Gitxsan Environmental Services Inc. (GES) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Gitxsan Development Corporation (GDC), founded in 2011 by the Gitxsan Hereditary Chiefs to position the Gitxsan Nation’s participation in economic activities occurring on and off Gitxsan lax yip (lands). GDC works to build the capacity and create the sustainable economic development that leads to job creation and economic resilience. GDC conducts business from its head office in Delta, British Columbia and from its Hazelton, British Columbia facilities.
GES incorporated in 2013 with the goal to integrate traditional knowledge and ecological knowledge. Environmental assessment and monitoring is an expanding field with strict regulations and conditions increasing steadily. Proponents are required to meet environmental assessments during the planning stages of any project that will alter the environment. The scope of an environmental assessment varies depending on the size and complexity of the project. Assessments typically include biophysical and socioeconomic factors, which can include water, soil, air, wetlands, fisheries, wildlife, vegetation, forestry and cultural.
As GES has grown over the years, project quantity has increased, the staff has grown, product offering has expanded, and staffing needs have grown. In circumstances as such, there is a need within GES for Environmental Technician’s in the field and there is a widespread need for indigenous employment. With this internship opportunity, GES can meet both needs. The Environmental Field Technician role is critical in establishing Gitxsan Environmental Services as a leader in resource protection, management, monitoring and assessment. The work is dynamic and diverse, and typical activities include site monitoring, using traditional knowledge, using measurement systems and tools and collecting data that contributes to successful completion of environmental management projects throughout and potentially outside of the Gitxsan region.
Duties and responsibilities
- Assisting the Environmental Services Manager with various projects in the field
- Data collection, using a compass, GPS and maps
- Conducting scopes, fish, wetland, wildlife and health assessments
- Monitoring water quality
- Preparing reports within established deadlines
- Utilizing established protocols and completing reports on computer
- Environmental protection planning
- Monitoring construction plans and activities to ensure compliance
- Environmental monitoring post construction
- Demonstrating proficiency GIS and remote sensing
- Working in various weather conditions; at times for prolonged periods in the bush
- Travel up to 10 days per month
- Demonstrating strong communication skills, both written and verbal
- Responsible use and care of company technology, equipment and vehicles
- Other duties as assigned
Knowledge and skills
- Familiar with the Gitxsan geographic region and terrain; experienced and confident working in the bush for prolonged periods in adverse weather conditions
- Strong understanding of Gitxsan culture, traditions and history
- Must have strong communications skills – written and verbal
- Some experience in environmental and waste water sampling
- Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
- Ability to identify, define and measure a variety of environmental components, to perform analyses and calculations, and to assist in interpreting results and significance of data.
- Ability to perform sampling of wastewater for the source control program and to participate in emergency response investigations of spills.
- Ability to use a computer terminal to input, manipulate and retrieve data and maintain records and documentation related to the work.
- Ability to monitor consultant environmental sampling projects.
- Ability to perform physically demanding work in all types of weather and to work effectively at heights.
- Skill in the care, maintenance, operation, calibration, and simple repair of equipment used in the work.
- Grade 12 Diploma or ability to pass pre-assessment test for literacy and Grade 10 Math
- Completion of a recognized diploma course from an Institute of Technology with emphasis on chemistry and pollution control or a related discipline (environmental science, wastewater treatment and/or biology).
- Class 5 Drivers License
- Preference will be given to individuals with Environmental Mapping training
Career-Launcher Internships are funded by the Government of Canada under the Youth Employment Strategy. For program criteria information visit their website.
Qualified interns are:
- Between the ages of 15-30 (inclusive) at the start of the internship
- Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada*
- Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
- Available to work for at least six months
- Not previous participants of a federal youth employment program
- Not employees of the hiring employer prior to the start of their internship (does not apply to previous coop students or student interns, although this must be clearly indicated by the employer)
*Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.