Opportunity: Student Research Assistant – Lower Fraser Salmon Program (closed)

Join our team on the Lower Fraser river.

We are seeking a research assistant to join our our team for a temporary (3-month) summer contract to assist in engaging with local stewardship groups and to map salmon habitat in ArcGIS. This contract will be focused on identifying the potential for salmon habitat restoration and protection throughout the Lower Fraser and documenting the aspirations of a variety of community and stewardship groups active in salmon habitat conservation. The successful applicant will work with Raincoast staff to engage these groups, map their areas of focus and their aspirations concerning salmon habitat protection and restoration.

The Fraser is one of the world’s great rivers. Historically it produced more salmon than any other place in North America. Its delta, which mixes fresh water with the Salish Sea, is also one of the Pacific Coast’s largest and most important estuaries. Raincoast’s Lower Fraser river salmon program is working to address key conservation issues affecting wild salmon in the Lower Fraser river, from Hope to the river’s estuary. As part of our work to create a vision for salmon in the Lower Fraser, it has become apparent that creating an accessible inventory of existing and potential salmon habitats would be a helpful tool for moving forward. Our goal is to map the potential for salmon habitat conservation and protection in the Lower Fraser River, bringing together existing data sets and identifying potential needs.

Find more details about the specifications, application deadline and contact information .

You can help

Raincoast’s in-house scientists, collaborating graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and professors make us unique among conservation groups. We work with First Nations, academic institutions, government, and other NGOs to build support and inform decisions that protect aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, and the wildlife that depend on them. We conduct ethically applied, process-oriented, and hypothesis-driven research that has immediate and relevant utility for conservation deliberations and the collective body of scientific knowledge.

We investigate to understand coastal species and processes. We inform by bringing science to decision-makers and communities. We inspire action to protect wildlife and wildlife habitats.

Coastal wolf with a salmon in its month.
Photo by Dene Rossouw.