MED Medicine Department
Competition No. - S100644942
Posting Date - Apr 26, 2021
Closing Date - May 31, 2021
Hourly Rate - $25.62 - $34.59
Grade - 07
Hours - 40
This competition is open to all applicants however internal candidates and applicants who were former employees of the University of Alberta in the past 18 months will be given priority consideration before external candidates.
This position has an end date of September 30, 2021.
Under the overall supervision of the Principal Investigator, the Field Research Assistants will undertake work on projects relating to the exposures of wildland firefighters in Alberta. They will help to measure exposure to particles and combustion products and to assess the acceptability and effectiveness of respiratory masks and enhanced hygiene practices in reducing exposure and absorption of environmental contaminants.
Liaises with Alberta wildfire services to support collaboration with fields staff
Works with wildland wildfire services to identify and recruit volunteers to wear air monitoring pumps and/or respiratory protection in a wide variety of different firefighter roles and tasks
Complies with strict protocols for the collection, recording, storage and transfer of field samples
Attaches and monitors air monitoring pumps while fire crews are carrying out duties including initial attack of active fires
Fit-test respiratory protective masks and monitors their use
Collects skin wipe samples to determine skin contamination
Follows fire crew throughout the fire season collecting urine samples
Keeps meticulous records of samples collected
Transfers all samples to the University
Attends research meetings and reports back on progress
Performs other projects-related activities as required
Bachelor's degree in health, occupational hygiene or forestry; equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered
Experience of seasonal wildland firefighting would be an asset
Excellent interpersonal skills related to wildland firefighters
Experience of keeping meticulous records
Proficiency in word and excel: knowledge of SPSS would be an advantage
Quantitative research experience would be an asset
Current driving license and ready access to own vehicle are essential: must independently drive to forestry camps not accessible by public transport
Capacity to drive to distant parts of Alberta. Frequent and extend overnight stays are integral to these positions, which may include tented accommodation in forestry camps
Ability to communicate problems effectively while working at a distance
Ability to work in a team environment
How to Apply
Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.
The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.