Jobs in Ecology What jobs am I qualified

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Jobs in Ecology • • What jobs am I qualified for ? Types of

Jobs in Ecology • • What jobs am I qualified for ? Types of jobs: pros and cons. Listing and improving qualifications. Where do I find job / volunteer postings?

What am I qualified for?

What am I qualified for?

With a BSc. in ecology (etc. ) • Fisheries technician (monitor populations, catches) •

With a BSc. in ecology (etc. ) • Fisheries technician (monitor populations, catches) • Staff member - NGO (write reports etc). • Public outreach officer - aquaria, parks, etc. • Wildlife officer - local government • Staff - environmental consultant • Water quality technician (identify algae, etc. ) • Forest entomology technician (monitor populations) • Agriculture inspector (search for introduced species) • Policy Intern - NGO, Public Service

BSc. Technician: government/university/private Staff member: NGO, environ. consult. experience MSc. Scientist: Environmental consulting firm

BSc. Technician: government/university/private Staff member: NGO, environ. consult. experience MSc. Scientist: Environmental consulting firm Researcher: NGO/ Government College teacher experience Ph. D. Research scientist: Government/NGO University professor College teacher Independent consultant

Complementary degrees BSc. + MA journalism (1 year) Environment/science journalist + LLB (law: 3

Complementary degrees BSc. + MA journalism (1 year) Environment/science journalist + LLB (law: 3 years) Environmental lawyer + B. Ed. (1 -2 years) Science teacher + BSc Comp. Sci. (20 months, UBC) Ecological modeller (may need MSc ecology too). + Film school Documentary maker

Examples WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST Fort St John $50, 904. 14 - $58, 329. 41 BSc

Examples WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST Fort St John $50, 904. 14 - $58, 329. 41 BSc + 4 years experience or MSc. + 2 years experience Technician Applied Ecology Bird Banding Monitoring Salary: From 40 951$ to 49 821 $ College degree + experience doing ecological fieldwork, particularly bird surveys and computer analysis Carbon Cycling Modeler/Analyst Salary: $50, 069 to $64, 769 per annum. MSc. in Forestry, Forest Ecology, Natural Resources Management, Soil Science or Agriculture

Research grants and permits Can you apply if not associated with university? With just

Research grants and permits Can you apply if not associated with university? With just BSc. ? Generally not (grants). Definitely not (permits). Exceptions: NGOs, long publication record. Find university collaborator. See “Community of Science” website for grants.

Types of jobs: pros and cons

Types of jobs: pros and cons

Pros and cons: Government Job security: Good until Government cutbacks / restructuring. Jobs: Research,

Pros and cons: Government Job security: Good until Government cutbacks / restructuring. Jobs: Research, management, administration, policy. Independence: Variable (depends on level). Can rise through experience, but education most impt. Red tape, red tape. End use: No control (esp. in Fisheries!).

Pros and cons: NGOs Job security: Poor, except for more established NGOs. Charity culture

Pros and cons: NGOs Job security: Poor, except for more established NGOs. Charity culture can lead to long hours, burn out, and low pay (but not necc. ). Jobs: Policy, writing reports, literature reviews, basic field research, grant writer, volunteer co-ordinator, project manager, public outreach. Independence: Within aims of organization, but you may be able to set these aims. End use: High control, high impact.

Pros and cons: Private Job security: Poor, but many opportunities. Contracts are feast or

Pros and cons: Private Job security: Poor, but many opportunities. Contracts are feast or famine, but flexible. Staff appointments. Jobs: Environmental Impact Assessments, ecological monitoring for govt. , reports for govt. /First Nations. Independence: Only free to refuse contract. Can set up own private firm eventually. End use: Often high impact (e. g. EIA), but some firms may be more pro-environment than others. Choose carefully. No control over how govt. reports used.

