Location: Algonquin Wildlife Research Station, Algonquin Provincial Park
Contract: Late April – early October (approximately)
Salary: $16.50 per hour, 40 hours per week (accommodations and meals provided)
Deadline for application: March 31, 2023; applications will be considered as they are received.
Always dreamed of waking up in a lakeside cabin to the majestic call of a loon, or going to bed to the sound of wolves howling in the distance? Here is your opportunity to do so. The historic Algonquin Wildlife Research Station (AWRS), located in Algonquin Provincial Park is looking to hire an Assistant Manager for the 2023 field season. The term of employment will be approximately April 24 to October 6, 2023, with the possibility of extension. All meals and accommodations (semi-private lakeside cabin) will be provided. The AWRS is a not-for-profit organization that supports wildlife research and conservation, student training in the environmental and natural sciences, and outdoor education.
Responsibilities of the Assistant Manager include, but are not limited to:
- Maintaining buildings, research areas, and equipment (e.g. repairs, renovations, plumbing, construction, painting, cleaning, brush removal, trail maintenance, etc.)
- Providing logistical support for research projects and field courses
- Opening and winterizing seasonal buildings and equipment
- Working with the Manager to ensure efficient operations in all aspects of the research station, including health and safety
- Assist Manager in organizing special events, such as Meet the Researcher Day and workshops
- Supervising staff and researchers while Manager is off-site
- Supervising volunteers and project participants
Ideally, the successful applicant will have some experience with maintenance, renovations, or construction. The applicant should also savor life in a beautifully secluded forest setting while being comfortable in a communal living environment. An interest in biological research and/or appreciation for the outdoors is also a benefit.
Other qualifications should include:
- Mechanical aptitude
- Strong interpersonal and organization skills
- Ability to work independently, and as a team
- Strong leadership skills
- An appreciation for the outdoors
- Strong work ethic
- Willing to work outside in varied weather conditions
- Valid G Driver’s License with clean driving record
- Current First Aid is preferred
- Ability to drive manual transmission vehicle is considered an asset
- Chainsaw operators certification or other workplace certifications would be considered an asset
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to live and work at a well-known research station in a renowned provincial park. Spare time can be spent volunteering with researchers, exploring the expansive Wildlife Research Area, or travelling the multitude of park trails. Canoes and hiking trails are also available on the research station property.
We pay our respects to the traditional stewards of the land on which the AWRS exists and of Algonquin Park in its whole. The Station and much of Algonquin Park are located within unceded Algonquin territory. Algonquin Park as a whole also contains territory of the Anishinaabeg, specifically the Chippewa, Ojibwa and Nippissing, and lands under the Robinson-Huron Treaty of 1850 and the Williams Treaties of 1923. This land has also been used by Metis and other Indigenous people as it includes major travel routes on its rivers and waterways. We are always open to learning and discussion.
Applicants should be eligible for Canada Summer Jobs funding (between 15-30 years of age at the beginning of the term and a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada).
Please send an email with a cover letter outlining qualifications, a resume, and contact information for two references to:
Kevin Kemmish, Station Manager
Algonquin Wildlife Research Station
P.O. Box 49
Whitney, Ontario K0J 2M0
We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview
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