Conservation Research Population Ecologist - Fishers Project

The Calgary Zoo is a conservation leader whose mission is to take and inspire action to sustain wildlife and wild places. As a not-for-profit charitable institution, all revenue is reinvested back into conservation activities at the zoo and around the world.

As an organization, we value effective and collaborative communication and honesty and integrity with an emphasis on customer focus, safety, and conservation. If you would like to be part of this team, we have the following part-time, permanent position available in our Conservation Research department:

Conservation Research Population Ecologist

Part-Time (20 hours/week)

This position deals specifically with conservation research related to translocations of Fishers from Alberta to reintroduce the species into Washington State.  To learn more about fishers, please view this video:


  • Develop, design and lead reintroduction research project(s)
  • Conduct literature searches, collection of data and data analysis (species-specific and overarching – i.e., systematic reviews)
  • Collaborate with others to disseminate information through writing, publishing and presenting reintroduction research results (species-specific and overarching)
  • Lead field teams if needed
  • Work in partnership with multiple organizations on reintroduction research project(s)
  • Assist with other departmental needs associated with reintroduction science as needed
  • Assist in the development of budgets


  • 5 to 7 years of experience in conservation biology or related field
  • Master's Degree in a related field
  • Experience with biological field work
  • Experience with publishing peer-review scientific papers
  • Attention to detail, as accurate and precise data collection and entry, is essential.
  • Class 5 driver’s license with fewer than 6 demerit points is mandatory
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience with meta-analysis or systematic reviews is preferred

Working Conditions: 

  • Extensive office work involving long periods of sitting at a computer
  • Field conditions, working long, irregular hours in inclement weather
  • Field work may involve hazards such as dangerous animals, insects, sunburn, frostbite, exposure to wildlife diseases
  • Working with field equipment such as trucks or ATVs
  • Living heaving field equipment
  • Driving on highways and dirt roads

If you are a highly motivated and experienced individual, we invite you to apply by doing the following: 

Position will remain open until a qualified candidate is found.  

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