Conservation in the Kootenays
Monthly eNews
May 2022
Trendy Tools
Find out more using the Stewardship Solutions Online Toolkit
If you are a landowner interested in selling or donating your property for conservation, and it has significant ecological values, contact the Kootenay Conservation Program, which assists with coordinating private land securement amongst land trusts and key partners and funders to collectively prioritize the most important properties for acquisition.

Highlights from the KCP Board Meeting on April 4, 2022

  • Dave DeRosa, Okanagan Nation Alliance, has recently joined the KCP Board as an interim Director until formal approval from ONA.
  • Area H (Slocan Valley) will be going to referendum in October for the Local Conservation Fund service. KCP will be assisting with public outreach.
  • KCP completed another successful year of activities in 2021/22. Year-end financials will be completed shortly.
  • KCP successfully acquired funding for 2022/23 and is beginning to implement the new workplan.
  • There were 28 respondents for the KCP Partner survey. In general, partners are happy with the direction and activities of KCP. KCP will be undertaking strategic planning this winter.
  • KCP is planning the 20-Year Celebration Fall Gathering on September 23/24. Hopes are that it will be in-person in Creston.

KCP Partner organizations are welcome to participate in a KCP Board meeting. Our next meeting date has not yet been identified. Please contact us if you are interested!
KCP Timeline
Showcasing 20 years of conservation partnerships
We’re pleased to introduce a new timeline on our website that details all the major milestones and initiatives in KCP's history since inception in 2002 when it first began as the East Kootenay Conservation Program before expanding Kootenay-wide in 2012. Please take a moment to scroll through this colourful timeline to learn more about what KCP has accomplished over the past two decades.

Featured Securement Properties
Achievements in land conservation since 2002
World-class conservation efforts by local land trust partners have resulted in the acquisition of properties throughout the East and West Kootenay that protect fish and wildlife, movement corridors, grasslands, old forests, and riparian areas. Coordinated and prioritized in partnership with KCP, these properties have increased landscape-level connectivity and secured valuable habitat for species at risk. The KCP website now features an updated selection of the properties acquired since 2002 in an easy-to-view timeline format.

KCP Stewardship Solutions Toolkit
Resource updated with growing number of stewardship listings
In 2019, KCP launched Stewardship Solutions, an easy-to-access stewardship resource for landowners and land managers in the Kootenays available both in print and online. In late 2021, we completed a full review of the toolkit and updated all the available stewardship "solutions" (i.e. services and resources) available in each of the 14 Conservation Neighbourhoods. Visit the website, select your location on the homepage map, and you'll be brought to the growing list of stewardship options available in your region.
Parks Canada
Government of Canada launches new National Program for Ecological Corridors
With an investment of $60.6 million over five years, this new Parks Canada-led program will support and enable other jurisdictions and organizations to develop better ecological connections between protected and conserved areas, which will benefit the environment and all Canadians. Notably, KCP’s Kootenay Connect project is listed in the government’s announcement as a great example of ecological corridors that already exist across Canada.

Lake Windermere District Rod and Gun Club 
Columbia Valley-based club wins conservation award
At the virtual B.C. Wildlife Federation AGM on April 22, it was announced that night that the Lake Windermere District Rod and Gun Club was awarded the BC Wildlife Federation Roderick Haig-Brown Conservation Award which is bestowed annually. The Lake Windermere District Rod and Gun Club is being recognized for the habitat restoration work that has been underway on Abel Creek since 2014. The club receives grant monies from the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund and Federal Department of Fisheries  Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program.

Columbia Basin Trust
Eight projects help communities address climate change
The Columbia Basin Trust's Climate Resilience Program has granted over $1.7 million to eight projects that are helping Basin communities become more climate-resilient. The list of projects range from launching a pilot to build workforce capacity for a clean-energy transition through training opportunities, to launching a water-monitoring program in three pilot watersheds to enable local governments and First Nations to understand climate change impacts.

Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology
Knocking on Doors: reflections on hope and action
Born out of season 6 of the CREDtalks, which focused on the theme of Climate Disruption in the Upper Columbia Basin, is an essay. At the end of the season, project coordinator Hailey Ross posed a question to the speakers, asking them “How or where do you find hope? What inspires you to take action, to keep going?” Her original vision was to share a bulleted list of resources and sources of inspiration with registrants – but what came about was an engaging email exchange with a diversity of responses. With speaker permission and the support of writer Donna MacDonald, these emails (or segments of them) have been strung together into an essay.

Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network
CBEEN Awards of Excellence: nominate an educator
CBEEN’s Annual Awards of Excellence recognizes educators who demonstrate excellence in environmental education in the Canadian Columbia Basin. Nominees must reside within the Canadian Columbia Basin region. 2022 nominations are open until the end of the day on June 15. All nominees will receive a message from CBEEN thanking them for their efforts. Those who are selected to receive an award will be notified by September 1, and these will be given out at the Classrooms to Communities Provincial Conference in Revelstoke in October.

Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation
2022-23 preliminary approved projects list
Each year, HCTF provides approximately $6 million dollars in Enhancement and Restoration (E&R) Grants. 2022-23 projects included in this preliminary list have been approved in principle but may have reduced budgets or funding conditions. All applicants have now received official notification emails, including HCTF Board and technical committee comments.

Municipal Natural Assets Initiative
Call for expressions of interest is for local governments
The Municipal Natural Assets Initiative (MNAI) is inviting local governments to submit an expression of interest to develop a high-level natural asset management roadmap. MNAI is one of 16 partners that the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), with funding from Infrastructure Canada, selected to provide training and learning opportunities to municipalities to help them make sustainable infrastructure decisions. This call for expressions of interest is for local governments that are just starting to build natural asset considerations into their asset management practices: MNAI will provide technical assistance and support them in developing a roadmap to determine short- to medium-term steps. Deadline to register is May 15.

Living Lakes Canada
Moving mountains for snowpack research
Does putting on your touring skins and spending the day on a six-hour uphill hike in the mountainous backcountry sound like a decent way to spend your day? How about carving your way back down again in the final light of the setting sun? For Paul Saso, this is a work day. Paul is a hydrologist with Living Lakes Canada’s Kootenay Watershed Science program. His work involves long treks into high elevation areas in order to monitor snowpack.

Wildsight Golden
Motus Wildlife Tracking System being used in the Columbia Valley
Bank swallows are arguably facing the fastest population decline for a species in Canada, with a staggering 98% population loss over a 40-year period. With only 2% of their population left in our country, this species requires urgent conservation action. Wildsight Golden is working closely with Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Canadian WIldlife Service to track Bank Swallows. Through the Upper Columbia Swallow Habitat Enhancement Project (UCSHEP), we will be installing two or three long range Motus Wildlife Tracking Stations in the Columbia Valley this year. Wildsight Golden is also advising the public to be aware of the Migratory Birds Convention Act under which nests of migratory birds are protected all year.

Wildsight Golden
Local conservation project seeks volunteers to monitor swallows
With the arrival of migratory birds also comes the second year of the five-year (2021-2026) Upper Columbia Swallow Habitat Enhancement Project (UCSHEP). Volunteers are being requested to help with barn and bank swallow nest monitoring between April/May – September for barn swallows and between June – July for bank swallows. The locations of any new barn and bank swallow nesting sites in the Columbia Valley is also being requested. If you are interested in participating in this project or want more information, please contact the project biologist at

Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society
Community science volunteers wanted – two opportunities
CKISS is appealing to Kootenay Lake residents to volunteer in two community science initiatives to help protect Kootenay Lake from aquatic invasive species. It’s a new community science monitoring initiative hosted by CKISS with support from Living Lakes Canada's National Lake Blitz program and funded by the Regional District of Central Kootenay through the Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund. (1) Invasive Mussel Monitoring – CKISS is seeking community members who own private docks in Area A, D and E of Kootenay Lake to help monitor for invasive mussels. Volunteers will receive two assembled mussel monitors to attach to their docks and be required to check them every two weeks in the summer and fall. (2) Shoreline Surveys for Invasive Clams and Plants – CKISS is seeking community members who are interested in conducting shoreline surveys for invasive clams and removing invasive plants on selected shorelines on Kootenay Lake. Positions will run during the fall.
QGIS Level I & II: Remote Attendance
Online, dates arranged by you and the instructor
The free, open source QGIS program is used and supported by a world-wide array of developers. Learn how to use this program to produce maps from public databases and your own knowledge. In a hands-on environment, students will load basic maps, add lines, shapes, overlay images, create contour maps, add labels and produce high quality maps for print or digital presentation. This popular course continues to receive great reviews from students. Hosted by Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology. 

