Research Scientist Vertebrate Zoology – Ichthyology. CLOSING DATE: May 27, 2018.

COMPETITION

Research Scientist Vertebrate Zoology – Ichthyology

Permanent Position
(salary commensurate with experience)

Work location : Gatineau (Aylmer sector) in Québec

The Canadian Museum of Nature (CMN) is seeking a dynamic, innovative and creative ichthyologist to conceive, design and conduct a program of independent and collaborative, field and collection-based systematic research on fish; to publish results of scientific research; to contribute to and provide advice on the development and use of the Museum’s Fish Collection; and to work with other museum staff on the development and production of exhibits, outreach and educational programs. The successful candidate will join the CMN’s Zoology Section, which includes a team of eighteen research and collection staff. He/she will have access to excellent research infrastructure, including a molecular systematics laboratory and cryogenic preservation centre, high-powered microscopy facilities, X-ray facility, and the largest and most comprehensive fish collection in Canada.

NOTE: A formal procedure for promotion based on achievements is in place to develop the career path of CMN’s research scientists. An excellent benefits package comes with the position.

OPEN TO: Employees of the Canadian Museum of Nature and the general public who meet the following qualifications.
*Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

EDUCATION: Ph.D.in vertebrate zoology or related field of study, with a specialization in ichthyology.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS:
English and French are essential.
Bilingual imperative: BBB/BBB

EXPERIENCE:

  • Candidates will have up to 10 years of work experience.
  • Trained and experienced in scientific research that advances knowledge of the natural history of fish species in Canada (we emphasize collection-based research with competence in both molecular and morphological methods of phylogenies and taxonomy).
  • Possess a strong publication record, use up-to-date technology, and have an active fieldwork program with particular but not exclusive emphasis on Canada. Field experience in the Canadian Arctic is an asset.
  • Experience working with a collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach to projects, have an established network of collaborators, with demonstrated experience in leading teams.
  • Experience in raising grants and external funds for research projects, in presenting research results to both scientific audiences and the general public, and in team leadership.
  • Experience working in a museum context is an asset.

NOTE:

The application should include:

  • a cover letter describing past and present research experience as well as a proposed long-term research plan, the ways in which this research would contribute to and utilize the CMN fish collection, and the fieldwork this research may include;
  • a curriculum vita;
  • three letters of recommendation.

SEND YOUR COMPLETE APPLICATION BY EMAIL TO: competition@mus-nature.ca

Please state competition: NO.2090-CMN-18-OC-014

Statement of qualifications available by contacting the above email address.

For additional information regarding the position and/or the museum, please contact: Dr. Jean-Marc Gagnon at 613-364-4066 or by e-mail at jmgagnon@nature.ca

For information on the Museum and its programs, see our web site at: www.nature.ca

Please note that only candidates who are selected for the next stage of the selection process will be contacted.

The Canadian Museum of Nature is committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments.  If contacted regarding this competition, please inform the Senior Advisor, Human Resources should you require accommodation to attend an interview or participate in the selection process.

The Museum supports employment equity. 

CLOSING DATE: May 27, 2018

LINK:
https://nature.ca/en/about-us/careers-volunteering/careers/research-scientist-vertebrate-zoology-ichthyology

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Positions: Two Arctic Field Research Assistants. Application deadline: June 1, 2018.

Duration: ~August 6 to ~ August 27, 2018 Location: Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories Stipend: $2,100 for the three-week duration. All costs related to travel, food and accommodations are additionally covered.

Description: Our study area is in a unique region of northern Canada, where Canada’s first all season highway connection to the Arctic Ocean has just opened to the public. This August, our research team will be collecting fish population data in lakes between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk, NWT. The research program is a joint effort led by Dr. Derek Gray (Wilfrid Laurier) and Dr. Sapna Sharma (York University) investigating the effects of climate change on northern lake communities. We are looking to hire two assistants that will help drive small boats, set nets, identify and process fish, and obtain biological samples for research programs. The work will entail long, physically demanding days in sometimes cold and wet conditions. We are looking for two additional team members that work well in small groups, are detail-oriented and safety conscious, and have a keen interest in nature and science. This is an excellent opportunity for any Biology undergraduates, Graduate students, or early environmental professionals looking to further their field skills, gain northern experience, and have some adventure in this unique northern setting. We will mainly be based out of Inuvik, NWT for the three-week duration. Assets (please note in application): Driver’s license, Pleasure Craft Operator Card, first aid certification, familiarity with fish identification, experience working in remote locations, experience with fisheries fieldwork. To apply: Send a brief cover letter and current CV to Alyssa Murdoch at alyssamurdoch@gmail.com. Application deadline is Friday June 1, 2018.

