Climate Change Effects Research Technician
Our project proposes to collect key climate indicator data, to implement a data management system to ensure good value of data collected, and to build capacity within the FFHR program to effectively monitor the changing climate. The collection of key climate indicator data will be achieved through several field activities and will cover a broad spectrum to indicators including direct climate data, wildlife & vegetation data, and land & water data.
Direct climate data including air temperature, precipitation amounts and extreme weather events will be collected within the FFFN community using a CoCoRaHS monitoring station and within FFFN’s traditional territory using a river gauge & handheld instruments. CoCoRaHS is the acronym for the Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow Network which engages volunteers to record daily measurements of rain and snow using an official rain & snow gauge.
Data will be collected on habitat quality & water quality within two rivers in FFFN’s territory through benthic macro-invertebrate sampling using the CABIN protocol – a national monitoring program & network overseen by Environment Canada & Climate Change. The Pollett River will also be assessed for habitat quality by carrying out a field survey that provides information related to the overall stability (or instability) of river dynamics.
Seasonal timing of plants & animals, and population monitoring of species at risk will be documented in through a combination of observational field journals, seeking local knowledge, and scientific monitoring projects.
The successful candidate will check the CoCoRaHS gauge daily and record the information based on the protocol outlined on the CoCoRaHS website. The data will be entered within FFHR’s database and submitted to the public CoCoRaHS network database. Direct climate data will also be collected within Fort Folly’s traditional territory, the Pollett River. A river gauge will record air temperature, water temperature, water level and precipitation amounts. The candidate will retrieve the data from the river gauge regularly and enter the data into FFHR’s database.
They will also participate in a benthic macro-invertebrate monitoring program and will sample sites throughout the Little & Pollett Rivers in the late summer or early fall. Samples will be sent to a taxonomist for identification and all data related to habitat & the benthic community will be entered into the ECCC CABIN database. Comparison of invertebrate community data to ECCC established “reference sites” can determine whether habitat within these sites/rivers is impacted.
The candidate will be asked to document the timing of seasonal events, such as the smelt spawning run, to establish a baseline. Other seasonal timings that the student may note could include food plants (fiddleheads, berries, mushrooms) and animals (trout, eel, salmon, deer, moose). The candidate will also review past inventories of medicinal plants within the FFFN community, and document their current status, in terms of presence, location, patch size, overall health and timing of flowering.
*This is an internship program with preference to Aboriginal graduates but we encourage everyone to apply. Graduation from a post secondary institution with a degree in a relevant field is required
*Driver’s licence required.
*Along with your online submission (eco.ca), please forward a resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date is April 9th, interviews for selected candidates will follow that week.
Start Date: April 16th or 23rd
Salary: To be discussed to selected candidate.