[Closed] Employment Opportunity: Caribou Program Summer Field Technician and Crew Lead

employment opportunity field technician and crew lead

Applications are now closed. Thank you to all who applied!

The field technician and crew lead will contribute to research projects over the summer which may include but are not limited to:

  • a project using novel methodology to estimate population densities for moose, elk, and deer,
  • a project estimating the reproductive success of ungulates, and
  • a project assessing linear feature regeneration with respect to wildlife use and habitat quality.

Job Description

The field technician and crew lead will perform a combination of office work and fieldwork.

The majority of the work will involve the following fieldwork duties: installing, maintaining and taking down existing remote sensing wildlife camera sites, assessing wildlife habitat by classifying forest stand characteristics, identifying vegetation species, and recording wildlife sign on linear features in caribou habitat. Additional duties will include preparations for remote shifts prior to departure and field camp and field equipment maintenance.

Office duties will be a small aspect of the work and may include classifying wildlife photos, data entry, and working with various software programs (R, ArcGIS, Microsoft Access, Excel) for data management.

The crew lead may also be involved in organizational and logistical tasks, will be a point of contact between supervisors and the field team, and will take on a leadership role in field settings. Training and office work (but little of the fieldwork) will be staged out of Hinton, Alberta. Fieldwork will primarily be staged out of remote field camps to survey west-central and north-western Alberta caribou ranges.


  • Valid Class 5 driver’s licence with a clean driving record for a minimum of 3-years
  • Be physically fit and able to hike long distances with a heavy backpack in difficult terrain 
  • Ability to work long hours in all weather conditions, with persistent insects, and with potential for wildlife encounters
  • Valid First Aid/CPR Certificate
  • Eligible to work in Canada or currently in possession of a work permit


Contract duration: April 29th (tentative) to August 29th, 2024
Wage: $22 – $25/hr, depending on skills and experience
Fieldwork Schedule: 9 days on, 5 days off
Work Hours: 7 to 12 hours per day, depending on the conditions, with a maximum of 88hrs per 2-week period.
Perks: Food, accommodation, and transportation will be provided while in remote field settings.

Applications are now closed. Thank you to all who applied!