Field Operations Lead – Surrey, BC (7-month term position with opportunity for annual extension*) — Ducks Unlimited Canada
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Field Operations Lead – Surrey, BC (7-month term position with opportunity for annual extension*)


  • May 4, 2020


Surrey, BC


Please visit our online career center to submit your application for confidential consideration.

The Opportunity

Ducks Unlimited Canada, in partnership with the Province of BC’s Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD), The Nature Trust of British Columbia and the Canadian Wildlife Service of Environment and Climate Change Canada, is seeking an enthusiastic and energetic individual to fill the position of Field Operations Lead and join the South Coast Conservation Land Management Program (SCCLMP). This position will lead on-the-ground implementation of invasive species management, research and monitoring, and operation and maintenance activities throughout a portfolio of over 37,000 hectares of conservation lands acquired, owned and/or managed by the conservation partners throughout the South Coast region. While invasive plant management and operation and maintenance activities will be the primary focus, supporting restoration efforts and inventory work may also be a component of this position.

This unique position offers the successful candidate the opportunity to work for a program that includes two of the leading land conservation organizations in BC as well as the federal and provincial governments. The position will also provide exposure to other partner organizations, First Nations, stewardship groups and community-based partners.

Duties and Responsibilities

Working under the direction of the SCCLMP Coordinator, the Field Operations Lead will have the following responsibilities:

  • Lead and conduct operations, maintenance and management activities, including: chemical and mechanical control treatments of invasive plants; mapping invasive plants and ecosystems with tablets/GPS; data management of invasive species sites; supervising and coordinating seasonal work crews; facility inspections, maintenance and repair of infrastructure; trail maintenance; and signage installation and maintenance;
  • Conduct research and monitoring activities in support of tidal marsh restoration and research projects, including: sampling juvenile salmonids in tidal channels; implementing an adaptive management experiment to control exotic cattails; operating a boat with outboard motor; and maintenance of goose herbivory exclosures.
  • Identifying priority restoration projects through consultation with partners, review of spatial data, and-on-the ground assessments; and
  • Assist the SCCLMP Coordinator to develop funding proposals in collaboration with partners to implement restoration, inventory and monitoring actions as identified above.


  • A positive attitude, a constant desire to learn, be well organized and must be able to work in a fast-paced environment with a focus on quality.
  • A Bachelor’s degree specializing in the conservation or management of fish or wildlife with a minimum of two (2) years’ experience in conservation, or equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Strong knowledge of the flora and fauna of British Columbia with an emphasis on Coastal Western Hemlock and Coastal Douglas Fir Biogeoclimatic Zones
  • Experience identifying and managing invasive plants found throughout the BC South Coast
  • Pesticide Applicator’s Certificate for Industrial Vegetation and Noxious Weeds (or willing to obtain one before May 15, 2020)
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills; ability to write in both technical and plain language styles
  • Work well in a team environment with little supervision
  • Experience with data management and proficiency using Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Experience with and proficiency using maps, GPS units, tablets, and GIS software (e.g., ArcGIS, Google Earth)
  • Experience with light construction projects and conducting fieldwork in adverse field conditions, and ability to carry loads up to 25 kg
  • Experience with a diversity of habitats including wetlands, forestry or agricultural programs are an asset
  • Must have a passion for conservation and the outdoors
  • Up-to-date First Aid certification and valid BC Class 5 Driver’s Licence (drivers abstract will be requested from those selected for an interview)
  • Valid Pleasure Craft Operating Certificate and experience operating boats with outboard motors would be an asset
  • Membership or Eligibility for Membership in the College of Applied Biology would be an asset

How to Apply

Working for DUC is a career highlight for many staff.  Let us know if making a difference is important to you.

Please visit our online career center to submit your application for confidential consideration.

Closing deadline: May 4, 2020 (EST)

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.

*Extensions pending funding and performance