Wetlands Workforce

Field Crew Supervisor

We are pleased to announce this exciting opportunity for you to join our team and make a BIG impact on watershed and wetland health in B.C.

In partnership with the British Columbia Wildlife Federation (BCWF), the Wetlands Workforce (WW) project will deploy work pods in the field to support the maintenance, monitoring and inventory of restored wetland sites across B.C., engage in planning activities related to the restoration of future wetland restoration sites and inventory of natural wetland sites for the development of better wetland management tools. The WW Project is supported through the Province of BC’s economic stimulus fund to provide temporary employment for a minimum of 100 people.

We are hiring a Field Crew Supervisor for the Wetlands Workforce project

Applicants will first be considered for the position for which they have applied. If the applicant’s experience is suitable for another role, they may be invited to interview for this in addition to or in lieu of the role applied for.

Start Date:ASAP 2021
Wage:To be reviewed based on experience

Role Details

This is a full-time, contracted position starting from Date of Hire and ending October 2021. Evenings, weekends and/or extended hours may be required to accommodate travel schedules, field placements, training and other events. 30 Hours a week with the additional hours depending on the project. At the current time, there is no clear opportunity for extension as this is a one-time funding opportunity.

The field crew supervisor will meaningfully contribute to the health of wetlands in B.C. by leading and supporting a crew of technicians in removing invasive vegetation, planting native species, maintaining structures such as dykes, dams and boardwalks, and conducting wildlife and vegetation surveys. Other duties and responsibilities may be added throughout the work term, based on project needs.

The Field Crew Supervisor will manage the day-to-day operations of the Field Crew, ensuring work is completed in an efficient and effective manner. The field crew supervisor will direct operations in a safe manner and ensure regular check-ins and thorough reports are delivered to Lower Kootenay Band. This position will ensure emergency preparedness of their crew, and will ensure Provincial Health guidelines are followed for Covid-19 safety.

Work conditions will primarily be outdoors, in various weather conditions throughout the season, with wildlife encounters and insect activity likely. Work can be physically demanding and applicants should be capable of and prepared to work on their feet for extended periods, to regularly carry loads up to 30kg, and to work with power tools and machinery on a regular basis.

Exciting potential training opportunities include:

Cultural sensitivity training
Wilderness Survival
Plant Identification
Wetlands Vegetation Planting  
ATV Operation
Chainsaw operation
Wildlife monitoring
GIS Data Collection  

You will be expected to travel within B.C. to complete the duties of this position.

Core Responsibilities

  • Overseeing and supporting effective physical maintenance of wetland and riparian areas.
  • Providing guidance, leadership and mentorship to Field Crew and facilitating a positive work culture.
  • Conducting thorough surveys of vegetation, wildlife and water quality.
  • Conducting mapping surveys to contribute to a BC Wetland Ecosystems Services Protocol (WESP) and B.C. predictive wetlands map.
  • Ensuring safety requirement and protocols are implemented and adhered to in the field.
  • Responding to any first-aid emergency or incident that may occur at work sites or Field Crew camps.
  • Preparing and submitting regular safety and project progress reports
  • Respectful interaction with members of the public, representatives of partnering organizations and members of participating First Nations.
  • Other duties as directed by the Wetlands Assessment & Field Coordinator and Wetlands Workforce Project Manager.

Competencies and Skills

The WW aims to primarily hire those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn. Training will be provided to ensure that those unfamiliar with maintenance and restoration work are comfortable and safe in their duties. Applicant must be a B.C. resident.

Work Experience:

  • Experience managing and maintaining a safe workplace in a wilderness/ backcountry environment
  • Experience managing a team of 3-6 people
  • Proven experience building a positive and engaging work culture
  • Experience using tools such as chainsaws, brush saws, and shovels is an asset
  • Experience working with ecological restoration, specifically within wetlands and riparian areas is an asset
  • Experience with physical labor, such as landscaping, construction or tree-planting is an asset
  • Experience with surveying, monitoring or data collection is an asset

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to be flexible in assigned duties as needed by the Project
  • Ability to schedule and delegate tasks on a daily, weekly and monthly basis
  • Openness to learn new skills and tasks
  • Ability to meet physical demands of the job and traverse outdoor spaces
  • Ability to endure long days, challenging conditions, and rigorous fieldwork
  • Willing to travel extensively throughout B.C (within Covid-19 health guidelines).
  • Ability to work effectively and respectfully in a small team
  • Clear and concise verbal and written communication


  • Class 4 or 5 BC driver’s license with a clean driving record
  • Criminal record check
  • First Aid

How to Apply

To apply, send a combined PDF file of a current resume or CV, including references to:

Please use subject line: WW Field Crew Supervisor

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and accepted until the positions are filled. Only applicants who are considered for an interview will be contacted. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, interviews will be conducted over video conferencing. 

We kindly ask that applications be sent by email only – no fax, mail or phone calls please