Summer Field Assistant Opportunity 2017 (BC Central Coast)

Field Assistant Opportunity – Summer 2017

Influence of Marine-Derived Nutrients on Mammals of the BC Central Coast

The Hakai Institute and the Applied Conservation Science Lab at the University of Victoria are looking for an enthusiastic field assistant to assist with mammal diversity surveys as part of Hakai’s 100 Islands Project. We are investigating patterns of biological diversity across islands of the BC Central Coast in relation to marine subsidies, particularly the use of marine subsidies by mammals on islands.

Field work (~75%) is based out of the Hakai Institute within Heiltsuk and Wuikinuxv Territories. Lab work (~25%) is based out of UVIC. Field work includes long, often gruelling days of hiking and travelling to islands via zodiac or canoe where you will use non-invasive methods to survey mammals, as well as camping for up to 10 days at a time with no access to toilets, running water, etc. Lab work may include gear maintenance and preparation, inventory, data entry and analysis, sample organization, etc.

The position has an anticipated start date of May 15 and will run until August 31, with possible extension to September 15, 2017. Salary is $1800/month. All field work-related travel and food expenses paid.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • Peak physical fitness level. Work will be intense days of hiking (up to 10 hours) over difficult terrain
    and heavy bushwhacking
  • Demonstrated experience in the bush under physically intense situations
  • Comfortable with remote environments, hungry bugs, lots of rain, extended wilderness camping, and team camp situations
  • Experience working with Indigenous team members
  • Wilderness First Aid (or willingness to complete by start of field season)
  • Student in year 3 or 4 of Biology/Geography/Environmental Studies or similar program/life experience
  • High academic standing (minimum B+ average) or similar performance in previous work environments

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with BC biodiversity, particularly mammals
  • Experience with use of non-invasive inventory methods for mammals
  • Boating experience (ideally SVOP; PCOC minimum)
  • Additional marine training including VHF radio certificate and MED-A3

For more information, or to apply to the position, send your CV and cover letter as one PDF file to: Katie Davidson ( and Andrew Sheriff (
Please title PDF file and email as: “100 Islands Field Assistant 2017 – LastName”