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Please note: This is a temporary position ending on or before March 31, 2025 with the possibility of extension.

Please note: This position is limited to NAIT internal staff only.

We are looking for a self-motivated and science-minded individual to join our research team within the Forest Reclamation and Reforestation Team at the Centre for Boreal Research (CBR). This position will execute applied research projects supporting the forest reclamation research team within the centre. This position is focused primarily on greenhouse and lab-based research (80%) though some field work assistance is anticipated (20% seasonally). The ideal candidate will possess a variety of skills including independent thinking and strong organizational and interpersonal skills to work in a fast-paced and busy team setting. Experience with native plant propagation, particularly in a scientific setting, is a necessary pre-requisite for this role. This role can be physically demanding, and significant time is spent standing and walking to conduct plant propagation and maintenance activities. This position will also support routine lab activities as well as desk-based work including data entry and organization and assist with technical reporting to industry clients.

This position will require relocation to Peace River, Alberta; we are looking for the successful candidate to start January 3rd, 2024.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Plant propagation activities in greenhouse where activities may include filling containers with soil, sowing seeds, watering and fertilization of plants
  • Setting up and maintaining plant growth trials
  • Routine lab work such as seedling characterization, weighing samples and cleaning containers
  • Data entry – attention to detail accuracy being of critical importance
  • Assisting with technical reporting

Skills & Abilities:

  • Experience propagating native plants and processing plant/soil samples
  • Vegetation identification training (and experience).
  • Be physically fit as this position requires extensive time spent standing and walking.
  • Demonstrated competence in Microsoft office.
  • Ability to work independently and lead junior team members.


  • Diploma in related biology or forestry discipline
  • Minimum 12 months of related experience
  • Class 5 license with clean drivers abstract.
  • Equivalencies may be considered

Remuneration: $55,321.24 – $73,019.96 annually, plus a comprehensive benefits package. (Classification – Research Assistant ll).

This position is covered by the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) Collective Agreement.

Please submit a resume and cover letter to be considered for this opportunity.

About NAIT

At NAIT, people matter.

We’re proud to have been named one of Alberta’s Top Employers for 12 consecutive years. Developing an engaging, supportive, and rewarding work culture is something we take seriously. We know that people are our biggest asset – they are what makes NAIT a great place to work.

At NAIT, you are part of a community that makes a difference in the lives of students, staff and industry clients and partners. The NAIT culture reflects our shared values of respect, collaboration, celebration, creativity, and accountability. We are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and are a proud partner of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion and Pride at Work Canada. NAIT is committed to advancing equity and cultivating inclusion throughout the hiring process. We especially encourage applications from Aboriginal and Indigenous people, Black and racialized people, gender and sexually diverse (2SLGBTQIA+ and women) people, immigrants, and people with disabilities.

What we offer

We’ve created a benefits package that focuses on health and wellness, professional and personal growth, recognition, and work-life balance.

NAIT is a flexible workplace and depending on the nature of your role, you may request flexible work arrangements with respect to where and when you work, including being on-campus full-time, working off-site, or a combination of the two.

Employees also have access to excellent vacation time, paid time off between Christmas and New Year’s, a strong recognition program, learning opportunities, 2 annual all-staff professional development days and so much more.

Health and safety

You can find the latest information on NAIT’s response to COVID-19 at nait.ca/covid19.

Additional requirements

Applicants with education credentials earned outside of Canada who have not had them previously assessed should have their credentials evaluated by World Education Services or the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)



NAIT is an inclusive employer and strives to hire a diverse workforce. If you are contacted by us regarding a job opportunity, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you require any accommodation during the selection process. Please contact us via email at careers@nait.ca.

We thank you for your application, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.