General/Summer Employment: Ecological Field Assistant


Spend the summer on Sable Island! This amazing student position will provide support to the Resource Conservation program for the mystical Sable Island National Park Reserve, a 40km-long crescent shaped dune island 200 km off the coast of Nova Scotia. Endless sand, wild horses, and thousands of seals and seabirds await you.

Essential qualifications for this position include (will be a:
• Current full-time student and returning to full-time studies in the Fall of 2019 (unless in the final term of a Co-Op program). Proof of full-time student status will be required.
• At least three years of undergraduate studies (prior to the start of employment) completed in an ecological field of study
• Experience with data management
• Experience with ecological fieldwork (in a remote location is an asset)

Useful qualifications (may be assessed) for this position include:
• Ability to work and live in a remote location (self-reliance, independence, maturity)
• Experience with insect and/or plant surveys
• Experience with statistical analysis

Conditions of Employment
• Possession of a valid driver`s license
• Reliability Status security clearance
• Pass a pre-placement medical check
• Legal status to work in Canada. Please indicate in your application the reason for which you are entitled to work in Canada: Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or work permit.

Operational Requirements
• Willingness to wear a Parks Canada uniform as per the uniform policy
• Willingness to work varied hours, weekends, holidays


The position will be staffed from approximately May 9 – August 29. The student will be based on Sable Island for 8-10 weeks and in Halifax for the remainder of the time period. These dates are somewhat negotiable and also dependent upon aircraft travel conditions. The student will be expected to travel in varied terrain in a variety of vehicles (UTVs, jeep, truck, and fixed wing aircraft) and to travel extensively by foot.

While on Sable Island, the student will reside in a shared house with modern amenities (e.g. kitchen, dishwasher, laundry, television, limited internet) at Main Station with other island staff and researchers. Kitchen, bathrooms and common areas are all shared. There are four full time government employees on the island, in addition to visiting researchers. Parks Canada will be responsible for all costs related to transportation to and from the island, uniform, lodging, and food while on-island. The student will be responsible for their own accommodation and living costs while based in Halifax. The student will be required to undergo training, paid for by Parks Canada associated with this position (e.g., wilderness first aid).

• The majority of the time will be spent participating in various ecological monitoring and research projects, often unsupervised. This may include fieldwork related to birds, water quality, and plant communities. Summer 2019 will include a focus on rare and endemic invertebrates.
• The student will be responsible for data entry, management and analysis needs related to these projects and may contribute to report development.
• Present information about the island’s ecology and research and monitoring programs to visiting groups.
• Help the Parks Canada team facilitate visitor experience on and off the island.
• Participate in general island operations (emergency response, transport of personnel, and maintenance projects).

Application Details

Hours of work and rate of pay
• 37.5 hours per week; $15.42 – $18.91/hour, dependent upon experience

Please send the following:

1) your current resume

2) a copy of your academic transcript(s)

3) a cover letter (< 1000 words) explaining how you are suited for this position to by 11:59 pm, Pacific Standard Time, Jan 31, 2018. For all inquiries, please contact Dan Kehler, 902 471 6458.