2nd Annual National Lake Blitz & Lake Biodiversity Photo Challenge
May-September, Lakes everywhere
From May to September, Living Lakes Canada is hosting the National Lake Blitz, an entry-level citizen science program whereby volunteers are sent easy-to-use kits to monitor the lake of their choice. All data collected will be shared online in a Lake Observation Map. Concurrently, from May to July, the Lake Biodiversity Photo Challenge will be accepting photo submissions of lakes across Canada with prizes awarded in four categories. The challenge is open to the public and anyone can participate by submitting photos online either via the website or on social media.

Bee Friendly No Mow May 2022
May 1-30, Your home
Join Wildsight in the Bee Friendly No Mow May initiative this month encouraging the public not to mow their lawns to allow wildflowers to grow for bees. Wildsight is hosting two events: a poster colouring contest and a citizen action Flower Count.

Bringing the Salmon Home Festival
May 3-4, Online
Bringing the Salmon Home: The Columbia River Salmon Reintroduction Initiative is an Indigenous-led collaboration of the Syilx Okanagan Nation, Ktunaxa Nation, Secwépemc Nation, Canada and British Columbia. Salmon have been blocked from returning to the Canadian portion of the upper Columbia River for more than 80 years. The long-term vision is to return salmon stocks for Indigenous food, social and ceremonial needs, and to benefit the region’s residents and ecosystems as a whole. The inaugural festival in May 2021 had over 3,000 registrants, and the Festival videos have been viewed over 8,000 times since. Festival 2022 event details and online registration is available on the event website.

Watershed Monitoring & Restoration: Helping prevent Aquatic Invasive Species in the Columbia Basin
May 4, Online
In this webinar about aquatic invasive species (AIS) prevention in the Columbia Basin co-hosted by Living Lakes Canada and CKISS, learn about AIS impacts, species ID, how to report sightings, prevention and best management practices when working around water — whether water monitoring, doing restoration work or recreating in the lakes we love. Information will also be provided on CKISS’ new community science monitoring initiative that is supported by Living Lakes Canada’s National Lake Blitz program, and the broad range of water monitoring programs that Living Lakes Canada is currently delivering in the Columbia Basin.

Statistical Rethinking Study Group
May 4-September 7, Online (full - waitlist available)
This course is for anyone working with data who wants to further their understanding of Bayesian analysis (in the context of biological systems). With Dr. Joe Thorley’s guidance and support, students will spend four months immersing themselves in Bayesian modeling in this weekly two-hour interactive session reviewing one chapter of Statistical Rethinking (2nd Edition) by McElreath (2020) and watching McElreath’s accompanying online lectures (an average of 1 hour each). 

Wings Over the Rockies Nature Festival 2022 – Registration opens April 11
May 9-15, Columbia Valley
Celebrating Nature… Winging it for 25 Years is the theme of the 2022 Wings Over the Rockies Nature Festival which will host over 100 events over seven days. Harvey Locke — multi award winning, photographer, author, speaker, and conservationist — will be the keynote speaker for the 2022 festival gala dinner. Ticket sales are only available online. Purchase by selecting an event in the schedule and entering the number of tickets required.

Understanding Statistics & Decision-Making for Resource Managers
May 10 • 17 • 24, Online (full - waitlist available)
This highly acclaimed course is for project managers who have to interpret the results of statistical analyses and make decisions about how much data to collect and which management actions to undertake. The course focuses on the fundamentals of uncertainty, effect sizes, significance, decision theory and the value of information. It does not require a statistical background and doesn’t involve any modeling, although different types of results are presented and discussed. Registration opening soon. Hosted by the Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology.

CKISS Speaker Series & AGM
May 11, Online
Join the Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society for a free speaker series featuring presentations by Angie Kane, Secwepemcúl’ecw Restoration and Stewardship Society on ecosystem recovery and wildfire mitigation work following the Elephant Hill wildfire of 2017, and by Adrian Leslie, Nature Conservancy of Canada on proactive approaches and wildfire recovery in the Darkwoods Conservation Area. From 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. PT. The AGM will follow and is open to CKISS members only.

