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, with the subject line: GSRI Coordinator. Preference will be given to applications submitted by March 16th, but the position will remain open until filled.


M.Sc. Position at Brandon University

The Cassone lab at Brandon University is seeking a highly motivated M.Sc. student to work on projects related to wireworm ecology and the evolution of pesticide resistance. The successful applicant will gain valuable experience conducting field work and using cutting-edge molecular biology tools. This collaborative position is funded for two years and includes stipend support.

Interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. Cassone directly for further information ( Please include a brief statement of interest and a CV in your email.

Closing Date: Open until filled

Start DateSummer 2018 preferred

Founded in 1899, Brandon University is a small but thriving institution located in southwestern Manitoba. Students have access to fully renovated labs, greenhouse and growth chamber facilities, as well as state-of-the-art molecular and computational equipment.


M.Sc. position, Mount Allison University – Shorebird migration ecology

We have an opening for an M.Sc. student interested in studying aspects of migration ecology of Semipalmated Sandpipers. The focus of the work will be on movements, habitat use, foraging ecology, and rates of weight gain of adult and juvenile sandpipers during their migratory stopover in New Brunswick. There is a substantial radiotracking component in which we work with the Motus Wildlife Tracking System ( There are also opportunities for field work in Brazil during winter. An initial trip is planned for winter 2019.

The student will be based in Dr. Diana Hamilton’s lab at Mount Allison (, and will work as part of a team of researchers from Mount Allison, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and the University of New Brunswick. We will also be collaborating with researchers based in Brazil.

This project involves substantial field work under sometimes challenging conditions. There will also be some lab work involving basic biochemical and molecular analyses, as well as extensive data analyses using R. We are seeking a student who is independent, enjoys field research, is comfortable with technology and large data sets, and works well in a collaborative group setting. Experience with birds would be as asset, as would proficiency in R. Graduate students in the lab are expected to publish their work and attend and present at national/international conferences.

This position is funded by NSERC and other grants, and the student will also be expected to apply for available funding from other sources when opportunities arise.

Interested students should submit the following documents by email to Dr. Diana Hamilton ( 1) A cover letter describing your interests, experience and objectives for graduate school, 2) An up to date CV, 3) an unofficial transcript, 4) names and contact information for 2-3 people who could serve as references. If interested please apply as soon as possible, and certainly before 30 March, 2018We will be evaluating applications as they come in. The start date is flexible; registering for both Sept 2018 and January 2019 are options. Ideally the student would be available for an initial field season in August 2018. There is also potential for someone to work as a technician in the lab for up to 6 months before starting graduate school.


PhD – Environmental variability and population dynamics of kangaroos.

We are looking for a motivated and capable student, with a keen interest in both population dynamics and fieldwork, for a PhD program on the population dynamics of Eastern Grey Kangaroos. The selected candidate will build upon an existing 10 years of population estimates and individually-based data on survival, growth and reproduction of over 1000 kangaroos in a population in Victoria. The ideal candidate will have a strong academic record and an interest in both fundamental and applied aspects of population dynamics in a highly variable environment. Previous research experience and demonstrated ability to do fieldwork are essential. Candidates who have published previous research and are competitive for scholarships will be preferred. The program will be co-supervised by Marco Festa-Bianchet at the Université de Sherbrooke, Richard Duncan at the University of Canberra and Dave Forsyth at New South Wales Department of Primary Industries.

The program will involve a detailed quantification of the drivers of population change over time, including weather, vegetation productivity and population density. The data will allow a detailed decomposition of changes in population size into effects of reproduction, age- and sex-specific survival, and possibly cohort effects.

The successful candidate may register either at the Université de Sherbrooke in Canada or the University of Canberra in Australia. The PhD will involve an internship at either the Canadian or Australian institution and at least two additional seasons of fieldwork, leading to an overall data base spanning at least 12 years. Funding for research costs is available. The successful candidate will either apply for a scholarship at the University of Canberra, have an independent scholarship, or be funded by a research grant at the Université de Sherbrooke. For further information, contact Marco Festa-Bianchet at or Richard Duncan at

Information on the kangaroo research and previous publications are available at


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


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


Assistant Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Mount Royal University

Requisition #: 998709

Job Type: Permanent

Location: MRU Main Campus – Calgary, AB T3E 6K6 CA

Closing Date:  Open until suitable candidate found

**A review of applications will begin after March 1st, 2018, and will continue until shortlisting is complete.**

About MRU

Founded in 1910 and located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Mount Royal University has built a reputation on a strong, liberal education foundation. Our vision is to provide an exceptional undergraduate educational experience for our students.

