River technician/technicien de rivière

  • Volet de programme : Jeunesse Canada au travail dans les deux langues officielles
  • Titre de l'emploi : River technician/technicien de rivière
  • Nom de l’organisme : Cheticamp River Salmon Association
  • Lieu de l’emploi : Cheticamp, Nouvelle-Écosse
  • Durée de l'emploi : 2018-06-25 à 2018-08-24 (9 semaines)
  • Salaire horaire : 11,50 $

Job Title

River technician

Summary of Position

The River technician will be employed for a nine week period (June 25th – August 24th) by the Cheticamp River Salmon Association (CRSA). The River technician will mainly responsible for helping with habitat restoration work (e.g., installing in-stream structures, clearing blockages to improve fish passage, stabilizing eroding stream banks) and ecological monitoring (e.g., taking measurements on channel width & depth, collecting water quality data on a number of watercourses within the Cheticamp River watershed. The River technician will work as part of a small (3-4 person) work crew, and a typical work day would start and finish at the CRSA's office, where the crew would go over the work plan for the day with the Project Manager, including identifying required equipment and tools, reviewing techniques, and identifying and discussing potential work-related hazards, and debrief at the end of the work day. The habitat restoration crew typically travels to nearby work site locations where they work on completing the required tasks. The successful candidate needs to be willing to work as part of a small crew, and should have an interest in the natural environment and working outdoors.

About the Employer

The Cheticamp River Salmon Association is a non-profit recreational angling and conservation organization, based out the community of Cheticamp on Cape Breton Island. The Association was created in 1984 with the mandate to enhance the salmon fishing experience on the Cheticamp River and other smaller watercourses in the area. With Atlantic salmon in decline through much of their range, however, the focus of the CRSA - like that of many other Atlantic salmon fishing organizations - has shifted to more conservation work and habitat restoration.

Work undertaken by the CRSA includes the following:

• Stream restoration (e.g., constructing and maintaining instream structures, watershed planning)

• Improving fish passage (e.g., replacing a set of perched culverts with a wooden trail bridge, identifying and removing blockages)

• Ecological monitoring (e.g., conducting river surveys, operating a salmon counting fence on the Cheticamp River)

• Public outreach and education (e.g., youth fly casting workshops, annual fishing derbies, school and public presentations)

About Cheticamp

Cheticamp is a small (pop. approx 3000) Acadian fishing village located on the world famous Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. Fishing (largely lobster and snow crab) and tourism are the region's most important industries. The people of Cheticamp have managed to preserve their French language and traditional culture (e.g., Acadian cuisine is popular in the area, traditional arts such as rug hooking are common, and fiddle and local folk songs are played widely). Cheticamp is located between the ocean and the highlands and is situated at the west entrance to the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The community's unique and picturesque location creates opportunities for a wide variety of outdoor recreational activities (e.g., canoeing, biking, hiking, swimming, bird watching, etc.). For more information about Cheticamp, including more information about the culture, tourist attractions, and festivals and events, visit https://www.cheticamp.ca/en/, or visit http://www.cabottrail.travel/cabot-trail-communities/cheticamp/things-to-do/ for a list of even more things to do in and around Cheticamp.

Duties and Responsibilities

The River technician working with the Cheticamp River Salmon Association will have a variety of duties and responsibilities, including the following:

-Helping to implement the CRSA’s habitat restoration plan for the Cheticamp River, as well as Aucoin and Farm Brook (e.g., build and perform maintenance on in-stream structures, remove blockages and barriers)

-Assisting with ecological monitoring and data collection (e.g., measurements of stream width, data on water quality parameters)

-Assisting with visual surveying of the priority watercourses (e.g., identify blockages/barriers and sites of erosion)

-Helping to prepare for and participate in public outreach and education activities (e.g., creating and delivering presentations, helping lead guided walks of Aucoin and/or Farm Brook)

-Performing occasional office work (e.g., helping with updating website and inputting data)


Interested applications must meet the full eligibility requirements of the Young Canada Works program, including the following:

• Must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non- Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);

• Must be legally entitled to work in Canada;

• Must be between the ages of 16 and 30 at the start of employment;

• Must be a full-time student and intending to return to school in fall 2018;

• Must be willing to work for the full duration of the project (June 25th – August 24th);

• Must have a working knowledge of both French and English;

• Must be willing to work in another region of Canada;

• Have an aptitude for safe work practices;

• Be able to work productively as part of a team while responding to feedback;

• Studies in biology, ecology, environmental studies, natural resource management, or a related discipline is considered an asset;

• Must be willing to work outdoors, occasionally in adverse conditions (e.g., rain, uneven terrain in brooks, insects);

• Must be comfortable with performing some physically demanding work (e.g., moving rocks, driving stakes); and

• Is passionate about the natural environment and the conservation of Atlantic salmon

Working Conditions

This position involves working outdoors, often in or around water (Note: proper equipment, e.g., chest waders, gloves, and insect hats/jackets, will be provided by the employer). The River technician should feel comfortable walking and working in moving water, and should be prepared to deal with insects (e.g., mosquitoes and black flies), uneven terrain, and undesirable weather conditions (e.g., heat and rain).

Physical Requirements

Although work will be varied, the River technician will be expected to participate in some tasks that are repetitive (e.g., hand rocking vulnerable and eroding stream banks) and/or demanding (e.g., helping to remove blockages of large woody debris and driving wooden and metal stakes into structures). As such, the ideal candidate should be at least moderately physically active.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume by email to Jillian Baker, Project Manager for the Cheticamp River Salmon Association, at cheticampriversalmon@gmail.com. In addition, candidates must visit the Young Canada Works login page ( https://young-canada-works.canada.ca/) where they must follow the instructions to create an account, complete and submit a candidate profile, and express their interest in the Cheticamp River Salmon Association’s River technician position. Completed applications must be received by no later than midnight on Friday June 1, 2018.

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