Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society




JOB TITLE: Invasive Species Program Assistant
CLOSING DATE: March 27, 2023
EMPLOYMENT DURATION: May 8-August 26, 2023: 35 hours/week (possibility for extension)
HOURLY RATE: $23.46/hour
JOB LOCATION: Work sites within the Columbia Shuswap Regional District. Main office in Revelstoke, BC, but travel required for position throughout the CSRD.



Please include the following items in your application package:

  1. Job Application form: CSISS Program Assistant Application Form 2023
  2. Resume, including two references (phone numbers)
  3. 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 27, 2023 to:

CSISS Hiring Team, Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society

Email to: info@columbiashuswapinvasives.org



Under the direct supervision and guidance of the CSISS Executive Director, Field Operations Manager and Outreach Program Coordinator, the Invasive Species 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 is in 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 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/in person interview between April 17- 19, 2023.
  • Successful candidates for Job Reference #001 will be contacted in late April and must be available to start May 8, 2023.

Please send any questions to info@columbiashuswapinvasives.org


Applicants must indicate if they are eligible to participate in the Canada Summer Jobs Program (requirements listed below):

To be eligible, youth must:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and,
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.
  • For more information on Canada Summer Jobs: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/canada-summer-jobs.html#h3.2



  • Work with Executive Director, Field Operations Manager, Outreach Program Coordinator and other CSISS staff to deliver invasive species outreach and education programming.
  • Help to deliver CSISS messaging through door to door, boat launch outreach, community events, online workshops and school programs throughout the region, including the delivery of our main behaviour change programs: Plant Wise, Play Clean Go, Clean Drain Dry and Don’t Let It Loose.
  • Help to create and deliver social media, newsletters, press releases, media announcements and news articles, with guidance from the Outreach Program Coordinator
  • Help to build relationships with Indigenous Peoples, partners and other interested parties in the region to enhance collaboration on invasive species issues.
  • Assist Field Operations Manager and Field Technician with invasive species (terrestrial and aquatic) field inventories and management (including mapping, monitoring, restoration and weed-pulling), as required.
  • Be involved in tracking and reporting on field and outreach programs, through surveys, feedback forms, etc, to evaluate program successes.



The Invasive Species Program Assistant will be engaging with partners and the public on a daily basis and should 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. The position requires extensive driving throughout the region, therefore experienced driving skills are required. Field work tasks are physically demanding.


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 confident public speaking;
  • Knowledge and interest in invasive species;
  • Plant and animal identification skills;
  • Experience driving with long days and distances;
  • Ability to quickly acquire skills in conducting surveys and field work;
  • Enjoy working outdoors in variable field conditions;
  • Experience working around moving water; and,
  • Willing to travel and to work weekends.


Additional Assets:

  • An interest in communications, psychology, social marketing, and/or natural sciences;
  • Experience in communicating to a wide variety of audiences;
  • Experience with social media development and/or report writing; and,
  • Experience with iPads, GIS Mapping software and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Power Point).


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


Applicants MUST Possess/obtain within first 2 months of employment:

  • Current Worksafe BC OFA Level 1 or equivalent First Aid certification.
  • 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.


About CSISS:

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 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.

Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society