Field Assistants Required 2018 Kluane Red Squirrel Project

Field Assistants Required 2018 Kluane Red Squirrel Project, Yukon, Canada

We are looking for field technicians to assist with fieldwork for three different time periods: (a) 1 March-15-May (b) 1 May-15 August, and (c) 1 September – 15 October.

The positions are part of a long-term study of red squirrel ecology, evolutionary biology and physiology. As a member of the study, technicians will be involved with monitoring the reproduction and survival of individual squirrels. Fieldwork will involve live-trapping and handling of squirrels, radio-telemetry, behavioural observation, and locating young in their nests.
Some positions will also require additional handling for physiological assays (e.g., blood sampling). This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience working with a collaborative research team on a long-term study of a wild mammal.

All fieldwork is carried against the beautiful backdrop of southwestern Yukon, Canada. We will be staying at a rustic field station two hours from Whitehorse, and ~30 min to the nearest town (Haines Junction). All food and accommodation are provided and technicians are provided with transportation (within reason) to and from the field site either through airfare or vehicles.

Training will be provided and no experience is necessary. Candidates should have an interest in a number of the following (the more the better!):
ecology, evolutionary biology, wildlife, field biology, and animal behaviour. The field camp is remote and low tech (no showers, cell phone service, or internet), so successful applicants must enjoy the outdoors and be able to remain a positive and responsible team member under relatively isolated and demanding conditions. Candidates must be in good physical condition and have an enthusiasm for learning. We work on ‘squirrel time’, which often involves long work days; as such, applicants must have a strong work ethic. The atmosphere at squirrel camp is friendly and inclusive and all nationalities are welcome.

If you wish to apply for one of these posts then please send a CV with a cover letter and contact details for three references (with e-mail addresses), by email by January 5 2018. Please also indicate the time period(s) you are interested in