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Take the next step in your career by joining the team at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo and grow your experience in Conservation Research at a globally recognized conservation organization!  The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo is seeking a full-time temporary Senior Field Technician to join our team.  The successful candidate will support the Conservation & Science team in a variety of projects and programs within the conservation research department, including both field-based and office-based tasks.  You will work with internal teams as well as external partners to advance the conservation science and actions on the ground for species at risk.  You will provide technical expertise to conservation field crews, coordinate conservation program logistics and safety needs, build positive internal and external relations, and contribute to communications activities.

This is a temporary, full-time position with the possibility of an extension. The position will report to the Senior Manager, Conservation Operations at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo.  The position requires significant field-based work and will be largely based at remote work locations across western Canada for the June-October period.

Our Mission | Take and inspire action to sustain wildlife and wild places
Our Values | Effective collaboration and communication, honesty and integrity, customer focus, safety, and conservation


Start Date: June 1, 2022
End Date: December 31, 2022
What you will do:

The regular role of the Senior Field Technician supports and assists the conservation programs in the following job responsibilities:

Implementing conservation actions for species in the field (i.e., live-trapping, handling, releasing, transporting individual species to and from zoo and field sites, supplemental feeding, behavioural observations, tracking, morphometric measurements, camera traps, monitoring and surveys)
Collect quality data in the field for various conservation research programs/projects
Conduct background research (i.e., literature searches), data entry, data validation, back up and save data and as needed data summary and analysis
Permit, report writing and assist with publication writing as needed for various programs/projects
Review, follow, update and help develop field research protocols for programs/projects
Review, sign, follow, update and help develop field hazard assessments for programs/projects
Set up, inventory, order and maintain field equipment for various programs/projects
Support with stakeholder communications and relationships (i.e. landowners and external partners)
Available for occasional public/zoo presentations
May lead or co-lead conservation research programs/projects in the field, as needed
May, on occasion if needed, train and/or oversee seasonal field staff or volunteers
May assist with interviews and hiring of seasonal field staff, as needed
May work with volunteers
Other tasks as needed
For this limited-term position, the successful candidate will support aspects of the above job responsibilities, with a specific focus on the following:

Provide technical field expertise and support to the greater sage-grouse conservation program, including fieldwork in eastern Alberta and Saskatchewan
Work closely with the Animal Care team to support successful processes and relations for greater sage-grouse and other conservation breeding programs
Provide additional technical support to other conservation programs’ field activities across western Canada as needed
Quality data collection, entry, validation and database organization
Coordinate logistical needs for conservation programs, including equipment cataloguing, maintenance, organization and purchasing; permit applications; identifying efficiencies in accommodation and transportation needs for field crews; and other logistics
Serve as the conservation department’s Health and Safety representative, taking an active leadership role in the continual identification and improvement of health and safety needs, including improvements to the department’s InReach procedures, conducting mid-season safety check-ins on all conservation programs, and supporting the coordination of health and safety needs in the office environment
Contribute to communications from the field for the Wilder Institute, including appearing on-camera, in live presentations, and speaking with the media, to share aspects of conservation fieldwork in action
Supporting the Conservation Operations team with other tasks as required
What you will bring:

BSc in Biology or a related discipline is required however a MSc is an asset
2 to 3 years experience with biological fieldwork (e.g. radio monitoring, wildlife and vegetation surveys, animal handling, etc.)
Class 5 Driver’s License
Standard First Aid, Wilderness First Aid is preferred
Demonstrate a passion for wildlife conservation and a love of working outdoors
Experience working with captive or wild birds preferred but not required
An interest in improving team safety protocols and safe operating practices; experience on a health and safety committee an asset
Demonstrate the ability to take initiative to identify improvement to logistical operations and problem-solving
Ability to successfully work independently in both field and office-based settings
Experience communicating with partners and collaborators to develop and maintain excellent partner relations
Experience communicating biological information to public audiences an asset
The ability to provide and receive constructive feedback
Experience at making sound decisions in a very dynamic environment
Experience working in a field crew (minimum 4 consecutive weeks)
Excellent interpersonal skills and experience living with co-workers in tight quarters
Experience with data entry, management (in Microsoft Access) an asset
An eye for detail, as accurate and precise data collection and entry is essential
Must have a high level of physical fitness
Working Conditions:

Extensive periods of field work at various locations
Extensive periods of office work involving long periods of sitting at computer work stations
Field conditions, working long, irregular hours in inclement weather
Field work may involved hazards such as dangerous animals, insects, sunburn or frostbit, working with field equipment such as trucks or ATVs, heaving lifting of field equipment, exposure to wildlife diseases
Driving on highways and dirt roads
Travel to field locations and remote work is required
As a requirement of working in one or more National Parks, vaccination against Covid-19 is required for this role
The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo is an outdoor facility and all staff working at the zoo must be comfortable working in a large variety of outdoor conditions. The zoo follows the advice of Environment Canada when responding to temperature and air quality issues.

What the Zoo Offers:

Discounts on food, beverage, and merchandise
Participation in the Staff Pass Benefit Plan
A fun, rewarding work environment and the opportunity to work in a park full of wild animals
Are you ready to join one of Canada’s leaders in wildlife conservation?

Apply by doing the following:

Watch this video to learn more about the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo – the kind of conservation organization the world needs now.  (
Submit your resume with a cover letter via our online application system.
Applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

If this position is a fit for you, we encourage you to apply with a resume and cover letter no later than May 20, 2022 @ 4:00 p.m. MST.

The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo strives to cultivate a workplace in which everyone feels welcome and empowered to bring their authentic selves to work. As a conservation organization, we respect and value the diversity of all life and come together as individuals and teammates to achieve the Zoo’s mission and vision. We recognize the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and work to advance our culture to ensure diverse viewpoints are heard and everyone has an equitable chance to succeed and thrive.

All candidates are thanked for their applications and advised that only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

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