Walking Forward: Indigenous Perspectives In Learning From Place
May 12, Online
In this workshop Gillian Judson (imaginED) and Heidi Wood (NOIIE) introduce a new resource for imaginative, Place-centred and Indigenous Education. Walking Forward: Learning from Place interweaves First People’s Principles of Learning (FPPL), Imaginative Ecological Education (IEE), and teacher inquiry. A Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network workshop.

Creston Valley Bird Festival 2022
May 13-15, Creston Valley
Registration is now open! The Creston Valley is a vital birdwatching site, important bird area, and staging area for migratory birds with over three hundred species recorded. The Creston Valley Bird Fest celebrates this incredible diversity in an environmentally sensitive manner, inviting residents and visitors to expand their interest in the world of birds. This year the festival is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. The festival offers a variety of birdwatching activities guided by field experts on foot, kayak, canoe, bike, or safari bus. There are also workshops, photography/art displays, and other activities.

World Migratory Bird Day – Birding Breakfast
May 14, Golden
Join Wildsight Golden for some breakfast and birdwatching to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day. The Columbia Wetlands is a superb place to view migratory waterbirds. Start with a pancake breakfast at 7:30 a.m. MT. During breakfast, spotting scopes and binoculars will be available to view birds on Reflection Lake. Please bring your own dishes, cutlery and chairs. After breakfast, join naturalist Verena Shaw in a walk to observe birds in their natural environment around Reflection Lake. The bird walk will start at 8:45 a.m. and will last 1 hour. If you bring your kids, there will be games and child-friendly naturalist activities available as well. Event by donation.

World Fish Migration Day
May 21, Worldwide
World Fish Migration Day is a global celebration to create awareness about the importance of migratory fish and free-flowing rivers. Organizations from around the world working on river, wetland, lake or fish recovery, or environmental education put on their own event that is the most relevant to local issues in their community. Through registering on the World Fish Migration Day website, organizations can showcase their work to others around the world.  

Celebrate Biodiversity Day with a BioBlitz 
May 22, Golden
Join Wildsight Golden in a BioBlitz on Biodiversity Day and learn how to identify plants and help with their West Bench Ecological Study. In order to participate, please download iNaturalist on your device and meet at Cedar Lake Recreation Site boat launch at 10:00 a.m. MT. The group will spread out and identify different plants to go into a database to help understand West Bench ecology and biodiversity. Bring your lunch and socialize with other citizen scientists. There will be local naturalists on site to assist.

Advanced Ornithology: Identification and Surveys by Sound and Recordings
May 30-June 2, Revelstoke (full - waitlist available)
For many field ornithology surveys, the ability to identify bird species by their calls and songs is an essential skill. It is also one of the hardest aspects of field work to master. Technological advances in sound capture and visualization are pushing the ornithological frontiers with tools that make it easier than ever to learn field-identification by sound and to survey natural soundscapes (and their birds). In addition, modern sound recordings are providing high-quality acoustical specimens for analysis and independent review. This course will combine field-experience listening to bird calls and songs during three mornings at the height of the breeding season, with hands-on recording practice to generate sound files. Each afternoon, the class will learn to edit and review their recordings using sound visualization software on their personal laptop computers. Registration opening soon. Hosted by the Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology.

2022 Grassland & Rangeland Enhancement Symposium
June 9, Fort Steele
East Kootenay Invasive Species Council, with funding from Kootenay Livestock Assn, is hosting a full-day Grassland & Rangeland Enhancement Symposium with the goal of giving farmers and ranchers the latest and greatest information and techniques to improve farming practices and rangeland habitat, especially as it relates to invasive species. Learn from experts in the field during the presentation session. Before and after the presentations there will also be a number of informational tables set up offering latest news and information with regards to land conservation, invasive plant management, and rangeland habitat enhancement. 

