, the individual 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**; and, - 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

• Ability to work in a positive team environment

• Commitment to arrive on time and be ready to work every day

• Interest in learning different approaches to monitoring reptiles

• Ability to work for long periods of time outside under different kinds of weather (e.g. rain, heat, cold, etc.)

• Willingness to safely work in cold water for extended periods when conducting reptile surveys

• Willingness to work long days and weekends when survey conditions are optimal

• Willingness to capture and handle snakes and turtles (training will be provided)

• Transportation to and from meeting points near HIFN

• Attention to detail

• Good written and verbal communication skills 


• Experience capturing and handling animals

• Experience working with venomous snakes

• First Aid or CPR certifications

• Eligible for Canada Summer Jobs program

• Have a valid G class Ontario Driver’s license

One position will be a 5-6 month full-time contract (average of 30-37.5 hours/week) subject to the skills of the successful candidate and suitable weather. The successful candidate may get future opportunities to work on this project.

To be determined

Mid-April to early May 2021 (dependent on weather and COVID-19 restrictions)

Apply early as the position(s) will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

Please apply by e-mailing your resume and cover letter to Monique Aarts by 11:59 pm.

Please include Environmental Monitoring Technician in the subject line.

Monique Aarts Conservation Biologist Blazing Star Environmental
104 McLaughlin Blvd. Oshawa, ON,
L1G 2P3 519-709-9873
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