Research Scientist, Ducks Unlimited Canada’s Institute for Wetland and Waterfowl Research – Closing deadline: September 30, 2021 (EDT)

The Opportunity

Ducks Unlimited Canada’s (DUC’s) Institute for Wetland and Waterfowl Research (IWWR) is seeking a Research Scientist to conduct original research on landscape ecology and its application to DUC’s conservation programs. As a research scientist with DUC, you will have the opportunity to help shape conservation programs for one of Canada’s oldest and most respected conservation organizations. DUC conserves, restores and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • designing, conducting, supervising and facilitating research to advance DUC’s conservation mission in conjunction with conservation delivery staff, other IWWR researchers and external partners; this will include but not be limited to developing or improving planning tools used at regional to continental scales;
  • providing geospatial support to fellow staff and other research projects;
  • publishing research results in peer-reviewed journals and presenting research findings to appropriate scientific forums and to DUC staff;
  • securing funds to help support research and conservation programs;
  • assisting with marketing strategies, fee-for-service, education and outreach;
  • supervising and developing skills of full-time and seasonal research staff, particularly in use of geospatial tools;
  • serving as an adjunct university professor and supervising graduate students;
  • participating in other professional activities (e.g., manuscript reviews, scientific consultation, professional society activities, grant reviews, etc.).

Requirements

  • PhD in Ecology or a closely related field with experience in landscape ecological modeling and spatial statistics;
  • Proven ability to design, conduct and publish scientific research is essential;
  • Must be a big picture thinker;
  • Strong quantitative skills essential;
  • Knowledge of ESRI ArcGIS is essential, while software such as eCognition, SAS, R, Excel is an asset;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work both within a team and independently;
  • Leadership experience with solid organizational skills;
  • Adaptability to work on a variety of topics;
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to multi-task;
  • Experience working on agricultural landscapes, waterfowl, wetlands or grasslands is an asset;
  • Fluency in both English and French is an asset.

The successful candidate will ideally have an affinity for the outdoors and a passion for conservation. This position will be based at our national headquarters located at Oak Hammock Marsh, near Stonewall, Manitoba.

How to Apply

Working for DUC is a career highlight for many staff.  Let us know if making a difference is important to you.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit your application through our online career center for confidential consideration.

Closing deadline: September 30, 2021 (EDT)

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Wildlife Coordination and Education Services, District of Squamish

The District is accepting proposals for the provision of the following Wildlife Coordination and Education Services:

  1. Prepare and maintain a bear hazard assessment of the community and surrounding areas.
  2. Prepare and maintain a human-bear conflict management plan which is designed to address conflicts identified in Deliverable 1 above.
  3. Revise planning and decision making documents to be consistent with bear-human conflict management plan.
  4. Implement a continuing education program directed at all sectors of the community which is consistent with the Bear Smart standard.
  5. Assist with the development and maintenance of a bear proof waste management system.
  6. Assist with the development and implementation of “Bear Smart” / Wildlife Attractant bylaws.
  7. Develop and prepare an annual report to council.
  8. Facilitate and chair wildlife working group meetings with stakeholders monthly from April 1 to October 31.
  9. Prepare a coordinated action plan twice a year with the District’s bylaw enforcement team.
  10. Provide other services in connection with the above as requested.
  11. Work closely with Bylaw Enforcement, Animal Control, Squamish Nation, Conservation Officer’s Service FLNRO and the RCMP. Assist DOS with ensuring Bear Smart community status is maintained.
  12. Work with DOS Communications Department to develop wildlife conflict prevention messaging and to highlight known conflict hot-spots as they are discovered.

Click here for more information.

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RECRUITING A GEOSPATIAL ANALYST TO JOIN OUR TEAM AT HABITAT

Habitat is an environmental consulting company founded in 2017 (initially as Eco2urb) based in Montreal. The firm offers nature-based solutions to support and accelerate the ecological transition of its clients in a context of a global green recovery. Habitat unites expertise from three leading research labs in the social and natural sciences headed by Dr. Dupras, Dr. Gonzalez and Dr. Messier, all internationally recognized as leaders in their fields. Over the past four years, Habitat has supported the ecological transition of a diverse clientele. The team collaborates with universities, research centers and non-governmental organizations to apply current research in ecology, forestry and conservation to landscape planning. The firm offers its clients a range of innovative nature-based approaches and strategies at the forefront of scientific research. Habitat’s expert team provides support for sustainable ecosystem management, biodiversity conservation and evaluating the ecosystem services of natural infrastructure by applying the latest science.

Your role : Participate actively in projects led by Habitat, specifically relating to landscape mapping and analytics to evaluate ecological connectivity, biodiversity and ecosystem service provisioning.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work with QGIS and R for landscape mapping and analytics.
  • Run multicriteria optimization analyses for landscape conservation using R or Zonation.
  • Develop scripts and formulae (R, Python, etc.) to run ecological analyses (ie. connectivity or
    biodiversity).
  • Contribute to the development of interactive mapping tools for landscape planning.
  • Conduct literature reviews and acquire relevant data for mapping and analytics.
  • Produce maps and synthesize main results.
  • Contribute to report writing and publication of scientific articles as required.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Graduate degree (M.Sc. or equivalent) in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Computer Science, Statistics, or a related discipline.
  • Advanced use of R (e.g. packages sf, raster, terra).
  • Experience with geomatic tools such as QGIS and GRASS.
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in projects relating to ecology, biology or other related fields.
  • Strong organizational skills, particularly relating to data management.
  • Good interpersonal skills.

