Conservation/Wildlife

Conservation Land Negotiators - Prairie Region

Organization: Ducks Unlimited Canada

Job Type: Full-time

Location: Calgary

Posting Date: Oct 29, 2014

Deadline: Nov 14, 2014

Website: http://www.ducks.ca

Organization Description:
Job Description:

The Opportunity

Permanent positions: Regina, SW Manitoba (3)
3-year term positions: Calgary/Strathmore (2), Hanna/Duchess, Regina, Saskatoon 

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC), the leader in wetland conservation, is looking for confident, energetic and dedicated professionals to join our team.  As a Conservation Land Negotiator, you will be responsible for the planning, development, delivery and negotiation of habitat programs which benefit waterfowl and other wildlife. 

You need to be an enthusiastic team player and passionate about the outdoors – a self-starter who can work with anyone, and capable of working alone in rural settings under minimal supervision and recognize the importance of environmental stewardship within the agricultural production systems.

Your communication and negotiation skills enable you to deal effectively with various stakeholders, including the general public, government, agribusiness and wildlife communities. 

You are independent, resourceful and possess strong leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills and can manage numerous projects on tight deadlines.

You are a persuasive, goal-oriented individual.  Your personal and professional experience and directly related knowledge make you the ideal candidate for this position. 

The successful candidate will have an affinity to the outdoors, conservation and the world of waterfowl.

 

Qualifications:

Requirements

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A post-secondary degree or diploma in wildlife management, biology, ecology or related discipline; a Land Agent or Agriculture diploma with relevant work experience will also be considered. 

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Knowledge of waterfowl and other animal and plant biology

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Knowledge of sustainable resource management would be considered an asset.

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Experience in planning and project management.

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Excellent organization, interpersonal communication skills, both oral and written.

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Strong computer and analytical skills – ArcMap an asset

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Previous sales or cold-calling experience would be an asset

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Knowledge of working farms and practices, annual crop and forage/grazing production systems. 

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Experience with various outdoor equipment including GPS, ATV’s, Boats etc

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Familiarity with the non-profit and/or environmental conservation sectors would also be considered an asset

 

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How to Apply

In Canada, we lose up to 80 acres of wetlands every day.  We need your help to stop this loss.  If you’re a passionate, conservation-minded individual who is interested in this opportunity, please submit your cover letter (including salary expectations) and resumé for confidential consideration to the attention of:

 

Carly Bjornsson, HR Generalist

Ducks Unlimited Canada

Email: resumes@ducks.ca 

 

Closing date: November 14, 2014

 

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment. Learn more at ducks.ca.

 

While DUC would like to thank all applicants, only candidates

considered for an interview will be contacted.

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Conservation Programs Specialist - Habitat Asset Management (HAM) Coordinator & Conservation Land Program Coordinator

Organization: Ducks Unlimited Canada

Job Type: Full-time

Location: Edmonton

Posting Date: Oct 28, 2014

Deadline: Nov 14, 2014

Website: http://www.ducks.ca

Organization Description:
Job Description:

The Opportunity

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC), Canada’s leader in wetland conservation is seeking a confident, energetic and dedicated individual to join our Alberta Operations Team.  You will be responsible for managing all DUC assets while searching for new wetland restoration opportunities within the Edmonton-Athabasca regions of Alberta.

You need to be an enthusiastic team player; a self-starter who can work with anyone and can cultivate partnerships and maintain relations. You are capable of seeing the bigger picture and your creativity allows you to think out of the box.  You are an effective communicator who is able to build positive working relationships with various staff of municipal and county governments, landowners, industry, agricultural producers, volunteers and other conservation agencies.

You possess strong leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills. You have demonstrated expertise in program planning and implementation, contract management and tendering.  You are persuasive, goal-oriented, self-motivated, enjoy a complex, changing environment and can manage numerous projects on tight deadlines.

Your minimum five years experience of proven success makes you the ideal candidate for this position. Practical experience with water control structures, conservation projects and programs, agriculture, engineering and/or biology, would all be considered assets to this very diverse and challenging opportunity. Any safety training, experience in sales, negotiation, or pest control should be highlighted.

The successful candidate will have an affinity to the outdoors, conservation and the world of waterfowl.

