Website University of British Columbia

Opportunity Type:

4,558.75 – $5,354.67 CAD Monthly

Job Summary
To support Project Seahorse research, management and policy activities related to trade in syngnathid fishes and other marine wildlife.

Organizational Status
The Research Assistant will report directly to the PS Program Leader. They will also work closely with other research team members and collaborators based in Canada and internationally. Required to attend weekly group meetings.

Work Performed

¨ Supports the PS Program Leader and other team members on a range of research, management, and policy initiatives related to trade of marine wildlife, with particular reference to syngnathid fishes.

¨ With direction, develops manuscripts, reports, and presentations, including data collection and curation, data analysis and writing, and submission for publication.

¨ With direction writes grant applications to fund work in the wildlife trade.

¨ Compiles databases and literature to support research, teaching, and grant writing.

¨ Supports development and execution of training and capacity-building initiatives related to wildlife trade.

¨ With direction, develops outreach materials, such as PowerPoint presentations, to advance PS initiatives.

¨ With direction, communicates PS work through websites, blogs, social media and other outlets.

¨ Replies to research and conservation queries from colleagues, the media, and the public.

¨ Supports Program Leader and other team members in logistic and administrative needs.

¨ Performs other duties as requested.


A consequence of Error/Judgement
Exercises a considerable amount of judgment, responsibility, and initiative in determining work procedures and methods, and coordinating Project Seahorse wildlife trade activities.

Supervision Received
The Research Assistant will report to Project Seahorse Program Leader. They will be required to work independently on agreed tasks and projects, as well as within a team environment.

Supervision Given
May have supervisory and support responsibilities for a small number of employees at a lower classification, students and volunteers.


Minimum Qualifications


Completion of a university degree in a relevant discipline or technical program and a minimum four years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Graduate degree preferred.


· Extensive experience in wildlife trade research and analysis

· Experience in field surveys of wildlife trade

· Experience in training for capacity building

· Familiarity with wildlife trade agreements and regulations


· Must be highly organized with great attention to detail.

· Must know how to complete work to deadlines.

· Must be flexible and perform well under pressure.

· Must have good interpersonal and diplomatic skills

· Familiarity with issues in aquatic conservation.

· Familiarity with the process of scientific research.

· Fluency in Cantonese, French, and/or Mandarin highly valued

· Strong communication skills (written, oral and listening).

· Good computer management and graphic skills.

· Must be able to work independently on assigned tasks.

· Must have a positive attitude and be a team player.


Tagged as: research, wildlife, writing