Wildlife Deterrent Specialist
Shared Subsidized Staff Housing is Available.
This employment opportunity is open to all applicants.
Reporting to the Coordinator Regulations and Operations, the Wildlife Deterrent Specialist plans, administers and implements approved proactive human-wildlife encounters and deterrent programs in accordance with existing MOU’s, the NLCA and Acts to ensure that the public safety objectives and the conservation mandate of the department is maintained and enhanced. The incumbent works closely with Conservation Officers, community Hunters and Trappers Associations, other Inuit Organizations, industry and the media to successfully implement departmental goals and standards.
The Wildlife Deterrent Specialist plans and implements Nunavut-wide deterrent strategies based on priority. The incumbent consults with organizations, boards, industry and research bodies locally and in and outside of Nunavut for the purpose of developing, partnering and gaining support for proposed studies, projects and strategies. The incumbent monitors and communicates opportunities, issues and benefits for the Department of Environment for various options identified, from local knowledge and emerging scientific knowledge for wildlife management or deterrence. The Wildlife Deterrent Specialist supports the training, development and long-term sustainability of the wildlife management initiatives and will be appointed as a Wildlife Guardian
The incumbent must have at least 2 years of experience working with bears (brown and/or polar) or be involved with bear deterrent activities to be successful in this position. The incumbent must have general knowledge of the legal frameworks for wildlife management in Nunavut. Strong oral and written communication skills and good writing skills are required. Ability to establish databases for collected data and ability to estimate study costs and administer budgets are required. The incumbent must have applied knowledge of statistical procedures, applications, data tabulation and computer application. The incumbent must possess a valid class 5 driver’s license and a Standard First Aid Certificate.
The knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this job are obtained through a recognized bachelor’s degree in biology with a background in animal behavior, wildlife management, enforcement, zoology, ecology, management techniques, along with four (4) years of previous experience in a relevant position or field. Or a diploma in Environmental Technology from an accredited college plus five (5) years of previous experience in a relevant position or field.
The Official Languages of Nunavut are Inuktitut, English and French. Knowledge of Inuit language, communities, culture, land and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit is an asset. Ability to immobilize wildlife and past enforcement and inspection experience are assets. The incumbent must be able to be licensed for restricted and non-restricted firearms.
Equivalencies that consist of an acceptable combination of education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.