We are a community of engaged citizens, providing personalized, experiential and outcome-based learning in an environment of inclusion, diversity and respect. Through our focus on teaching and learning informed by scholarship, we are preparing our graduates for success in their careers and lives.

Mount Royal University presently offers 12 four-year baccalaureate degrees with 32 majors, with a view to grow this mix to 15 degrees and 60 majors by 2025. Current degree offerings are unique, and include four-year bachelor degrees in interior design, midwifery, child studies and health and physical education, as well as arts, criminal justice, business administration, communication, computer information systems, education, nursing and science. Mount Royal also offers robust continuing education programming as well as an internationally-renowned music conservatory.

More than 13,000 credit students attend Mount Royal University annually, with more than 90,000 Mount Royal alumni contributing to their communities worldwide.

Our faculty provide a teaching and learning environment that welcomes challenging ideas. Our staff are dedicated to supporting our campus so that students are provided with an exceptional educational experience. Our management team provides leadership throughout the University, and inspires others at all levels to be leaders in their own important sectors.

In support of our students, and in response to our broader community, we know that investing in our employees benefits the University as a whole. Talented and committed employees are the driving force behind student success. Our faculty, staff and management are united in creating a thriving learning environment for our students.

Mount Royal University is an exceptional community focused on our people.

About the Faculty of Science and Technology

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology at Mount Royal University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, commencing July 1, 2018, subject to final budgetary approval.

Mount Royal University’s Faculty of Science and Technology offers a four-year Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree. Students can pursue majors in cellular and molecular biology, environmental science, general science, geology, and health science. In addition, the faculty also offers a Bachelor of Computer Information Systems (BCIS), Bachelor of Science – Computer Science (University Transfer), Environmental Science Certificate, and an Aboriginal Science and Technology Education Program (ASTEP).

The Department currently supports three disciplines: Environmental Science, Geography, and Geology.

About the Role

The successful candidate will teach mainly in the Bachelor of Science – Major in Environmental Science program, develop and teach courses mainly in their area of expertise, and be expected to develop a research program that includes undergraduate students. The ability to attract external funding, or clear promise thereof, is desirable. Priority will be given to applicants who specialize in plant ecology, remediation/reclamation, and wetland science.

Preferred candidates will hold a doctorate in an environmental science-related discipline and must have the capacity to contribute to an interdisciplinary curriculum in environmental science. Teaching experience is highly desirable. Candidates will demonstrate a primary commitment to undergraduate teaching and an ongoing research program. The department offers a collegial work environment where classes are relatively small.

New faculty are hired into one of two work patterns. The teaching/ scholarship/ service pattern (TSS) has a focus on teaching with the requirement that the faculty member be involved in a research program as well as service to the Mount Royal community. The teaching/ service pattern (TS) has a focus on teaching and service only. There is an option to change work patterns after tenure.

To Apply: Please Visit Our Career Opportunities Page at

A complete dossier should be submitted including cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of three (3) references, evidence of teaching excellence, and, if the teaching/ scholarship/ service (TSS) pattern is desirable, evidence of intent to pursue a research program, statement of research interests (including the future role of undergraduate students), a brief statement explaining the candidate’s contribution to either two sample publications or two significant work projects, ideally with embedded links to relevant publications or projects.

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. After the close date, you can check on the status of your application through your Career Centre. New career opportunities arise frequently and are posted as they become available. Please check back often to view our latest postings on our Career Opportunities page. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Mount Royal University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to fostering diversity as a source of excellence, intellectual and cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome applications from those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, faculty and their scholarship including but not limited to Indigenous Peoples, women, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual or gender identity, ethnic, national or socio-economic background, religion or age.


PhD/MSc projects climate change effects on soil microbes and plant interactions in Canada and Argentina

The Lessard ( and Nuñez Labs ( are looking for graduate students to work on a newly funded project assessing how soil microbes influence the response of plants to climate change. The project is funded by a Concordia University Research Chair in Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning to JP Lessard and will consist of a suite of comparative studies conducted in the boreal forests of Canada and Argentina. The graduate students are expected to be based at Concordia University and conduct fieldwork in both Canada and Argentina.

