Occasionally, after finishing a graduate degree, the graduate will work as a research associate for a couple of weeks to finish writing a paper. Otherwise, we do not employ research associates. This is because there are insufficient funds for research associates after budgeting for graduate students and seasonal research technicians.
We rarely accept volunteers, partly because few are available long enough to develop their technical snow skills and contribute useful data, and partly because we have had problems assessing their mountain and avalanche skills prior to field trips.
In recent winters we have employed two half-time research technicians for our field studies in Blue River. For the winter of 2012-13, we have no openings.
Because there are sufficient applications from qualified Canadians and landed immigrants, we cannot support work permits applications from others.
Research technicians work primarily at our Blue River field station. A typical day includes:
The winter schedule is usually determined in October. Each technician is scheduled for 30 to 70 days, sometimes less, between early December and late March.
People interested in applying should:
Some of our technicians have a CAA Level II certification and have several years of experience on avalanche control programs for ski areas or highways before they apply. Some have worked as ski guides.
The field season extends from early December to late March. The work schedule varies from year to year and from site to site. Technicians typically work five days on and two or more days off.
The research project provides snow study and safety equipment. The technicians supply clothing and equipment for ski touring.
Applicants should send a résumé, including winter recreational experience in the mountains to Dr. Bruce Jamieson, Dept. of Civil Engineering, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, AB. T2N 1N4 by September 10th. Applications should be submitted by e-mail to bruce [dot] jamieson [at] ucalgary [dot] ca or by fax (1-403-282-7026). Staffing is usually complete by mid October. In the résumé or covering letter, please outline your winter mountain experience from employment and recreation. Please include names of referees who can affirm your mountain travel and communication skills.