 

Qualifications:

Requirements

  • A post-secondary degree or technologist diploma in Agriculture, Biology  or a relevant discipline; equivalent practical field experience will also be considered

  • Strong planning, reporting and project management skills

  • An understanding of local agricultural, industry and conservation practices would be considered an asset

  • Knowledge of sustainable and integrated resource management

  • Experience with GPS, ArcView, MS Office

  • Awareness of AB Occupational Health and Safety practices

  • Knowledge of the AB Water Act, Dam Safety Regulations and the approvals process would be considered an asset

  • Previous sales or cold-calling experience would be an asset

  • Excellent organization, interpersonal communication skills, both oral and written

  • A valid class 5 driver’s license and drivers abstract

  • Previous experience working on a farm is an asset

  • Ability to work long/flexible hours in summer with travel

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How to Apply

In Canada, we lose up to 80 acres of wetlands every day.  We need your help to stop this loss.  If you’re a conservation-minded individual who is interested in this opportunity, please submit your cover letter (including salary expectations) and resumé for confidential consideration to the attention of:

Carly Bjornsson, HR Generalist
Ducks Unlimited Canada   
Email: resumes@ducks.ca                    

Closing deadline: November 14, 2014

 

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment. Learn more at ducks.ca.

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GIS Technician (36 Month Term)

Organization: Ducks Unlimited Canada

Job Type: Contract/Project/Temporary

Location: Brandon

Posting Date: Oct 28, 2014

Deadline: Nov 14, 2014

Website: http://www.ducks.ca

Organization Description:
Job Description:

The Opportunity

Ducks Unlimited Canada, Canada’s leader in wetland conservation, is seeking a confident, energetic and dedicated GIS Technician with strong outdoor field skills to join our team in Brandon, Manitoba. 

As a member of our habitat conservation team, you will be responsible for providing GIS technical expertise including data collection and management, decision support, and cartographic products in consultation/collaboration with team members in support of habitat retention and restoration efforts in Manitoba.  This position will also include some field data collection services.

You are self-motivated, enjoy a complex, changing environment, can manage numerous projects on tight deadlines and are able to build positive working relationships with staff and stakeholders. 

Our ideal candidate is a detail-oriented individual with strong organizational, time management and interpersonal skills who is capable of seeing the bigger picture.

Additional Details

  • Expected term of employment is 36 months

  • Daytime business hours, Monday to Friday

  • 35 hours per week

Qualifications:

Requirements

  • Possess a technical diploma in GIS and/or university degree in geography, natural resources or related discipline or related experience

  • Solid understanding and strong working knowledge of ESRI ArcGIS 10.x.

  • Understanding of wetland mapping principles and air photo interpretation experience

  • Be familiar with data creation, geoprocessing, geodatabases and metadata maintenance

  • Knowledge cartographic principles (projections and datums)

  • Excellent cartographic skills in developing various communication delivery products

  • Ability to communicate both written and oral in a professional manner

  • Ability to work well independently and also in a team setting while keeping others informed of your progress.

  • A valid driver’s license is required

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How to Apply

In Canada, we lose up to 80 acres of wetlands every day.  We need your help to stop this loss.  If you’re a conservation-minded individual who is interested in this opportunity, please submit your cover letter (including salary expectations) and resumé for confidential consideration to the attention of:

Carly Bjornsson, HR Generalist

Ducks Unlimited Canada
Email: resumes@ducks.ca 


Closing date: November 14, 2014


Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment. Learn more at ducks.ca.


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Graduate Position in Marine Mammal Acoustics, Conservation, Oceanography

Organization: Dalhousie University

Job Type: Full-time

Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia NS

Posting Date: Oct 25, 2014

Deadline: Dec 01, 2014

Organization Description:
Job Description:

The Department of Oceanography at Dalhousie University (Dal), in collaboration with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), and supported by the NSERC-NCE Marine Environment Observation Predication and Response network (MEOPAR), invites graduate applications for Doctoral studies in marine bioacoustics, conservation and oceanography as part of the WHaLE project (Whales, Habitat and Listening Experiment) that involves collaboration with partners in the ocean technology, governmental, and conservation sectors.
http://meopar.ca/meopar-meeting-ocean-challenges-via-seven-new-research-...
Twitter: @meoparwhale

Qualifications:

The successful candidate, co-advised by Drs CT Taggart (Dal) and M Baumgartner (WHOI), will focus on ocean glider-mounted passive acoustics monitoring with applications to real-time mariner warning systems, quantifying spatial and temporal variation in right, sei, fin, and humpback whale occurrence and associated oceanographic variation, comparing whale vocalization rate data with other archival acoustic and survey-based whale sightings data, and assisting in building whale species-classification libraries. Ideal applicants should have a Master’s degree, a strong academic record and publication(s) in quantitative-oceanography, -physics, -engineering, -acoustics, -mathematics, -statistics, or quantitative-ecology. Fluency in at least one programming language (e.g., MatLab, R, Python, C, FORTRAN) is required. Experience with field work, data-analytics, remote sensing technologies, autonomous underwater vehicles, oceanography and/or acoustics (passive or active) will be an asset.

