Research Landscape/Wildlife Ecologist

Title: Research Ecologist in the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station. 

Possible Duty Stations (all in California): Arcata, Davis, Redding, or Riverside.

Responsibilities: We seek to fill a full-time, permanent position for a research landscape ecologist capable of addressing questions concerning forest vertebrates in California.  The scientist will be an integral part of research teams comprised of scientists, professionals, technicians, and administrative staff.  Research expertise of the applicant may be on species, populations, communities and/or ecosystem level questions, but the successful applicant will demonstrate an interest in, and the ability to, advance knowledge of how vertebrate populations of special concern respond to combined changes in climate, habitat, and human use of resources.  Experience in modeling relevant to the research questions above and/or evaluation of monitoring data collected on vertebrate species at risk will be particularly valued.   

This position will be housed in the research branch of the USDA Forest Service in the Pacific Southwest Research Station.  Applicants should have an interest in participating on multi-disciplinary research teams involving scientists throughout the Pacific Southwest Station, and in working with the management branch of the Forest Service to co-produce knowledge that helps inform decision-making.  The selected candidate will receive mentorship from a local team of scientists in all aspects of the position and how to be effective in the Agency.    

Qualifications: Ph.D. in a biological discipline relevant to landscape ecology, wildlife biology, or ecology. The candidate should demonstrate research excellence, creative problem solving, the ability to build a research program as documented through peer-reviewed publications, and the ability to collaborate.

Salary: GS-11, 12 or 13, depending on qualifications

Applications: This is an outreach notice, not a formal job announcement.  The formal announcement will appear on USAJOBS as a “Biological Scientist” in about 1 month and be open for at most 10 days.  Prior to applying for the position on USAJOBS, interested applicants can send a letter of interest and a c.v. to bret.harvey@usda.gov.  Please place “Biological Scientist / Landscape Ecologist” in the email header.

A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits at: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/benefits/.

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FOREST DYNAMICS MODELLING RESEARCH SCIENTIST, Ontario’s Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry

Do you have experience researching the effects of climate change on forested ecosystem dynamics, disturbance ecology, vegetation modelling, or wood product life-cycle assessments? If so, bring your unique blend of skills to this important role within the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry.

What can I expect to do in this role?

In this role, you will:

• conduct research in the development of quantitative, statistical and process models to understand the impacts and adaptation of ecosystems to pressures such as climate change and forest disturbance
• assemble, manage, manipulate, integrate, query and format large geospatial, environmental, climatic, edaphic, and biological data sets
• publish research results in scientific journals, technical reports, and other publications and present at scientific meetings, workshop, training courses, seminars, and other appropriate forums
• communicate research results and applications to managers, foresters, collaborators and other clients

Click here for more information.

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RESEARCH ASSISTANT FOR INCLUSIVE SCIENCE COMMUNICATION (ISC)­

Training a diverse generation of science communicators is essential for creating an inclusive and equitable academy and communicating science to diverse audiences. Drs. Diane Orihel, Sarah Yakimowski, Shelley Arnott, Maria Aristizabal, and Alexander Little received funding from NSERC for the project “Development of Inclusive Science Communication Training through an Anti-Racist Lens”. One of the goals of this project is to conduct a review of the primary literature on the intersections between science communication and equity, diversity, inclusion and indigenization (EDII).

QUALIFICATIONS

We are seeking a candidate with a strong interest in EDII and background in science communication to work on this review with our team. A recent graduate of a Master’s program in science communication would be ideal, but we will also consider applicants with a graduate degree in the biological sciences with a working knowledge of science communication and/or EDII. Experience with searching, compiling, and synthesizing primary literature and strong writing skills are assets. The applicant must be Canadian, permanent resident, or have legal status to work in Canada. 

DUTIES

  • Develop a protocol for searching and screening relevant articles in collaboration with members of our team
  • Identify and screen all relevant articles using multiple databases
  • Extract data and code information from all relevant articles
  • Analyze & synthesize data; write a draft of review methods and results

DETAILS

  • Maximum four-month duration with flexible start date in May 2022
  • Hourly rate will depend on qualifications (range: $20-$24/hr)
  • Hours per week may range from part time to full time (20-35hrs/week)
  • This position can be conducted remotely

HOW TO APPLY

Send (i) cover letter stating your interests in this position, (ii) CV, (iii) an example of your writing (e.g., literature review), and (iv) contact information for 3 references to Dr. Sarah Yakimowski (sarah.yakimowski@queensu.ca) with the subject ‘SciComm position’ by April 1, 2022.

We invite applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The University provides support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. Candidates requiring accommodation during the recruitment process are asked to contact Human Resources at hradmin@queensu.ca.

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Summer Student Research and Field Opportunities

The Ontario Public Service is hiring! The Forest Research and Monitoring Section of the Science and Research Branch is hiring up to 18 positions as part of the 2022 Summer Employment Opportunities (SEO) Program.  Please see the OPS Careers website for the following positions. 