Field Soil Description & Classification Course
June 15-17, Revelstoke (full - waitlist available)
This course will cover procedures for observing, measuring, and describing soils in the field. The goal is to produce consistent data for soil inventory, mapping and classification using techniques that improve the consistency of determining soil properties in the field. Students will gain experience with describing and classifying forest and wetland soils in the Revelstoke area using soil horizons and properties measured in the field. Students will discuss how soils data collected in the field can inform soil management practices relating to conservation, agriculture, forestry, mining, and oil & gas activities.

An Introduction to Camera Trap Data Management and Analysis in R
October 26-28, Revelstoke (full - waitlist available)
The number of projects employing camera traps to understand ecological phenomena is growing rapidly – as are the number of statistical tools to analyze the resultant data. Consequently, the management and analysis of camera trap data can seem complex and overwhelming. This course aims to guide participants in effective ways to store, manipulate and analyze camera trap data within the R statistical environment. It will cover data storage and exploration of best practices, introductions to the major methods used to analyze camera trap data, all using real world camera data. The course will give participants the tools to manage, analyze and share camera trap data in an approachable and practical way.
HCTF Public Conservation Assistance Fund
Deadline: May 13
Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation is now accepting applications for the Public Conservation Assistance Fund (PCAF) grant. The Public Conservation Assistance Fund provides small grants to organizations and individuals who need financial help to implement a conservation project. Applications must be submitted through HCTF’s online application system by 4:30pm on Friday May 13, 2022 (PST).

CleanBC Communities Fund
Deadline: May 25
The CleanBC Communities Fund (CCF) is a climate change mitigation funding stream under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) and funds only tangible physical infrastructure projects that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and provide “public use or benefit.” B.C. local governments, Indigenous organizations, or not-for-profits/for-profits partnering with local governments or Indigenous organizations are eligible. The program is cost-shared between the federal government, B.C. provincial government, and the applicant.

Columbia Basin Trust Ecosystem Enhancement and Restoration Program
Deadline: TBD
Basin residents confirmed that on-the-ground ecosystem enhancement remains an important priority and the Columbia Basin Trust is committed to maintaining and improving the ecological health and native biodiversity in a variety of ecosystems. The Trust is continuing to fund landscape-scale restoration and enhancement projects through its Ecosystem Enhancement Program and is now seeking ideas for eligible projects from across the Basin. Input will help inform what projects from across the Basin are supported through the program.
Contact Ecosystem Enhancement Program Coordinator Lisa Pavelich at

Grassland and Rangeland Enhancement Program
Deadline: Ongoing
If you have an idea that will maintain or enhance grassland resources while meeting conservation, environment and recreation objectives, this program could help support it. This program is delivered by the Kootenay Livestock Association.

Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program Community Engagement Grants
Deadline: Ongoing
Community Engagement Grants are typically $500 to $1,000 and help stewardship groups and others take action to benefit local fish and wildlife.

Columbia Basin Trust Career Internship Program
Deadline: First-come, first-served basis
The Columbia Basin Trust Career Internship Program provides eligible employers with up to 50 per cent of an intern’s salary (up to $25,000 over a seven to 12 month term) for full-time, career-focused positions that lead to permanent employment. Eligible employers are businesses, registered non-profits, municipalities, regional districts and Indigenous organizations within the Columbia Basin Trust region.
Youth Climate Corps
Outreach Coordinator
Youth Climate Corps is an expanding organization that focuses on working with communities to provide youth with meaningful and dignified work in climate action projects. The Outreach Coordinator will identify potential partnerships and affiliations with existing organizations to enhance the expansion of Youth Climate Corps nationally. The Outreach Coordinator will grow and maintain a strong network among aligned organizations and communities and work with a team to design and fundraise climate action projects with community partners. This is a remote position, can be based anywhere in Canada. Deadline to apply is May 5.

Wildsight Golden & Town of Golden
Invasive Plant Program Coordinator, Golden
Wildsight Golden is seeking one qualified person to coordinate ‘Golden’s Community Invasive Plant Program’ and to develop and deliver public education on invasive plants. This program is jointly supported by Wildsight Golden and the Town of Golden. The majority of time (~65%) will be spent hand pulling invasive plants that have been identified at pre-determined sites throughout the Town of Golden. Deadline to apply is May 9 at midnight MT.