http://fishocean.ocean.dal.ca/
www.whoi.edu/sites/mbaumgartner/

The candidate will be tenured at Dal and will be expected to take up short-term residency in Baumgartner’s Lab and likely course work at WHOI. Potential applicants should familiarise themselves with Oceanography at Dal and the details concerning graduate studies and degree requirements.
http://www.dal.ca/faculty/science/oceanography.html
http://www.dal.ca/faculty/science/oceanography/programs/graduate-studies...

As a member of MEOPAR, the candidate will participate as a 'MEOPeer' (www.meopeers.ca) wherein practical, leadership, and networking training will help prepare them for a research career.

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Application deadline is Dec. 1, 2014 and will be extended if a suitable candidate has not been identified. The successful candidate will ideally start on 05 January 2015 and no later than 01 May 2015. An annual stipend of $20,000 (minimum) for tuition and living expenses is available, although scholarship holders are strongly encouraged to apply (top-up available). Funding limits likely restrict applications to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. However, International students are welcome to apply assuming they can secure an external scholarship or grant to cover additional “foreign student differential fees” (~$7,000) levied by the university.

Applicants must forward: 1) a curriculum vitae, 2) copies of all post-secondary transcripts (unofficial are acceptable at this stage), 3) a short statement of interest and why you think you are the best candidate for the research, and 4) a list of at least 3 referees (at least 2 must be academic) and their contact information. Send the above material, compiled as a single PDF, by email to chris.taggart@dal.ca. Ensure the PDF file-name begins with your surname. Incomplete applications will not be acknowledged. Important questions concerning the position should be directed to chris.taggart@dal.ca

Contact Information:
Dr. Christopher Taggart
Associate Professor
Dept of Oceanography, Dalhousie University
1355 Oxford St, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Email: chris.taggart@dal.ca

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Restoration Services Specialist

Organization: Ducks Unlimited Canada

Job Type: Full-time

Location: Surrey

Posting Date: Oct 21, 2014

Deadline: Nov 07, 2014

Website: http://www.ducks.ca

Organization Description:
Job Description:

Restoration Services Specialist
(one-year term position - possible extension, contingent on funding)

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC), Canada's leader in wetland conservation, is seeking a Restonration Services Coordinator to deliver a new program in British Columbia.

The Restoration Services Coordinator is responsible for delivering a program that provides
solutions on a contractual basis to companies and organizations that require wetland and upland
expertise. Examples of projects might include wetland and upland restoration relating to, wetland
compensation, water management plans, wetland research etc. Your industry knowledge and contacts will facilitate your success in this business development role.

Your primary responsibilities will include:
•    Coordinate the success of Restoration Services program delivery.
•    Develop a 3-year business plan, including budgets and managing revenue and expense projections on an annual basis.
•    Project management from start to finish: client prospecting, contract negotiation, contract
management and project delivery.
•    New business development including identification of new markets, client prospecting,
cold-calls and related promotional activity.
•     Client stewardship.
•     Work closely with the DU BC conservation team to implement projects.

Your minimum 5 years of experience and directly related knowledge make you the ideal candidate for this position.

Qualifications:

•     A college or university degree with emphasis on business development or marketing is
preferred. An environmental sciences, biology or engineering degree or work experience, along with business and/or marketing experience would be favourably viewed.
•    Some knowledge of wetland and upland restoration technique would be helpful.
•    Excellent networking and client stewardship skills are essential.
•    Strong writing skills are essential for proposal writing and contract management.
•    Experience with budgets and a financial projections is preferred.
•    Familiarity with the non-profit and/or environmental conservation sectors would be considered an asset.
•    Must have a passion for conservation, the environment and the outdoors.

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In Canada, we lose up to 80 acres of wetlands every day. This loss is the equivalent of about 45 soccer fields every 24 hours. We need your help to stop this loss.  If you’re a conservation-minded individual who is interested in this opportunity, please submit
your cover letter (including salary expectations) and resumé for confidential consideration to the attention of:
Carly Bjornsson, HR Generalist
Ducks Unlimited Canada
Email: resumes@ducks.ca

Closing date: November 7, 2014

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment. Learn more at ducks.ca.