ASSETS

  • Experience using database management tools such as PostGIS, PostgreSQL et OsGeo4W.
  • Knowledge of Julia programming language.
  • Knowledge of other modeling tools for landscape change forecasting (e.g. Syncro Sim) or ecosystem service provisioning (e.g. InVEST).
  • Problem solving and critical thinking.

TERMS
  • Salary determined according to internal scale.
  • Estimated start date: Beginning of september 2021.
  • Location: Montreal, with possibility of working remotely.
  • Full-time contract (1 year) with possibility of renewal.

Submissions

Please send your CV, a cover letter and contact information for at least two references to julie.lebert@habitat-nature.com
Deadline: August 23th, 2021

Please name your documents as follows:
NAME_Firstname_CV and NAME_Firstname_LETTER.
Only successful candidates will be contacted.

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Wek’eezhii Land and Water Board, Regulatory Specialist (Indeterminate) & Regulatory Specialist (One-Year Term), Yellowknife, Northwest Territories – Application deadline: August 22, 2021

The Tlicho People have strong, traditional ties to the land, water, and wildlife, so ensuring responsible use of land and water for the benefit of Tlicho People is of paramount importance. The Wek’eezhii Land and Water Board is an affirmative action employer. Land claim beneficiaries are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Regulatory Specialist is responsible for coordinating submissions made to the Board, managing public reviews, conducting environmental impact assessments, liaising with government, industry, First Nations, and other stakeholders, managing various projects, and carrying out technical reviews.

If you have communication and environmental and/or technical experience and are interested in joining a high-performing team in a fast-paced, progressive, and dynamic environment, we encourage you to apply.

The successful applicant will have a relevant degree and demonstrate the following competencies in their cover letter and resume:

  • strong technical writing ability;
  • strong written and oral communications skills;
  • project and time management;
  • cultural awareness; and
  • an understanding of relevant environmental legislation.

The starting salary for this position ranges from $89,861 to $93,272 per year plus a comprehensive benefits package that includes over $20,000 per year in allowances. Interested candidates should submit their cover letter and resume by Sunday, August 22, 2021 to:

Attn: Ryan Fequet

RE: Regulatory Specialist Competition

e-mail: rfequet@wlwb.ca

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Masi for your interest in this competition.

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Sahtu Land and Water Board, REGULATORY TECHNICIAN and REGULATORY SPECIALIST, Fort Good Hope, NT – Application deadline: August 29, 2021

The SLWB is an Affirmative Action employer and is a highly respected organization with a collaborative and dynamic work environment. We are focused on fulfilling our mandate to provide for the conservation, development and utilization of land and water resources for the optimum benefit of residents of the Mackenzie Valley resource management area of the Northwest Territories and for all Canadians. We are also an integrated organization entrusted in respecting the objectives of the Sahtu Dene and Metis Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement.  Beneficiaries of the Claim are encouraged to apply. Combinations of education and experience are equally assessed.

We are seeking energetic and highly organized individuals for two different positions to support reviews and assessments of applications for land and water use and deposit of waste in the Mackenzie Valley region.

1) Regulatory Technician

The Regulatory Technician is responsible for providing administrative and logistical support for and participating in reviews of applications, submissions, and other environmental issues. The Regulatory Technician works closely with Regulatory Specialists providing support in environmental review processes and maintaining the online public registry. Successful applicants will preferably have post-secondary college or university training in environmental technology and/or sustainable resource planning and management.  Related experience in environmental, regulatory and technical assessments, standard environmental sampling, measurement and analysis techniques, and GIS and database are an asset. The following competencies must be demonstrated in a cover letter and resume: proficient use of computer systems and programs including Microsoft Office products, good written and oral communication skills, good organizational skills, and familiarity with Indigenous culture and values and Territorial and Indigenous governments. The starting salary for this position ranges from $74,580 to $77,537 per year plus a comprehensive benefits package that includes over $20,000 per year in allowances.

2) Regulatory/Communications Specialist

The Regulatory Specialist is responsible for coordinating submissions made to the Board, managing public reviews, participating in environmental impact assessments, liaising with government, industry, First Nations, and other stakeholders, managing various projects, and assisting in technical reviews. Part of this position responsibility will be for community engagement and outreach work. Successful applicants will preferably have a degree in humanities or social science from a college or university and two or more years related experience and/or training. Familiarity in conducting in-depth regulatory, environmental scientific and technical reviews would be an asset. Successful applicants must demonstrate the following competencies in their cover letter and resume: strong technical writing ability; strong written and oral communication skills; ability to use all Microsoft Office products; project and time management; cultural awareness and competence; and an understanding of relevant environmental legislation. The starting salary for this position ranges from $89,861 to $93,272 per year plus a comprehensive benefits package that includes over $20,000 per year in allowances.

Interested candidates should submit their cover letter and resume to Paul Dixon at paul.dixon@slwb.com by August 29, 2021. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Thank you for your interest in these competitions.

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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.

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