Wetland Ecologist

University of Alberta, Edmonton (City), Alberta (CA)
  $67,057 to $92,809 per year
Jul 05, 2018
Sep 05, 2018
Job Level
Mid level
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type

This position has a term of one year with a strong possibility of extension and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at Faculty & Staff Benefits.

The University of Alberta (Department of Biological Sciences) and the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI) have developed a research partnership. This long-term initiative will make Alberta a world-leader in the field of biodiversity monitoring and research. The Wetland Ecologist works in ABMI's Science Centre and is responsible for analyzing data to support environmental management throughout Alberta.



  • Responsible for analysis of biodiversity data collected by ABMI at wetlands to estimate the occurrence and abundance of numerous plant and invertebrate species, including trends over time. While traditional statistical analyses are relevant, the Institute's large and complex biodiversity dataset requires the development and use of new approaches
  • Responsible for analysis of relationships between species occurrence/abundance and human development
  • Produces papers in the scientific literature about the analysis of biodiversity data; Collaboration with academics and other members of the science community is expected
  • Supports the creation and dissemination of reports and other information products led by the ABMI Information Centre
  • Integrates ABMI data with information from other sources such as government and industry monitoring data to complete the above tasks
  • Understands and addresses issues related to sampling design, statistical distributions and software to undertake all of the above analyses
  • Organizes species, vegetation and habitat data for analyses
  • Evaluates multiple options for solving the challenges, and presenting results and recommendations to other ABMI staff, collaborators, and the broader scientific community
  • Develops and reports quality control procedures for ABMI data, analyses and modeling
  • Works with government and industry technical representatives to explore the application of ABMI data and data products to planning, policy development, and environmental resource management


  • The ideal candidate will have a MSc in wetland ecology or related discipline; equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered; minimum related BSc 3 or more years working in the field of resource management
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong analytical ability
  • Basic Geographic Information System (GIS) ability
  • Experience modeling wetland species response human disturbances
  • Experience working in Alberta wetland ecosystems and with a broad diversity of wetland taxa 
  • Research experience in wetland community ecology
  • Experience working in multidisciplinary teams