While DUC would like to thank all applicants, only candidates considered for an interview will be contacted.

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PhD Opportunity, Island Biogeography

Organization: Simon Fraser University

Job Type: Full-time

Location: British Columbia BC

Posting Date: Oct 14, 2014

Deadline: Nov 28, 2014

Website: http://www.johnreynolds.org

Organization Description:
Job Description:

I am looking for a PhD student to join my research group in new collaborative study that is being established by the Hakai Institute (hakai.org.) This research program aims to link theories of island biogeography with ecosystem subsidies on 100 islands along the central coast of British Columbia, Canada. The student will examine how nutrients from the sea, including seaweed, affect the community ecology of breeding birds. This project will benefit from complementary studies by other researchers examining plants, mammals, and insects at the same sites. The ideal candidate will have completed an MSc in avian ecology, with experience censussing breeding birds by sight and sound. Other helpful skills include banding and vegetation surveys. This is a remote and beautiful region, accessible by powerboats and kayaks from the Hakai Institute. So physical fitness, experience working under rugged conditions, and a perpetually positive attitude will be important. Students will benefit from the collegial atmosphere of both the Hakai Institute and the Earth to Ocean Research Group at Simon Fraser University. The first field season will be in the spring of 2015.

Qualifications:

You must have an MSc in avian ecology, strong publications, and an ability to identify birds by sight and sound. I am also looking for strong quantitative skills and interest in advancing general theory. Experience banding birds and operating boats would be helpful. This project will require attention to safety and strong teamwork, organizational, and leadership skills. If you don’t like getting wet, camping, clambering around forests and shores, working on and around the sea, or bears and wolves, this PhD is not for you.

Apply To:

Please send a letter explaining why this project interests you, including relevant experience and skills, along with your CV, transcripts, and contact details of three references, all as a single PDF with the subject line “Island Biogeography PhD”. Contact: Dr JOHN REYNOLDS (EM: Reynolds@sfu.ca), http://www.johnreynolds.org. Review of applications will begin immediately.

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Maintenance Technician

Organization: Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Job Type: Full-time

Location: Rosseau, Ontario ON

Posting Date: Oct 14, 2014

Deadline: Oct 31, 2014

Website: http://www.aspenvalley.ca

Organization Description:

Situated in Muskoka, Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is a 460 acre sanctuary of natural habitat. Our primary mandate is to rehabilitate animals who find their way to us so that they can eventually be returned to their natural domain. We also provide education to the community about co-existing with wildlife and humane solutions for wildlife-related issues.

Job Description:

Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is seeking a full-time Maintenance Technician.

We are a charity which operates a licensed wildlife rehabilitation facility in Rosseau, Ont. (Muskoka). We provide care and a temporary home for orphaned and/or injured wildlife with our primary goal focused on the successful rehabilitation of each animal and return to the wild.

Starting Date:As soon as possible.

Hours per week:40 / week

You will be working closely with and taking direction from the Managing Director. Tasks will include (but are not limited to) general building maintenance, fence and cage building/repair, some limited building renovation/construction, mechanical work, outdoor landscaping and equipment maintenance.

Qualifications:
  • A basic level of fitness
  • A willingness to learn and take direction
  • Ability to be flexible and work well with others in a team environment
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently
  • Ability to work effectively in a multi-tasking environment
  • Genuine belief and respect for the wildlife rehabilitation process

The following experience skills and knowledge will be assets to the successful candidate:

  • Carpentry
  • Working with power tools
  • Safe operation of chainsaws (operators certificate a definite benefit)
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Fencing (multiple types including electric)
  • Auto mechanics
  • Forestry
  • Heavy equipment operation
Apply To:

Please send resume and cover letter to info@aspenvalley.ca and please put Maintenance Technician position in subject line

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Freshwater Conservation Scientist

Organization: Wildlife Conservation Society Canada

Job Type: Full-time

Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario ON

Posting Date: Oct 06, 2014

Deadline: Oct 31, 2014

Website: http://wcscanada.org/

Organization Description:

WCS Canada (www.wcscanada.org) was established in May 2004 as a Canadian nongovernment organization with a mission to conserve wildlife and wildlands by improving our understanding of and seeking solutions to critical problems that threaten key species and large wild ecosystems throughout Canada. We implement and support comprehensive field studies, specifically in two large landscapes in Northern Canada, gather information on wildlife, and seek to address conservation challenges by working with First Nation communities, governments, regulatory agencies, conservation groups, and industry.