Pros and cons: University/College Job security: V high, but few openings (yet everyone good

Pros and cons: University/College Job security: V high, but few openings (yet everyone good gets a job eventually). Can’t pick location. Jobs: Professor (40% research, 40% teaching, 20% administration). Workload very high (50 -60 hours/week). Lecturer (60% teaching, 40% admin). Independence: High. But publication rate critical to maintaining grants. End use: Variable. Often only high impact to other academics (system set up this way). Can work on highly applied areas if publish results in journals. Scientific credibility useful in political impact.

Qualifications

Qualifications

Free qualifications • Registered Professional Biologist: BSc + 3 years work exp. + 1

Free qualifications • Registered Professional Biologist: BSc + 3 years work exp. + 1 publication College of Applied Biology, B. C. • Registered Professional Ecologist: BSc + 1 year work exp. Ecological Society of America • Society membership. Often cheap for students ($40 -80). Ecological Society of America, British Ecological Society, Canadian Society of Zoologists. .

Resumes General: Make it short. Forget fancy: Can’t make up for lack of content!

Resumes General: Make it short. Forget fancy: Can’t make up for lack of content! Resumes for jobs: Emphasize skills, previous employment. Resumes for grad school: Emphasize independent research experience, reference letters, specific interests, grades. This class: List computer programs learnt, statistical analyses learnt, field techniques learnt.

Resumes - What else? • Experience, experience (even if volunteer). • Volunteer history may

Resumes - What else? • Experience, experience (even if volunteer). • Volunteer history may be particularly impt. for NGOs. • Specific high-value skills: (1) Statistics. (2) Computer programming. (3) Mathematical modeling. (4) GIS. (5) Field experience. (6) Publications.

Grad school 1. MSc or Ph. D? Can go directly to Ph. D, but

Grad school 1. MSc or Ph. D? Can go directly to Ph. D, but only save a year or two (shorter cv in the end). 2. Where? Should move institutions between degrees for academic career, experience outside Canada valuable. Choose best institution you can. Choose a supervisor carefully, and interview them. Apply widely, apply months before deadlines. 3. Funding? Best if you bring your own (e. g. NSERC, deadline Sept. ), but most do not. 4. In What? Anything, you will pick up skills as you go.

Where do I look?

Where do I look?

Where do I look? General postings • http: //www. ejobs. org/ US-based but has

Where do I look? General postings • http: //www. ejobs. org/ US-based but has Canadian subsite • http: //www. esa. org/opportunities/ Ecological Society of America; general info on jobs, links Puget Sound Society for Conservation Biology List-Serve Email: [email protected] washington. edu with: “subscribe PSSCBJOBS Your. Name” in message text Ecological Society of America List-Serve Email: [email protected] umd. edu “SUB ECOLOG-L <Your. Name>” in message text

Where do I look? Govt. Government Jobs: Federal: http: //jobs. gc. ca/jobs/index_all_e. htm, then

Where do I look? Govt. Government Jobs: Federal: http: //jobs. gc. ca/jobs/index_all_e. htm, then click on computer/technical/scientific B. C. Govt. : http: //postings. gov. bc. ca/index. html, go to science and technical

Where do I look? University • Job postings on noticeboards (esp. summer jobs) •

Where do I look? University • Job postings on noticeboards (esp. summer jobs) • Word of mouth/direct contact. • Create opportunity (e. g. NSERC if have B+ or higher) • www. nature. com/naturejobs good, but frustrating search engine • www. findaphd. com - good for UK and European positions • www. higheredjobs. com - US based

Volunteer opportunities Natural Resources Volunteer program: http: //www. forestry. ubc. ca/cons/cvphome. htm UBC students

Volunteer opportunities Natural Resources Volunteer program: http: //www. forestry. ubc. ca/cons/cvphome. htm UBC students only, local agencies and overseas Tuition credit: volunteer 100 hrs, get $800 tuition credit Coral Cay, Operation Wallacea, Greenpeace. Literally directly contact the person you want to work with