Potential applicants interested in the project should have previous experience or be willing to learn next generation sequencing techniques in order to characterize soil microbial communities along broad—scale environmental gradients. Prior experience working in plant community ecology or ecosystem ecology more generally is a plus. Prior experience conducting field experiments and the ability to speak French and Spanish are good assets, but not obligatory.

Expected starting date is August 2018 but could be as early as May 2018. The positions come with competitive stipends and cover research expenses related to traveling between Canada and Argentina. Selected applicants are expected to apply for external funding, participate in regular lab meetings, attend departmental seminars, publish results in peer reviewed journals and present their research in national and international meetings.

Applicants should email Tonia De Bellis ( This email should include:(i)1-2paragraphs describing research interests and any relevant past experiences, (ii) a CV (with references), and (iii) unofficial transcript(s) pertaining to your previous or ongoing studies. If interested, please apply as soon as possible.


Postdoctoral research position at the Department of Integrative Biology – University of Guelph

We are accepting applications for a postdoctoral research position at the Department of Integrative Biology – University of Guelph, starting summer or fall 2018. Salary is $50,000 per year, for up to two years. We seek emerging researchers with a strong publication record, who work on issues ranging from, but not restricted to, agro-ecosystem ecology, climate change modelling, spatial ecology, diversity-function relationships and ecosystem services, and/or biostatistics. The successful applicant will be expected to be organized, work collaboratively in the lab and field, to lead their own research projects, have strong analytical capabilities, and be willing and able to mentor and support other lab members. The successful applicant will be joining a team of researchers at the University of Guelph, with opportunities for multiple collaborative research papers in addition to their own publications. Candidates should electronically submit a letter of application detailing their research experience, interest in the position, preferred start date, CV with publications, and names with contact details of three referees to: Dr. Andrew MacDougall, Department of Integrative biology, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada []. There is no formal application deadline; applications will be received until the position is filled. Start date is flexible.


PhD position, Université du Québec à Montréal: The effects of urban environments on sexual selection in insects

A PhD position is available under the supervision of Drs. Clint Kelly at Université du Québec à Montréal ( beginning September 2018.

We are seeking a keen and curious student to study the effects of urbanisation on life history, personality and sexual selection in Gryllus pennsylvanicus, a field cricket that is native to Québec.

The bright and highly motivated student will ideally hold an M.Sc. or equivalent in a relevant field (e.g. entomology, animal physiology).

Funding is available to students through a variety of sources, including teaching assistantships (French speakers only), and research funds; however, students are expected to apply for external graduate scholarships from the Natural Sciences and engineering research Council of Canada (NSERC) and/or Fonds de recherche Nature et technologies (FRQNT).

The Kelly Lab is a member of the Groupe de recherche en écologie comportementale et animale (GRECA), which is is a part of the large, research-active Département des Sciences Biologiques at UQAM ( Université du Québec à Montréal is a French-language university in the heart of Montreal that welcomes non-French-speaking PhD graduate students.

If interested, please send a brief description of your research interests, academic transcripts and a CV to


PhD position, Université du Québec à Montréal: Alternative mating strategies and sexual selection in tree weta

A PhD position is available under the supervision of Dr. Clint Kelly at Université du Québec à Montréal ( beginning September 2018.

We are seeking a keen and curious student to study the maintenance of alternative mating strategies in the Wellington tree weta (Hemideina crassidens). The Wellington tree weta is a large sexually dimorphic insect native to New Zealand. Male H. crassidens express one of three alternative phenotypes that are related to mating behaviour; the candidate will investigate the factors related to the maintenance of the different morphotypes in the wild. Research will involve laboratory work in Montreal as well as fieldwork in New Zealand; therefore, the ability to communicate in English is a must.

The bright and highly motivated student will ideally hold an M.Sc. or equivalent in a relevant topic (e.g. entomology, animal physiology).

Funding is available to students through a variety of sources, including teaching assistantships (French speakers only), and research funds; however, students are expected to apply for external graduate scholarships from the Natural Sciences and engineering research Council of Canada (NSERC) and/or Fonds de recherche Nature et technologies (FRQNT).

The Kelly Lab is a member of the Groupe de recherche en écologie comportementale et animale (GRECA), which is is a part of the large, research-active Département des Sciences Biologiques at UQAM ( Université du Québec à Montréal is a French-language university in the heart of Montreal that welcomes non-French-speaking PhD graduate students.

If interested, please send a brief description of your research interests, academic transcripts and a CV to