Conservation Crew Lead

by | Jan 22, 2024 | Career Opportunities | 0 comments

Organizational Overview: Trout Unlimited Canada (TUC), the voice for Canada’s water, is a science-based, national, charitable conservation organization. We were founded in 1972 in response to challenges to freshwater fisheries through a focus on volunteer-driven, science-based resource conservation and hands-on activities. Our mission is “to conserve, protect and restore Canada’s freshwater ecosystems and their coldwater resources for current and future generations”. Our programs have a watershed focus and are implemented directly by staff and through the engagement of our local chapters, volunteers, and partners. Our programs and projects focus on assessment, monitoring, and restoration work on freshwater systems, ensuring healthy water quality and quantity, healthy habitats, and healthy freshwater fish communities.

Position Title: Conservation Crew Lead

Number of Positions: 1

Wage: Starting at $22-24/hr

Location: Calgary, AB

Hours: 40 hrs/week, 12-month contract with possibility of extension (March to March)

Deadline for Submission: 11:59 pm (MDT) on Feb 4th, 2024.

Submit a cover letter and resume electronically as a single file to:

Job Description: The Conservation Crew Lead will work under the direction of TUC’s Implementation and Management Biologists, to lead a small team to carry out monitoring and assessment, habitat rehabilitation, and public education and outreach activities. This position will collaborate with other TUC staff, partner organizations, TUC chapters, and volunteers to accomplish a variety of projects in Alberta’s eastern slopes region, ensuring work is completed in a safe and timely manner.

Work duties will frequently take place on weekends and require a mix of office and fieldwork. This job is physically strenuous and often requires an array of demanding tasks including lifting, digging, dragging, and carrying weighted items, as well as operating equipment and power tools, often in a remote setting, sometimes under inclement weather conditions. This position is based in Calgary, but work will be done in watersheds throughout the eastern slopes region of Alberta, and requires a significant amount of driving. Some overnight travel will be expected and may include camping.

Responsibilities: The position will lead the management and implementation of the field program and ensure work is completed in a safe and timely manner. Working under the direction of TUC Biologists, responsibilities include:

  • Plan and implement aquatic habitat and fish recovery efforts;
  • Plan and implement an aquatic habitat monitoring and assessment (for example: electrofishing, logger installation, aquatic habitat surveys);
  • Participate in community outreach activities such as volunteer workdays and create outreach materials (for example: blog posts, and social media);
  • Data collection, analysis, and report preparation;
  • Equipment management and maintenance
  • Lead crew members and volunteers
  • Administrative tasks and other duties as assigned.


  • Familiarity with riparian plant communities, stream/riparian rehabilitation techniques (example: bioengineering), and environmental field work (aquatic habitat assessments, electrofishing surveys)
  • One year of relevant experience
  • Field skills (map-reading/navigation, preparedness, problem-solving)
  • Post-secondary education related to ecology, biology, or related studies
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Comfortable working outdoors, around water, and in adverse weather conditions
  • Ability to communicate scientific information to the general public
  • Electrofishing certification
  • Experience with Microsoft Office programs and social media
  • Excellent time management and communication
  • Must have some evening and weekend availability
  • Valid Class 5 Alberta Driver’s License, with a good driving record
  • Standard First Aid and CPR certification

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with power tools and small engines
  • Experience with ATV/UTV operation
  • Chainsaw certification (bucking/limbing and/or falling)
  • Fish identification skills
  • Familiarity with ArcGIS, R, and other data analysis and management programs
  • Supervisory experience
  • Experience working with volunteers and members of the public
  • Eligibility for Canada Summer Jobs, ECO Canada, or other wage subsidy programs an asset

Deadline for Submission: 11:59 pm (MDT) on Feb 4th, 2024.

Submit a cover letter and resume electronically as a single file to:

Trout Unlimited Canada is an equal opportunity employer and employs personnel without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, color, ethnic origin, language, citizenship, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, physical and/or mental ability, or financial status.  We thank all applicants in advance for their interest in Trout Unlimited Canada; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.

Trout Unlimited Canada is a nonprofit, charitable organization. Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.