Areas of Work
ABMI field technologists work in fascinating and varied landscapes. Depending on the location of our sites for a given season, we typically operate a northern and southern base, both of which have their own challenges and adventures associated with the field work.
The major difference between working for the ABMI in Northern versus Southern Alberta is in how we access our sites. Both areas experience many challenges. Some crews could have the opportunity to work in just one, or both areas in a given field season.
Sites in Northern Alberta are accessed with helicopters, argos, ATVs, and 4x4 trucks. Crews primarily experience issues related to physically getting to the actual site. Sites are typically in the boreal or mountains, though there are some private rangeland and cropland sites in this part of the province as well.
Dependent on the year some technologists may be placed on remote crews. Remote crews are transported to site via helicopter, complete their data collection and camp overnight near the landing spot. They are transported to their next site the following day and may continue this for the duration of the shift. All camping equipment is provided, from tent and sleeping bag, to stove and camping utensils.
Sites in Southern Alberta are typically accessed utiliizing 4x4 trucks. Crews primarily experience issues with heat, wind, landowner relations and range road conditions. Sites are typically in the prairie or parkland areas of the province, with many sites within private rangelands and croplands.