Daily Archives: February 18, 2021


See complete CSISS February 2021 newsletter here: https://mailchi.mp/87ef293c1a9f/csiss-january-2021-updates-4260789


In this Newsletter: 

|  Save the Date: Annual Land Manager Meeting March 9th | Annual report infographic highlights our organizations accomplishments in 2020 | CSISS is hiring! |  Shuswap Invasive Clam Meeting Summary | Resources to help you plan a pollinator garden | 

March 9th Annual Land Manager Meeting

Annual Land Manager Meeting: Join CSISS in completing the annual review of the Columbia Shuswap priority invasive species list and watchlists from the 2020-2025 Columbia Shuswap Operational Plan. This meeting will be hosted online March 9th 10am – 1pm. We invite all partners to provide input on regional invasive plant and animal priority lists.

REGISTER HERE for the March 9th Land Manager Meeting


2020 was a year like no other! Despite challenges, we were able to complete a large amount of work across the Columbia Shuswap region. See our annual report infographic for highlights from our outreach, terrestrial and aquatic field programs as well as a financial year review and a BIG thank you to all of our generous funders! 

You can also find our detailed annual report here.




CSISS is Hiring!
CSISS is looking for a keen individual to fill the role of Invasive Species Program Assistant starting April 5 2021. Do you know someone who is passionate about community outreach, and implementing behavior change campaigns to help protect biodiversity in the Columbia Shuswap? Visit our website here to access the job posting, application form and more: https://columbiashuswapinvasives.org/csiss-is-hiring-2021-job-posting/
Shuswap Invasive Clam Meeting

On January 20, 2021, CSISS held a Shuswap Invasive Clam partner meeting with 72 attendees, including local and provincial government representatives, non-profits, Indigenous Peoples and other community members who are concerned about the recent discovery of invasive freshwater clams (Corbicula fluminea) in Shuswap Lake. See a summary of the meeting HERE.



Pollinator Garden Resources

Did you know Revelstoke is an official Bee City? The Bee City designation is a long-term commitment to protect pollinators and their habitats through collaborative and coordinated actions. CSISS will be helping to promote Revelstoke’s Bee City iniatives this year by encouraging residents to use native, pollinator friendly and non-invasive plants in their garden.

Are you busy planning your garden, ordering seeds for the spring and looking to learn more about how to support native pollinators? Check out this guide to selecting plants for pollinators in the Revelstoke, Golden or Shuswap regions. Make sure you are PlantWise and only use non-invasive plants for your garden!



Thank you to all of our funders in 2020!





Next Week is National Invasive Species Awareness Week!

February 22-26 is one of two National Invasive Species Awareness Weeks (NISAW) hosted by the Canadian Council on Invasive Species in 2021. Visit this page for more information about NISAW.


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY with Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society:

Job Title: Invasive Species Program Assistant

Job Reference: #001

Location: Worksites within the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (primarily Columbia Basin portion). Main office in Revelstoke, BC but travel required for position throughout the CSRD.

Closing Date: March 8, 2021

Employment Duration: April 5 – September 18th 2021: 8 weeks part-time (15hrs week in April/May); and 16 weeks full time 30-35hours/week (June-September)

Wage: $18/hour

Application Details: CSISS Job Posting #001 – 2021

Application Form: Program Assistant-Application-Form (download and complete as part of application)



Please include the following items in your application package:

  1. Job Application form: download here.
  2. Resume, including two references (phone numbers)
  1. Driver’s abstract with 3 years clean driving record and claims history (Link for ICBC: https://www.icbc.com/driver-licensing/getting-licensed/Pages/Your-driving-record.aspx )

Please submit your application package no later than March 8th, 2021 to:

Robyn Hooper, Executive Director, Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society

Email to: info@columbiashuswapinvasives.org



Under the direct supervision and guidance of the CSISS Executive Director and Program Coordinators, the Program Assistant will be responsible for carrying out various functions of the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society’s programs, as described in job duties below.  The base of operation will be out of Revelstoke, but there will be extensive travel throughout the Columbia Shuswap Regional District. Regular team meetings will occur weekly in Revelstoke, BC. Work hours will be regular weekly amounts throughout the length of the term, but hours may fluctuate daily with weather and project demands. Work schedule likely to be Tuesday-Saturday in the summer outreach months.

