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.