Job Opportunity: Field Technician - Prairie Dog Ecosystem Project with the Calgary Zoo

The Calgary Zoo is hiring a Field Technician for the Prairie Dog Ecosystem Project. H/She must have a background in working in remote field conditions and at least a year of related experience. The deadline to apply is February 12th, 2017.

Date published: 2017/02/02

Start Date: May 22, 2017  End Date: September 29, 2017

Field Technicians will assist with field work for the Canadian Prairie Dog Ecosystem Project. This research will be on black-tailed prairie dogs in Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan, with the purpose of contributing to the management of prairie dogs and recovery of black-footed ferrets in Canada.


  • Contribute to all field work activities, with each technician taking a lead in coordinating one or two of the following:
    • Vegetation identification/sampling
    • GPS surveys
    • Budget
    • Biological samples
    • Wildlife cameras
    • Data management
    • Volunteer coordination
    • Safety
    • Moving and setting traps for prairie dogs on various plots in Grasslands National Park
    • Live trapping of prairie dogs; includes marking, handling and releasing
    • Visual counts of prairie dogs
    • Complies with the zoo’s health and safety program
    • Other duties as assigned


  • Possess or working toward a BSc. related to Biology, Zoology or Wildlife Management & Conservation
  • Demonstrate a passion for wildlife conservation and a love of working outdoors
  • 1+ year of experience with biological field work (i.e. GPS, wildlife and vegetation surveys)
  • An eye for detail, as accurate and precise data collection and entry is essential
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, experience living with co-workers in close quarters
  • A high level of physical fitness
  • Class 5 driver’s license with fewer than 6 demerit points is mandatory

Physical demands: 

  • Days off are highly variable and weather-dependent and will be spent in Val Marie, Saskatchewan
  • Hiking in remote locations under various weather conditions
  • Prolonged exposure to the elements, including very hot temperatures and heavy rainfall
  • Field conditions, working long, irregular and early hours
  • Living in close quarters with a field team in a house in a very small town
  • Field house will have up to 10 people at certain points throughout the field season, including field crew and volunteers
  • Requires animal handling (live trapping prairie dogs)
  • Carrying heavy equipment over long distances

What the zoo has to offer:

  • Competitive compensation package
  • Discounts on food, beverage and merchandise
  • A complimentary annual pass for you and your immediate family members

If you are a highly motivated and experienced individual we invite you to send your resume, along with a covering letter, in confidence, no later than February 12, 2017. Please quote the position in the subject line.

Human Resources, Calgary Zoo, 1300 Zoo Rd NE Calgary, Alberta T2E 7V6

NO PHONE INQUIRIES PLEASE. Applicants are thanked in advance and advised that only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.