Riparian Technician- Municipality of Crowsnest Pass

Riparian Technician

Position Title

Riparian Technician

Reports to

Municipality of Crowsnest Pass – Agricultural Fieldman

Revision Date

January 2020

Wage Band



Temporary/Seasonal Position, May 4th to October 2nd, 2020  

Hour of Work

8:00 – 4:30, with occasional evening or weekend work


Position Summary


The Riparian Technician will assist the Agricultural Fieldman with inspections of riparian zones on public and private land; identify & control noxious and destroy prohibited noxious weeds; document and map invasive infestations; enter data & write reports; select, plant or seed native species to further prevent erosion; and monitor Aquatic Invasive Species. There is an educational component of the job that involves working with volunteers at related events. Will be required to assist with job duties of the Environmental Technician.


Key Duties and Responsibilities


  1. Inspection of vegetation growth on private and public property
  2. Identify/control weeds as listed in the Alberta Weed Control Act/Regulations
  3. Communicate effectively and professionally with the public addressing weed/pest concerns and provide them with advice on effective control solutions
  4. Enforcement of the Alberta Weed Control Act
  5. Collect and document accurate detailed information
  6. Photograph and computer data entry/organize inspection information
  7. Map weed infestations with GPS units and enter coordinates onto an Excel spreadsheet
  8. Inspect riparian areas on foot or with an ATV (all-terrain vehicle)
  9. Identify and/or implement riparian reclamation suggestions/techniques
  10. Identify native plants in riparian areas on public and private land and interpret what those plant species mean to the landowner
  11. Prepare or select cuttings for transplanting along riparian areas
  12. Assist with or select native grass seed mixes to be applied to disturbed sites
  13. Organize and conduct weed identification education to the public during community weed pull events or tree/shrub plantings
  14. Attend safety courses, e.g.; BearSmart, Municipal Safety Orientation, Legislative Workshop and any additional safety courses required to work safely within the job description
  15. Perform related office and shop duties (clean and organize work area, housekeeping, etc.)
  16. Perform other applicable duties


Knowledge, Abilities and Skills


  • Knowledge of the Alberta Weed Control Act & Regulations
  • Knowledge of the Alberta Soil Conservation Act & Regulations
  • Knowledge of Crowsnest Pass indigenous flora
  • Knowledge of and the ability to identify invasive plant species and pests including aquatic
  • Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written forms and collect accurate data to be entered in Microsoft Word & Excel
  • Skill in communicating professionally and effectively with people of all age groups and from a variety of backgrounds
  • Knowledge of GPS/route skills, location and navigation in a backcountry environment
  • Knowledge of/experience with working in a location with wildlife
  • Ability to perform reclamation and restoration practice in riparian areas
  • Ability to work outdoors in uneven terrain and variable weather conditions
  • Ability to safely/skillfully operate an all-terrain vehicle
  • Wear suitable/professional outdoor clothing, performing all tasks safely in accordance with OH&S and the Municipal Safety Policy


Education and Experience


Environmental Science, Agricultural Post-Secondary education or a related educational field, which include courses in interpersonal skills, botany, plant taxonomy, weed science, soil science, rangeland management, forestry, ecology, hydrology, reclamation and Alberta Law & Legislative Acts. Should have at least 2 years of experience working with the public in a professional manner. Valid class 5 Alberta driver’s license and ATV safety training.

Prior to employment a pre-employment screening process must be completed, including a successful completion of a criminal record check.  


How to apply


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Competition for these positions will be open for application until February 24, 2020

Please submit cover letter and resume to:

Tim Nickerson, Manager Human Resources

Municipality of Crowsnest Pass, PO Box 600, Blairmore, Alberta, T0K 0E0

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