Caribou Recovery Ecologist

Posted Date: Sep 16, 2019
Application Deadline: Oct 7, 2019

The Caribou Recovery Ecologist supports the operational delivery of ABMI products and services related to the Caribou Monitoring Unit.

Status: Closed

This position is for 1 year with the possibility of renewal and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits.

Working in the ABMI's Application Centre and reporting to the ABMI Operations Manager, the Caribou Recovery Ecologist is responsible for supporting the operational delivery of ABMI products and services related to the Caribou Monitoring Unit


Competition No. - S106140194
Position Type - Full-time, Grant-funded
Salary Range - $67,057 to $92,809 per year
Grade - 10
Hours per week - 40


Responsibilities and Activities:

1.         Client Liaison and Market Development

Leads and facilitates development of Caribou research and habitat recovery initiatives to support the ABMI’s Caribou Monitoring Unit (CMU).


  • Engage partners, collaborators, and clients in dialogue about the potential benefits of CMU services, scientific infrastructure, data and knowledge products. This includes working with energy industry, forest industry, government, first nations, non-government organizations and the academic community to understand the environment-related knowledge needs of resource managers and scientists involved in caribou recovery.
  • Develop clients and provide feedback to clients related to the status of CMU projects.
  • Foster and maintain an ongoing relationship with the ABMI's other Centres to ensure working knowledge of advancements in CMU science and information management.
  • Foster and maintain an ongoing relationship with stakeholders interested in using or collaborating with CMU programs.  

2.         Leadership and Management

Provides leadership and expertise related to the creation and delivery of CMU programs including services, data and knowledge products related to environmental impact assessments, public policy, land use planning, and natural resource management.


  • Develop conceptual approaches to improving applied research initiatives related to mechanisms behind caribou declines, testing recovery options, and prioritizing habitat restoration initiatives.
  • Support strategic discussions about the future of the CMU.
  • Support the Information Centre in developing the Caribou Recovery Information System. 

3.         Direction and Execution of Project Work:

Working independently, with ABMI staff, or with other collaborators, the Caribou Recovery Ecologist will conduct necessary project work.


  • Synthesize and develop research on the effects of functional and numerical responses of predators and ungulates to habitat alteration, and climate change.
  • Programming in population dynamics.
  • Habitat modelling.
  • Integrate CMU data with information from other sources such as government and industry monitoring data to complete the tasks.
  • Manage complex mammal community databases.
  • Coordinate industry partner data sets to support synthesis and research analysis.
  • Support the development of mammal community standards and protocols.
  • Develop and report quality control procedures for CMU data, analyses and modeling.

4.         Support for Knowledge Dissemination and Stakeholder Engagement

Facilitates direct and indirect understanding of CMU research and monitoring findings with environmental resource managers, policy analyst, and stakeholders.


  • Draft extension notes that translate research findings to the public and to decision makers.
  • Produce reports and producing papers in the scientific literature about the analysis of mammal community data. Collaboration with academics and other members of the science community is expected.
  • Oral presentation at conferences. Develop and deliver unit presentation material.
  • Identify new opportunities for research projects and collaborations.
  • Communicate strengths and limitations of data products.
  • Support Information Centre in development of communication material


B.Sc. degree in biological sciences or related discipline

Greater than 3 years working experience in the field of ecology or natural resource management with excellent organizational, writing and interpersonal skills.  Preference given to those with:

  • Demonstrated commitment to the ABMI's values, vision and mission;
  • Relevant education and experience (ecological and statistical data knowledge and experience);
  • Experience with environmental data analysis;
  • Career interest in woodland caribou recovery;
  • Programming in R for mammal population dynamics and habitat modelling;
  • Self motivation;
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills;
  • A proactive approach to managing problems;
  • Ability to adapt and evolve as required;
  • An interest in learning.


...or view job posting on the U of A Careers portal here.

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

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