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Aquatic Research Assistant Biologist

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Science and Research Branch - Glenora Fisheries Station
Job Term:
1 Temporary seasonal recurring contract for up 42 weeks (season runs from May to February).
Job Code:
14021 - Biologist 1
$920.07 - $1,108.47 Per Week*
*Indicates the salary listed as per the OPSEU Collective Agreement.
Posting Status:
Job ID:
Are you an aquatic biologist keen to work on aquatic ecology and fisheries science pertaining to the Great Lakes? If so, do not miss the opportunity to become part of this Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry research team.

What can I expect to do in this role?

You will:

• assist the Research Scientist in conducting field and laboratory research on the Great Lakes
• assist with, limnology and fisheries sampling
• process and analyze field and laboratory samples
• assist in summarizing scientific information using databases and statistical procedures
• assist in preparing reports, presentations and scientific papers

How do I qualify?

Mandatory requirements:

• You must possess a valid driver's licence in order to conduct work in remote field locations.
• You must possess or have the ability to obtain a valid Marine Emergency Duties (MED) A1/A2 and Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP) certificate.
• You must have the ability to travel to remote locations frequently and for multiple days.
• You must have the physical ability to handle heavy equipment and work under adverse weather conditions.

Technical Knowledge:

• You have demonstrated knowledge of aquatic biology/ecology, fisheries science, research and management techniques and principles.
• You possess knowledge and skills to operate and maintain small vessels, fishing and limnological gear, and laboratory equipment to support field and laboratory programs on the Great Lakes.
• You are knowledgeable of and have the ability to apply relevant legislation policies and procedures including the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Technical skills:

• You possess expertise in limnology and fisheries sampling techniques, monitoring and assessment methods and laboratory procedures, including the use of field and lab equipment to conduct research on Ontario's Great Lakes.
• You have demonstrated technical skills to estimate vital parameters of fish and aquatic ecosystems (e.g. taxonomy, production, and fitness) using analytical and biostatistical techniques (e.g. diet, tissue analyses, bioenergetic modelling).
• You have demonstrated experience in designing and implementing field and laboratory studies addressing behaviour, bioenergetics, and general physiology of fishes and invertebrates under varying environmental conditions.
• You possess knowledge of and skills in data management principles to compile and store data.

Communication skills:

• You have the ability to plan and organise field and laboratory operations including provision of training and leadership for contract employees, students and collaborators, developing Safe operating Procedures (SOPs), and assisting with maintenance and purchasing of equipment and supplies.
• You have the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing including the ability to write technical and draft scientific reports, and can convey technical information in a non-technical matter for clients and managers.
• You possess interpersonal skills to work in a team and deal with internal and external stakeholders.

Computer skills:

• You have demonstrated knowledge of computer software including databases, word processors and graphical / presentation software.
• You are able to use computer programs and databases to retrieve and manipulate scientific data and assist in preparing data summaries and preliminary analysis.

Additional Information:

  • 1 Temporary - Seasonal, duration up to 42 weeks, 41 Hatchery Ln, Picton, East Region
Compensation Group:
Ontario Public Service Employees Union
Lands and Resources
Posted on:
Friday, September 26, 2014
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Remember: The deadline to apply is Friday, October 10, 2014 11:59 pm EDT. Late applications will not be accepted.

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