Northern Leopard Frog Researcher

Permanent Position

Start Date:  November 2, 2018

A Northern Leopard Frog Researcher will assist with the reintroduction science of species at risk. Receiving day-to-day supervision from the Conservation Research Population Ecologist, the Northern Leopard Frog Researcher will assist the Population Ecologist in any or all of the following as the need arises:  1) assist conservation field and ex-situ projects for northern leopard frogs; and 2) assist with research publications/reports on the northern leopard frog. The position will advance the mission of the Calgary Zoo by using hands-on field research actions that can advance the conservation and recovery of species or ecosystems. Working within a public institution, the position will also facilitate knowledge transfer to other zoo departments, donors, and the general media. 


  •          Assists with ex-situ and in-situ reintroduction research project(s) on northern leopard frogs, which includes background research, literature review, data collection, data entry, analysis, permit and publication/report writing.
  •          Lead field team which includes assigning daily tasks, coordinating field activities and providing guidance to team members.
  •         Competes for field work on northern leopard frog project(s), including capturing, handling, marking, visual and auditory surveys, releases, etc.
  •          Assist with developing on-going research and captive breeding project(s).
  •         Attend and assist in organizing meetings and workshops.
  •          Maintain partnership and stakeholder relationships.
  •          Comply with and enforce the zoo’s health and safety program.
  • Other duties as assigned

  • Minimum of BSc. related to Biology, Zoology or Wildlife Management and Conservation.
  • Demonstrate a passion for wildlife conservation and a love of working outdoors
  • Ability to follow directions and work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrate good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrate leadership and time management skills.
  • A minimum of three years of experience in collecting, managing, analyzing and interpreting biological field data.
  • An eye for detail, as accurate and precise data collection and entry, is essential.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in a team environment.
  • A high level of physical fitness.
  • Class 5 driver’s license with fewer than 6 demerit points is mandatory.      

Working Conditions:

  • Extensive office work, involving long periods of sitting at computer workstations
  • Field conditions, working long irregular hours in inclement weather
  • Driving to various sites on gravel and paved roads
  • Field work may be required, which could involve hazards such as: dangerous animals, insects, risk of sunburn or frostbite, working with field equipment such as trucks or ATVs, and heavy lifting of field equipment
  • Occasional travel may be required

If you are a highly motivated and experienced candidate, please submit your resume and cover letter to apply for this position.  The competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.  

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