Ecology research technician

Saint Mary's University

  Posted: September 10, 2021

  Location: Halifax, NS

  Internship Program: Natural Resources

  Salary Range: $40,000 - $50,000

  Hours per Week: 40

  Start Date: July 17, 2023

  End Date: January 26, 2024

Job Description

We are a research group at Saint Mary's University that investigates impacts of climate change and invasive species in forest ecosystems, as well as policy and management actions that could help to address these impacts. We are looking for an intern to assist with literature reviews and with lab work/field work, who will work on a range of projects (depending on their interests and prior experience) including:
1. Conducting field work/lab work examining spread of invasive earthworms, particularly jumping worms which have recently (since 2021) begun spreading in Atlantic Canada
2. Conducting a literature review and compiling a dataset on soil biodiversity in forests in Canada, which will allow identification of key regions lacking data and factors that influence biodiversity (e.g., human disturbance, climate)
3. Managing and transcribing data on Indigenous knowledge of berries in the NWT, for a project that is working to understand whether wild berry crops are declining (as suggested by anecdotal data)

The intern will work in Halifax at Saint Mary's University but can work remotely part time if desired.

The position will be 40 hours per week for 28 weeks of work, starting at a rate of $20,000.

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities
- Reading and reviewing scientific literature, extracting data from articles, and managing large datasets
- Assisting with laboratory administration/management
-Transcribing interviews
- Conducting laboratory work on soil/insects (identification and potentially DNA extractions)
- Conducting field work on earthworms in Nova Scotia/New Brunswick

Knowledge and Skills

Knowledge and skills
- Experience reading and understanding scientific literature
- Experience managing datasets in Excel or Access, and/or experience working with data in R
- Experience working on ecological research projects
- Data management/organizational skills and ability to multitask and prioritize work
- High attention to detail
- Experience with ecological field and lab work and willingness to work outdoors

Education Required

BSc in biology, geography, or environmental science

Certification Required

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