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Gelada Monkey Research in the Ethiopian Highlands

Hiring Organization:
Dr. Peter Fashing (California State University Fullerton) & Dr. Nga Nguyen (California State University Fullerton)

TWO field assistants are needed for a study of the behavior, ecology, and conservation of wild gelada monkeys (Theropithecus gelada) at a remote, long-term field site in north-central Ethiopia called Guassa. Field research assistants will participate in data collection during an intensive 13-month long field season as part of this study, now in its second decade. Assistant duties will include (but are not limited to) carrying out behavioral observations, fecal sample collection, and vegetation monitoring. Work will begin in mid-May 2018 and last until the end of June 2019. Applications will be accepted until both positions are filled.

POSITION DESCRIPTION
Two field assistants are needed for a study of the behavior, ecology, and conservation of wild gelada monkeys (Theropithecus gelada) at a remote, semi-permanent field site in north-central Ethiopia called Guassa. The study is being carried out by Dr. Peter Fashing and Dr. Nga Nguyen, professors in the Anthropology Department and Environmental Studies Program at California State University Fullerton. The field assistants will be responsible for (a) collecting basic demographic and reproductive data as part of routine monitoring of the well-habituated study population, (b) conducting focal animal samples (c) recording GPS readings of gelada ranging locations, as well as (d) conducting vegetation monitoring and (e) walking census transects. The two field assistants will share a camp and research responsibilities while at Guassa.

The study area consists of 111km2 of hilly Afro-alpine grassland situated at 3,200-3,600 meters above sea level along the eastern edge of the Ethiopian highlands and affords spectacular views out over the Great Rift Valley nearly a mile below. A number of animals endemic to the Ethiopian highlands occur at Guassa including geladas, the critically endangered Ethiopian wolf (the world’s rarest canid), the blue-winged goose, and the thick-billed raven. Notable mammals not endemic to Ethiopia but also present at Guassa include hyenas, leopards, serval cats, and the recently discovered cryptic African wolf. The gelada population at Guassa has been studied on a near-daily basis since January 2007 and nearly all individuals in the main ~220-member study band are habituated to observers at distances of a few meters or less.

For more information on the project, please see the following website:
http://anthro.fullerton.edu/gelada/

QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE
Applicants should have a B.S. or B.A. in Biology, Biological Anthropology, or a related field. Good physical fitness and a willingness to walk long distances (6-12 km) each day are essential to working at Guassa where the terrain is hilly, the air thin (due to the high elevation), and the geladas wide-ranging. Experience with winter camping and life in cold climates is preferred since the successful applicants will be living in (spacious) tents at a location where nights are sometimes below freezing (as low as 19ºF though 33-36ºF is more typical) and days are often chilly (45-60ºF) and windy (10-40 km/hour) as well. Our campsite is situated on an isolated patch of ecologically pristine alpine grassland far from human habitation and applicants must be highly self-sufficient (the nearest town, Mehal Meda, is 22 kilometers away from camp, we do not own a vehicle, and contact with other English-speakers is rare). Field assistants will live in a semi-permanent campsite with 2 Ethiopian staff members with limited English language skills. Prior travel and/or field experience in Africa or mountainous regions of Asia or South America preferred. Applicants must be fluent in English and eager to learn Amharic (the national language of Ethiopia).

After Guassa, former field research assistants have all (n=20) co-authored one or more peer-reviewed journal articles with us. Most have gone on to pursue graduate studies (Ph.D. and/or Master’s, including at Yale, Dartmouth, Penn State, Minnesota, Massachusetts-Amherst, Toronto, Saskatchewan, UC Santa Barbara, Oxford, UC London, and Georg-August [Göttingen], among others) or additional research opportunities in biological anthropology, animal behavior, or ecology. Several assistants have returned to Guassa to conduct graduate or postdoctoral research.

