Field station manager position, BC, Canada

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The University of Northern British Columbia seeks an outstanding and innovative leader to help develop the Quesnel River Research Centre (QRRC) into an internationally recognized landscape and watershed ecology research station.

The QRRC is located near Likely, British Columbia, a small (<300 residents) resource-based community situated in the Quesnel River basin (QRB) within the Cariboo Mountains.  QRRC emphasizes landscape and watershed ecology as its research foci. The response of watersheds to climate change and anthropogenic impacts is currently being investigated in the QRB by a number of UNBC faculty and graduate students.  The Quesnel River watershed, including Quesnel Lake (~12,000 km2), comprises an extremely varied, wild and productive landscape. The watershed incorporates eight biogeoclimatic zones (BGCZ) ranging from sub-boreal spruce to interior cedar hemlock to alpine-tundra.  BGCZ changes in this region occur over short elevational distances and longer latitudinal transects allowing for unique opportunities to study temporal and spatial transitions in climate, soils, hydrology and vegetation.  The watershed incorporates one of the deepest North American lakes (>510 m) which is an interior nursery lake for five species of salmon, for which the tributaries provide excellent spawning grounds.

The QRRC facilities include an environmental wet and dry lab, a series of unique outdoor flumes, fish hatchery capabilities, a number of boats as well as residential space located on the banks of the Quesnel River.  For additional information, please visit<>.

We are seeking a full time, on-site manager with strong people and leadership skills to work with our academic researchers and community partners and to help facilitate the development of a strong community based research and monitoring program and a leading watershed ecology research program.

This is a unique opportunity for an individual who has the desire to help develop a strong and vibrant research station in a resource-rich, active community.


Reporting to the Dean of the College of Science and Management (UNBC, Prince George campus), and working closely with the QRRC Advisory Committee and academic researchers, the Manager will enable the vision of the QRRC to be an international leader in watershed ecology research and learning by:
- ensuring the safe, effective operation of the facility
- creating an active culture of communication, knowledge transfer and outreach to highlight the scientific and social importance of QRRC programs and research
- establishing research projects linking the community and the Centre
- facilitating the development of research programs which link UNBC faculty, visiting researchers, students and the community
- facilitating the development and supporting the delivery of credit field courses based out of the Centre
- pursuing grants and innovative funding opportunities to support research and outreach
- developing and maintaining monitoring programs
- building beneficial partnerships to link science to the community


Advanced Degree (PhD preferred) in a related science with a diversity of experience in scientific research, teaching, administration and development, typically obtained through five or more years of work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.  Normal hours of work may vary, and some flexibility may be required for conferences and travel.

UNBC offers excellent benefit and pension packages, as well as employee training and development opportunities. For more details please see

To Apply:

Please forward your resume and proof of education quoting competition #15-103EMR to:

Human Resources, University of Northern British Columbia,  3333 University Way, Prince George, BC, V2N 4Z9

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Inquiries: (250) 960-5521

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