  • Assistant Forest Technician – 9 (2 of these positions will be in Kapuskasing)
  • Climate Change Research Analyst – 2
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Assistant – 2
  • Laboratory Assistant – 2
  • Research Assistant – 2
  • Office Assistant – 1

To apply for FRMS positions, go to the OPS Careers website.

  1. Narrow your search by setting the

·       “Region” field to North

·       “City” field to Sault Ste. Marie

·       and “Career Level” field to Student.

  1. Click “SEARCH”
  2. Select the job position (list of titles above are available in FRMS) for more information and application instructions.

Closing dates are March 16 for Office Assistant, March 23 for Research Assistant, and March 28 for all other positions.

For further details on how to apply including eligibility requirements, review the Student Application Guide.

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Conservation Science Associate

Eligibility: Eco Canada-Youth in Natural Resources program

Start/end dates: 1 May 2022-30 April 2023 (12 months), with possibility of extension

Salary range and benefits: $55,000-$57,000 CAD plus Y2Y’s benefits after 3 months Location: In or near Canmore, Alberta preferred

Deadline to apply: 14 March 2022

THE ORGANIZATION The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) is a joint Canada-U.S. not-for-profit organization with a mission to connect and protect wildlife habitat from Yellowstone to Yukon so people and nature can thrive. We are the only organization dedicated to securing the long-term ecological health of this entire region. We take a scientific and collaborative approach to conservation and highlight and focus on local issues that affect the region. Since 1993, Y2Y has worked with >460 partners to stitch together this landscape, including scientists, conservation groups, landowners, businesses, government agencies as well as First Nations and Native American communities. More information: www.y2y.net.

THE POSITION Y2Y seeks a Conservation Science Associate to support conservation science and related administration and communication across the Yellowstone to Yukon region. This new position will be part of the Integrating Science and Conservation (ISC) team led by Dr. Aerin Jacob, Y2Y conservation scientist. The associate will support Y2Y’s conservation scientist and the ISC team to conduct, convene, and communicate research within and about the Yellowstone to Yukon region and help to integrate science into management, practice, and policy. Current projects include conservation planning, coexistence, human modification and ecological integrity, connectivity, recreation ecology, the human dimensions of conservation, species at risk (e.g., wolverine, caribou, grizzly bear), and the interface of science and policy. We seek a well-organized, detail-oriented person who takes initiative, works well with others, and feels a deep sense of satisfaction from teamwork. In addition to providing support for the ISC program, the associate may be asked to contribute to logistics, program management, and integration for specific portfolios of work. This is primarily an office-based position with occasional travel. The successful applicant will take part in Y2Y’s orientation process, including becoming familiar with organizational priorities and how different teams work together. They will join Y2Y staff meetings and ISC team meetings and learn about the practices and processes of working in an international not-for[1]profit organization. Additional professional development may be available as opportunities arise.

PRIMARY TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES Working with Y2Y’s conservation scientist, the associate will: Support conservation science:

  • Synthesize information from primary and secondary sources about conservation topics and places of interest in the Yellowstone to Yukon region, primarily in writing
  • Liaise with scientists and practitioners in non-profits, government, academia, and elsewhere
  • Assist with cooperatively managing databases (e.g., spatial data, references)
  • Conduct occasional, desk-based research projects about the Yellowstone to Yukon region. This could include acquiring, managing, and analysing spatial and/or quantitative data from various sources such as IUCN, Nature Serve, GBIF, conservation data centres, and partners.

Administration and communication:

  • Provide administrative support to the conservation scientist and ISC team, including scheduling, permits, contracts, licenses, and tracking project plans, funding, and milestones
  • Assist with writing and/or editing, including briefing materials, funding proposals, and reports
  • Assist with internal and external communication about Y2Y and conservation science Other:
  • Assist with other tasks to support Y2Y’s conservation scientist and the ISC program

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least three years of experience1 in conservation research, practice, and/or policy, ideally about large landscapes and terrestrial wildlife in western North America
  • Excellent organizational and time and project management skills, e.g., plan and prioritize competing demands, maintain high degree of accuracy, pay attention to details
  • Experience efficiently evaluating, synthesizing, and summarizing scientific information about multiple topics from a variety of sources, primarily in writing
  • Experience working independently and in teams (in-person or remote)
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills
  • Strong computer skills

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS These skills are not requirements for the position but would be an asset:

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in wildlife biology, ecology, geography, or a related field
  • Experience providing administrative support for team leader and/or with project coordination
  • Interest in and effective communication with non-specialist audiences (particularly in writing but also via public speaking, graphic design, data visualization, or other means)
  • Experience with GIS, R, and/or Python

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT This job is funded via Eco Canada’s Youth in Natural Resources program, stipulating that interns must:

  • Be 30 years of age or younger (i.e., not 31 years old) at the start of employment;
  • Be unemployed, under employed, or a university student/recent graduate;
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and,
  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number and be legally entitled to work in Canada. 1 Experience can include combination of training + work (e.g., two years Master’s + one year work)

