Head Field Technician (Seasonal)

Head Field Technician Required-Columbian ground squirrels
Sheep River Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada

We are looking for a head field technician to assist with, and coordinate, fieldwork on the ecology of a wild population of Columbian ground squirrels. The head technician will supervise 4-5 volunteers for the period of Apr 10 to Aug 31, 2013. Duties will include monitoring the phenology (when animals emerge from hibernation), reproduction and survival of individuals, data entry and data verification. Fieldwork will involve live-trapping and handling of animals, behavioural observation, radio-telemetry (to locate
natal burrows) and assistance with the measurement of physiological (metabolism) traits on free-ranging animals. The successful candidate will have previous fieldwork experience, ideally in a field camp/station setting, have experience in data entry and management and show a high level of responsibility. Good organizational, multi-tasking and supervisory abilities are essential. Applicants who have experience working with terrestrial vertebrates will be given priority. Additionally, you should have an interest in a number of the following (the more the better!): ecology, evolutionary biology, wildlife, field biology, and animal behaviour. Periods of time will be spent camping and, as such, successful applicants need to enjoy the outdoors, be up-beat, positive, responsible and work well as a member of a team.

All fieldwork will be carried out in the spectacular Rocky Mountains of southwestern Alberta, Canada, home to some of the most majestic wildlife in North America. You will be staying at the University of Calgary’s R.B. Miller research station in Sheep River Provincial Park, Alberta (http://bgs.ucalgary.ca/facilities/facilities). You will interact with other researchers working with ground squirrels on a diversity of projects in behavioural and population ecology. Additionally, the field station is home to a number of other researchers working on a variety of projects, ranging from insects to large mammals.

Salary is $1850/month. Food and accommodation  are provided. If you wish toapply for this position, please send a CV with a cover letter and contactdetails of three references (with e-mail address), by email to Jeff Lane (contact info below), by March 07, 2013. Please indicate in your applicationthat you are applying for the head technician position (we are also posting for volunteers). Note that due to Canadian immigration laws, North Americancitizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

We thank everyone for applying, but only those selected for interview will be contacted. Only applicants available for the entire period will be considered.

Dr. Jeff Lane
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB
Canada T6G 2E9

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada,
University of Alberta
Dr. Jeff Lane