Prácticas/voluntariado con ardillas en Canadá ~

8 de enero de 2018

Prácticas/voluntariado con ardillas en Canadá

We are looking for 4 interns interested in taking part in a field ecology
project on Columbian ground squirrels. Two interns will begin Apr 10,
2018 and two will begin May 1, 2018. All four internships will finish
on Aug 31, 2018. The project investigates the ecology of Columbian
ground squirrels. As a member of the study, interns will be involved
with monitoring the phenology (when animals emerge from hibernation),
reproduction and survival of individuals. Fieldwork will involve
live-trapping and handling of animals, radio-telemetry, behavioural
observation and assistance with the measurement of physiological
(metabolism) traits on free-ranging animals. This is an excellent
opportunity to gain training and experience working with a collaborative
research team on a long-term study of a wild mammal. Opportunities for
independent research projects are also available.

All fieldwork is carried out in the spectacular Rocky Mountains of
southwestern Alberta, Canada, home to some of the most majestic wildlife
in North America. Interns will have the opportunity to interact with,
and learn from, other researchers working with ground squirrels on a
diversity of projects in behavioural and population ecology. Additionally,
a number of other researchers in the area are studying a range of species,
from insects to large mammals.

International applicants: If applicants are not Canadians
or permanent residents, they will be required to apply to
enter Canada as Visiting Research Students. This is a simple
and straight-forward procedure and both current (graduate and
undergraduate) and recently graduated (i.e. 'in between' degrees)
students are eligible. Application forms and information are available at
If you are interested in this program, please contact us (contact details
below) and we will guide you through the process.

Skills Required: These positions are best suited to applicants with
interests in ecology, evolutionary biology, wildlife, field biology,
and/or physiological ecology. As evidence of this, applicants must either
be enrolled in, or have graduated from, a relevant discipline. Successful
applicants will need to be able to cope under these field conditions
(including periods of time spent camping), enjoy the outdoors, be up-beat,
positive, responsible and work well as a member of a team. Evidence of
these abilities (gained, for example, through previous involvement on
field projects or extended back-packing trips) is desireable.

Terms of Employment: These are volunteer positions and a salary is not
provided. Accommodation and food are provided. Volunteers are required to
provide for their own travel to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Travel between
the field station and Saskatoon is provided.

If you wish to apply for one of these posts then please send a CV with
a cover letter and contact details for three references (with e-mail
addresses), by email to Jeff Lane (contact info below) by January 31,


Dr. Jeff Lane

Department of Biology

University of Saskatchewan

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