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Graduate Student

Graduate opportunity in polar bear-human interaction research

We are seeking an outstanding graduate student to undertake a Master of Environment and Sustainability (MES) degree studying polar bear-human interactions at the University of Saskatchewan’s School of Environment and Sustainability ( The University of Saskatchewan and the Churchill Northern Studies Centre have secured two years of funding (2017-2019) for this project through MITACS, building on six years of data already collected in the Churchill region. The student will analyze existing remote camera data, conduct further fieldwork based at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre, and work with the Centre’s staff to enhance polar bear safety education and operating procedures.

Prospective students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 80% and meet all University of Saskatchewan entrance requirements. Students must have, or be demonstrably able to obtain, a valid provincial class 5 drivers licence and a Canadian Firearms Possession and Acquisition Certificate (for polar bear safety).

The following attributes and experience would be desirable:

  • Field experience with large carnivore research and management
  • Experience with information-theoretic methods in ecology
  • Experience using remote cameras to detect and observe wildlife
  • Experience with non-invasive wildlife research techniques
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team in an isolated location for extended periods of time
  • Commitment to working respectfully with indigenous and remote community members
  • Outdoor survival skills, especially in Arctic or boreal environments
  • Wilderness first aid training and/or certification
  • Field experience as a polar bear guide or monitor
  • Advanced skills in firearm handling and use

Please submit a current CV to Douglas Clark, email Review of applications will begin February 21, 2017 for a May or September start. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

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The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.