For an example of media coverage of a recent (February 2017) scientific paper (in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology) involving past and current Guassa Gelada Research Project assistants, please see…

http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/02/02/512990553/a-new-view-into-the-primate-birthing-process

Our research site was also recently featured in the April 2017 issue of National Geographic magazine. The article featured stunningly beautiful photographs of Guassa and its geladas made by Jeff Kerby, a former GGRP field assistant who subsequently earned his PhD at Penn State and is now a postdoctoral researcher at Dartmouth. For more details, please see…

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/04/gelada-monkeys-grass-eating-guassa-ethiopia-bleeding-heart/

SALARY/FUNDING
None.

SUPPORT PROVIDED FOR INTERNSHIP/VOLUNTEER POSITIONS

Research assistants will be provided with basic accommodation, food and other basic supplies while at the field site. In addition, we will pay each assistant’s $1,000USD research fee (directly to the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority) for permission to conduct research in Ethiopia. However, applicants must pay their own international travel to Addis Ababa ($1,500-$2,000USD from the USA, less from Europe), including the cost of a tourist visa (~$70USD), and are responsible for any additional expenses incurred while traveling in Ethiopia, including travel to and from the field site and Addis every few months (to buy supplies, see a movie, etc.). Buses to Addis (300 km from Guassa or 6-8 bumpy hours travel) are inexpensive ($10 each way) and run almost daily from Mehal Meda. Camp is located a few miles walk from the road where you can catch the bus after a one or more hour wait. Luxury food items such as chocolates, cookies and canned tuna may be purchased in Addis at the volunteer’s expense. Our semi-permanent camp is remote but comfortable, with large walk-in tents with beds, solar electricity for the lights, a laptop computer, and small electronics, as well as mobile telephone service for international calls and calls within Ethiopia, and regular email service. Travel health insurance is strongly recommended; volunteers are required to acquire the necessary vaccinations prior to entry to Ethiopia. Volunteers are required to provide their own winter/alpine condition clothing, footwear and sleeping bag. Advice about what items are necessary for life at Guassa can be provided upon request. 

TERM OF APPOINTMENT
13 months beginning mid-May 2018 and ending late June 2019. Because the training process requires approximately 2 months, assistants must be willing to work for a minimum of 13-months. We work in teams of twos and each researcher typically spends two to three days in the field with the geladas and one day at camp helping with camp chores and data entry and checking (we download and proof each day’s data onto the camp computer at the end of each field day). We expect successful applicants to be keen observers and diligent and conscientious students of animal behavior. Volunteers must be willing to work in a small team setting and have demonstrated a willingness to follow instructions/protocols closely in the past. We expect detailed updates from the field at least twice each week by email to keep us updated on conditions/progress in the field.

APPLICATION DEADLINE
Positions will remain open until filled. 

COMMENTS
To apply, please submit (1) a letter of interest stating how and why this position satisfies your interest and future educational or career goals, explaining your suitability for this project, plus a time frame during which you are available to work, (2) a CV or resumé detailing relevant experience, (3) a summary of college courses taken and the grades received, to be followed later by an official transcript, and (4) contact information for at least two references, preferably at least one academic reference as well as one person who has worked closely with you or who has closely supervised your work. The subject heading of the email message should read: “Application for field research position”. Please email the application materials to Dr. Peter Fashing at peterfashing@gmail.com. 

Contact Information:
Peter Fashing, Ph.D.
Dept. of Anthropology
California State University, Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92834-6846
USA
Phone: 657-278-3977

Email
peterfashing@gmail.com

Website:
http://anthro.fullerton.edu/gelada

For more information about the project directors:
http://anthro.fullerton.edu/pfashing/
http://anthro.fullerton.edu/nganguyen/

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Lab Manager, Salmon Watersheds Lab, Simon Fraser University

We are seeking a Lab Manager for the Salmon Watersheds Lab. This dynamic position provides a great opportunity to gain experience in the management of a large research program, knowledge of ecological research methodology, and technical and administrative expertise.

An ideal applicant for this position is an individual who is well organized, communicates and collaborates effectively at the group and individual level, and values participation in ecological research. Applicants should possess a keen interest in ecology and conservation and have some experience in research and familiarity with a range of freshwater methods in the lab and the field. The principle duties of the position are administration and coordination of the lab; other tasks may include laboratory analyses, field work, data management, supervision, and assisting lab members. There is also opportunity for involvement in independent research and publications. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable experience with the day-to-day operations of running a lab. A successful applicant should be adaptable and capable of learning new skills and addressing new challenges.

