Riparian Analyst/Technician
Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society (Cows and Fish)
Lethbridge, AB
Details:
  • Approximately four month, full time term position, starting approx. May 15, 2019. Salary range
$2500-$2800 per month depending on qualifications and experience. The position will end between
Sept 15 – Sept 30, depending on start date.
  • The Riparian Resource Technician is required to travel throughout the province and must be
willing to live in a camp setting for the summer (June-September, excluding days off), providing
their own food, camping and cooking equipment. Hip waders will be supplied by Cows and Fish. A
daily rate to cover meal and camping expenses is provided. The position is based in Lethbridge,
although a very limited number of days will be spent in the office. This position is a junior
position, and the successful candidate will normally work with more experienced individuals. See
field activities descriptions below.

Additional Riparian Resource Analyst Job Description Details:
  • The position is for a full-time long-term position, based in Lethbridge, Alberta, starting no
later than May 15 but sooner if possible. Exact start date to be determined with successful
candidate. First 6 months or 1 year will be probationary. Salary approx.
$3,218 per month depending on qualifications and experience.

  • The position will be based in Lethbridge, Alberta, although extensive travel during the spring
and summer will cover many areas of the province. A very limited amount of travel will be required
October to May. Depending on the candidate and program needs, there may be future opportunity for
the office component of the position to be based elsewhere with our other staff, once the
individual is well established in the position (not any sooner than 1 year).

  • The position is with the Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society, commonly known as Cows
and Fish. Cows and Fish is a small, non-profit society, comprised of approximately 15 staff. We
are committed to improving the awareness and understanding of riparian areas and riparian health to
aid landowners and communities manage their riparian areas, through proactive, voluntary approaches
driven by the landowner and local community.

  • The Analyst will be required to provide their own food, camping and cooking equipment for the
summer field season work. Hip waders will be supplied by Cows and Fish. A daily rate to cover
meal and camping expenses is provided. Staff will be provided with a work-designated vehicle for
the field work portion of the job.

  • Field activities involve surveying numerous riparian systems (lotic and lentic) within various
project areas in Alberta following the Alberta lotic and lentic riparian health inventory and
assessment protocols (go to “Download our Riparian Health Assessment Forms and User Manuals” at
www.cowsandfish.org/riparian/health.html for simplified field methods.)

  • Approximately two weeks of familiarisation and training will be provided prior to fieldwork.
Riparian health inventory training is held approximately the first week of June each year and
attendance at that training is mandatory.

  • Riparian health inventory field work at each riparian site is generally done by two staff,
working collaboratively. The two staff will travel together and stay at the same camping facility,
although will be responsible for their own meals and camp gear.

  • Candidates must be willing to travel and be away from home overnight for the majority of
weekdays during the summer. Occasionally, work on weekends may be required.

  • Field days are often long (i.e. more than 8 hours), and overtime is banked.
  • Strong plant identification skills and interest in plants is required.
  • Previous experience with handheld GPS units, cameras, maps and air photo interpretation is
valuable, and proven experience in a field setting important.

Office based work
  • The job requires a self-motivated, enthusiastic, and team-oriented individual. Individuals are
required to work closely with their colleagues to complete various elements of riparian health
related and other tasks.

  • Tasks shared among the Riparian Resource Analysts will include limited project area
stratification and site selection and occasional verbal presentations.

  • Tasks shared among the Riparian Resource Analysts will include extensive air photo
interpretation (mostly via digital aerial imagery), extensive data entry and verification, image
cataloguing, GIS mapping, extensive preparation of materials for reporting, and extensive report
writing to summarise results from field work.

  • Using riparian health data, the analyst will prepare summaries, reports and other written
materials for landowners and community groups using Cows and Fish templates.

  • Office duties may also involve assisting the Executive Director and Riparian Specialists with
various administrative and project-related tasks.

  • Knowledge and use of computer spreadsheet, word processing and graphics software programs is
required. Some experience with GIS also valuable.