Opportunity: MSc/PhD, Wildlife Coexistence Research Lab

The Wildlife Coexistence Lab (WildCo) at the University of British Columbia is looking for a graduate student to join their team to design, implement, and analyze data from wildlife surveys using remote cameras and acoustic recording units in Canada's Northwest Territories.

The ideal candidate for this position will have experience with Geographic Information Systems (e.g., ArcGIS, QGIS) and statistical analysis using R software, as well as experience collaborating with Indigenous communities and conducting fieldwork in remote northern environments.

Apply by June 21st!

Date published: 2020/06/08

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Graduate Student Position (MSc or PhD) in the Wildlife Coexistence Research Lab:

Assessing wildlife community dynamics in Indigenous protected areas of the Northwest Territories, Canada

The Wildlife Coexistence Lab (WildCo) at the University of British Columbia, K’asho Got’ı̨nę, Fort Good Hope Renewable Resources Council and Guardians of Fort Good Hope, Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT), and Government of Canada (Canadian Wildlife Service, CWS) are seeking an outstanding graduate student to start a two year MSc or a four year PhD position in January 2021. The research will be pursued under the guidance of Prof. Cole Burton at UBC, with support from multi-agency collaborators, including Claudia Haas (GNWT), Samuel Haché (CWS), and Christopher Beirne (UBC).

The key motivation for this position is to work with local project partners to develop an effective monitoring approach for boreal wildlife communities, and to provide recommendations for their future management. The immediate focus will be on Ts’udé Nilįné Tuyeta Indigenous protected area near Fort Good Hope, however there may be opportunity to expand to other protected areas in the territory. The successful applicant will help design, implement and analyze data from wildlife surveys using remote cameras (camera traps) and acoustic recording units (ARU’s).

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Core Requirements

We will consider applicants for this position(s) at the MSc and/or PhD level. All applicants should have a BSc in ecology (or related field), experience and interest in wildlife biology, boreal ecology, Indigenous knowledge, and conservation science, and a desire to conduct applied research to inform wildlife management. We particularly seek candidates with the following experience and skills: remote fieldwork in northern environments, collaborating with Indigenous communities, wildlife surveys including camera trapping and/or audio recording, Geographic Information Systems (e.g., ArcGIS, QGIS), and statistical analysis (e.g. using R software).

PhD-level Requirements

In addition to the skills outlined above, applicants for a PhD position should have an MSc in ecology (or related field), direct experience preparing and managing large datasets, conducting advanced analytical procedures in R (or similar) and publishing in the primary scientific literature. There is considerable scope to develop this research program in a direction dependent on the interests of the applicant, so PhD applicants must be comfortable working independently and be highly self-motivated.

The position(s) will be shared between the Wildlife Coexistence lab in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC’s Vancouver campus and field sites in the Northwest Territories (based in Yellowknife, NWT). Funding is available to support this position, but preferred candidates will also be eligible for scholarship support (e.g. NSERC; see https://forestry.ubc.ca/students/graduate/financial-support/)

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

Interested applicants should send an email by June 21, 2020 to [email protected] with the Subject: “WildCo MSc/PhD position in Northwest Territories: Your Name” and include the following details: a) brief statement of interest, b) Curriculum Vitae, and c) academic transcripts (copies sufficient at this stage). Full applications to the Faculty of Forestry graduate program will be due by July 15, 2020.

Learn more about the Wildlife Coexistence Lab and further research opportunities on their website.

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