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Posting ID : 3431
Apply By : 11/15/2013
Position Title : Research Field Technician, GNWT
Job Type : Full-time, Limited Term
Reports To : Designated Laurier Member of Laurier-GNWT Science Committee
Position Summary : In 2010, a partnership was formed between Wilfrid Laurier University (Laurier) and the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) to undertake development of the Canadian Aquatic Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Boreal Ecosystem Research (CALIBER) as funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the GNWT and Laurier. Three theme areas constitute the focus of the collaborative research effort: Landscape Change, Cumulative Effects and Thresholds. Personnel involved in this project include researchers from Laurier and Territorial and Federal departments as well as collaborators from other partners.

• The Research Field Technician with the CALIBER project offers a wealth of opportunity with respect to assisting in the development of this collaborative effort. Reporting to the joint Science Committee overseeing the scientific activities of the partnership, this position requires the successful candidate to work closely with researchers, regulators, community members, graduate students and industry representatives to support the Partnership field programs in a range of fields, e.g., hydrology, permafrost, biology, forest ecology, etc.
Accountabilities : • Providing field logistical support, liaison and organization of equipment and infrastructure for research to be conducted as part of the Partnership;
• Maintaining Partnership equipment and infrastructure in Yellowknife and at various research camps in the NWT;
• Maintaining and trouble-shooting electronic and mechanical field equipment, e.g., data loggers;
• Establishing, maintaining and supporting research field camps in a variety of locations in the NWT;
• Conferring with and advising stakeholder and committee members to provide technical advice, problem-solving assistance, answers to questions and project/partnership goals and policy interpretations;
• Working independently in isolated conditions and providing graduate students and professors advice regarding technical matters pertaining to partnership research projects.
Qualifications : • Master’s degree or PhD in natural sciences related to the duties of the position (e.g., hydrology, biology, ecology, biochemistry, etc.) from a recognized university coupled with relevant training and field experience;
• Extensive experience conducting field research in remote/wilderness settings in the NWT;
• Extensive experience using and maintaining snowmobiles, boats and motors, trailers and other necessary field equipment;
• Extensive experience with small construction projects e.g., constructing and maintaining tent platforms, docks and boardwalks, Weatherhaven tents, propane, oil and wood stoves, etc;
• Extensive experience using and troubleshooting electronic field equipment, e.g., programmable data loggers;
• Extensive knowledge of the natural history, cultures and regulatory environment of the NWT;
• Well established contacts with First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities, organizations and individuals, applicable Territorial and Federal government agencies, resource management boards and other relevant organizations in the NWT;
• Solid understanding of GNWT policies on water stewardship, climate change impacts and adaptation, northern ecology, northern landscapes and other northern science fields, the challenges of working in remote and difficult conditions in the NWT, and key areas related to the Laurier-GNWT Partnership Agreement;
• Significant project management and field experience in the NWT.

Travel associated with the position

• Residence in or relocation to Yellowknife for the continuous period of March 1 – August 31 is required
• Regular travel to a range of field sites across the Territory as needed to facilitate Partnership research efforts
• Significant project management and field experience working in NWT
• Must be self-directed and able to work independently
• Well established contacts with universities, industry and other potential partners and a proven ability to network effectively
• Must be a resident of the NWT
Salary : $42,500
Salary Notes : This is a part-time, limited term position for approximately 3 years, (November 2013 to July 31, 2016), funded by Laurier as part of the multi-year agreement between Laurier and the Government of the Northwest Territories.

The position will be based in Yellowknife, offers possibilities for travel within the Territories and to the Laurier campus in Waterloo, Ontario for occasional meetings.
Please Note :

Please submit a cover letter and resume.



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