Job Description:

WCS Canada is seeking a Freshwater Conservation Scientist in Ontario's Northern Boreal (ONB) Landscape program (http://www.wcscanada.org/WhatWeDo/OntarioNorthernBoreal.aspx).  This position offers an opportunity to contribute to freshwater conservation and develop applied and field-based research in one of the world's most intact landscapes, work with a team of talented scientists, and pioneer new approaches to freshwater conservation in northern Ontario, nationally, and internationally.

The roles and responsibilities of this position includes developing a freshwater conservation strategy, designing and implementing field-based and applied research in the ONB Landscape, developing planning tools, and providing input on environmental planning, policy, legislation, and best practices affecting freshwater resources.  In addition, the Freshwater Conservation Scientist will promote the conservation of freshwater resources among provincial and national governments, First Nations, international agencies, and other non-governmental organizations through collaboration, partnerships, and communication of freshwater research; contribute to scientific scholarship in freshwater conservation and mentor the next generation of young scientists; and inspire others to care about freshwater conservation to effect change in policy, legislation, and best practises.  This position will coordinate with other WCS Canada and WCS global programs where applicable.


Qualifications:

A doctorate in a field related to the conservation of biological diversity in freshwater systems; demonstrated field and applied experience, preferably in boreal and sub-arctic freshwater systems; demonstrated management experience; ability to foster teamwork within programs; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; diverse fundraising and communication experience; experience working in northern ecosystems and with Indigenous Peoples is desired. 

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See the full job description here:  http://wcscanada.org/AboutUs/EmploymentOpportunities.aspx#.VCWaDk10xBA


Please send cover letter outlining your qualifications and relevant experience and CV to WCS Canada by email or mail: 

By email:                wcscanada@wcs.org with the subject “Freshwater Conservation Scientist”

By mail:                  Human Resources, Wildlife Conservation Society Canada

Suite 204, 344 Bloor Street West

Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2J2 

We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected for interview will be contacted.

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Postdoctoral Fellows - Call for Applications

Organization: Liber Ero Fellowship Program

Job Type: Full-time

Location: Various location in Canada

Posting Date: Sep 21, 2014

Deadline: Nov 01, 2014

Website: http://liberero.ca

Organization Description:

This post-doctoral fellowship seeks to support early-career scientists to conduct and communicate world-class research that informs conservation and management issues relevant to Canada. For instance, post-doctoral scholars are encouraged to confront emerging management challenges that are time sensitive or tackle ‘wicked’ conservation problems with novel analyses, perspectives, and novel collaborations.

The Liber Ero Fellowship program aims to:

  • Facilitate applied conservation research collaborations that links institutions, researchers, and conservation practitioners.
  • Provide support and unique training opportunities for emerging conservation leaders at a critical stage in their careers.
  • Increase the capacity of the Canadian scientific community to address pressing conservation and management issues.

This program is supported by the Liber Ero Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to the conservation of Canada’s natural resources. The Liber Ero Fellows program follows the mission and model of the Smith Fellows program based in the US and extends it to Canada. The phrase Liber Ero, Latin for I will be free, reflects the goal of the program to foster independence and creativity and is the heraldic motto of the benefactors.

Job Description:

We are delighted to announce the third call for post-doctoral applications for the Liber Ero Fellowship Program. The Liber Ero Fellowship Program supports exceptional post–doctoral fellows who address pressing conservation challenges of relevance to Canada. The Program aims to develop the next generation of conservation scientists, trained in the latest methods and in the skills necessary to affect policy and improve conservation of Canada’s wild places and natural resources.

The Liber Ero Fellowship is open to candidates from any country whose research furthers conservation goals within Canada. Fellows must be hosted at a Canadian institution, with mentorship teams drawing from expertise in non-governmental organizations, government, and universities. Applications are now being accepted, with a deadline of November 1, 2014. See http://liberero.ca/ for more details.

Please see http://liberero.ca/meet-the-fellows/ to read about the current cohort of fellows and their projects.

