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Volunteers Wanted!

Join our team conducting juvenile salmon field research in the Fraser River estuary, BC

Raincoast Conservation Foundation and the Baum Lab at the University of Victoria are seeking dedicated volunteers for juvenile salmon research in the Fraser River estuary from early March to July, 2017. We will be based out of Ladner Harbour and there may be potential for pick up and drop off from Vancouver or Tsawwassen.  We are investigating juvenile salmon habitat preferences by repeatedly sampling sites across habitat types in the estuary.

Volunteers will be asked to assist with purse and beach seine sampling, and to assist in other field tasks including fish measurements, water quality sampling, and other data collection. Days will be long and will involve exposure to the elements, working from boats or on the shoreline.  Heavy lifting is sometimes required.  This is an excellent opportunity for students who are looking to gain field skills in fish and aquatic sampling techniques.
Availability for the entire season (March to July) is NOT required, however preference will be given to applicants who indicate greater availability.

Required qualifications

  • Positive attitude
  • Physically fit
  • Able to work long hours in adverse weather conditions

Desired qualifications

  • Fish identification experience
  • Beach or purse seining experience
  • First aid certification
  • Boating Experience

If you are interested in joining our team, please send your c.v. and a brief paragraph about your field experience, your availability, and why you are interested in working on this project to Dave Scott at

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