Grizzly Bear Program Employment Opportunity: Research Assistant May 2014 to August 31, 2014 (exact starting date to be determined)
Overview: fRI’s Grizzly Bear Program was created in 1999 to provide knowledge and planning tools to land and resource managers to ensure the long-term conservation of grizzly bears in Alberta. This project involves grizzly bear population trend monitoring using hair trap DNA sampling and supplemented with fecal sampling methods. The results of this project will help contribute to understanding the current status of grizzly bears in Alberta. The research assistant will be working from Foothills Research Institute’s office in Hinton, Alberta but field work will occur in remote locations in the foothills of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains near Hinton, Cadomin, Nordegg, Robb, and Edson. For more information on the Grizzly Bear Program please see our website: http://foothillsri.ca/program/grizzly-bear-program.
Job Description: The research assistant will work closely with the project leader to carry out all aspects of the summer field program including direction of field staff, logistics (as needed), sample handling and inventory, and data entry. The research assistant will also assist with establishing and monitoring aerial access sampling sites. The selected individual should be comfortable working in remote field settings, driving where extensive heavy duty truck traffic occurs on gravel access roads, and driving in all weather conditions (snow, sleet, rain, bugs, sun, heat etc.). The applicant needs to be physically fit, willing to work long hours in all weather conditions, and have a strong stomach for handling bait (blood).
Essential Job Qualifications: 1. A minimum of two years in a natural resource, forestry or wildlife diploma or degree program 2. A minimum of one season previous related field experience 3. Highly motivated and able to work in a team environment comprised of people from a variety of backgrounds 4. Strong organizational skills 5. Strong computer skills 6. Supervisory experience with field crews 7. Valid drivers license 8. Experience and proficiency with quads, snowmobiles, and 4 wheel-drive vehicles 9. Experience working with helicopter support 10. Experience with GPS and map navigation skills 11. Valid First Aid 12. Recent GIS experience with ArcGIS products including mapping and spatial analysis 13. Eligible to work in Canada
Salary: Up to $3,200 monthly, dependent upon qualifications and experience.
Please email your cover letter (clearly indicating how your experience meets each of the job qualifications), resume, and references to: Gordon Stenhouse, Research Scientist and Program Lead, firstname.lastname@example.org Subject line: “Application – Research Assistant”
Closing Date: February 10, 2014, 17:00 hours, MST We thank all applicants in advance; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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