Great Bear LIVE Technician


Denny Island and your home

Position Overview: 

Great Bear LIVE is a wildlife monitoring and public education project that uses remote cameras and hydrophones to observe and study wildlife in the Great Bear Rainforest. Our hydrophone network continuously records, providing an audio record of whale activity and ambient ocean noise on the central coast. We live stream video and audio to the internet on our website as part of our work to engage the public in conservation issues in the region. Great Bear LIVE uses renewable energy to power our remote cameras, hydrophones, and wireless transmitter systems.

We are looking for someone to assist us with maintaining and improving our server, network, and site installations. This is a six-month internship for someone with previous experience as a system administrator who would like a new challenge with some fieldwork included. You will be working to refine our local network of remote cameras and hydrophones so that our live video streams seamlessly to our website, we have more reliable backups in place, our server is updated appropriately, and we improve our methods of alerting our followers.

In addition, you will be working with a local field tech to test and deploy remote camera installations, and to maintain and improve the power and radio transmission systems at remote sites to increase reliability during the winter months. We work with a Linux server, Wowza streaming engine, Ubiquiti networking, Nagios monitoring system, and other basic networking technologies. The job is based out of our field station on Denny Island on the central coast of B.C., however some of the work can be completed off-site with remote access to our server.  

Please note: This position is contingent upon funding from a government program; it is not guaranteed until a candidate has been selected and an agreement is in place with the program. All applicants must meet the program eligibility requirements (see below). 

Anticipated Start Date: 

May 22, 2017



Key Responsibility Areas: 

•Perform general server improvements.

•Solve technical issues related to routers, networking, alternative energy, and wireless systems.

•Improve reliability of alternative energy and wireless radio systems at remote sites and help to deploy and maintain new systems and equipment.

•Help to develop creative technological solutions for communicating the occurrence of wildlife events to our followers (e.g. improving SMS alert system; developing mobile app).

•Assist with fieldwork as needed.



Eligibility Requirements

The applicant must be:

  • 30 years of age or under at the start of the internship
  • Recent graduate from a post-secondary science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) program
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person granted refugee status in Canada
  • Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations
  • Not receiving employment insurance during their internship
  • Available to work for at least six months

Other qualifications:

  • Love a challenge, are physically fit; comfortable travelling to remote sites on an open boat (with a competent mariner); can handle packing heavy equipment over uneven terrain in the rain; can entertain yourself, feed yourself, and get around independently outside of work hours and keep a tidy house.
  • Have experience in the programming language of your choice; are able to integrate ffmpg libraries or vlc into your language of choice.
  • Have knowledge of multi-threaded programming.
  • Proficiency in renewable energy system design and wireless radio technology.
  • Have experience/familiarity working with Wowza, Ubiquiti (or other wireless systems), Nagios, and other networking solutions (preferred).
  • CCNA certification (preferred).
  • Want to experience the Great Bear Rainforest and be around a group of passionate nature lovers.


How To Apply: 

Deadline for applications is May 16th. Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted by May 19th.

Published Date: 

Apr 11, 2017