Y2Y is an equal opportunity employer and committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our workplace and in science, conservation, and society. We strongly encourage applications from members of groups that are underrepresented and/or excluded from these sectors, including but not limited to Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

LOCATION, HOURS OF WORK, SALARY & BENEFITS This position is ideally based at the Y2Y head office in Canmore, Alberta. Remote locations in parts of Alberta or British Columbia may be considered for outstanding applicants, provided that the applicant has reliable internet access and experience working independently and with remote teams. Some travel will be required (e.g., staff and team retreats, partner and team meetings). As this position requires in[1]person work, full COVID-19 vaccination is required upon start date. This is a full-time position (37.5 hours/week, roughly standard business hours) for 12 months between 1 May 2022 and 30 April 2023, with the possibility of extension. Flexibility for a slightly later start date may be possible (e.g., 1-2 weeks). The salary range is $55,000-57,000 CAD per year. Benefits include three weeks of paid vacation and eligibility to join Y2Y’s optional medical/dental coverage and RRSP program after three months.

TO APPLY Please complete the assessment to ensure you are eligible: https://www.eco.ca/internship/internquiz. Send a cover letter, CV/resume outlining your background, experience, and interest in the position, and contact info for three professional references. Make sure that you clearly 1) describe and demonstrate how your skills and experience relate to the primary tasks and responsibilities and qualifications; 2) explain your preferred location, and 3) confirm eligibility for Eco Canada’s Youth in Natural Resources program. You can include other information that you want us to know relevant to your candidacy. Applications should be one PDF titled “ConservationScienceAssociate_FirstnameLastname” with the subject “Conservation Science Associate application” emailed to careers@y2y.net by 14 March 2022. Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Aerin Jacob, aerin@y2y.net. Interviews will be held in early April 2022, with a decision shortly thereafter. Preliminary interviews may be held via phone or Zoom. Final interviews will be held via Zoom or in-person in Canmore (pending COVID-19 situation). If you anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application or interview process you may contact, in confidence, Robyn Barton, HR Consultant at robyn@y2y.net

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Research Scientist Positions (2) in Quantitative and Environmental Analyses

The University of Regina is seeking to fill two Research Scientist positions: Quantitative
Scientist (https://urcareers.uregina.ca/postings/7808); and Environmental Scientist
(https://urcareers.uregina.ca/postings/7809). These individuals will join the Institute of
Environmental Change and Society (IECS, http://iecs-uregina.ca), and work with a team of
Canada Research Chairs, environmental researchers, and molecular scientists in studying
environmental issues related to grassland environments, terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and
their protection. Both positions are primarily research based; the successful candidates will be
expected to conduct independent research programs, and also facilitate the research of others
through collaboration, advice with analytical questions, and expert service.

The Institute of Environmental Change and Society is a $15M, 6500 sq. ft research centre at the
University of Regina that provides world-class infrastructure and research expertise to a
collaborative community of faculty, students and staff from regional, national, and international
agencies. IECS contains key equipment required to conduct cutting-edge environmental research
including comprehensive field equipment, and superb analytical capabilities (GC, IRMS, MIMS,
AA, HPLC, LC-MS-MS, confocal laser scanning microscopy, atomic force microscopy, 2DGE,
MiSeq).

Eligibility:
Applicants should hold a PhD in biological, environmental, applied quantitative or data sciences
(for the Quantitative Scientist position) or biological, chemical, geological, earth, or
environmental sciences (for the Environmental Scientist position), supplemented by research
experience. Candidates should be creative, work independently, and have the ability to plan,
analyze and organize multiple projects. The ability to coordinate the work of others, and
communicate and collaborate effectively with diverse experts and students is essential.

How to Apply:
Review of applications will begin Mar 18, 2022.
Interested candidates can submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, statement of research interests,
and a statement of plans for advancing equity, diversity and inclusion, as well as names of three
(3) references. Applications and detailed information for these positions can be found at the
University of Regina HR site: https://urcareers.uregina.ca/postings/search.

The University’s motto, As One Who Serves, speaks to the deep sense of connection and
responsibility the institution has towards the local and global communities it both educates and
employs. As an employer, the University is committed to fostering a workplace that is
strengthened by being diverse and inclusive, seeking to both recruit and retain a workforce that is
representative of the community in which it is situated. The University relies upon provincial and
federal employment equity guidelines as a foundation, and current and evolving social
understanding of barriers to employment as a path forward. The University, in its employment
practices and programs, strives to develop a diverse workforce in all jobs and at all levels of
employment.

The University of Regina and its three federated colleges, the First Nations University of
Canada, Campion College and Luther College are situated on Treaty 4 lands with a presence in
Treaty 6. These are the territories of the nêhiyawak, Anihšināpēk, Dakota, Lakota, and Nakoda,
and the homeland of the Métis/Michif Nation. By treaty, these lands are the shared home of
diverse peoples from near and far.

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