We are seeking a summer field research assistant to assist with fish sampling in Cape Race, Newfoundland. The objective of this research is to identify the effects of juvenile brook trout density on their fitness, and whether it operates through prey depletion, competition or microhabitat exclusion. The fieldwork will consist of fish sampling via backpack electrofishing, behavioral observations of young-of-the-year brook trout, quantification of microhabitat-use, sampling of invertebrate drift communities and to divide stream channels in sections where density will be manipulated. Long days are common (10+ hours) and the schedule is unpredictable. Accommodations and food are provided for the duration of the fieldwork. Salary is determined with the experience of the applicant.
Applicants are expected to be comfortable working in a remote setting and in inclement weather for extended periods of time. Long hikes on uneven ground while carrying heavy gear are a daily occurrence. Applicants must be apt at working in teams. Electrofishing certification (Class I or II) is required. A background in ecology with fieldwork experience is expected. Experience in behavioral sampling and a valid driver’s license are assets, but not required.
Please send a cover letter, resume and contact information for two references to Jean-Michel Matte (email@example.com) by May 10th, 2017 @ 4pm. Jean-Michel is a PhD student cosupervised by Dr. James Grant and Dr. Dylan Fraser at Concordia University.