International Institute for Sustainable Development is hiring a
IISD Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) is one of the world’s most influential freshwater research facilities. It features a collection of 58 small lakes and their watersheds in northwestern Ontario, Canada. For over 50 years, scientists at IISD-ELA have conducted whole-ecosystem experiments and made significant scientific discoveries related to issues such as acid rain, mercury from air pollution, algal blooms, and pharmaceutical chemicals in water. The facility is operated by the International Institute for Sustainable Development, an independent think tank headquartered in Winnipeg on Treaty 1 territory, the traditional land of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Ojibwe-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and homeland of the Métis Nation.
IISD-ELA acknowledges that its research facility is located on Treaty 3 territory, and the care of these lands and waters during experimentation and restoration to their original state is implicit in its mission. Many regional schools come to the facility to learn more about the science of aquatic ecosystems and how humans serve a role in sharing and working with one another to protect these resources.
About the position
We are seeking a motivated Research Assistant (Fish) who will spend the 2024 field season at the IISD-ELA research facility to assist with field-based research on fish ecology. The successful candidate will be involved in data collection for whole-ecosystem experiments and our long-term ecological monitoring program. The incumbent will participate in field activities related to fish capture, population estimation (via mark-recapture), morphometry, non-lethal collection of samples to assess various parameters (age, diet, contaminants, etc.), habitat characterization, behaviour, and lethal broadscale monitoring efforts, among other projects. The work of the fish crew is highly seasonal, with intensive mark-recapture efforts in spring and fall and a range of other tasks during the summer months.
Work with a small crew of researchers to maintain the IISD-ELA fish research program in 2024.
Collect, identify, measure, and mark small- and large-bodied fish species in experimental and reference lakes.
Perform laboratory tasks, including fish dissections, tissue sampling, ageing structure preparation, diet analysis, and sample preservation.
Conduct broadscale monitoring surveys of remote lakes, including bathymetry and collection of biological, chemical, and physical data and samples.
Download data from various data-logging devices.
Perform profiles of lakes using multi-parameter field instruments.
Enter field notebook data and perform quality assurance/quality control checks using Microsoft Access and Excel.
Use a variety of watercraft, including canoes, zodiacs, and boats with outboard motors.
Construct/install/maintain field and laboratory equipment as needed.
Operate field vehicles (i.e., ATVs, trucks, vans) on highways and gravel roads.
Occasionally assist other field crews.
Assist with education and outreach efforts as they concern the fish crew (e.g., field station tours, fish lab demonstrations, artist-in-residence field trips, field courses, etc.), as well as media/communications requests for online materials.
Work and correspond with technicians, biologists, scientists, and external project collaborators who are seasonally located both on- and off-site.
Other duties as assigned.
IISD-ELA provides on-site living accommodations and food. Accommodations include a bedroom (shared), shared washrooms, and lounge areas. Bed linens and laundry facilities are provided on-site. Transportation to and from the field research station to Kenora and Winnipeg will be available on weekends. Occasional weekend transportation to and from Thunder Bay is a possibility as well. More information about the IISD Experimental Lakes Area organization and our research facility can be found at https://www.iisd.org/ela/.
Term: The contract is for either a full-time 4 or 7-month position (Monday, April 29 to Friday, September 6, or Monday, April 29 to Friday, November 29, 2024, respectively).
Compensation: CAD 669 to 894 per week, depending on experience and education. Food and accommodations are included while working on-site.
Application deadline: Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at 8:00 am CST
All submissions must be in English. Accommodations for job applicants with disabilities are available on request.
Candidates must hold appropriate work authorization for Canada.
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Only those candidates we wish to interview will be contacted. Resumes will be kept on file for 1 year.
IISD is committed to fostering a more equitable and sustainable world and welcomes candidates who uphold our values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. In addition, to correct the conditions of social injustice and disadvantage in employment around the world, we encourage candidates from historically marginalized groups, including women, Indigenous Peoples, people with disabilities, people from different racial and ethnic backgrounds, and those who identify themselves as 2SLGBTQIA+, to apply for this position. We offer reasonable accommodations in our recruitment process and seek applicants' advice on how best to accommodate their needs. Please self-identify and answer our employment equity questionnaire on our applicant tracking system when you apply.
IISD does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, caste, ethnicity, religion, colour, disability, marital status, pregnancy, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.