Field Assistants Required-Columbian ground squirrels ~

2 de febrero de 2012

Field Assistants Required-Columbian ground squirrels

Sheep River Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada

We are looking for 4-5 volunteers to assist with fieldwork for the
period of April 15 to Aug 31, 2012. The project investigates the
evolutionary ecology of Columbian ground squirrels. As a member of
the study, assistants 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,
behavioural observation, radio-telemetry (to locate natal burrows) and
assistance with the measurement of physiological (metabolism) traits on
free-ranging animals. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience
working with a collaborative research team on a long-term study of a
wild mammal.  Opportunities exist for side-projects for interested and
motivated applicants.

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. We will be staying at the University of Calgary's
R.B. Miller research station in Sheep River Provincial Park, Alberta
(  You will interact with
other researchers working with ground squirrels on a diversity of projects
in behavioural and population ecology. Additionally, the field station is
home to a number of other researchers working on a variety of projects,
ranging from insects to large mammals.  Food and accommodation are
provided, but you will be required to make your own way to either Calgary
or Edmonton. Training will be provided and no experience is necessary,
but candidates should have an interest in a number of the following (the
more the better!): ecology, evolutionary biology, wildlife, field biology,
and animal behaviour. Periods of time will be spent camping and, as such,
successful applicants need to enjoy the outdoors, be up-beat, positive,
responsible and work well as a member of a team. If you wish to apply for
one of these posts then please send a CV with a cover letter and contact
details of three references (with e-mail address), by email to Jeff Lane
(contact info below), by March 08, 2012.


Dr. Jeff Lane
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB
Canada T6G 2E9

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