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Stephanie Peacock

A second season of field-based experiments is set to take place April-May, 2014.  The goal of these experiments is to determine how sea louse parasites impact predation behaviour of coho salmon.  Specifically, do coho prefer pink salmon prey over chum salmon prey, and does this preference increase when prey are infested with sea lice?  Experiments will take place at a small floating research station near Salmon Coast Field Station, referred to as “The Shenty”. Last year, these experiments turned out to be quite a bit of work, so I’m looking for several people to help out next spring.

Due to the remote nature of the work, these jobs require that you live at Salmon Coast Field Station for the duration of the position. There will be limited opportunities for town trips to Port McNeill, and there is no cell service and limited internet at the station.  This may seem intimidating, but most volunteers find the remote situation makes for a unique experience that they’ll never forget.  See the testimonials from volunteers at the Salmon Coast Field Station.

For more information or to apply, please email me.


Volunteer field assistant(s)

Period: April 1– May 30, 2014 (negotiable)

Pay: Volunteer.  Project will cover station fees including accommodation and dinner ($25/day).

Description: Volunteers will be helping with field-based experiments on predation behaviour in juvenile salmon.  Duties may include beach seining, operating a 16’ open boat, measuring and examining juvenile salmon for sea lice, setting up experiments, maintaining equipment, and feeding fish. The small size and remote location of the field station also requires that everyone pitch in with general station duties such as cooking, cleaning, moving firewood, etc. Applicants must be able to work well as part of a team.

Physical requirements: Ability to spend long days outdoors, often in suboptimal weather. Physical ability to move equipment (e.g., buckets of water, pull seine net). Positive attitude and enthusiasm for science!

Assets: Pleasure Craft Operator Certificate (available online). Familiarity with coastal marine ecology and experimental design.

To apply: Send a cover letter indicating why you’d make a grrrreat volunteer and current CV by email by January 31, 2014.

The Shenty 2013

Typical day on the water

Beach seining in Kingcome Inlet

Learning to identify sea lice

NSERC Undergrad. Student Research Award

Period: May 1– August 31, 2014 (with some flexibility)

Pay: At least $1406.25/month, contingent upon getting the USRA, plus station fees including accommodation and dinner ($25/day).

Description: USRA students will be helping with current research (see description for Volunteer field assistant(s) below) and will have the opportunity to spearhead their own research project under supervision of the project lead.  An example of an undergrad project would be to try and uncover the reason why coho salmon eat more pink salmon than chum salmon.

Requirements: Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents, have a GPA of at least 3.0 (B), and must be able to work in rugged environments and spend long days outside. Successful candidates will need to aquire their Pleasure Craft Operator Certificate and Level 1 Animal Care Certification. Check for USRA eligibility criteria.

To apply: Send a cover letter, CV and unofficial transcripts by email by December 1, 2013.