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Honey Bee Research Assistant

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Position: Contract Research Assistant
Contracting body:  Saskatchewan Beekeepers Development Commission
Project: Exploring Prebiotic and Probiotic Feed Supplements for Honeybees and their Impacts on Colony Health
Location: Prince Albert, SK
The successful contractor will:
-Preferably have beekeeping experience & a background in science
-Be able to help with driving, wrapping colonies, feeding colonies, colony assessments, supering, pulling honey, identifying, testing and treating hives for diseases including Nosema, AFB and Varroa mites
-Be able to perform research tasks including data collection, recording, data management, writing and limited reporting
-Be able to process samples to detect Nosema and Varroa mites
-Assist the Principal Investigator with all aspects of data collection and bee management, receive & follow directions, record and communicate activities
-Assist with presentations, demonstrations, and extension of project activities
-Have good communication skills (written & verbal)
Contract duration:
36 weeks from April-December 2019 with an option for renewal for another year from April 2020-Dec 2021.
Contract negotiated based on experience and education, may range from $18 to $20/hour plus applicable sales taxes with an expected 40 hours of work invoiced/ week
This is a contract position and therefore has no benefits (health coverage, dental, etc). The contractor will be responsible for reporting their self-employment income and filing sales and income taxes to relevant Government agencies. The contractor is responsible for travel to the work site and for any personal safety equipment (safety boots, back brace, knee pads etc). Beekeeping equipment is provided by the project.
There is also a possibility for additional remuneration from other term contracts for other projects with the SBDC at an hourly rate of $18- $20 based on experience and education.


Skills and Abilities

Essential Skills
 - Continuous learning
 - Computer use
 - Job task planning and organizing
 - Critical thinking
 - Decision making
 - Problem solving
 - Working with others
 - Oral communication
 - Writing
 - Reading text
Additional Skills
 - Use computer applications
Work Setting
 - Non-governmental organization
 - Self-employed
Area of Scientific Specialization
 - Agriculture
 - Natural and applied sciences


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