Qualifications:

Please see above

Apply To:

Contact Information:
info@liberero.ca

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Research Assistants

Organization: Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit

Job Type: Seasonal

Location: Bunbury, Australia

Posting Date: Sep 21, 2014

Deadline: Nov 01, 2014

Website: http://www.mucru.org

Organization Description:
The South West Marine Research program is a long-term, multi-faceted project on the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins of South West Australia. This program is based in Bunbury (south of Perth) and is a collaboration between Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit (www.mucru.org) and numerous industry and non-profit partners. The research focuses on dolphin population dynamics, abundance, social structure and behaviour, habitat use, conservation genetics and foraging ecology.
http://mucru.org/our-research/research-projects/south-west-marine-resear... - See more at: http://www.conbio.org/professional-development/scb-job-board/seeking-research-assistants-for-the-cetacean-research-unit-western-australi#sthash.khWauuRz.dpuf
Job Description:

The South West Marine Research program is a long-term, multi-faceted project on the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins of South West Australia. This program is based in Bunbury (south of Perth) and is a collaboration between Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit (www.mucru.org) and numerous industry and non-profit partners. The research focuses on dolphin population dynamics, abundance, social structure and behaviour, habitat use, conservation genetics and foraging ecology. http://mucru.org/our-research/research-projects/south-west-marine-resear...

I am specifically seeking research volunteers to assist with data collection and processing from October 15th, 2014. Long-term data will be used to investigate population dynamics and habitat use, in order to aid in future conservation and management efforts. Fieldwork is conducted from Busselton to Binningup within a 540 km2 area consisting of coastal beaches, inshore bays, estuarine inlets and a river. Using a rigid sampling design, this research is conducted year round via standardised line transect surveys (up to 5 nm offshore) from a small research vessel. For further information on the boat-based photo-identification procedure, see the following open-access publication:
http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0076574

This experience will be most useful to students or anyone hoping to pursue a career in behavioural ecology, population biology or marine science.

Office:
Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit, South West Marine Research Program office based at the Dolphin Discovery Center in Bunbury.
http://dolphindiscovery.com.au/

Duties:
Field: spotting wildlife, data collection, boat driving, photo identification.
Office: Data entry, fin matching, project organisation.
Computer programs used for data are: FinBase, ACDSee, Logger, Microsoft Access, Excel, and Word.

I am specifically seeking research volunteers to assist with data collection and processing from October 15th, 2014. Long-term data will be used to investigate population dynamics and habitat use, in order to aid in future conservation and management efforts. Fieldwork is conducted from Busselton to Binningup within a 540 km2 area consisting of coastal beaches, inshore bays, estuarine inlets and a river. Using a rigid sampling design, this research is conducted year round via standardised line transect surveys (up to 5 nm offshore) from a small research vessel. For further information on the boat-based photo-identification procedure, see the following open-access publication:
http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0076574

This experience will be most useful to students or anyone hoping to pursue a career in behavioural ecology, population biology or marine science.

Office:
Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit, South West Marine Research Program office based at the Dolphin Discovery Center in Bunbury.
http://dolphindiscovery.com.au/

Duties:
Field: spotting wildlife, data collection, boat driving, photo identification.
Office: Data entry, fin matching, project organisation.
Computer programs used for data are: FinBase, ACDSee, Logger, Microsoft Access, Excel, and Word. - See more at: http://www.conbio.org/professional-development/scb-job-board/seeking-research-assistants-for-the-cetacean-research-unit-western-australi#sthash.khWauuRz.dpuf

Qualifications:

Assistants should:
Be adaptable, patient, and enthusiastic as fieldwork is highly weather dependent. Fieldwork will vary between weekdays and weekends. When the weather permits fieldwork could be long and on consecutive days. Due to the training required, applicants must be willing to the project full-time for a minimum of two months. Applicants willing to participate for an extended duration will be given preference.

Preferred skills/traits:
1. Enrolled in or completed a degree in biology, marine science, animal behaviour or a related field.
2. Previous field experience with wildlife (field data collection, photo-identification, boat handling skills).
3. Be enthusiastic, team oriented and have a positive attitude as well as a genuine interest in wildlife science.
4. No history of debilitating seasickness.

Apply To:

Time Period:
Seeking skilled research assistants for the period of October 2014 - December 2015 with a commitment greater than 2 months preferred. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide monetary compensation or living provisions and research assistants will be responsible for their own travel to Western Australia and living expenses. Please note that the Bunbury backpackers provide good discounts for assistants of the Dolphin Discovery Center.

If you are interested in volunteering or interning, please provide a short CV, cover letter including your time of availability, and contact information for 2 references to the attention of John Symons (j.symons.12@aberdeen.ac.uk).

John Symons, MRes Commendation
Research Associate
Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit
School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Murdoch University
South Street
Murdoch WA 6150 Australia
 

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