Job Opportunity: Greater Sage-Grouse Researcher at Calgary Zoo

The Calgary Zoo is hiring a part-time Greater Sage Grouse Researcher. H/She must have a background in working in remote field conditions and three years of related experience. The deadline to apply is February 12th, 2017.

Date published: 2017/02/02

Part-Time (20 hours/week)

The Greater Sage-Grouse Researcher will assist conservation field and aviary-based research projects for greater sage-grouse and assist with research publications/reports on Greater sage-grouse. The position will advance the mission of the Calgary Zoo by using hands-on field research actions that can advance the conservation and recovery of species or ecosystems.  Working within a public institution, the position will also facilitate knowledge transfer to other zoo departments, donors, and the general media.


  • Assisting with reintroduction research project(s) on Greater sage-grouse
  • Developing field and research protocols for Greater sage-grouse project
  • Assisting with reintroduction research publications on Greater sage-grouse
  • Field work on Greater sage-grouse, including capturing, handling and radio-tracking
  • Transporting eggs/chicks/grouse to and from the zoo and field sites
  • Behavioural observations on captive Greater sage-grouse
  • Complies with the zoo’s health and safety program
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Minimum of BSc. related to Biology, Zoology or Wildlife Management & Conservation
  • Demonstrate a passion for wildlife conservation and a love of working outdoors
  • Ability to follow directions and work well with others
  • A minimum of three years of experience with biological field work
  • An eye for detail, as accurate and precise data collection and entry is essential
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • A high level of physical fitness
  • Class 5 driver’s license with fewer than 6 demerit points is mandatory
  • Excellent communication skills in a team environment

Physical demands: 

  • Extensive office work, involving long periods of sitting at computer work stations
  • Field conditions, working long irregular hours in inclement weather
  • Driving to various sites on gravel and paved roads
  • Field work may be required, which could involve hazards such as: dangerous animals, insects, risk of sunburn or frostbite, working with field equipment such as trucks or ATVs, and heavy lifting of field equipment
  • Occasional travel may be required

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 cover letter, in confidence, to no later than February 12, 2017. Please quote the position title 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.