Research Assistant

fRI Research Published: September 27, 2017
Salary range
Salary level CAD 3,750 – 4,150 per month, dependent upon qualifications and experience.
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fRI Research’s Caribou Program was created in 2013 to conduct and coordinate research on caribou in Alberta. The goals of the program are to provide knowledge and planning tools to land and resource managers, support the government of Alberta’s caribou recovery efforts, and ultimately, carry out research to ensure the long-term conservation of caribou in Alberta.

As part of an integrated research team, the successful applicant will assist with data analysis and field work towards ongoing fRI Research Caribou Program activities. For more information on the Caribou Program, please see our website:

Duties and responsibilities

The successful applicant will be involved in conducting field work, data analysis, and report writing, and will be highly motivated, have a positive attitude, be conscientious, neat, thorough, respectful of field equipment, have good interpersonal skills, and be professional.

The selected individual should be comfortable carrying out complex statistical analysis, preparing reports and contributing to peer reviewed publications within specified deadlines, collaborating and communicating with biologists and staff from a variety of backgrounds and with diverse skill sets, working in remote field settings, driving where extensive heavy duty truck traffic occurs on gravel access roads, and in all weather conditions (snow, sleet, rain, bugs, sun, heat, etc.). Anticipated start date is 15 November 2017.



Knowledge and skills

Essential Job Qualifications:

  1. A Masters degree in a related discipline
  2. Experience with complex data analysis using R
  3. Able to analyze and report on complex ecological data sets
  4. Experience using ArcGIS, including mapping and spatial analysis
  5. Excellent writing skills (report & peer-reviewed publications)
  6. Comfortable and proficient driving 4 wheel-drive vehicles on gravel roads
  7. Experienced and comfortable driving ATVs
  8. Proficient and experienced with field data collection
  9. Highly motivated and able to work in a team environment comprised of people from a variety of backgrounds
  10. Able to work in challenging field conditions (summer and winter), and meet strict production deadlines
  11. Valid First Aid
  12. Physically fit and willing to work long hours in the best and worst conditions
  13. Eligible for internship program:
    • Post-secondary graduate
    • No more than 30 years of age at the start of the internship
    • Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person granted refugee status in Canada
    • Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
    • Not receiving employment insurance during their internship
    • Available to work for at least six months


Desirable Job Qualifications:

  1. Wilderness First Aid
  2. AST1 or higher




Closing Date:

October 13th, 2017, 1600 hours, MST


We thank all applicants in advance; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Education required

A Masters degree in a related discipline is required.

Certification required

Valid First Aid is required.


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