East Kootenay Invasive Species Council
Field Operations Manager
EKISC has an exciting opportunity for fulltime Field Operations Manager. The Field Operations Manager (FOM) will play a key role in overseeing EKISC’s Field Operations program, with a focus on work plan development, contract management, treatment monitoring, data management, and delegation of duties to EKISC staff and sub-contractors. The ideal candidate will have strong administration and communication skills; experience coordinating field programs and managing sub-contractors; proficiency with GIS and database management; ability to work independently at a home office and in the field; and general knowledge of the East Kootenay Region and invasive species management in British Columbia. The application deadline has been extended until May 15.

Wildsight Golden
Youth Environmental Education Coordinator
Wildsight Golden is hiring a full-time Youth Environmental Education Coordinator starting in June until the end of August. The Youth Environmental Education Coordinator’s work will be to develop and run the GET WILD! Summer Day Camp with assistance, and under the guidance of the Branch Manager and the Wildsight Golden Board of Directors. The camp mission is “to inspire youth to connect with our community and nature with fun inclusive outdoor activities.” As this job is funded through the Canada Summer Jobs funding, all applicants must meet the criteria of the funding and be under 30 years of age. Deadline to apply is May 20.

Wildsight Golden
Summer Office Assistant
Wildsight Golden Branch is looking for an outgoing, well-organized, and dynamic person to assist the Outreach Coordinator and Wildsight Golden with community programs, projects, and events. This is a 30-hour per week, 8-week position that will start on or before July 4, depending on the applicant’s availability. As this job is funded through the Canada Summer Jobs funding, all applicants must be under 30 years of age. The ideal candidate will be enrolled in a recognized post-secondary institution in Environmental Studies, Geography, Biology, Education or another diploma that has demonstrated relevance. Deadline to apply is June 10.

Ktunaxa Nation Council
Biodiversity and Reclamation Specialist: Lands and Resources Sector
The Biodiversity and Reclamation Specialist is a member of the Mining Oversight Team. The team is engaged in the protection and resource management of ʔamakʔis Ktunaxa with a focus on mining. The position requires a background in biology and natural resource management and provides technical expertise with a strong focus on biodiversity stewardship and reclamation. The team ensures that Ktunaxa Aboriginal title, rights and interests, including stewardship principles, are protected and enhanced in any mining related and regulatory decision-making processes in ʔamakʔis Ktunaxa. Position open until filled.

Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network 
Outdoor Learning Orders Coordinator – CBEEN’s Outdoor Learning Store, Invermere
The purpose of The Outdoor Learning Store is to provide easy access to excellent outdoor learning equipment and resources to schools and organizations, while providing financial support for our host charity, the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN) and added capacity for our numerous Outdoor Learning Partners. This role will take the lead on getting orders out the door. Drawing from our supply of over 100 different resource & equipment options, this position will ensure that orders are boxed and bagged to ensure they arrive in great condition. Position open until filled.

BC Conservation Foundation
WildSafeBC Community Coordinators, in multiple communities in the Columbia Basin
The WildSafeBC Community Coordinator position is a unique opportunity to make a real difference in reducing human-wildlife conflicts where you live. Professionalism, commitment and good communication skills are essential for success with this position. Additionally candidates should be able to work independently with minimal supervision. Community coordinators will be trained in the use of proven education and delivery techniques, which they will then implement within their communities regarding conflict-reduction information about all species of wildlife as part of BCCF’s WildSafeBC program. Positions open until filled.

Groundswell Community Greenhouse and Gardens
Greenhouse and Garden Interns
Groundswell Community Greenhouse and Gardens is looking to fill Intern positions for the 2022 garden season. Youth, students and adults are invited to apply for the different positions. If you like working outside, have interest or experience in gardening and people or want to learn new skills, please send your resume ASAP to Deborah Griffith, Partnership Director at

Invasive Species Council of BC
Action Team Member, Cranbrook • Multiple remote positions
The Invasive Species Council of BC is hiring Action Team Members in Cranbrook and Nelson. Action Team Members are part of a 4-person crew involved in field survey, management and restoration of BC’s landscapes and habitats from the impacts of invasive species. Reporting to the Action Team Supervisor, this role requires self-motivation and high levels of organization from individuals who enjoy learning new skills and working on a team. Tentative start date is May 16. ISCBC is also hiring for several remote positions including Manager of Fundraising and Partnerships, Learning Coordinator, Learning Support, Outreach Support and Science Support.

