Conservation Technician (Resource Management Focus)

Summer Student Position

The Opportunity

Based out of the Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) BC Coastal Field Office, located in Surrey, BC, this term position will provide an excellent opportunity to learn about and work in the field of Conservation – Resource Management. The successful applicant will use their education towards the development and management of wetland habitats throughout the Lower Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island regions.

The successful applicant should have knowledge of basic biology, local species and ecosystems; GPS-based technologies and survey techniques; computer programs such as the Microsoft suite of programs; ArcGIS (an asset); construction experience (an asset); and operation of various field equipment (see below). DUC will provide the necessary field equipment including: 4WD pickup truck, tools such as mowers, brush cutters, chain saws, generators, chest waders, binoculars, and cameras as required.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Field Operation and Management of Wetland Conservation Projects

  • Assist DUC staff in the daily operation of water control structures; documenting and inspecting dikes and water controls on existing projects; maintenance activities on existing projects such as installing signs, vegetation control, repairing trails, walkways and gates; removing beaver debris; and day to day operations of pumping facilities of existing projects across the Lower Mainland
  • Record activities/changes on wetland conservation projects

Habitat Inventory and Waterfowl Census

  • Conduct field surveys vegetation on existing and/or future projects within freshwater wetlands and inter-tidal habitats throughout the Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island
  • Recording waterfowl observations during project inspections
  • Assist with ongoing habitat monitoring projects such as monitoring of sediment and elevation in estuaries

Administration of Wetland Conservation Projects

  • General office duties may include: assisting with wetland file management, photographic databases, cataloging images, entry or retrieval of computer data (including scanning), and preparation of report materials


  • Applicants must be between 15 AND 30 YEARS OF AGE at the start of employment;
  • Have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations; and,
  • Must have a valid current driver’s license (in good standing) and a current driver’s abstract

Additional Details

  • Tentative term is from May 7 to August 31, 2018
  • Pay range: $16 per hour, based on a 40-hour work-week (plus 4% vacation pay)
  • This position is contingent upon receiving external funding.

How to Apply

If you are a responsible and qualified individual, with a passion for wetlands please submit your cover letter and resume to:

Attn: Sarah Nathan
Conservation Programs Specialist
# 511-13370 78th Avenue,
Surrey, BC V3W 0H6
Ph: 604.592.0987

Closing deadline: March 26, 2018

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment. Learn more at

While DUC would like to thank all applicants, only candidates considered for an interview will be contacted.