Help needed for a bizarre request!

Do you have your driver’s license and PAL? Are you interested in 1) making some quick money 2) seeing Canada from Toronto to Calgary in a flash and 3) doing someone a favor? Keep reading…

A former Bayne-Boutin lab member has a bizarre request. They need someone (preferably 2 people) to drive 4,800 12 gauge shotgun smokeless blanks (i.e, no black powder, no projectiles) from Markam Ontario (just north of Toronto) back to Calgary. Timing is VERY tight – they need them in their hands on Friday evening (drop dead by Sat). Google Maps says the trip takes ~ 35 hours.

They will pay for your flight to Toronto, car rental + gas, food + hotel en route and provide compensation for your time (make an offer).

If interested, contact Jesse Tigner at 780 886 0943

MSc opportunity: Density estimation of lynx during a snowshoe hare peak and decline

We are seeking a motivated student interested in using camera trapping to estimate the abundance of lynx in our study area in the southwestern Yukon. We have been studying snowshoe hares and lynx at Kluane Lake for almost 40 years. During much of that time we have obtained a relative abundance estimate of lynx via winter snow track transects. We are now poised to deploy camera arrays to estimate actual lynx density changes during a hare peak and decline. We have good estimates of snowshoe hares and numbers suggest they will peak in 2015-16. The successful candidate will be part of an energetic team (5 professors and 7 graduate students) studying the lynx-hare cycle. The project will involve extensive fieldwork during autumn and winter meaning that scholarship (NSERC or equivalent) support will be necessary. The successful applicant would enroll at the University of Alberta, Department of Biological Sciences.

If you enjoy fieldwork and want to experience one of the most beautiful places in Canada during an exciting time in the hare-lynx cycle, this thesis opportunity is for you. Work could begin as early as September 2015.
Applicants should provide a CV plus a copy of their transcripts via email to Stan Boutin ( The competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

Job Posting: Yaha Tinda

AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY: We seek an intern to participate in the Science Horizons Youth Internship Program ( The successful intern will assist in investigating the decline of the partially-migratory Ya Ha Tinda elk herd in and adjacent to Banff National Park (see for more information).YahaJob_Capture

The next phase of our long-term research is to understand cause-specific mortality for elk calves as a result of maternal behavioural trade-offs made in terms of foraging and predation risk (wolves, bears, mountain lions and coyotes). The intern will use radio telemetry to monitor adult females for parturition behavior, assist in capture and tagging of elk calves, subsequently monitor both calves and adults, and complete a final report. The position will also include, but is not limited to, investigating elk calf mortality sites, behavioural observations, vegetation sampling, pellet plot surveys, remote camera surveys, and predator scat surveys using scat detection dogs.YahaJob_Calf

The study area straddles the boundary between Banff National Park and provincial land, in and around the beautiful Ya Ha Tinda ranch, Parks Canada’s working horse ranch, west of Sundre, AB. AT THE RANCH, THERE IS NO CELL PHONE SERVICE AND ONLY LIMITED INTERNET. THE CLOSEST TOWN (Sundre) IS 1.5 HOURS AWAY. The position available is a 6-month Science Horizons Youth Internship ( that will pay ~$2850/mo. including benefits. A shared room in the research house will be provided.DSC_0609

Applicants MUST meet the following qualifications. Preference will be given towards applicants who can demonstrate substantial knowledge/experience with plant identification and sampling:

  • The intern cannot be over 30 years old.
  • The intern must be a graduate of a post-secondary institution.
  • The intern must be a Canadian Citizen, have permanent Canadian residency status, or have been granted refugee status in Canada and legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • The intern cannot have participated as an intern in Science Horizons or any other Youth Employment Strategy (YES) Career Focus program before.
  • The intern must possess a valid, non-graduated Class 5 Canadian driver’s license.
  • Physically able to carry a heavy daypack while hiking 8-10 hrs. in mountainous terrain and grizzly bear country, even in inclement weather and colder temperatures.
  • Flexibility; ability to maintain a positive attitude while working and living closely with co-workers; ability to work long hours and odd schedules.

Hiring decisions will be made immediately. Please email Jodi Berg at

1)   A cover letter that explicitly addresses EACH of the following:

  •   why you are interested in working on the YHT Elk Project
  • how you meet EACH of the qualifications listed above

2)  Your resume/CV

3)  Phone numbers AND email addresses for three references that can speak to your ability to conduct yourself in the field and work as part of a team

Field Fun Friday

WWWolfWith all this snow melt comes the end of the wolf trapping season for the Regional Industry Caribou Collaboration. Even without the cooperation of Mother Nature this year, field crew were able to catch lots of wolves, including this handsome guy (sorry Fraser, we are talking about the wolf). Don’t worry – the wolf is anesthetized for it’s protection and ours. While Melanie Dickie won’t be using data from this year’s field season for her thesis, the collaboration with industry and consultants lives on!


Boutin Bayne Lab Represents at the 25th ACTWS Conference

Congratulations to all the Boutin-Bayne students who presented at this year’s ACTWS conference!

A special shout out to all the students who won awards:

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