Job offer: research assistants on an ecosystem monitoring project in the Arctic. Application deadline: October 15th, 2018.

The K.-C.-Irving Research Chair in Environmental Sciences and Sustainable Development is seeking applicants for field assistant positions on an ongoing ecosystem monitoring project on Igloolik Island (Nunavut). This project aims at monitoring populations of nesting birds and lemmings, as well as plants communities in this High-Arctic region of Canada. In parallel to this ecosystem monitoring, we also investigate the decline in shorebird populations in the Arctic. To better understand the mechanisms underlying the decline of certain shorebirds species, we study their migratory patterns and their demography in collaboration with researchers working at a circumpolar scale. Fieldwork in Igloolik will be conducted from June 5th to July 31st, 2019, and the contract could include tasks in May and August in Moncton. This summer job could lead to Master’s projects for interested candidates. If you are interested by a Master’s project, thanks to indicate that in the application form.

Fieldwork duties:

  • Monitoring birds nests
  • Trapping shorebirds and lemmings
  • Conducting plant survey
  • Managing samples

Supervision: Marie-Andrée Giroux (Université de Moncton)

Skills required:

    • Team spirit and sense of initiative
    • Good physical condition
    • Fieldwork and camping experience (in remote location or with limited living accommodations would be an asset)
    • Scientific rigour (data collection and sample management)
    • Good academic achievements would be an asset
    • To have completed 1 semester of an undergraduate program in biology (or similar field)

When and how to apply?

Thank you for applying by filling the online application form ( and by sending the files described below by email ( before October 15th, 2018. To complete the application, you will need the contact information for two references. The files to submit are the electronic version of your CV (2 pages maximum) and of your university transcripts (non-official versions are accepted). Thanks to use the following format for naming files: “First Name”_”Last Name”_”CV or Transcript”. Pre-selected candidates should be available for an interview between October 17th and 22nd, 2018.