Website Canadian Wildlife Federation

Opportunity Type:

Freshwater Turtle Technician

(Canada Summer Jobs, 8 week term)


The freshwater turtle technician will assist with various aspects of a species at risk turtle conservation program in eastern Ontario. The goals of the project are to identify unknown locations with species at risk turtles, identify and protect nesting sites, incubate turtle eggs, and increase public awareness of turtle conservation issues.



As part of a team, assist with surveys for species at risk turtles to identify and protect key habitats;
As part of a team, assist with turtle nesting surveys and help collect species at risk turtle eggs for incubation;
Use wildlife reporting systems and spreadsheets to document wildlife occurrences with photos, GPS locations, and relevant information; enter data into a geographic information system (GIS);
Assist in the care and incubation of 500+ species at risk turtle eggs;
Adopt safe work practices (especially with respect to working on or near roads), reporting unsafe conditions immediately and attend all relevant in-services regarding occupational health and safety.  Follow all guidelines for employees and employers as legislated under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Perform other duties as required such as preparing blogposts and attending outreach events.

This position is funded by Canada Summer Jobs, a youth employment program of the Government of Canada. All candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements. Candidates who do not meet all requirements will not be considered:

Must be between 15 and 30 years of age at the beginning of the employment period.
Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of employment; and;
Must have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN) at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial and territorial legislation and regulations.


A current or past student enrolled in biology, environmental science, fish and wildlife technician, or related program at a post-secondary school in Canada, plus work experience.
Must be capable of working with limited supervision and in all outdoor weather conditions.
A valid Ontario driver’s license, with a clear driving record.
Standard First Aid
Additional Assets

Experience with reptiles
Experience conducting surveys for wildlife
Experience working with spreadsheets or GIS

Must be capable of working in all weather conditions.  Work is primarily out of doors.  Working hours are primarily Monday to Friday however time of day and hours per day will vary and some weekend work will be required.

Fixed-term for 8 weeks
Full-time at 35 hours per week
Wage: $15.50 per hour
Location: Head office located in Kanata, Ontario, field work based out of Ottawa, Ontario.
Anticipated start date: May 30, 2022
HOW TO APPLY: Interested and qualified applicants are encouraged to submit their resume online. Only the candidates who meet the qualifications and experience for the position will be contacted for an interview. We thank you for your interest in the Canadian Wildlife Federation.

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