Field and Laboratory Research Assistant

University of Alberta Published: June 22, 2019
Edmonton, Alberta
Salary range
$2200 - $2500 / month
Hours per week
Start Date
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The University of Alberta is seeking an intern to assist with research examining the effects of forestry on drinking water. In particular, this research will investigate how forestry practices and natural characteristics impact water quality and treatability on Vancouver Island. This internship represents an exceptional opportunity to gain experience in scientific research while working in a unique location. This is a 6-month position, with an anticipated start date of 01 August, 2019.

Duties and responsibilities

During the autumn months (mid-September to mid-December), work on this project will be based out of Courtenay, British Columbia. While on Vancouver Island, the intern will assist with field sampling activities, including equipment preparation, water sample collection, and driving to/from field sites. Work on the island will also include basic lab analyses, including water sample processing and working with basic laboratory instrumentation.

Before our departure for Vancouver Island (August to mid-September), and after our return (mid-December to January) this position will be based at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. In August, the intern will assist with field preparation and preliminary field sampling on the island. From mid-December onwards, the intern will assist with water quality analyses and data entry for the samples collected in the field.

The intern will work closely with a M.Sc. student involved in the project. Travel to Vancouver Island, and food and accommodation there, will be covered.

Knowledge and skills

  • Experience with field research, sample collection, or general laboratory procedures is considered an asset
  • Ability to work as part of a team and complete tasks successfully is critical
  • The intern should be willing to hike relatively long distances with equipment and work in often inclement conditions (rain, cool weather)
  • The intern must be willing to adapt to changing schedules and work long hours
  • Field safety training will be provided at the University of Alberta

Education required

Preference will be given to candidates with an academic background in Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Earth Sciences, or a related discipline.

Certification required

  • A valid class 5 Canadian driver’s license is required
  • Previous laboratory certifications such as WHIMIS would be an asset

Eligibility criteria

Career-Launcher Internships are funded by the Government of Canada under the Youth Employment Strategy. For program criteria information visit their website.


Qualified interns are:

  • Between the ages of 15-30 (inclusive) at the start of the internship
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada*
  • Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
  • Not receiving employment insurance during their internship
  • Available to work for at least six months
  • Not previous participants of a federal youth employment program

*Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.

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