Weston Family Senior Scientist, Nature Conservancy Canada – Application deadline: July 18, 2021

Location: Flexible

Position details: Permanent, Full Time

Taking care of our environment has never been more important than it is today. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is looking for a Weston Family Senior Scientist to join a team committed to protecting our most important natural areas and the plants and animals they sustain.

NCC 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. Since 1962 NCC and its supporters have protected 14 million hectares (more than 35 million acres) of ecologically significant land across Canada. NCC takes a collaborative, science-based approach to achieve conservation success for the sake of nature and Canadians. With a national office in Toronto and seven regional offices across the country, NCC delivers results you can walk on.

Position Summary

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) uses western science, based on the application of the scientific method through research projects, as well as Indigenous Knowledge to inform its decisions and guide its action in the conservation of biodiversity in Canada. In support of that work NCC is looking to fill the role of Weston Family Senior Scientist (WFSS) to join the Weston Family Science Program (WFSP) and the broader conservation team committed to protecting our most important natural areas and the plants and animals they sustain.

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Quantitative Ecologist

Application Date: Review of applications will begin on July 16, and continue until the position is filled

Start Date:  September 1, 2021 or earlier

Location:  Anywhere in Canada

Description: This is a unique opportunity for individuals interested in applied ecology and conservation. The work entails ecological forecasting, data science, and spatial ecology. The candidate will work with scientists and software developers at ApexRMS to develop and apply ecological forecasting models. The position provides applied experience on a variety of ongoing consulting projects at ApexRMS involving models of landscape change, carbon dynamics, fire risk, habitat suitability, habitat connectivity, and wildlife conservation. The candidate’s main work will include (a) preparing and analyzing spatial ecological datasets (i.e., GIS-based); (b) developing ecological models to forecast changes in future fire risk, ecosystem carbon, and habitat connectivity; and (c) delivering these models and forecasts to decision-makers. The candidate will also have the opportunity to contribute to funding proposals, software and tool development, writing and publication. The individual will interact with various clients including government departments and non-governmental organizations such as the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, and Environment and Climate Change Canada. The candidate will work in a variety of platforms (e.g., R, Python, GitHub) to develop and deliver effective open-source ecological models, including preparing and analyzing large spatial datasets. As part of working with a small consulting company, the candidate will also gain hands-on experience in project management and communicating science to decision-makers.

Application: To apply visit apexrms.com/careers. Interested applicants should compile the following materials into a single pdf and email to Dr. Bronwyn Rayfield (bronwyn.rayfield@apexrms.com): a 1-page statement of interest, CV, and contact information for three professional references. The statement of interest should explicitly address the applicant’s background/interest in ecological modeling and quantitative skills, including statistical and spatial analysis skills.

Qualifications: Graduate (PhD or MSc) degree in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Computer Science, Statistics, or a related discipline. Applicants with consulting experience or with unique contributions to bring to ApexRMS will be more competitive.

About ApexRMS: We are a team of scientists and software developers focused on designing and delivering state-of-the-art ecological models to decision makers. The core of our business is developing transparent models in support of ecological forecasting. We work closely with our clients and other experts from around the world to translate their ecological understanding into appropriate models. Visit apexrms.com to learn more.

Aquatic Invasive Species Ecologist (Perm Full Time) – ENV001970, Ministry of Environment, Regina, SK

The Ministry of Environment takes a team-based approach to protecting Saskatchewan’s environment for the wellbeing of the province, its people and its future. We use science-based solutions and environmental laws to help safeguard communities, and to protect our air, land, water and habitat. We are committed to high citizen and client satisfaction through workplace excellence, continuous improvement and innovation.

The Fish, Wildlife and Lands Branch within the Ministry of Environment is seeking a knowledgeable individual to fill the position as an Aquatic Invasive Species Ecologist. This position plays a significant role in managing several areas of the aquatic invasive species program, such as the watercraft inspection program, risk-assessments and the management of invasive species, and outreach initiatives.

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