Wildsight Creston
Expressions of Interest - Contractor Services, Creston
Wildsight Creston Valley Branch is sourcing expressions of interest from potential contractors in the areas of: 1. Part-time Administrative services, grant writing, and managing fundraising. 2. Part-time organizing events, community outreach and communications. 3. Part-time Volunteer Management. 4. Part-time GIS services. 5. Part-time environmental advocacy work in the Creston Valley. 6. Part-time conservation planning in the Creston Valley 7. Part-time environmental monitoring/planning in the Creston Valley. Interested contractors are requested to submit in confidence a short outline of experience, education, skills and strengths. (300 words maximum) via email to Contractors will work with the Board of Directors and other Wildsight Creston Valley contractors to accomplish the work.

Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society
Board Member, Kootenay Lake Region
Becoming a Board Member is an impactful way to turn your concerns for Kootenay Lake into action. As a board member, you volunteer your time to provide guidance and feedback at FOKLSS meetings, help out at events and workshops, and offer your expertise in all aspects of project planning and implementation. You support staff with making important decisions regarding the organization and play a significant role in moving projects and programs forward.

Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund
Technical Review Committee Member, Columbia Valley Region
The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) in partnership with the Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) are seeking qualified members for the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund (CVLCF) Technical Review Committee (TRC). The role of the TRC is to make recommendations on allocating annual funding for conservation projects for the area from Canal Flats to Spillimacheen. Applications will be received on an ongoing basis.
For a comprehensive list of up-to-date job postings, check the CBEEN Job & Volunteer Board, an excellent resource for Kootenay conservation career and volunteer opportunities.

BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
Best Management Practices for Bats in British Columbia
The British Columbia Ministry of Environment has developed this document to provide development proponents, researchers, consultants and British Columbia ministry staff with information about the potential impacts of resource development and other human activities on the bats and their habitats in British Columbia, with a focus on bridges. These documents were prepared by experienced bat biologists, with input from user groups, industry, biological consultants, ministry staff, researchers and members of the BC Bat Action Team.

Can a large-landscape conservation vision contribute to achieving biodiversity targets?
Mark Hebblewhite, Jodi A. Hilty, Sara Williams, Harvey Locke, et al.
A paper published in Conservation Science and Practice lays out evidence that a big audacious vision of connecting and protecting the mountains from Yellowstone in Wyoming to the Arctic Circle in the Yukon has led to measurable on-the-ground conservation across an almost 3,400-kilometer-long region. The study uses five conservation metrics to evaluate progress. Data shows an 80.5 percent increase in overall protection from 1993 to 2018 in the Yellowstone to Yukon region. This success is even more striking when compared against areas elsewhere in the continent, places protected areas remained constant, or even declined. 

Province of BC
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act - Action Plan
The Declaration Act Action Plan collectively identifies goals and outcomes that form the long-term vision to achieve the objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration) in B.C. It has 89 priority actions, tangible steps that will advance this work in key areas over the next five years.

Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology
All 8 recordings now up: Climate Disruption in the Upper Columbia Basin
Season 6 of CREDtalks recordings now available in full, easily accessed for free. In this series, 8 leading climate scientists addressed the projected impacts, potential for adaptation, and what we can do with ecosystems that may in fact contribute to climate mitigation.

Kootenay Conservation Program
Conservation Resources for our Region
The Kootenay Conservation Program helps partners to coordinate and facilitate conservation efforts on private land, and in an effort to support this, KCP has developed a webpage that compiles some of the best conservation and stewardship resources available for our region.

A Case for Conservation
KCP brochure promoting private land conservation available
KCP's “Case for Conservation” trifold brochure details 9 different reasons why conserving private land is so crucial to the health of the region’s ecosystems that support a myriad of plant, fish and animal species — many of which are currently rare or endangered or at risk of becoming so. The brochure opens up into an attractive poster that can be easily posted in offices, public spaces and homes. Printed brochures are available for distribution. If you would like copies, please contact KCP Program Director Juliet Craig at: