Coordinating Scientist, Boreal Avian Modelling Project

The Boreal Avian Modelling Project (BAM) is long-term academic research program aimed at modelling the abundance and distribution of boreal breeding birds in relation to vegetation, climate and human land uses. We use data assimilation and statistical modelling to support the management and conservation of avian populations and habitats, in collaboration with diverse partners in academia, government, the forest industry and environmental organizations: for details, see  We are seeking a Coordinating Scientist to facilitate project management and research delivery.

Under the direction of BAM Steering Committee, the Coordinating Scientist will have two roles:

  1. They will facilitate efficient project operation and delivery of results. Duties will include work plan development and implementation, project management, partner outreach, assistance with grant preparation, management and reporting, policy development and implementation, and co-ordination of project communications;
  2. They will actively participate in the BAM research program. Duties will include the development, implementation (including data analyses and scientific writing), and dissemination of core research projects in collaboration with BAM research staff, contributing scientists, Steering Committee members and/or other collaborators.

Time allocation will be roughly 50-50 between these two roles. We will also consider applications for a part time position that would be dedicated entirely to project management.

The ideal candidate will have a graduate degree in ecological sciences, natural resource management, or related fields, experience in project management and team supervision, demonstrated abilities in ecological and/or conservation research supported by strong quantitative skills, and a strong interest in the conservation of birds and boreal forests in Canada. Excellent written and oral communication are essential, including prior experience publishing peer-reviewed science. A familiarity with the sectors and agencies involved in boreal forest conservation and management would be an asset, as would fluency in spoken and written French. This position will require some travel within North America. For applicants interested in the part-time project management position only, some research requirements may be waived.

The position is based at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, AB, and available immediately through to March 31st 2022, with opportunity for extension pending available funds. The position will be filled as soon as possible, with starting date no later than January 1, 2020. Full-time salary is $60-70,000/yr plus benefits, dependent on qualifications. Interested individuals should send a digital version of their CV and a statement of interest and qualifications to

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.