3 Month, Temporary
British Columbia, Burns Lake
Posted 5 months ago

*3 month contract, Camp-based rotation (with possibility of extension)*


Arbutus Search Group is seeking a Fisheries Biologist and/or Senior Technician to join the Lake Babine Nation, one of the largest First Nations bands in BC

This role will undertake duties at the Babine River Adult Salmon Counting facility to ensure camp operations proceed as per contractual agreements. The work involves staying in camp at the Babine River facility during scheduled shifts. The position offers seasonal employment from early July to the first week in October with the possibility of being extended pending work availability and performance. 


  • Coordinate and implement fisheries projects which will include:
    • Operation of the Babine River adult salmon enumeration program
    • Biological sampling including taking scale samples, genetic samples, fish health samples, lengths and weights, fecundity sampling
    • Record, analyze and interpret data and write project reports
    • Quality control of all aspects of the project from design to reporting
    • Supervision of staff including staff scheduling and some staffing administrative duties
    • Management of camp facilities according to Covid-19 protocols
    • Implementation of emergency procedures which may include evacuations during wildfire season or transport of injured staff from remote areas to medical facilities or incidences of Covid-19
  • Supervision and training of crews, overseeing of data collection and data management 
  • Participate in Lake Babine Nation Fisheries (LBNF) staff meetings and relevant and intra agency meetings 


  • Bachelor of Science Degree in a Natural Resources related field with a minimum of three (3) field seasons involving adult and/or juvenile salmonid enumeration or a diploma in Fish and Wildlife, Environmental Sciences, Natural Resource Management or related field plus a minimum of 3 field seasons of work-related experience
  • Adult salmonid fish species identification skills
  • valid Class 5 BC driver’s license (use of a personal vehicle may be required at times)
  • Must be comfortable and feel safe working in and around remote rivers, streams and lakes
  • Must be proficient with MS Word, MS Excel and basic data analysis (graphs, charts, descriptive and common inferential statistics)
  • Must possess a valid Pleasure Craft Operator’s Certificate and experience trailering boats and driving 


  • Experience using statistics to analyze data
  • Valid certifications in First Aid Level 1 and Transportation Endorsement, Swift Water Rescue, jet boat operation, ATV/UTV safety training, Bear Aware training and training in Covid-19 protocols for field crews and for camp operations
  • Experience working with Indigenous peoples
  • Experience working in areas inhabited by wildlife including black bears, grizzly bears, and moose
  • Experience collecting water quality and quantity measurements
  • Experience deploying and uploading temperature logger and level loggers and retrieving the data 

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