Job Posting: Research Biologist

After a  much needed holiday, Wild49 is back up and running! To start the new year off on a helpful note, here is a pretty great job posting:

Ducks Unlimited Canada’s Institute for Wetlands and Waterfowl Research (IWWR) is seeking a Research Biologist to work on a project examining the effects of landscape changes on settling and productivity of waterfowl in the boreal forest. The position is a one-year term with potential to renew for at least 2 additional years.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
overseeing logistical planning for upcoming field seasons
leading field operations of helicopter-based aerial surveys
entering, proofing, and managing data
analyzing data and writing progress reports
assisting with budgeting and fund raising efforts
conducting literature reviews and assisting or leading manuscript preparation.
Candidates must be willing to work long hours in sometimes uncomfortable conditions.
Conducting waterfowl surveys from a helicopter is a mandatory requirement for this position.

Requirements:
MSc in Ecology
Leadership experience with solid organizational skills
Strong attention to detail and ability to multi-task
Demonstrated ability to work both within a team and independently
Strong oral and written communication skills
Excellent waterfowl ID skills and an ability to analyze ecological data
Aerial waterfowl survey experience & use of double-observer methodology is a definite asset.
Experience using MS Access, ArcGIS and SAS or R would also be asset.
Must be a Canadian citizen.

This position will be based from our national head office at Oak Hammock Marsh, near Stonewall, Manitoba.
The successful candidate will have an affinity to the outdoors, conservation and the world of waterfowl.
Closing deadline: January 19, 2015
Start date: March 1, 2015
Annual Compensation: $65,900 (CDN)

Job Posting: Assistant Banders and Banders-in-Charge

MAPS ASSISTANT BANDERS IN CANADA: Open to Canadian Citizens only. Owl Moon Environmental Inc. (OMEI; www.owlmoon.ca) together with the Institute for Bird Populations (IBP; www.birdpop.org) are seeking up to six Assistant Banders, each to assist in the establishment and operation of a network of six mist-netting and banding stations in the oil sands region near Fort McMurray, Alberta, for the Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) program (http://www.birdpop.org/maps.htm). Positions extend from May 1st through August 9th, 2015. Completion of a Bachelors degree in biology, ecology or zoology, prior banding experience, and the ability to identify birds by call will be an asset. Successful candidates will be tolerant of long days that begin before dawn, possess the ability to endure sometimes-difficult field conditions, and help maintain a healthy team atmosphere in the field. Assistant Banders will adhere to safety and industrial site requirements for working in this region. Assistant Banders will be employees of OMEI, and will receive payment of between CA$2,500 and CA$3,250 per month, depending on experience and field housing arrangements. Assistant Banders completing the season adequately and responsibly and adhering to all required safety protocols will receive a lump-sum bonus of CA$2,500 at the conclusion of the program. Housing will be provided. A truck will be provided for use by each crew; a clean driver’s abstract (driving record) will be required as part of the application process. No health or other benefits beyond those included herein will be included. Applications must be received by January 2, 2015 and must include a cover letter, resume, and the name and contact information of three persons as references. To apply or receive further information please contact Lauren Helton at lhelton@birdpop.org.

 

MAPS BANDERS-IN-CHARGE IN CANADA: Open to Canadian and U.S. Citizens only. Owl Moon Environmental Inc. (OMEI; www.owlmoon.ca) together with the Institute for Bird Populations (IBP; www.birdpop.org) are seeking up to six Banders-in-Charge (BIC), each to establish and operate a network of six mist-netting and banding stations in the oil sands region near Fort McMurray, Alberta, for the Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) program (http://www.birdpop.org/maps.htm). Positions extend from May 1st through August 9th, 2015. Successful applicants MUST have advanced skills in mist-netting, bird banding, ageing and sexing of landbirds in the hand, ability to identify birds by song and call, and operation of a banding station in order to obtain a CWS bird-banding subpermit. NABC certification and previous experience with the MAPS protocol would be very useful assets. A completed Bachelors degree (or equivalent) in biology, ecology, environmental science, or zoology (or equivalent) will be necessary for U.S. citizens to meet requirements for entry into Canada. Successful candidates will lead a crew of 2-3 banders and will supervise, guide, and provide advanced training to Assistant Banders on bird-banding skills, and aging and sexing of birds. Demonstrated leadership skills, attention to detail, adherence to safety requirements, and tolerance of long field days that begin before dawn, a tolerance of sometimes-difficult field conditions, and an ability to supervise and maintain a healthy team atmosphere in the field are required. BIC’s will adhere to safety and industrial site requirements for working in this region. BIC’s will be employees of OMEI, and will receive payment of between CA$3,500 and CA$4,250 per month, depending on experience and field housing arrangements. BIC’s completing the season adequately and responsibly and adhering to all required safety protocols will receive a lump-sum bonus of CA$2,500 at the conclusion of the program. Housing will be provided. A truck will be provided for use by each crew; a clean driver’s abstract (driving record) will be required as part of the application process. No health or other benefits beyond those described herein will be included. Applications must be received by January 2, 2015 and must include a cover letter, resume and the name and contact information of three persons as references. To apply or receive further information please contact Lauren Helton at lhelton@birdpop.org.

