What: 1 job (350 hours and +), academic level
Where: Sherbrooke & St-Joseph-de-Lepage (QC), work conducted at Bishop's University and Terre-Eau company.
Compensation: 20$/hour (including 4%), 25 to 35 hours/week; housing provided in St-Joseph-de-Lepage.
Anticipated start date: : between May 1 and 15, 2022.
Offer (details) available at: https://en.sppb-sffb.net/_files/ugd/77ac40_86b8adf038424c0da1e6366dbaddf0e3.pdf
In Canada, over $1 billion worth of fruits and vegetables depend on wild bees and bumblebees for pollination. These pollinators also pollinate many wild plants and are therefore essential to maintaining the integrity and functionality of many ecosystems. Active at low temperatures, bumblebees are important pollinators in our latitudes. However, seven species are already threatened with extinction in Canada according to COSEWIC. The main threats are habitat loss, parasitic infections exacerbated by the commercial use of certain pollinators, malnutrition and exposure to pesticides. This project aims to identify concrete, commercially relevant solutions to improve the health and performance of bumblebees in the face of the above threats, in order to improve their conservation status in Canada, by working in concert with the agricultural community. We are therefore working to: 1) re-establish a two-way dialogue with farmers and incorporate their considerations when initiating research and conservation projects; 2) improve our knowledge of bumblebee nutrition and ecophysiology; 3) transfer, quickly and efficiently, the scientific knowledge gained to the development of pollinator-friendly practices.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE ASSISTANT
Transplant and maintain plants in greenhouses at Bishop's University and at partner agricultural producers, as part of a study on the medicinal benefits of certain plants for bumblebees;
- Conducting non-invasive entomological diversity surveys, bumblebee captures and collection of bumblebee feces (for analysis of individual health/parasite load);
- Interact with farmers where the experiments are conducted;
- Spend at least 20% of his/her/their time at Terre-Eau, in order to become familiar with the research projects and the agroecology consulting services as well as the working conditions outside of the academic environment.
The selected candidate will have to be rigorous (research activities) and strongly interested in agroecology and farm consulting services. The candidate will participate in the company's activities, including research activities or consulting services located in Sherbrooke and/or St-Joseph-de-Lepage in La Mitis (Gaspésie). The activities related to this call for applications must be combined, by the selected candidate, with the completion of an appropriate undergraduate university course (e.g.: university internship). However, the time required to complete this course is not paid.
THE COMPANY TERRE-EAU inc.
Terre-Eau is a private company created in 1992 that works in the environmental sector of the agricultural, industrial and institutional world. Sensitive to the concerns of its clients, Terre-Eau offers a range of personalized services in environmental ecology with the objective of improving the ecological value of the territories according to the specific realities and needs of its clients.
In order to provide recommendations that will be successful and to update its service offer, Terre-Eau is the only for-profit company in Quebec offering non-related consulting services and has a certified organic experimental farm: the FETE (Ferme Expérimentale Terre-Eau), created in 2010. Thus, on a surface of 46 hectares in property, surfaces in rent and sometimes at its customers', the FETE proceeds to research activities in agroecology (biology, chemistry and geophysics). To do so, it has more than 12 microclimatic stations, a maple grove, cultivated fields, nearly 10,000 vine plants of 13 hybrid varieties and more.
- Undergraduate degree (student or graduate) in ecology, agroecology or agronomy;
- Strong interest in becoming an agronomist, agronomy/agroecology consultant;
- Proficiency with information and communication technologies;
- Possessing a driver's license;
- Practical agricultural experience, and/or agro-ecology and/or ecology/biology including entomology;
- Ability to work as part of a team (expressing ideas, making concessions, variable work schedules, courtesy, etc.);
- Intellectual curiosity and ability to question;
- Able to work in sometimes difficult field conditions (mosquitoes, rain, difficult weather conditions, physical work requiring endurance, etc.);
We encourage anyone interested to apply. Priority will be given to those with permanent resident status or Canadian citizenship.
Waterville, QC, J0B 3H0