CBU CO-OP ONLY: Ecological Field Assistant (Cape Breton Highlands National Park: Ingonish or Cheticamp)


Cape Breton Highlands National Park is part of a nation-wide system of significant natural areas which are protected for public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment, while being maintained in an unimpaired state for future generations.

Cape Breton Highlands National Park is currently preparing to hire an Ecological Field Assistant for the 2017 summer field season

Assist park staff in:

  • Collection and recording of ecological field data in a variety of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems
  • Travel in a variety of wilderness settings, by vehicle, foot or boat; navigating by map, compass and GPS.
  • Use of a range of ecological field equipment and instruments for measuring a variety of biological and abiotic parameters and spatially locating them.
  • Maintaining, cleaning and repairing field equipment
  • Data entry and compilation; basic data summary and analysis.
  • Preparation of simple reports
  • Communicating project objectives and findings to various audiences
  • May be required to supervise junior staff or volunteers.

The successful candidate:

  • Must be willing to work out of doors
  • Minimum education: Two years post-secondary (major in a field-oriented natural science discipline – e.g. biology, ecology, environmental science, forestry, geology, fisheries and wildlife – desirable)
  • Must be self-motivated and be able to work with minimal supervision.


Assessment Criteria:
Candidates may be assessed on:

  • Knowledge of local flora and fauna
  • Knowledge of wilderness travel and navigation on land and water.
  • Ability to measure and record biological data
  • Basic knowledge of computers including data management and quality assurance
  • Ability to use common word processor, spreadsheet and presentation software.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing
  • Knowledge of Parks Canada mandate and policies as they relate to monitoring for ecological integrity, environmental assessment, invasive species and species at risk.
  • Personal suitability
  • Active first aid, CPR and water safety certification desirable but not a condition of employment

Application Details

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be a Canadian citizen.
  • Must be willing to work outdoors, occasionally in inclement weather.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Accommodation may not be provided.

Duration, Hours and Rates of Pay:

  • The position will last 14 to 16 weeks starting in May and finishing in August.
  • Hours will average 37.5 hours per week.
  • Pay will be at federal government student rates ($ 12.77 to 14.62 /hr depending on experience).

To Apply:
Please provide – a resumé and covering letter highlighting experience or education pertinent to the assessment criteria – by March 3rd, 2017 at 4:00pm by email to CBU Student Placement Officer: carly_turnbull@cbu.ca