Job Posting: Post-doctoral Fellowship Opportunity in Cumulative Effects Assessment on Boreal Birds

Dr. Erin Bayne in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta is seeking a post-doctoral fellow from January 1, 2015 to March 31st. There is a strong possibility of a single year renewal.

The candidate will be working with a multi-disciplinary team that has collated 100’s of thousands of point counts from boreal North America into a standardized database (www.borealbirds.ca). The candidate will be responsible for creating bird-habitat models specific to regions of boreal Alberta. They will then apply these models to understand the relative importance of different industrial sectors and to work with partners to determine the past, current, and future impacts of industrial development in this region. The candidate will work closely with provincial and federal partners as well as interact with industry to understand effects of land-use decisions on boreal birds.

Those interested will provide curriculum vitae, list of 3 references, and an example of their written work. The ideal candidate will have proven expertise in wildlife-habitat modelling at large spatial scales, experience with geographic information systems and mapping, knowledge of the ecology of forest birds, and have applied statistical models to make large scale predictions.

 

The position will have an annual salary of $55K + benefits.

Applications will be accepted till Nov 28, 2014 and should be submitted electronically to:

Dr. Erin Bayne

Dept. of Biological Sciences

Office: CCIS 1-275

Mail: CW 405 Bio. Sci. Bldg.

University Of Alberta

Edmonton AB

T6G 2E9

Ph: 780-492-4165

Fax: 780-492-1234

bayne@ualberta.ca

http://www.biology.ualberta.ca/faculty/erin_bayne/

Job Posting: Landscape Assessment Officer

The Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment Canada is currently seeking a candidate from the field of ecology, biology, geography or another similar physical science to assist in the mapping, assessment and prioritization of wildlife habitat and landscapes in Ontario. The candidate will support and assist applied science staff in the application of landscape ecology and conservation biology principles to species and habitat conservation.

The successful candidate will be an integral team member contributing to the Environment Canada program area of wildlife landscape assessment and planning, and potentially protected areas and species at risk recovery.

Responsibilities of the job will include some or all of the following:

  • processing, managing, querying, extracting, analyzing, and summarizing biological/ecological data using MS Excel, Access or other database application,
  • mapping biological/ecological data, organizing geospatial datasets (and providing general geomatics support) using ArcGIS,
  • organizing, analyzing, summarizing data and providing preliminary analysis pertaining to wildlife habitats and populations,
  • assisting in habitat and landscape conservation planning through the review of scientific literature and reports to help understand species and habitat spatial relationships at various scales,
  • applying species/habitat relationships to help identify priority areas for conservation,
  • examining, validating, and assessing the quality of data/data products,
  • compiling, integrating, summarizing, and analyzing multiple ecological datasets, and

 

Candidates must have:

  • Experience with techniques to collect, access, process, represent and analyze data including strong experience with ESRI GIS software products (ArcMap, ArcCatalog, etc.).
  • Experience using relational databases;
  • Basic knowledge of conservation biology and landscape ecology principles and concepts.

 

Preference will be given to candidates with one or more of the following assets:

  • Experience with MS Access including query development,
  • Experience working in Southern Ontario ecosystems,
  • Knowledge and use of the Ecological Land Classification System for Southern Ontario and multivariate statistical analysis, and;
  • Knowledge, and preferably experience, in regard to one or more of conservation planning in Ontario, Ontario’s natural history, and the application of conservation biology and landscape ecology principles and concepts.

 

This position will run from mid-November 2014 to March 31st 2015. The position is based out of the Environment Canada office in Toronto, Ontario.

The successful candidate will be paid a salary of approximately $3,000 per month.

