Volume 22 No. 3

September 1, 2017

Employment Opportunities

Water Modeller, Environmental Monitoring & Science Division, Alberta Environment & Parks

The primary purpose of this job is to provide high quality scientific evaluation and regional to watershed-scale predictive modelling of watershed hydrology, ground water, water quality, sediment and contaminant transport and aquatic ecosystem conditions. The job operates within the framework of the monitoring, evaluation and reporting strategy; and the systems approach to land use/climate change impact assessments and cumulative effects management of the natural and anthropogenic pressures to the environment. Modelling is a key data integration and prediction tool, which provides risk assessments based on scenario evaluations. A key responsibility is to ensure that provided evaluation and assessment is scientifically sound, creditable and effective.

The main contribution of this job to the Division is in providing scientific design, evaluation, and guidance in the surface and subsurface water quantity and quality related functions, particularly with respect to surface and groundwater modelling. This includes monitoring programs design support; evaluation and reporting of monitoring data; review, selection, development and implementation of water models, and provision of guidance and quality assurance in modelling. The modelling will follow a systematic approach to cumulative effects assessment, incorporating existing monitoring data and trends; historical, present and future land use and considerations of potential climate change and variability.

The Water Modeller is part of an interdisciplinary scientific modelling team that contributes in the delivery of Division’s analytics and quantitative prediction programs. As modelling function is spread across various provincial and federal departments and business units, academia, research organizations and other external stakeholders (e.g. industry) and partnerships, this position requires higher degree of liaising and collaboration with various internal and external stakeholders. Water modellers generate peer-reviewed publications and support other scientific reports such as, regional and provincial scale condition of the environment reports.

For more infromation and how to apply, please see here.

2-Year Postdoc Position in Microplastics Research, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Windsor

The University of Windsor seeks a postdoctoral researcher to investigate the spacial and temporal variability in sources and transport pathways of microplastics through agricultural systems and downstream freshwater environments; with a focus on development of standards in sampling and analyses procedures.  The initial 6 months of research will invilve conducting field sampling at pre-specified locations within Lake Simcoe wwatershed, with subsequent work in labs within the Earth and Environmental Sciences department, at the University of Windsor.

For more information and how to apply, please see here.

Fisheries and Aquaculture Management Officers, Fisheries and Ocean Canada - Fisheries Management, Nanaimo/Vancouver BC

There are a number of term and/or indeterminate positions that will be staffed both within Fisheries Management and Aquaculture Management in DFO Pacific Region’s offices in Vancouver and Nanaimo.

For the CO-01 positions, the successful candidate will assist with the planning and management of fisheries or aquaculture activities in Pacific Region. The candidate will work with members of the public, Indigenous groups, commercial harvesters, recreational harvesters, aquaculturists, the conservation sector, and other groups to develop plans and address management issues related to Pacific fisheries or aquaculture. With respect to the Aquaculture positions, you may be involved in licensing aquaculture activities, providing analysis and advice on aquaculture management issues, and coordinating stakeholder engagement and governance bodies. For the Fisheries Management positions, you may be assisting with developing fisheries management plans, coordinating meetings with advisory boards, providing analysis and advice on fisheries management issues, and participating in discussions with stakeholders on management issues.

For the CO-02 positions, the successful candidate will be responsible for providing analysis and advice on key fisheries and aquaculture management issues and leading on major initiatives related to sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. The candidate will work directly with Indigenous groups, fishery managers, fisheries harvesters, aquaculturists, and stakeholder groups to implement various policies such as the Sustainable Fisheries Framework, and applying precautionary and ecosystem approaches into fisheries management decisions, promoting sustainable fishing practices to protect sensitive benthic areas, and encouraging the use of selective gear to minimize bycatch. You may also be involved in managing grants and contributions funding to external organizations.

For more information and how to apply, please see here.


The Sky, Water, Earth Project

Sky, Water, Earth is a joint initiative between UBC Faculty of Education, the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, and the HR MacMillan Space Centre. It is a collection of free, online, and self-paced resources - playlists of activities designed by Educators, Career Counsellors, Grad Students and Instructional Designers - that are about:

  • following your passion for science
  • building competencies valued by employers, and
  • preparing yourself for a career in the sciences.

As you complete the learning playlists of your choice, you will earn the associated badges and points that you can use towards redeeming a Real-World Opportunity, such as:

  • free admission to networking events and science programs
  • job shadowing
  • personal Google Hangout interviews with science grads such as Marine Biologists, Astronomers, UBC Faculty of Science Instructors
  • LinkedIn recommendations, and more.

Additional Real-World Opportunities will be announced at key dates throughout the project, in September 2017, January 2018 and May 2018.

These free, self-paced online activities are diverse - they vary in length, content type, and activity. Learners choose the playlists they want work on, with each highlighting one more more of the National Research competencies for excellence in research. Some examples of the playlists include:

You then have the option to choose how to show off your work. Love writing? Jot up a reflective entry. Big people person? Do a presentation. The key is to share out the work you create in Sky, Water, Earth.

Anyone can engage the Sky, Water, Early playlists, though activities are developed at a Grade 11 to 2nd year undergrad level. 

Sign up and preview playlists at: skywaterearth.ca