Biological Sciences Technical Assistant, Job Number 17805
City of Edmonton - Edmonton, AB

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This temporary position may continue up to 6 months

Do you enjoy working outside while helping protect our environment against pests that are harmful to the environment? Join the Forestry Beautification and Environmental Management Section of the Community Services Branch as a Biological Sciences Technical Assistant and be a key contributor in ensuring the City of Edmonton's river valley and parks are maintained for everyone to enjoy!

As a Biological Sciences Technical Assistant you will assist Biological Sciences Technicians with the following:

  • Conducting and developing weed surveys for monitoring weed populations and early detection of invasive species
  • Photographing, collecting, and identifying weed samples from within Edmonton and the Capital region
  • Preparing herbarium specimens of important weed species to build a reference collection at the University of Alberta and a City of Edmonton teaching collection
  • Conducting field assessments and experimental designs to see if integrated pest management techniques including pesticide usage are successful
  • Providing information to and resolving enquiries from the public regarding pest and related disease concerns
  • Assisting in public education programs related to pest and disease concerns, aquatic ecosystems and value of the urban forest
  • Developing and conducting surveys of Integrated Pest Management practices in other Canadian Municipalities
  • Maintaining records, inputting and analyzing data, and assisting in the writing of reports related to the pest management program

To visualize what it is like to be on our team, visit The City of Edmonton Natural Sciences Talent Hub

Qualifications:

  • Completion of related courses in a university degree program in zoological or botanical sciences, or completion of related courses in a two (2) year diploma in biological sciences
  • Previous knowledge or experience in plant identification
  • Ability to manage inclement weather and insects bites and move through various uneven, wet terrain in fields and natural areas
  • Good verbal communication skills for providing information by phone, in person or email to the public about weeds
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Strong written communication skills to prepare technical survey reports
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Must be able to provide own transportation and qualify for business class IV Mileage

Hours of Work: 33.75 hours per week, 8:00 am to 3:30 pm, Monday to Friday. Some evening and weekend work may be required

Salary Range: 21M, Salary Grade: 010, $22.650 - $28.366 (Hourly). The rates quoted are in accordance with a collective agreement between the Union and the City of Edmonton. This union contract is currently under negotiation

General:

  • Applicants may be tested
  • Civic Service Union 52 members are asked to send a copy of their application to the union office
  • The City of Edmonton thanks applicants for their interest in this opportunity. Candidates considered for the position will be contacted
  • We are an equal opportunity employer. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified individuals

The Province of Alberta is a party to the federal Agreement on Internal Trade, the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement with British Columbia, and the New West Partnership with British Columbia and Saskatchewan. All of these agreements promote labour mobility between the provinces. Applicants may obtain information regarding recognition of extraprovincial credentials at www.newwestpartnershiptrade.ca

Recruitment Consultant: PR/JS

Classification Title: Biological Sciences Technical Assistant
Posting Date: May 29, 2014
Closing Date: Jun 12, 2014, 11:59:00 PM
Number of Openings (up to): 1 - Temporary Full-time
Union: CSU 52
Department: Forestry, Beautification & Environmental Management (Community Services)
Work Location(s): CN Tower, 12th Floor, 10004 - 104 Ave Edmonton T5J 0K1

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Applicants are encouraged to use our online application system. Applicants applying by fax (780)496-8063 or by mail/drop-off at the Employment Centre, Main Floor, City Hall, #1 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, AB T5J 2R7, will be sent necessary application documents.


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