Research Assistant in Ecohydrological Modelling

University of Saskatchewan

Saskatoon, SK, Canada

Primary Purpose: This project is part of research project, and the research activities you will engage in are to be directly associated with the goals and objectives of the grant funding the position. The primary focus of the position will be to adapt and run an ecohydrological model, BRAT, to develop spatially explicit estimates of beaver dam carrying capacity for the headwaters of the Bow River. 

Nature of Work: The successful applicant will work remotely and report directly to Dr. Cherie Westbrook.  The number of hours worked per week is flexible (up to 40 hrs/week) but cannot exceed a maximum of 500 hours. The project work must be completed by December 15, 2022. 

Typical Duties or Accountabilities: During the term of your engagement you will be expected to:

  • Acquire and analyze satellite imagery of land cover from public sources;
  • Acquire and analyze hydrometric records from Water Survey of Canada gauging station;
  • Build and execute a workflow to tackle modelling of beaver dam capacity along stream networks;
  • Prepare data visualizations and short text descriptions of model output;

Education: A master’s in ecohydrology, hydrology, environmental engineering or environmental science is required.  


  • Experience with ESRI ArcGIS products, including spatial analyst tools.
  • Understanding of vector and raster GIS data types, including experience creating and editing spatial datasets
  • Experience with a programming language (Python or R).
  • Ability to organize and manage large datasets.


  • Proficiency in Esri ArcGIS Desktop, a programming language, and other products, and extensions. 
  • Strong geospatial skills are essential.
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills are essential
  • Strong data visualization skills
  • Knowledge in ecohydrological or hydrological modelling.
  • Work independently.

Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Dr. Cherie Westbrook at [email protected]

Department: Geography and Planning
 Casual 6.5 months
Employment Group:
Full Time Equivalent (FTE):
 The salary range, based on 1.0 FTE, is $24.00 – 27.00 per hour. The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
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Work Location: On Campus

The successful applicant will be required to provide the following current verification(s) where ‘Yes’ is indicated below. Further information is available at:

Criminal Record Check: Not Applicable
Driver’s License and Abstract Check: Not Applicable
Education/Credential Verification: Not Applicable
Vulnerable Sector Check: Not Applicable

Please review the University of Saskatchewan’s health and safety requirements for faculty, staff and students in consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The University believes equity, diversity, and inclusion strengthen the community and enhance excellence, innovation and creativity. We are dedicated to recruiting individuals who will enrich our work and learning environments. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. We are committed to providing accommodations to those with a disability or medical necessity. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please notify us and we will work together on the accommodation request. The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respects to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirm our relationship with one another. Together, we are uplifting Indigenization to a place of prominence at the University of Saskatchewan.

5 days remaining

Apply by 24 May, 2022