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Fishermen and Scientists Research Society - Biologist

February 7, 2013

 

 

 FISHERMEN AND SCIENTISTS RESEARCH SOCIETY 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY 

BIOLOGIST 

Deadline for applications: February 22, 2013 

The Fishermen and Scientists Research Society (FSRS) require a Biologist for a term position. The Biologist will be required to complete data entry, data analysis, and report preparation for the Upper Bay of Fundy Lobster Fishery Monitoring Program. The Biologist will also participate in some at-sea sampling. 

Term:  June 3 th , 2013 – March 29, 2014 + a couple of weeks part time in April/May for meetings 

Location: St. Andrews Biological Station, St. Andrews, NB 

Salary: $25 – $31.26/hour ($937.50 – $1172.25/week) + 4% vacation pay 

Hours of Work: 37.5 hours week 

APPLICATION PROCESS 

Send resume, cover letter, and three references to: 

St. Andrews Biological Station 

Attn: Monica Finley 

531 Brandy Cove Road 

St. Andrews 

New Brunswick, Canada 

E5B 2L9 

Phone: 506-529-5914 

Fax: 506-529-5862 

E-mail: Monica.Finley@fsrs.ns.ca 

Deadline for applications: Applications must be received by 5:00 pm February 22, 2013. 

Only successful candidates will be contacted. 

BACKGROUND 

It has been recognized that the opening of the Petitcodiac River causeway gates has the potential to impact the commercial lobster fishery, and the lobster resource in general. One of the conditions of the Environmental Impact Assessment approval is that an environmental effects monitoring program be implemented to determine whether there is an impact of the gates’ opening on the lobster fishery. The FSRS, on contract to AMEC, has implemented a monitoring program. The program consists of: 

Conducting an at-sea fishery in “exposure” and “control” zones before and after the gate opening initiative; and 

Conducting a juvenile trapping program in “exposure” and “control” zones before and after the gate opening initiative. 

 

The overall purpose of the project is to determine whether the opening of the Petitcodiac River causeway gates has an impact on lobster catches in the Upper Bay of Fundy. In-season and out-of-season sampling will be done annually using commercial lobster traps and juvenile recruitment project traps. Information will be collected on distribution, population size structure, and sex ratio of lobsters. Monitoring began in October 2008 and may continue for up to ten years after the opening of the gates. Monitoring is being done in the exposure areas, Alma – Cape Enrage, NB and Apple River, NS, in Chignecto Bay and in a control area off Advocate Harbour. 

The Biologist will be responsible for the maintenance of the project database, analysis of the data, report preparation, and presentation of project information to stakeholders. 

QUALIFICATIONS 

Essential Qualifications 

Official Language Proficiency: 

Proficiency in the use of the English language is essential. 

 

Education: 

Degree from a recognized university with specialisation in one of the biological sciences (e.g. marine biology, ecology, zoology). 

 

Experience: 

Experience in scientific manuscript or technical report writing. 

Experience using databases/spreadsheets, in particular Access and Excel; experience with Oracle and data manipulation using SQL would be considered an asset. 

 

Knowledge: 

Knowledge of the principles of marine ecology and biological oceanography. 

Knowledge of basic experimental design, concepts, and execution. 

Knowledge of basic computer-based mathematical and statistical procedures as they relate to scientific data analysis. 

Knowledge in the use of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. 

Ability to prepare scientific reports. 

 

Personal Suitability: 

Effective interpersonal relationships. 

Judgement. 

High level of reliability. 

Strong written and verbal communication skills. 

Initiative and motivation. 

Able to work independently. 

Organized. 

Able to keep accurate and detailed documentation of work. 

 

Asset Qualifications Experience: 

Experience using ArcGIS or other geographic information systems. 

Experience working in a scientific laboratory and/or biological or chemical sampling in the field. 

Invertebrate identification/taxonomy. 

At-sea lobster sampling techniques. 

Participation in oceanographic cruises or other sea-going experience (e.g. lobster fishing). 

Experience doing research. 

Experience giving oral presentations of scientific information. 

 

Knowledge: 

Knowledge of database creation, use, and maintenance. 

Knowledge of data analysis using various statistical analysis techniques. 

Knowledge or experience in sampling procedures. 

Knowledge of the biology, anatomy, and physiology of marine invertebrates. 

Familiarity with fisheries research and the fishing industry. 

 

Abilities: 

Proven ability to work at sea on small and/or large vessels. 

Ability to carry out scientific sampling and laboratory procedures without supervision. 

 

Conditions of Employment 

Reliability/Security: Reliability Security Clearance. 

Willing and able to go to sea for day trips. 

Have reliable vehicle and valid drivers licence. 

 

DUTIES 

Assist with project management including but not limited to; overseeing technicians, ensuring project protocols are being followed, and assisting with monthly progress reports. 

Data entry. 

Database management (data entry, data quality control/assurance, and data extraction). 

Data analysis. 

Produce a report on the Upper Bay of Fundy Lobster Fishery Monitoring Program. 

Travel to participate in meetings and a limited amount of field work. 

Liaison with FSRS General Manager, FSRS Research Biologist, DFO Scientific Authority, AMEC, industry, and other project collaborators. 



 
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