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Position: Insect Taxonomist
Terms: 6 month term, 30 hours per week
Organization: Canadian Wildlife Federation
Location: Ottawa, Ontario

Canadian Wildlife Federation

As one of Canada’s largest not for profit leaders in wildlife conservation, research, and advocacy, we are seeking to fill the following position…


DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE TO: Senior Conservation Biologist – Terrestrial Wildlife.


The biologist will conduct DNA barcoding data analyses for a project studying insect pollinators. This may include sorting and curating insects and conducting DNA sequencing techniques.

This project will contribute to our knowledge of effective biodiversity management for ecosystem services in the agricultural ecosystem. Specifically, this position will aid in developing cost-effective DNA barcoding techniques to identify the diversity and abundance of pollinating insects in intensively managed agricultural landscapes of southwestern Ontario. We will use this information to inform agricultural producers and policy-makers of the composition and configuration of land cover that optimizes pollination services by wild pollinators.

The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in insect taxonomy. He/she will be skilled at curation of insect specimens and have some molecular experience (DNA extraction and PCR). He/she will have a background in biology and experience in sorting and curating insects. The goal of the research project is to develop a cost-effective DNA barcoding technique to identify the diversity and abundance of pollinating insects in intensively managed agricultural landscapes of southwestern Ontario.


1. Sorting insect samples to family group
2. Pinning and labeling insect specimens for collections
3. Databasing specimens
4. Conducting simple molecular work (DNA extraction and PCR);
5. Work closely with and under the direction of the project manager.
6. Prepare reports, scientific papers, and other written documents.
7. Perform other duties as required.



1. Requires minimum Bachelor of Science in related field plus work experience.
2. Experience identifying insects to the Family level.
3. Experiencing in curating insect specimens.
4. Experience with DNA extraction and PCR.
5. Ability to compile and analyze data.
6. Capable of working with limited supervision.


Operation — Required to work independently under the direction of the project manager. Must understand laboratory procedures and meet the physical demands of job.

Personnel — Will work closely with project manager and project partners.


Must be capable of working in a laboratory setting. Working hours are primarily Monday to Friday.


Head office located in Kanata, Ontario, laboratory work based out of Ottawa, Ontario.



Cover letter and resume should be forwarded to: . Please quote position title that you are applying for in the subject line of your email. Only the candidates who meet the qualifications and experience for the position will be contacted for an interview. We thank you for your interest in the Canadian Wildlife Federation.


The anticipated start date for this position is mid-December 2017 or early January 2018. This is a 6 month term, 30 hours per week.

AODA Statement for Offer of Employment Canadian Wildlife Federation “CWF” is committed to accessibility and to protecting the human rights of its employees. In support of this aim, CWF has implemented an accommodation process that provides accommodations for employees with disabilities. CWF will accommodate employees with disabilities up to the point of undue hardship. The accommodation supports available to employees are laid out in our Accommodation Policy. If your acceptance of the terms and conditions of this Offer of Employment necessitates a specific accommodation because of a disability or a medical need, please contact the Human Resources Department. This ensures that the appropriate accommodations are in place before you begin your employment. Do not hesitate to reach out to the Human Resources Department if you require an accommodation related to a disability or a medical condition at any point during your employment with CWF.

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GoodWork ID: 43048       Date posted to Nov 10 2017