Approximate start date: early April 2018
Appointment: Full time (35 hr/week), salary commensurate with experience
Appointment length: 1-year term with possibility of extension.
Location: Salmon Watersheds Lab, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC

Information about the position and how to apply can be found at:
https://www.jonwmoore.org/lab-manager-position or email adminjwm@sfu.ca

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Global Sharks and Rays Initiative (GSRI) Coordinator

The Global Sharks and Rays Initiative (GSRI) is an organizational partnership established to implement a ten-year collaborative global conservation strategy for sharks and rays. The GSRI and global strategy were launched in February 2016. The GSRI Core Partner Team (CPT) currently comprises the following organizations, all of whom have committed to collaborate to implement the global strategy over the full ten-year term: Shark Advocates International, Shark Trust, TRAFFIC, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The co-chairs of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Shark Specialist Group, serving as technical advisors, are also members of the CPT. The GSRI aims to be inclusive and to partner with all agencies, organizations, and institutions committed to its shared vision and goal and to collaborating in implementing the GSRI global strategy.

The position

The major tasks of the coordinator will be:

  • Lead in the organization of GSRI CPT regular calls and meetings, including preparation, agenda-setting, producing records of meetings and follow-up, and driving decisions on action points;
  • Facilitate the organization and conduct of GSRI annual meeting, including preparing meeting materials, developing agendas, assigning tasks to participants, including to prepare and finalize the record of the meeting;
  • Set indicators and targets and establishing/updating systems to monitor progress against indicators and targets;
  • Maintain oversight of the progress of joint GSRI projects, working closely with relevant institutional grants manager (WCS or other) to ensure timely and full delivery of all donor commitments;
  • Serve as focal point for requests from organizations interested in partnering with the GSRI;
  • Other services as agreed by the Core Partner Team.

Required experience

  • Excellent written and spoken English. A second world language would be viewed favorably, but is not essential.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills as well as attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple and diverse work streams simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and adept at managing conflict and driving collaborative decision-making coupled with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Proven capacity for strategic planning.
  • Experience with The Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation and Miradi software a plus (desirable).

Duration: One-year contract, with the possibility of renewal

Location: Flexible globally. However, the Coordinator must be available for conference calls and meetings that connect a global network of experts and NGO representatives. This will regularly require working outside of 9AM to 5PM working hours. International travel is required. Travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Contractual Arrangement: The position will be contracted as an independent consultant by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) on behalf of the GSRI. The number of hours per week required to perform the services will fluctuate, but is expected to be approximately 20 hours per week. The GSRI Coordinator will function as an independent contractor, not a staff member of WCS or any of the GSRI Core Partner Team organizations. The consultant will be paid on an hourly basis. Payments to the consultant will be made, based on submission of invoices and deliverables, without deductions for income taxes or social security and no benefits will be provided. A 1099 form will be provided.

How to apply: If interested in this consultancy, please submit a cover letter and CV to Sofia Sainz, at marineprogram@wcs.org, with the subject line: GSRI Coordinator. Preference will be given to applications submitted by March 16th, but the position will remain open until filled.

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Weston Family Senior Scientist, Nature Conservancy of Canada

With the generous support of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, the Nature Conservancy of Canada is hiring a new, full-time senior scientist.

The Weston Family Senior Scientist, a recognized leader in applied conservation research in Canada, will develop and lead an integrated program of scientific research, thought leadership and outreach, and conservation planning and information that is strategically aligned with NCC’s mission and conservation work. The senior scientist will:

  • Undertake and publish original research in one of three priority areas (recovery of species at risk, management of pernicious invasive species or retaining and re-establishing natural habitat connections through settled and working landscapes);
  • Develop, oversee and manage the success of the Weston Family Conservation Science Fellows program for post-graduate students;
  • Help coordinate NCC’s many scientific and conservation planning initiatives;
  • Represent NCC and its science program to a variety of audiences, from scientists and funders to partners and communities.

For more detailed information and application instructions, please visit

Nature Conservancy.ca/en/who-we-are/work-with-us.

The deadline for applications is April 6th, 2018.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation’s leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain.

Learn more at NatureConservancy.ca

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