Important Information:

  • Only candidates considered for positions will be contacted for an interview.
  • All candidates selected for an interview must be available for one-hour online interview between March 15- March 26, 2021.
  • Successful candidates for Job Reference 001 will be contacted in late March and must be available to start April 5th, 2021.

This position is made possible in part through CBT job experience funding, and therefore the employee must:

  • Be a permanent resident of the Basin (map);
  • Be unemployed, laid off or unable to secure sustainable work due to the pandemic, or be underemployed;
  • Not be a student; and
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • Note: “underemployed” is defined as someone who does not have enough paid work or who is doing work that does not make full use of their skills and abilities.

 Please send any questions to info@columbiashuswapinvasives.org


  • Work with Executive Director, Program Coordinators and other CSISS staff to deliver invasive species Outreach, Terrestrial, and Aquatic programs. Primarily work will focus on the outreach program.
  • Help to deliver CSISS messaging through door to door, boat launch outreach, festivals and events, and school programs throughout the region, including the delivery of our main behavior change programs: Plant Wise, Clean Drain Dry, Play Clean Go, and Don’t Let It Loose.
  • Help to build relationships with Indigenous Peoples, partners and other stakeholders in the region to enhance collaboration on invasive species issues.
  • Assist Program Coordinators with invasive species (terrestrial and aquatic) field inventories and management (including mapping, monitoring, restoration and weed-pulling), as required.
  • Track and report on successes of program.



 The Program Assistant will be engaging with partners and the public on a daily basis and therefore needs to be energetic, positive, outgoing, charismatic and confident.  Successful candidates must be self-motivated, highly organized, responsible, and work well in a team. All applicants must have completed Grade 12 or equivalent and preference to those who have or are completing a relevant post-secondary program. All activities are physically demanding, and the position requires extensive driving throughout the region, therefore experienced driving skills are required.

Ideally, you will have a strong combination of the following skills:

  • Experience and ability to interact and effectively engage people while delivering public presentations, approaching the public with outreach materials and surveys, and engaging the public at information booths;
  • Experience with social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, etc);
  • Experience working with youth and/or community groups;
  • Strong motivational skills and confidence public speaking;
  • Knowledge and interest in invasive species;
  • Experience driving with long days and distances;
  • Willingness to travel, and work weekends.

Additional Assets:

  • Experience interacting and presenting to a wide variety of audiences;
  • Knowledge of communication techniques used in interpretation (storytelling, theatre, music);
  • Training in communications, psychology, marketing, and/or natural sciences;
  • Social marketing and social media skills.

Please note this position is also training opportunity, so we encourage applicants who do not meet all the skills listed.

Applicants MUST Possess:

  • Current Worksafe BC OFA Level 1 or equivalent First Aid certification (note: cost for this can be covered by employer and this course can be taken within first two months of employment)
  • A valid BC driver’s license (Class 5) with 3 years driving record and claims history (no at fault accidents in the last 3 years; must have 3 or fewer road tickets in the last 3 years; must have no criminal convictions under the motor vehicle act) – these are rules of the Kootenay Carshare Co-op where we lease vehicles from.



The Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society (CSISS) is a non-profit organization comprised of volunteer members representing private & public agencies, clubs and organizations in the Columbia-Shuswap Region of British Columbia. Members of the society are dedicated to increasing awareness of invasive species and associated losses caused to the natural and domestic resources of our Region. The Society performs invasive species inventory, treatment programs, promotes best management practices, and coordinates invasive species action, education and awareness activities throughout the Columbia-Shuswap Region.

The Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society (CSISS) is committed to gender equality and social inclusion in our workplace. All qualified applications will receive consideration without regard to sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, color, religion, nationality, disability, age, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. We encourage all qualified persons to apply particularly Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, visible minorities, and others who share our values and contribute to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace. Please notify us as soon as possible of any adaptive measures you might require at any stage of the recruitment process.