Job Posting: Forest and Wildlife Technicians

Woodlands North established in 2000, is a professional natural resource consulting firm offering services to the forest and energy sectors. Woodlands has offices in Edmonton and Whitecourt, and operations throughout the province of Alberta. We are currently seeking motivated individuals to join our team in the capacity as forest and wildlife technicians. These positions are for a summer term, a practicum work term, and also full time permanent.

Forest Technician: candidates will be well versed with provincial legislation and current best management practices. Project duties include participation in silviculture and forest inventory programs with extensive field work consisting of project supervision and data collection. Overseeing and reporting on programs for vegetation management, forestry site preparation, reforestation programs, growth and yield programs, and forest survey work are all common tasks.

Wildlife Technician: candidates will have the ability to identify a wide variety of wildlife species by aural and visual methods. Wildlife inventories and species sampling includes: fisheries, songbirds, amphibians, remote camera work, pellet/browse surveys, nest searches, playback surveys, and winter tracking. Project work takes place in remote locations. These positions require strong written and verbal communication skills, and computer proficiency in ESRI GIS, and MS office software.

Salaries are competitive based on level of experience, and education. Woodlands offers comprehensive benefits, continuing education, and a flexible work environment. Applicants must be enrolled in or a graduate from, a post-secondary institution and be eligible for professional registration. Applicants must provide a valid class five driver’s license with a clean abstract. Shift work may apply to remote projects.

Closing Date: November 28, 2014

Suitable applicants will be contacted prior to the closing date. Applicants may submit a resume and cover letter in MS Word or .pdf format.

Send your application to: info@woodlandsnorth.com

For more information: www.woodlandsnorth.com

Job Posting: Life Science Program Specialist

The Royal Saskatchewan Museum (RSM) requires a creative and responsible
individual with excellent communication skills for the position of Life
Science Program Specialist.  The successful candidate will represent the
RSM’s Life Sciences public programming within and outside the RSM.  This
position will be required to work some weekends, facilitate presentations
and lead tours both indoors and outside, and communicate in noisy
surroundings.

Key duties will include:
*   developing and delivering public programs for school workshops,
special groups and the general public.
*   working with other RSM staff to help develop new exhibits, provide
interpretation, information and instructions to visitors and train others
on the delivery of Life Science public programs.
*   develop and maintain a live animal collection for use in programs and
exhibits.
*   reaching out and contacting the science community and working with the
RSM curatorial staff to further life sciences and sustainability studies
at the Museum.
*   visitor reception duties, supervising galleries and public facilities
and ensuring visitors observe rules of behavior.

Successful candidates will have a strong background in biology and the
principals of interpretation/education, as well as an understanding of
museum practices and structure.

Typically this level of knowledge is obtained through post-secondary
education in Biology, Environmental Studies, Museum Studies, B.Ed or
equivalent, and experience in a museum setting or other public programming
setting.  This position will be part of the Visitor Experience Team so
customer service training and experience is an asset.  The successful
candidate will share our core values which include: showing respect and
integrity, serving visitors, excellence and innovation and acting as one
team.

Closing Date
Oct 19, 2014, 11:59:00 PM

Job Posting: Short-term Wildlife Biologist

Environment Canada is seeking a motivated individual to assist in several projects. The successful candidates’ primary responsibility will involve compiling data and information from multiple sources and assist regional biologists in conducting conservation status assessments for a variety of migratory bird species (landbirds, shorebirds, colonial waterbirds and waterfowl). The candidate should be familiar with the natural history, conservation and management of at least one of the aforementioned bird groups. The conservation status assessments will include compiling and analyzing geospatial data and therefore some experience with Geographic Information Systems is required, particularly ArcGIS. Attention to detail and good judgement are necessary. The candidate may also assist in data entry, data management and data analyses and preference will be given to candidates with demonstrable skills in these areas.

Work location: Preference will be given to candidates who can work at Environment Canada in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Should a suitable candidate not be available for that location, candidates capable of working at Environment Canada offices in Edmonton (AB) or Winnipeg (MB).

Work term: 90 work days, approximate start/end dates of October 20th

Rate of Pay: Salary will be commensurate with a BI-02 rate of pay, pro-rated for the duration of employment, equivalent to ~ $4800 per month.

For more information contact Steven L. Van Wilgenburg, Wildlife Biologist at Environment Canada, Saskatoon. Ph: 306-975-5506 e-mail: Steve.VanWilgenburg@ec.gc.ca