1. Master’s Degree Researching Wildland Firefighting
CROSH is looking for an undergraduate student looking to pursue a masters degree in the field of Wildland Firefighting, with a focus on the health and safety of wildland firefighters. The Masters Student would be expected to meet regularly with stakeholders to understand the context of the organization and to co-develop and execute a research project, in the field that aligns with the organization’s health and safety needs; a pre-identified area of interest is heat stress and weather.
This project is under the direction of Dr. Sandra Dorman. In completing their masters, the student will be required to produce an article for publication, and additionally responsible for creating knowledge-transfer-exchange (KTE) materials for all aspects of the project to ensure transparent communications between the research group and the workplace. Support for KTE development is provided through CROSH’s Science Communication Officer.
Aside from completing the required course work and program requirements of their masters degree, the key duties and responsibilities of the student are: 1. Assist in the design of the experiment; 2. Engage with stakeholders at all levels of the project (inception, data collection, project updates and outcomes); 3. Field data collection at bases across Ontario; 4: Data analysis and final reporting (i.e. 1 publication and supplemental KTE materials).
The minimal requirements for this position are:
- An undergraduate degree from an accredited University program in a related field of study (e.g. kinesiology, health promotion, outdoor adventure leadership, biomedical sciences);
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in English (read; write; speak); and
- A minimum of a 75% GPA (2.67 on 4.0 scale) from undergraduate degree (copy of transcripts required).
The preferred candidate will have:
- Experience as a (or with) wildland firefighter(s) or similar occupation (e.g. tree planting);
- Experience in field research;
- Demonstrated experience with data collection and analysis in occupational health and safety;
- A demonstrated ability to write papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals;
- Experience developing KTE materials (e.g. infographic, ppt, news article, video); and
- Demonstrated abilty to communicate effectively in French (read; write; speak).
The earliest start date for the Masters degree is September 2021; however, opportunity for summer employment is available.
Applicants are asked to submit applications including: cover letter, resume, copy of transcripts (unofficial is acceptable), examples of previous work product (i.e. research paper, KTE material, presentation slides), and the names of three references (2 with the specifical ability to comment on previous research and/or work experience and 1 who can discuss teamwork ability) to:
Danne Lafontaine, HR Advisor
This is a 2-year (minimum) commitment (33.75 hours a week) with an annual stipend of $15,000. Additional funding opportunities exist pending student capabilities.