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Student Research Assistant

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Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada – Science and Technology Branch
Indian Head (Saskatchewan)
It is expected that the student will work 20 hours per week.
$22.71 to $28.57 per hour (Varies as per level of education and experience.)For further information on the organization, please visit Agriculture and Agri-Food CanadaTo be considered for Research Affiliate Program (RAP) work opportunities, all candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria by the date of appointment:
  • Be recognized as having full-time student status at an accredited Canadian post-secondary academic institution (this includes students with a disability deemed to have full-time status). Individuals pending approval of acceptance, or in the process of submitting applications are encouraged to apply as proof of enrollment will only be required prior to the start date.
  • Be enrolled in an academic program that requires research as part of the curriculum.
  • Be the minimum age to work in the province or territory where the job is located.

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

AAFC is committed to diversity and inclusion and is proud to be recognized as one of Canada’s best diversity employers. We welcome all applicants and strongly encourage candidates to self-declare if they belong to an Employment Equity designated group (i.e. Aboriginal Peoples, Persons with Disabilities, Visible Minorities or Women).

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice. Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application.

Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required. Candidates who apply to this selection process should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email).


  • Experiment setup and execution of laboratory and field research activities related to the project.
  • Sample collection and analysis for pollinators and other beneficial insects, soil microbes, nutrients, and greenhouse gases.
  • Maintain accurate records of data, perform statistical analysis
  • Summarize and interpret results in the format of the scientific manuscript(s) to be published in a recognized peer-reviewed journal(s).
  • Write research reports and present the research findings at workshops, conferences, or other scientific meetings.
  • Write and defend a Master thesis; wherein, the report of the work carried out during the Master project is reported.

Work environment

The research project will be conducted in conjunction with the University of Regina or University of Saskatchewan and the Indian Head Research Farm, Saskatchewan. The research work will focus on 1. quantifying the value of retaining farm-level wetlands to adjacent land productivity by considering agronomic and environmental goods and services provided by these wetlands, and 2. develop Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs) for managing these wetlands. This work will require fieldwork at AAFC Indian Head Research Farm and travel to different field sites for biological data collection and sampling for soil carbon, other nutrients, and greenhouse gases.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

Currently enrolled or will be enrolled by the date of appointment in a Master’s program at the University of Regina or University of Saskatchewan with a specialization in Biology, Agriculture, Environmental Sciences or related areas.

Note: Must be currently recognized as having full-time student status in the academic institution in which you are presently enrolled, pending approval of acceptance or in the process of submitting your application. Proof of enrollment will be required prior to start date and must be returning to full-time studies for your next academic term.

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

Agriculture and Agri-food Canada recognizes that the diversity of its employee population contributes to its strength and integrity. We are committed to achieving employment equity and developing a highly capable workforce that is representative of Canadian Society. We encourage women (especially in non-traditional occupations), Indigenous peoples (Aboriginal peoples), persons with disabilities, and members of visible minority groups to apply and declare themselves as part of one or more of the Employment Equity groups as selection may be limited to candidates belonging to one or more of the groups.

Information on employment equity

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance – Each student hired through the Research Affiliate Program (RAP) must meet the security requirements of the position as a condition of employment, and therefore will be asked by the hiring organization to complete security-relevant documents.

Possession of a valid driver’s license.
Ability and willingness to work overtime.
Ability and willingness to work in the field under rain, heat, cold, windy, dusty and noisy conditions.
Ability and willingness, under normal safety precautions, to work with hazardous materials.
Known allergies must be controlled through the use of personal protective equipment and/or medication and must not impinge upon the duties to be performed.
Ability and willingness to travel for field and laboratory work (Indian Head, SK, Swift Current, SK, and Saskatoon, SK).

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

Persons with disabilities preventing them from applying on-line are asked to contact the email referenced below under “Contact Information”.

Candidates will be required to pay for their own travel related to assessment and successful candidates will be responsible for obtaining their own living accommodations.

Successful completion of both a RAP work assignment and your educational program may lead to a temporary or permanent federal public service position for which you meet the merit criteria and conditions of employment.

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